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Captain America: The Winter Solider Movie Review

Posted by Perri Nemiroff On April - 2 - 2014 0 Comment
Our review of Captain America: The Winter Solider.

Title: Captain America: The Winter Solider Directed By: Joe Russo, Anthony Russo Starring: Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Redford, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Cobie Smulders, Frank Grillo, Emily VanCamp, Hayley Atwell, Toby Jones We’re talking about a hero with superhuman powers and a weapon with the ability to pinpoint villains via satellites capable of reading DNA and identifying a propensity to attack. It’s a downright outrageous scenario, but, dare I say, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” still feels like one of the most grounded Marvel movies out there. After the destruction in New York in “The Avengers,” Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) is attempting to lay low to  [ Read More ]


Cheap Thrills Interview: Big Dares & Big Changes for Pat Healy

Posted by Perri Nemiroff On March - 30 - 2014 0 Comment
Pat Healy in Cheap Thrills

You know Pat Healy, right? Well, if you don’t, that means you probably haven’t seen “The Great World of Sound,” “The Innkeepers,” or “Compliance,” and that also means you have quite a bit of movie watching to do. But before you get to any of that, Healy’s latest feature is an absolute must. In fact, “Cheap Thrills” is easily the best film I caught on the film festival circuit in 2013. Healy leads as Craig, a loving husband and father who gets slapped with an eviction notice and loses his job all in the same day. In an effort to ease the pain, Craig hits the bar and that’s where  [ Read More ]

Noah Movie Review

Posted by Perri Nemiroff On March - 27 - 2014 0 Comment
Logan Lerman and Russell Crowe in Noah

Title: Noah Directed By: Darren Aronofsky Starring: Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Ray Winstone, Anthony Hopkins, Emma Watson, Logan Lerman, Douglas Booth, Leo McHugh Carroll, Madison Davenport, Gavin Casalegno, Nolan Gross, Skylar Burke, Dakota Goyo When you’ve got Darren Aronofsky bringing a Biblical tale to screen, expectations are through the roof. “Noah” may not meet those expectations, but the film does nestle in just a few notches below. It isn’t a mind-blowing epic, but it’s certainly a riveting and worthy retelling of this story. The film kicks off with a partial recap of creation, specifically what went down with Adam and Eve, and what became of their children, Cain, Abel and  [ Read More ]


Divergent Movie Review

Posted by Perri Nemiroff On March - 18 - 2014 0 Comment
Check out our review of Divergent!

Title: Divergent Directed By: Neil Burger Starring: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet, Miles Teller, Jai Courtney, Ansel Elgort, Zoe Kravitz, Ray Stevenson, Maggie Q, Ashley Judd, Tony Goldwyn, Mekhi Phifer, Christian Madsen, Ben Lloyd-Hughes After a slew of young adult book-to-film adaptations essentially crashed and burned, it’s finally time for “The Hunger Games” to make some room because the quality of “Divergent” justifies all of the hype and gives the film a solid shot at becoming a successful franchise-starter, too. The story takes place in a future Chicago in which society is divided up into five factions based on core values. The Abnegation place precedence on selflessness, Erudite believe  [ Read More ]


EXCLUSIVE: New Image From SXSW Selection Other Months

Posted by Perri Nemiroff On February - 17 - 2014 0 Comment
Check out ShockYa's exclusive still from the SXSW selection, Other Months!

Director Nick Singer is making moves. Just three years after graduating from Wesleyan University’s Film Studies department, he’s already got his first feature playing in the Visions program at SXSW. “Other Months” is a three-part character study focusing on a guy named Nash (Christopher Bonewitz), a traveling plumber plagued by recurring nightmares. As described in the SXSW online program, “Nash spends a year drawing into himself, becoming troubled by his work and disillusioned with his romantic prospects—until a return home forces him to confront his inertia. Through pulsing dance floors, flooded basements, and strangers’ embraces, ‘Other Months’ takes the audience on Nash’s journey of restraint and release.” Clearly “Other Months”  [ Read More ]

ShockYa's got an exclusive still of Wes Bentley in the SXSW film, "Things People Do!"

