The Intern Warner Bros Reviewed by: Tami Smith, Guest Reviewer for Shockya Grade: C+ Director: Nancy Meyers Written by: Nancy Meyers Cast: Anne Hathaway, Robert De Niro, Rene Russo, Adam DeVine, Andrew Rannells, Celia Weston Release: September 25, 2015 After Ben Whittaker (Robert De Niro) got bored of using “extra miles” for travel, doing T’ai chi in the park every morning, and learning Mandarin, he found a new “project” and applied for a Senior Intern’s position at a start-up online clothing catalog company in Brooklyn. The seventy-year old Ben got the job and was assigned to work for Jules Ostin (Anne Hathaway) the founder. Slowly but surely he progressed from [ Read More ]
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Title: The Visit Director: M. Night Shyamalan Starring: Olivia DeJonge, Ed Oxenbould, Deana Dunagan, Peter McRobbie, and Katheryn Hahn The Visit may be better than The Last Airbender, After Earth and Lady in the Water but it is by no means a return to form in the likes of The Sixth Sense, Signs and Unbreakable. The Blumhouse produced horror feature reinvigorates Shyamalan’s sense of suspense in an interesting premise but detracts from it by putting it in the found footage box. When teen siblings Becca (Olivia DeJonge) and Tyler(Ed Oxenbould) encourage their mom (Katheryn Hahn) to go off on a cruise, they embark on a trip to visit her estranged parents. It also just so happens that Becca [ Read More ]
Set approximately 30 years after the defeat of the Empire and the demise of Darth Vader, the plot follows a trio of young leads, along with characters from the previous installments. The new “Star Wars” movie stars John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Harrison Ford as Han Solo, Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia Organa, and Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, with Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker as R2-D2. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” hit theaters everywhere on December 18, 2015, in IMAX.
Want to win “Boulevard” on iTunes via digital download? Tweet @ShockYa to enter (or comment below) and we’ll pick an entry at random. Entries MUST be in by 6PM EST on Monday August 31st. Thanks for entering and good luck!! BOULEVARD stars Academy Award® winner Robin Williams, Kathy Baker (The Age of Adaline, Take Shelter), Bob Odenkirk (“Breaking Bad”, “Better Call Saul”), Roberto Aguire (Struck by Lightning) and Giles Matthey (“True Blood”). BOULEVARD was directed by Dito Montiel (A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, The Son of No One) and written by Douglas Soesbe (The Wrong Woman). Starz Digital released BOULEVARD in theaters July 17, 2015. BOULEVARD follows married but [ Read More ]
Want to win “7 Minutes” on DVD signed by actor Luke Mitchell? Tweet @ShockYa to enter (or comment below) and we’ll pick an entry at random. Entries MUST be in by 6PM EST on Friday August 28th. U.S. Only Please. Thanks for entering and good luck!! After becoming indebted to a psychopathic drug lord, three desperate young men are forced to commit a brazen robbery. What begins as a simple plan – ‘in and out in seven minutes’ – quickly escalates into a dangerous game of life-or-death. As each minute of the heist ticks by, true motives are revealed and unexpected twists ratchet up the stakes to a thrilling crescendo. [ Read More ]
Title: Straight Outta Compton Director: F. Gary Gray Writer: Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berlof Cast: O’Shea Jackson, Jr., Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Paul Giamatti, Aldis Hodge, and, Neil Brown, Jr. In theaters August 14, 2015 As a general rule, I’m not a fan of the biopic movie genre, which is riddled with cliches and tropes. Protagonists don’t seem to have decisions and choices in biopics because they’re always working on the idea of destiny. They are no longer normal people, but rather agents of success and admiration. Of course, this is just a general rule and there are biopics that have come to surprise me with its level of craft, [ Read More ]
MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – ROGUE NATION Starring: Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Sean Harris, Ving Rhames, Jeremy Renner, Alec Baldwin Directed by: Christopher McQuarrie On the whole, the Mission: Impossible film series has been pretty good. Brian DePalma’s original was a solid outing, more concerned with being a thriller than a straight up action film. For all its goofiness, John Woo’s Mission: Impossible 2 still features some fun set pieces. J.J. Abrams outing, Mission: Impossible III was a generic adventure, with a fine performance from Philip Seymour Hoffman. Then we have Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, a film where the second half can never quite recapture the pure magic the first hour [ Read More ]
