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Who is Dayani Cristal? Movie review.

Posted by Harvey Karten On April - 21 - 2014 0 Comment

Title: WHO IS DAYANI CRISTAL? Kino Lorber Films Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes Grade:  A- Director:  Gael García Bernal, Marc Silver Screenplay:  Mark Monroe Cast:  Gael García Bernal Screened at:    Review 1, NYC, 4/16/14 Opens:  April 25, 2014 They like us!  They really like us!  No, not the Lebanese or Pakistanis, Slovenians or Russians.  They’re Mexicans, many of whom literally risk their lives to cross to us at the fenced-in border between our two countries.  Never mind that the 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo lifted parts of California, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming and Colorado from our loving neighbors to the South, reliving the Mexicans  [ Read More ]


Blue Ruin Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On April - 21 - 2014 0 Comment

BLUE RUIN   Radius TWC-Radius Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes Grade:  C+ Director:  Jeremy Saulnier Screenplay: Jeremy Saulnier Cast:  Macon Blair, Devin Ratray, Amy Hargreaves, Kevin Kolack, Eve Plumb, David W. Thompson, Brent Werzner, Stacy Rock, Sidné Anderson Screened at:  Review 2, NYC, 2/6/14 Opens:  April 25, 2014 Don’t look for much of the color blue in this gothic melodrama: the term “blue ruin” means “desolation,” or “utter despondency.”  Such is the manner of the movie’s principal character, Dwight (Macon Blair), who is a wreck from the first time we see him until the story’s logical conclusion.  In one scene he tells his sister, Sam  [ Read More ]


About Alex Movie Review

Posted by Rudie Obias On April - 18 - 2014 0 Comment

Title: About Alex Director: Jesse Zwick Cast: Maggie Grace, Aubrey Plaza, Max Greenfield, Jason Ritter, Jane Levy, Max Minghella, and Nate Parker Tribeca Film Festival 2014 We are now at a point in history where the Millennial Generation (people born between 1982 and 2004) is nostalgic about their youth. When post-post-college careers have become mind numbing and dull that the only cure from responsibility is a road trip or a weekend getaway. The movie “About Alex” should be re-titled “The Small Chill” or “The Big Chill: Millennial Edition” because it shares the same narrative thrust as Lawrence Kasdan’s 1983 film “The Big Chill,” only with one caveat: what if the  [ Read More ]


Exclusive: Director Zack Parker Talks Proxy, More

Posted by bsimon On April - 18 - 2014 0 Comment
Zack Parker Proxy

Director Zack Parker has a knack for marrying unnerving incident to shifty, hard-to-pin-down characters. His latest film, the psychological thriller “Proxy,” could sort of be described as a sociopathic lesbian love triangle… and yet it’s more than that, even. For ShockYa, Brent Simon recently had a chance to speak to Parker one-on-one, about his movie, what sort of storytelling excites and drives him, making movies in his native Indiana, being a stay-at-home dad and how the California Raisins helped lead him to where he is today. The conversation is excerpted below: ShockYa: Like “Scalene,” your previous film, it feels like “Proxy” is very invested in exploring shifting audience sympathies. Not at all in  [ Read More ]


Exclusive: Food Chains Gets A New Clip

Posted by Rudie Obias On April - 17 - 2014 0 Comment

We all need food to survive. Food nowadays is more than just survival, but it’s also for pleasure and competition. But before you enjoy your next salad, think about how your food gets to your table. A new documentary called “Food Chains” examines the workers who harvest your food and how unfairly they’re being treated by corporations and the United States. Visit Films released a new clip from the documentary exclusively to ShockYa.com. The contents of the clip is both haunting and eye-opening. There is more interest in food in the United States today than at any time in our history. Yet, there is very little interest in the hands  [ Read More ]

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The Machine Movie Review

Posted by juliana On April - 17 - 2014 0 Comment
the machine

Title: The Machine Director: Caradog W. James Starring: Toby Stephens, Caity Lotz, Denis Lawson Running time: 91 Minutes, Rate R, In theaters 04.25.14 Vincent (Toby Stephens), a reclusive computer programmer is running a sham competition, promising a huge grant to any programmer that can come up with a form of artificial intelligence after his own program to rehabilitate soldiers with brain injuries fails with horrific results.  A woman named Ava (Caity Lotz) comes to him with her own design, a program that is self aware. After being told the grant is actually a job interview, she decides to take it anyway. Together they form a bond and he popes they  [ Read More ]

Categories: Action, MOVIES, REVIEWS

“The Big Lebowski,” is more than a cult film; it almost feels like an institution. The film gets quoted ad nauseum and there’s even a huge convention for the film, Lebowski Fest. With such a huge following, some fans might wonder what would happen if there was a sequel to the film. Some probably won’t want a sequel or spin-off –you don’t want to ruin a good thing–but if you are hoping and praying for a new “Lebowski” film, your prayers just might have been answered. TMZ recently asked John Tuturro if rumors of a “Lebowski” spin-off starring Tuturro’s character, Jesus “The Jesus” Quintana, could actually be in the works.  [ Read More ]


The third and final trailer has been revealed and it’ll have you pumping your fist in excitement and probably wondering if the X-Men are destroying the time-space continuum. Don’t really know what I’m talking about? Take a look for yourself below the post. “X-Men: Days of Future Past” is directed by Bryan Singer with the screenplay by Simon Kinberg (the story by Kinberg, Matthew Vaughn and Jane Goldman). The cast includes tons of “X-Men” film vets as well as the previous “X-Men: First Class” and some newcomers–Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Peter Dinklage and Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen. Evan Peters  [ Read More ]


