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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.
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No Holds Barred

RLJ Entertainment's new Blu-ray for No Holds Barred begins with what seems like dozens of trailers for movies starring pro wrestlers from the WWE talent pool. Each flick went direct to home video, but once upon a time — aka 1989 — one had to go to the multiplex to catch such a spectacle.
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Knights of Badassdom

In 2008, the third act of the guy comedy Role Models used LARPing — live-action role-playing, that is — as a backdrop for our protagonists' lessons learned. Today, Knights of Badassdom extends that half-hour into a full feature, to the point where viewers are left not smiling, but exhausted. 
04/02/2014 | Comments 0

Switched on

Not everything on television has to appeal to mass audiences. In fact, with the further fractioning of viewership thanks to alternatives like Netflix and VOD, more series can afford to become more niche. Here are five examples of shows both past and present — and new to DVD and/or Blu-ray — that encompass some of the more outrageous ideas ever to go beyond boardroom discussion.
04/02/2014 | Comments 0

Confession of Murder

Seventeen years after slaying 10 women and getting away with it, the charismatic serial killer Du-sok (Park Si-hoo) comes clean with a Confession of Murder, in this 2012 South Korean crime thriller. He does so by publishing a book that dishes all the grisly details.
04/02/2014 | Comments 0
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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Thrills are muted but chilling in the espionage tale of ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.’


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Phil Bacharach
For a guy named Smiley, the central character of “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” doesn’t do a lot of smiling.
 
Wednesday, January 4, 2012

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo


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Rod Lott
As not-so-boldly predicted, director David Fincher (“The Social Network”) delivers a superior remake of Sweden’s global hit “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” an adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s phenomenon of a novel.
 
Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Martha Marcy May Marlene

Desire for community leads to the dark side of humanity in ‘Martha Marcy May Marlene,’ a chilling film by any name.


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Kathryn Jenson White
Community ranks as key on the list of basic human needs. After water, food and shelter, our need to connect with others drives and defines us.
 
Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The Skin I Live In

In ‘The Skin I Live In,’ Antonio Banderas is like Spain’s answer to Dr. Frankenstein. ¡Está vivo!


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Rod Lott
As one character says to another in “The Skin I Live In,” “Don’t look at the surfaces.” He refers to the literal and physical, but writer/director Pedro Almodóvar may be instructing his audience in the figurative sense.
 
Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The Debt

Near-excellent espionage lies at the core of ‘The Debt.’


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Rod Lott
First with “Red” and now with “The Debt,” Helen Mirren has cornered the market on films with senior-citizen assassins. Whereas “Red” was goofy and spoofy, “The Debt” is stone-cold serious — the rare thriller that’s actually smart. Would you expect less from a director as literary-minded as “Shakespeare in Love”’s John Madden?
 
Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Source Code

Can’t save the world in eight minutes? Try, try again, posits ‘Source Code,’ a mind-bender that keeps you guessing.


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Doug Bentin
In order to enjoy “Source Code” to its fullest, stay alert — not always a necessity with thrillers. This time, if you snooze, you lose.
 
Wednesday, April 6, 2011

The Adjustment Bureau

Underwhelming and lacking in energy


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Rod Lott
I get the feeling "The Adjustment Bureau" was created by an improv group soliciting a mishmash of ideas from its audience: It's a thriller! And a romance! Plus science fiction! And it has hats with magical powers!
 
Friday, March 4, 2011

Let Me In

 
Thursday, October 7, 2010

The Town

 
Thursday, September 23, 2010

Devil

 
Thursday, September 23, 2010

Machete

 
Thursday, September 16, 2010

The American

 
Thursday, September 9, 2010

Chloe

 
Thursday, March 25, 2010

Green Zone

 
Thursday, March 18, 2010

Shutter Island

 
Thursday, February 25, 2010
 
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