VACATION Warner Bros./New Line Cinema Reviewed by: Harvey Karten for Shockya. Databased on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade: B+ Director: Jonathan M. Goldstein, Tracy J. Brown, John Francis Daley Screenwriter: Jonathan M. Goldstein, Tracy J. Brown, John Francis Daley Cast: Ed Helms, Christina Applegate, Skyler Gisondo, Steele Stebbins, Leslie Mann, Keegan Michael Key Screened at: Regal E-Walk, NYC, 7/27/15 Opens: July 29, 2015 When John Steinbeck wrote Travels with Charley in Search of America, he was not with his family but only with his dog Charley. The two traveled across our fair land in their trailer, named Rocinante. Steinbeck hoped that, using his dog to encourage strangers to chat, he would find [ Read More ]
THE END OF THE TOUR A24 Reviewed by: Harvey Karten for Shockya. Databased on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade: B Director: James Ponsoldt Screenwriter: Donald Margulies from David Lipsky’s book Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Jason Segel, Anna Chlumsky, Joan Cusack, Mamie Gummer, Mickey Sumner Screened at: Digital Arts, NYC, 6/15/15 Opens: July 31, 2015 David Foster Wallace’s 1996 book Infinite Jest may not be The Great American Novel, but some literary cognoscenti have pronounced it one of the one hundred best works of American fiction. What is traditionally considered The Great American novel is Moby Dick and there [ Read More ]
Title: Trainwreck Director: Judd Apatow Starring: Amy Schumer, Bill Hader, Brie Larson, Tilda Swinton, Vanessa Bayer, John Cena and Colin Quinn Sometimes the best way to stay true to your morals and personality, while also striving to reach your full potential, is to fully embrace the idea of reinventing your signature qualities that have long since become stereotypical and clichéd. That powerful attempt to revive your emotions and thoughts, and how they’re presented to the world, is the all-important theme in the upcoming comedy, ‘Trainwreck.’ The film, which is set to be released in theaters on July 17, marks the captivating recreation of director Judd Apatow, who once again fearlessly [ Read More ]
TERMINATOR GENISYS Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Emilia Clark, Jason Clarke, Jai Courtney, J.K. Simmons Director: Alan Taylor Screenwriters: Patrick Lussier and Laeta Kalogridis Runtime: 126 Minutes Grade: B Terminator Genisys is something of a pleasant surprise. Twelve years after the franchise was relaunched with the abysmal Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines (and with Arnold out of office and making fun action pictures again,) producers David Ellison and Dana Goldberg boot up the dormant killing machine. And oddly enough, it works. For the first time since Terminator 2: Judgement Day, this franchise seems to actually give itself respect. Instead of being yet another vehicle for The Governator to spout one liners [ Read More ]
Title: Inside Out Director: Pete Docter Genre: Animation Voices: Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling. Pixar delivers a chef d’oeuvre on the scope of human moods. The 2015 American 3D computer-animated fantasy comedy that screened out-of-competition at the 68th Cannes Film Festival conquered the hearts of worldwide audiences. The kaleidoscope of emotions pertaining to mankind is presented through a simple and universal coming-of-age story of the 11-year-old Riley. Growing up can be a bumpy road, and this young girl will have to face it when leaving her Midwest life because her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided [ Read More ]
Thief Scott Lang must aid his mentor Dr. Hank Pym in safeguarding the mystery of the Ant-Man technology – which allows its user to decrease in size but increase in strength – from various new threats, and plot a heist that will save the Earth. The new Marvel movie stars Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Peña, Judy Greer, Tip “T.I.” Harris, David Dastmalchian, Wood Harris, Jordi Mollà, and Michael Douglas as Dr. Hank Pym. “Ant-Man” hits theaters on July 17, 2015.
The story of Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s Minions begins at the dawn of time. Starting as single-celled yellow organisms, Minions evolve through the ages, perpetually serving the most despicable of masters. Continuously unsuccessful at keeping these masters—from T. rex to Napoleon—the Minions find themselves without someone to serve and fall into a deep depression. But one Minion named Kevin has a plan, and he—alongside teenage rebel Stuart and lovable little Bob—ventures out into the world to find a new evil boss for his brethren to follow. The trio embarks upon a thrilling journey that ultimately leads them to their next potential master, Scarlet Overkill (Academy Award® winner Sandra Bullock), [ Read More ]
It’s new Woody Allen time! On a small town college campus, a philosophy professor (Joaquin Phoenix) finds himself in an existential crisis, but he discovers a new purpose in life when he enters into a relationship with one of his students (Emma Stone). The new movie stars Jamie Blackley, Joaquin Phoenix, Parker Posey, and Emma Stone. Written and directed by Woody Allen. “Irrational Man” hits theaters this summer on July 17th.