SXSW is less than a month away and ShockYa.com is thrilled to announce that we’ll be on the ground in Austin, Texas for the event. There are loads of films on the line-up we’re aiming to catch, one of which is Academy Award nominated editor Saar Klein’s directorial debut, “Things People Do.” The film stars Wes Bentley as Bill Scanlin, a man who loses his job and can’t bring himself to tell his wife (Vinessa Shaw). Rather than risk losing his family, he opts to cover up the issue by becoming a criminal. Soon after taking the plunge and getting his hands a little dirty, Bill starts to enjoy the  [ Read More ]


The Lego Movie Movie Review

Posted by Perri Nemiroff On February - 6 - 2014 0 Comment
The Lego Movie really is awesome!

Title: The Lego Movie Directed By: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller Voice Cast: Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Ferrell, Liam Neeson, Will Arnett, Morgan Freeman, Charlie Day, Alison Brie, Jonah Hill, Nick Offerman It’s a good thing “The Lego Movie” hadn’t come out in the late 80s or early 90s, otherwise my parents would be broke. The story focuses on a minifigure named Emmet (voiced by Chris Pratt). He’s just your average guy, living life according to the instructions. He does his exercises, drinks his overpriced coffee, indulges in the latest craze, a song called “Everything is Awesome,” and heads off to work. However, little does he know that Lord Business  [ Read More ]

Catch Haunt on VOD via IFC Midnight on February 7th.

After collaborating on a number of films together for Sony Pictures Entertainment, former Dimension Films and Screen Gems executive Nick Phillips and longtime casting director Kelly Martin Wagner came together to form their very own genre label. Revolver Picture Company first opened for business in August of 2012 and now the very first project bearing the Revolver logo is about to hit theaters and VOD via IFC Midnight, a film called “Haunt.” Shortly after moving into a new home with his family, Evan (Harrison Gilbertson) starts spending time with his mysterious neighbor, Samantha (Liana Liberato). Samantha’s got a thing for Evan’s new house and specifically for exploring its dark past.  [ Read More ]

Interview: Kaitlyn Dever on Short Term 12

Posted by Perri Nemiroff On January - 13 - 2014 0 Comment
Kaitlyn Dever in Short Term 12

Things got crazy at SXSW 2013. So crazy in fact, that it was impossible to cover everything and I opted to skip out on a little something called “Short Term 12.” Nine months later, I had seen the film a half dozen times and named it my second favorite movie of the year. But even though I missed out on a few months of celebrating the film’s prowess, now I can watch it as many times as I’d like because “Short Term 12” is due out on DVD, Blu-ray and digital platforms on Tuesday, January 14th. The film stars Brie Larson as Grace, a young woman working as a supervisor  [ Read More ]

EXCLUSIVE: Behind-the-Scenes Clip From We Are What We Are DVD

Posted by Perri Nemiroff On January - 7 - 2014 0 Comment
Check out ShockYa's exclusive behind-the-scenes clip from the We Are What We Are DVD.

Do you have a hard time believing you can sympathize with cannibals? Then you haven’t seen Jim Mickle and Nick Damici’s latest collaboration, “We Are What We Are.” The film centers on the Parkers, a seemingly benevolent, reclusive family harboring a dark secret. When Rose and Iris’ (Julia Garner and Ambyr Childers) mother suddenly passes away, it falls upon them to uphold an ancient family tradition. The Parkers have managed to keep their dinnertime custom a secret, but with Frank Parker (Bill Sage) buckling under the pressure of his grief and his inability to connect with his daughters, they run the risk of exposing their ritual of indulging in human  [ Read More ]

Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones Movie Review

Posted by Perri Nemiroff On January - 3 - 2014 0 Comment
Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones proves the mythology is worth expanding.

