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Blu-ray Review - Showdown at the Grand

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Writer/director Orson Oblowitz has a deep love for film exhibition, pouring his heart into the creation of "Showdown at the Grand," which investigates the days of an indie theater operator getting in touch with his big screen fantasies as his life is threatened by an evil land developer. It's a passion for the old ways that keeps the endeavor inviting, but Oblowitz doesn't have much in the way of a budget, getting stuck with limited coin as he stages an action movie about action movies and all the daydreams they inspire. "Showdown at the Grand" isn't a pulse-pounding thriller, but it scores with its love of the game, showing respect for the weird ways of theater owners and their dedication to a business that doesn't always love them back. It's a loose viewing experience, but Oblowitz has his moments, presenting a bruised valentine to the escape movie theaters provide. Read the rest at Blu-ray.com

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