Saturday 26 Jul

Escape from Tomorrow

With Escape from Tomorrow, one fears the story behind the movie would loom larger than the movie itself. Luckily, that is not the case. After all, it opens with a decapitation on Disney World’s Big Thunder Mountain Railroad roller coaster.
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William Friedkin spends a lot of time in his 2013 memoir discussing why Sorcerer didn't click with critics and audiences even though he believes it to be better than his previous film, The Exorcist. Now that Warner Home Video has reissued Sorcerer on Blu-ray, we can see what Friedkin's fuss is all about.
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Broadchurch: The Complete First Season

Welcome to the coastal resort of Broadchurch, population … oh, who can keep track, what will all the corpses? Yes, Broadchurch is yet another British television procedural involving the search for a murderer in a quaint little town, just like the limited series The Fall and Top of the Lake.
04/23/2014 | Comments 0

Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones

Essentially part five in the ridiculously profitable horror franchise, Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones continues the found-footage conceit of the other films. The difference is instead of the scares taking place in rich white suburbia, they do so in a junky apartment complex on a largely Latino side of Oxnard, Calif.
04/23/2014 | Comments 0

Holy Ghost People

Holy Ghost People examines two sisters whose bond is torn — but by what? After her sibling has been missing for more than a year, Charlotte (Emma Greenwell, TV's Shameless) intends to find out.
04/15/2014 | Comments 0
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Standard Operating Procedure

None June 26th, 2008



Reviewer's grade: B

Oscar-winning documentary director Errol Morris ("The Fog of War") takes us behind the walls of the Abu Ghraib interrogation center in Iraq for an examination of the horrors inflicted there by American soldiers on Iraqi men who had, as far as the Army knew, committed no acts of violence against the United States or its people.

Only Americans were interviewed for the film and they admitted that Iraqi men who looked fit enough to be terrorists were kidnapped from the streets and from their homes and psychologically "broken down" by humiliation before the CIA took a whack at them with physical abuse.

The movie doesn't tell us much we didn't already know but does go into some depth about the kind of people who enjoyed inflicting the degradation. This one is tough to watch as it further humiliates the victims by showing all of us the photos and tapes of them. Since nothing of value was elicited from any of them, it's not hard to pity the poor bastards. R

 "”Doug Bentin

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