Title: Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones Directed By: Christopher Landon Starring: Andrew Jacobs, Jorge Diaz, Gabrielle Walsh, Gloria Sandoval, Carlos Pratts, Richard Cabral “Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones” isn’t half as scary as three of its four predecessors, but its strong characters and clever story layers do prove the mythology is worth expanding. “Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones” kicks off at Jesse’s (Andrew Jacobs) high school graduation. After the festivities wrap up, Jesse talks his way into holding on to the family camcorder and uses it to spy on his creepy neighbor, Anna (Gloria Sandoval). It’s all harmless fun until Anna is murdered and Jesse gets the bright idea to  [ Read More ]

Perri’s Top Ten Movies of 2013

Posted by Perri Nemiroff On December - 30 - 2013 0 Comment
Perri's Top Ten Movies of 2013

2013 marks my fifth year working as a film critic and reporter and I’m proud and very thankful to say it was the best yet. I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to work alongside some fiercely talented friends and colleagues, interview some of the most esteemed talent in the industry, attend events like SXSW, San Diego Comic Con and Cinema Con, and, perhaps most importantly, see a number of films that I’ll carry with me well beyond 2013. I am endlessly grateful to spend each and every day doing what I love and am thrilled to celebrate cinematic achievements like these … “VHS” put the horror anthology format  [ Read More ]

Her Movie Review

Posted by Perri Nemiroff On December - 29 - 2013 0 Comment
Spike Jonez's "Her” is an incredible achievement in every respect.

Title: Her Directed By: Spike Jonez Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Scarlett Johansson, Amy Adams, Matt Letscher, Rooney Mara, Chris Pratt, Olivia Wilde I wouldn’t mind living in Spike Jonez’s version of the future, but for now I’m happy to just keep watching “Her” over and over again. “Her” takes place in a future version of Los Angeles and hones in on Joaquin Phoenix’s Theodore Twombly, a soon-to-be divorced man who writes other peoples’ love letters for a living. One day, Theodore opts to purchase the hottest new piece of technology on the market, OS 1, the first artificially intelligent operating system. Soon thereafter, he creates Samantha (Scarlett Johansson), a digital secretary  [ Read More ]


EXCLUSIVE: Clip from Free Ride Featuring Anna Paquin & Liana Liberato

Posted by Perri Nemiroff On December - 10 - 2013 0 Comment
Anna Paquin and Liana Liberato in an exclusive clip from "Free Ride."

Back in September, ShockYa had the privilege of unveiling a brand new still from Shana Betz’s first feature and Cannes Film Festival official selection, “Free Ride,” and now we’re honored to give you the chance to delve even further into the Phase 4 Films release with an exclusive clip from the movie. Inspired by Betz’s own mother, “Free Ride” takes place in the 1970s and stars Anna Paquin as Christina, a mother of two who relocates her family from Ohio to Florida in search of a better life. She gets a job working as a maid in a wealthy neighborhood, but when Christina is offered the opportunity to come home  [ Read More ]


Out of the Furnace Movie Review

Posted by Perri Nemiroff On December - 4 - 2013 0 Comment
Scott Cooper misses the mark with his 'Crazy Heart' follow-up, 'Out of the Furnace.''

Title: Out of the Furnace Directed By: Scott Cooper Starring: Christian Bale, Casey Affleck, Woody Harrelson, Zoe Saldana, Willem Dafoe, Forest Whitaker, Sam Shepard, Tom Bower A revenge mission doesn’t play well when you don’t care about who’s avenging what and why. Christian Bale and Casey Affleck lead as the Baze brothers. Bale’s Russell is the older of the two and does his best to sustain a standup lifestyle, dedicated to his job at the local steel mill, his girlfriend Lena (Zoe Saldana), and his family. Affleck’s Rodney, on the other hand, opts to enlist in the army in hopes of finding something to live for outside of Braddock, Pennsylvania.  [ Read More ]


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