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White Bird in a Blizzard Movie Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On October - 24 - 2014 0 Comment
White Bird in a Blizzard Movie Review

Title: White Bird in a Blizzard Director: Gregg Araki Starring: Shailene Woodley, Eva Green, Christopher Meloni, Shiloh Fernandez, Thomas Jane, Gabourey Sidibe, Mark Indelicato and Angela Bassett Striving to leave your mark on the world and be appreciated for who you truly are as you mature into the person you want to be can be a gratifying, if not equally terrifying, experience for many people. But director Gregg Araki perfectly relayed that coming-of-age and personal discovery process in his new film adaptation, ‘White Bird in a Blizzard.’ The crime thriller, which is is based on the 1999 novel of the same name by Laura Kasischke, powerfully chronicles a teen who’s  [ Read More ]

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Kristen Stewart, Juliette Binoche and Olivier Assayas Talk Clouds of Sils Maria

Powerfully and captivatingly exploring your deep-rooted emotions, desires and ideals during a period of intense personal exploration, as you struggle to find your true purpose in life, can be a harrowing obstacle. But once you find your true passion that completely fulfills your sense of self, you undoubtedly begin to feel like you found your real purpose in life. That struggle to overcome any challenges you’re faced with, and becoming completely happy in your life, is enthrallingly explored in writer-director Olivier Assayas’s new drama, ‘Clouds of Sils Maria.’ The movie, which screened for the press on October 8 at the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater during the  [ Read More ]

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Stonehearst Asylum Movie Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On October - 23 - 2014 0 Comment
Stonehearst Asylum Movie Review

Title: ‘Stonehearst Asylum’ Director: Brad Anderson Starring: Jim Sturgess, Kate Beckinsale, Ben Kingsley, Michael Caine and Brendan Gleeson Intriguingly revealing only trivial pieces of personal information to the people around you for your own personal benefit is an intricate process society believes can only be achieved by the most deceptive schemers who are trying to better their own lives. But when even the seemingly most inept people can cunningly and surprisingly deceive many of the people who are trying to repress them, contending with the ramifications they unleash on humanity can be harrowing and disconcerting for everyone. The distinct characters in helmer Brad Anderson’s new thriller, ‘Stonehearst Asylum,’ which is  [ Read More ]

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Foxcatcher Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On October - 23 - 2014 0 Comment

Foxcatcher Movie Review Sony Pictures Classics Reviewed for Shockya by Tami Smith, Guest Reviewer Director: Bennett Miller Screenwriter: E. Max Frye, Dan Futterman Cast: Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, Vanessa Redgrave, Sienna Miller Release Date: November 14, 2014 Valley Forge, Pennsylvania is a place rich with “history”, dating back to the American Revolutionary war. John du Pont (Steve Carell), a man with inherited wealth of immense proportions, lived right in that location on his Foxcatcher Farm and trained wrestling athletes for the 1988 Seoul Summer Olympics. Du Pont always got what he wanted so getting Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) and David Schultz (Mark Ruffalo) to come to his estate  [ Read More ]

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Interview: Dan Gilroy on the Reality of ‘Nightcrawler’

Posted by Melissa Molina On October - 23 - 2014 0 Comment
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The world of journalism doesn’t rest once the sun goes down. Some would say that a lot of the news, the violence and drama that many love to watch, thrives at nighttime. If there’s an accident taking place nearby at some point past dusk, the nightcrawlers are more than likely one of the first people on the scene, quickly capturing the footage needed to sell it off to local news networks. It’s a rough business but there are plenty out there who make a good living off it. Writer-director Dan Gilroy takes the cameras out of their hands and puts the focus on this particular group of people in ‘Nightcrawler.’  [ Read More ]

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My Italian Secret Movie Review

Posted by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi On October - 23 - 2014 0 Comment
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Title: My Italian Secret – Forgotten Heroes Director: Oren Jacoby Starring: Andrea Bartali, Pietro Borromeo, Gaia Servadio, Charlotte Hauptman, Pietro  Terracina, Ursula Korn Selig. ‘My Italian Secret’ tells the story of sports idol Gino Bartali and other Italians who saved Jews and refugees fleeing the Nazis in WWII. Bartali, the Tour de France cycling champion, made hundreds of trips transporting fake documents in the frame of his bicycle for a secret underground organised by the Cardinal and the Rabbi of Florence. In the meantime doctor Giovanni Borromeo, who worked at the Fatebenefratelli Hospital in Rome, created a ward to treat the terribly contagious non-existent ‘K’ disease, that mocked Kappler and  [ Read More ]

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The Salt of The Earth Movie Review

Posted by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi On October - 22 - 2014 0 Comment
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Title: The Salt of the Earth Director: Wim Wenders & Juliano Ribeiro Salgado Starring: Sebastião Salgado. The great Wim Wenders returns to documentary. ‘The Salt of the Earth’ is an ode to the social photographer Sebastião Salgado, co-directed with the photographer’s son Juliano Ribeiro Salgado. The Brazilian artist of the camera, who has traveled in over 100 countries for his photographic projects, is captured by a master of the film industry, through a subtle narrative overlap of storytelling and photographic material. The documentary’s cinematically exquisite journey is accompanied by Laurent Petitgand’s celestial music score. Wim Wenders chooses to name this documentary using the same title of the 1954 American drama,  [ Read More ]