Exclusive: Rachel Is Gets A New Clip

Posted by Rudie Obias On April - 16 - 2014 0 Comment

A new documentary that premieres on PBS is about a month examines the joys and hardships of a family dealing with developmentally disability. The new documentary is also a keen, sharp, and unique look from within the family. PBS, Jacktar Films, and Headwater Films released a new clip from the documentary exclusively on ShockYa.com. In her feature directorial debut, Charlotte Glynn moves home to chronicle her sister Rachel’s last year in school and her transition into an independent adult life. Rachel – her only sibling – is developmentally disabled. The resulting film, Rachel is, moves past the safety of political correctness and into the most intimate and honest moments in  [ Read More ]

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See the Inspiration Behind the Drama Belle in Featurette and Stills

Posted by Karen Benardello On April - 16 - 2014 0 Comment
Gugu Mbatha-Raw Stars in Belle

Go behind the scenes of the upcoming British period drama, ‘Belle,’ in the new featurette and stills from the film. The video features director Amma Asante, lead actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw and other cast members discussing the groundbreaking story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the illegitimate mixed race daughter of Admiral Sir John Lindsay. The stills also offer a glimpse into the costumes and scenery of 1780s England. The movie, which was written by Misan Sagay, is set to be released on May 2. The drama’s distributor, Fox Searchight, has released the following synopsis for the film: ‘Belle’ is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle (Mbatha-Raw), the illegitimate mixed  [ Read More ]


Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil le Clercq Movie Review

Posted by bsimon On April - 16 - 2014 0 Comment
Afternoon of a Faun

Title: Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil le Clercq Director: Nancy Buirski A documentary on one of the more enchanting and tragic figures of the world of ballet, “Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil le Clercq” affirms the talent of its subject, but frustratingly fails to establish enough of a cleanly delineated backdrop or emotional throughline to connect to a general audience. The frustrating result is a hopelessly insular work. Directed by Nancy Buirski, “Afternoon of a Faun” centers around Tanaquil le Clercq, or “Tanny,” the only daughter of a French intellectual and his somewhat overbearing American wife. At 12 years of age, she won a scholarship to the American School of Ballet,  [ Read More ]


Gone Girl Makes You Appreciate What You Have In Trailer and Poster

Posted by Karen Benardello On April - 15 - 2014 0 Comment
Gone Girl Makes You Appreciate What You've Got In Trailer and Poster

Married couples at times can take advantage of their relationships, and not truly value what they have until it’s gone, which is the driving point in the new teaser trailer and poster for the upcoming thriller, ‘Gone Girl.’ The clip and poster were released in support of the anticipated drama, which 20th Century Fox will release on October 3. ‘Gone Girl,’ was directed by David Fincher and penned by Gillian Flynn, who based the story on her bestselling novel of the same name. The film stars Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry, Kim Dickens, Patrick Fugit, Carrie Coon and David Clennon. 20th Century Fox has released the  [ Read More ]


Gone Girl Gets A Teaser Trailer

Posted by Rudie Obias On April - 15 - 2014 0 Comment

David Fincher’s follow up to “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” is one of the most anticipated movies of 2014. “Gone Girl” is based on Gillian Flynn best-selling novel of the same name and features an all-star cast working with the very notable director. Sony released the film’s first teaser trailer, which looks compelling. The trailer features Richard Butler’s cover of the Charles Aznavour ballad “She,” if you were wondering. Read the plot synopsis for “Gone Girl” below (via ComingSoon.net): “Directed by David Fincher and based upon the global bestseller by Gillian Flynn – unearths the secrets at the heart of a modern marriage. On the occasion of his fifth  [ Read More ]

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Hercules Shows His Strength in TV Spot Filled with New Footage

Posted by Karen Benardello On April - 15 - 2014 0 Comment
Hercules Shows His Strength in TV Spot Filled with New Footage

Audiences will know Hercules’ legend as the Greek hero shows his strength in a TV filled with new footage from the action adventure film. The new clip comes as Paramount Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures set to release ‘Hercules’ in theaters on July 25. The film, which is based on Radical Comics’ ‘Hercules’ by Steve Moore, was directed by ‘X-Men: The Last Stand’ helmer Brett Ratner. The movie, which was written by Ryan Condal and Evan Spiliotopoulos, is a revisionist take on the classic myth. ‘Hercules’ stars Dwayne Johnson, Ian McShane, Rufus Sewell, Joseph Fiennes, Peter Mullan and John Hurt. For more information on ‘Hercules,’ visit the film’s official website, as  [ Read More ]

Don Peyote Goes On a Trip of a Lifetime in Comedy’s Release

Posted by Karen Benardello On April - 15 - 2014 0 Comment
Don Peyote Goes On a Trip of a Lifetime in Comedy's Release

‘Don Peyote’ will go on a trip of a lifetime when XLrator Media releases the comedy-drama in May 2014 in theaters and on VOD. The film was co-written and directed by Michael Canzoniero and Dan Fogler, who’s also featured as the main actor. The movie also stars Josh Duhamel, Jay Baruchel, Wallace Shawn, Topher Grace and Anne Hathaway. XLrator Media has released the following synopsis for ‘Don Peyote’: A midlife crisis over his upcoming wedding sends 32-year-old unemployed stoner Warren Allman (Fogler) on the drug trip of a lifetime in this off-the-wall comedy. Fueled by vivid apocalyptic dreams, Warren becomes obsessed with Doomsday theories and decides to make a documentary  [ Read More ]

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