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Foxcatcher Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On October - 22 - 2014 0 Comment
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FOXCATCHER Sony Pictures Classics Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade:  B+ Director:  Bennett Miller Screenwriter:  E. Max Frye, Dan Futterman Cast:  Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, Vanessa Redgrave, Sienna Miller Screened at:  Sony, NYC, 10/20/14 Opens:  November 14, 2014 If you had a few million dollars, make that a billion, what would you do?  Would you collect a garage-full of antique cars?  Buy some property in the South of France?  Set up a philanthropic foundation?  These are options that many of the super-rich commit to, but John Eleuthere du Pont had other ideas.  A bird-watching enthusiast, he had a coffee-table picture book published on  [ Read More ]

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The Avengers: Age of Ultron Gets A New Teaser Trailer

Posted by Rudie Obias On October - 22 - 2014 0 Comment
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It’s now only a matter of time! “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” started production today in South Africa. In a little more than a year, we’ll all be in a nice theater watching “The Avengers” sequel in May 2015. At the moment, the new Marvel movie will feature Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Cobie Smulders, Samuel L. Jackson, James Spader, Elizabeth Olsen, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Thomas Kretschmann, and Paul Bettany as J.A.R.V.I.S. and Vision. “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” will hit theaters everywhere on May 1, 2015, in 3D.

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Last Summer Movie Review

Posted by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi On October - 22 - 2014 0 Comment
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Title: Last Summer Director: Leonardo Guerra Seràgnoli Starring: Rinko Kikuchi, Yorick Van Wageningen, Lucy Griffiths, Laura Sofia Bach, Daniel Brady, Ken Brady. The Rome Film Festival – which has had a precipitous downfall over the years – opens with a mediocre film. ‘Last Summer’ directed by Leonardo Guerra Seràgnoli has a very simple and nerve-wracking plot: A Japanese mother is obliged to spend a few final days with her 4-year-old son, who’s been whisked away in a custody battle, though we never know why. The boy is initially aloof – also because he’s overprotected by the staff on board of the yacht – but eventually will open up to his  [ Read More ]

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The Tale of Princess Kaguya Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On October - 22 - 2014 0 Comment
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THE TALE OF PRINCESS KAGUYA GKIDS Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade:    B+ Director:  Isao Takahata Screenwriter:  Isao Takahata Cast:  Dubbed version: Chloë Grace Moretz, James Caan, Mary Steenburgen, Darren Criss, Lucy Liu, Beau Bridges, James Marsden, Oliver Platt, Dean Cain. Subtitled version: Aki Asakura, Kengo Kora, Takeo Chii, Nobuko Miyamoto, Atsuko Takahata, Tomoko Tabata, Tatekawa, Takaya Kamikawa, Hikaru Ijuin, Ryudo Uzaki, Nakamura Shichinosuke II, Isao Hashizume, Yukiji Asaoka, Tatsuya Nakadai Screened at:  Review 2, NYC, 10/14/15 Opens:  October 17, 2014 If your high school World History course was like mine, you spent a little time on Greece and Rome, another few weeks on medieval  [ Read More ]

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A Merry Friggin Christmas

The first trailer for the comedy ‘A Merry Friggin Christmas’ starring the late Robin Williams and ‘The Soup’s Joel McHale has been released in time for the start of the holidays. In the Tristram Shapeero directed comedy, McHale plays a family man who is forced to spend the holidays with his dysfunctional relatives. After realizing he has left his son’s gifts at home, McHale’s character will take a last minute road trip with his own father (played by Williams) that is sure to be hell as they race against the clock. In the brief first clip for the November 7th release, Williams is seen helping his grandson get ready for  [ Read More ]

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The Judge Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On October - 22 - 2014 0 Comment
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THE JUDGE Warner Bros Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes Grade:  B Director:  David Dobkin Screenplay:  Nick Schenk, Bill Dubuque, from David Dobkin and Nick Schenk’s story Cast:  Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall, Vera Farmiga, Billy Bob Thornton, Vincent D’Onofrio, David Krumholtz Screened at:  Warner, NYC, October 6, 2014 Opens:  October 10, 2014 Containing all the tension and some of the twists that make John Grisham novels best sellers, David Dobkin’s “The Judge” adds a Hallmark style reconciliation between a small-town crotchety judge and his estranged slick lawyer son.  Director Dobkin, whose 2005 movie “Wedding Crashers” deals with two fun guys who sneak into weddings, takes  [ Read More ]

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“John Wick” is coming to theaters Oct. 24 and IMDB celebrated the film’s upcoming release by holding a live global Twitter event featuring the star of “John Wick,” Keanu Reeves. The multilingual event, which took place Wednesday, featured Reeves answering questions from fans from around the world. Some of the answers illuminated more about how Reeves prepared for his role. One fan, @summer0001, asked Reeves what steps he took to get in the mindset of John Wick. “On the action side I had [three] months of training. And I came up [with] a backstory for him & tried to personalize his emotions,” Reeves wrote. “And was supported by wonderful characters  [ Read More ]

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John DiMaggio The Shoot

“Futurama” star John DiMaggio is starring in a brand new film coming to theaters in 2015. The film, “The Shoot,” gives a humorous and dark take on the music and fashion industries. Take a look at the synopsis: “Written and directed by John Adams and Toby Poser, the film is a dark, sometimes funny comment on American dreams and nightmares in the rock and roll and fashion industries. In the pic, a fashion shoot in the desert goes horribly wrong when two hard up rockers try their luck at robbing it.” The film seems to be a promising thriller/horror with dark comedy elements, so if you’re into off-kilter films, take  [ Read More ]

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