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Poker Night Movie Review 2

Posted by Karen Benardello On December - 20 - 2014 0 Comment
Poker Night Movie Review

Title: Poker Night Director: Greg Francis Starring: Beau Mirchoff, Michael Eklund, Ron Perlman, Ron Eldard, Titus Welliver, Giancarlo Esposito, Corey Large and Halston Sage Engaging in numerous and versatile attempts to emulate the success of respected professionals in your field, as you try to achieve your own accomplishments in your newly launched career, is a major key element in prevailing in your job. But following in their triumphs can also help in protecting your life in dire situations. The protagonist in Greg Francis’ feature film writing and directorial debuts, the action crime thriller, ‘Poker Night,’ creatively and determinately relied on the powerful advice he garnered from his new colleagues. He  [ Read More ]

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Get Hard Gets A New Trailer

Posted by Rudie Obias On December - 19 - 2014 0 Comment
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A businessman hires a tough guy so he can learn how to survive his upcoming prison sentence. The movie stars Will Ferrell, Kevin Hart, Alison Brie, Edwina Findley, and Craig T. Nelson. “Get Hard” opens in theaters on March 27, 2015.

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Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb Movie Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On December - 19 - 2014 0 Comment
Night at the Museum Secret of the Tomb Movie Review

Title: Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb Director: Shawn Levy Starring: Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Owen Wilson, Steve Coogan, Ricky Gervais, Rebel Wilson, Ben Kingsley, Skyler Gisondo and Dan Stevens People often easily embrace the natural and intriguing relationships in their lives, and can start taking advantage of the belief that their connections will never be affected by anything in the world around them. It’s not until their beliefs and ideals change, due to their natural maturing and reactions to challenges around them, that they are finally forced to contend with the knowledge that everyone has to let go of those they love at some point. That relatable  [ Read More ]

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The Gambler Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On December - 18 - 2014 0 Comment
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THE GAMBLER Paramount Pictures Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade:  B Director:  Rupert Wyatt Screenwriter:  William Monahan based on the 1974 film “The Gambler” Cast:  Mark Wahlberg, John Goodman, Brie Larson, Michael Kenneth Williams, George Kennedy, Jessica Lange, Richard Schiff, Andre Braugher Screened at:  Paramount, NYC, 12/2/14 Opens:  December 19, 2014 (limited) Some say that compulsive gamblers who bet more money than they can afford are self-destructive, even suicidal. They actually want to lose, given their self-hate. This is doubtless true for some.  In “The Gambler,” however, scripter William Monahan finds Jim Bennett (Mark Wahlberg) as a guy who gambles despite a losing streak because  [ Read More ]

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Into the Woods Movie Review 2

Posted by Harvey Karten On December - 18 - 2014 0 Comment

INTO THE WOODS Walt Disney Pictures Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade:  C+ Director:  Rob Marshall Screenwriter:  James Lapine, music by Stephen Sondheim Cast:  Emily Blunt, Anna Kendrick, James Corden, Johnny Depp, Meryl Streep, Chris Pine, Emily Blunt, Christine Baranski Screened at:  Lighthouse, NYC, 11/27/14 Opens:  December 25, 2014 The tagline for the movie is “Be careful what you wish for…” the implication being that you may get your wish but that you are worse off than ever.  In fact, the four people who make wishes right at the opening of the fairy tale all wish for the things that mean the most to them,  [ Read More ]

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New Trailer for American Sniper Released

Posted by monique On December - 18 - 2014 0 Comment
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“American Sniper” is shaping up to possibly be one of Bradley Cooper’s defining roles. The film, which also stars Sienna Miller and is directed by Clint Eastwood, now has a new trailer detailing more of the drama that will make this film a possible Oscar contender. The film is based on the real story of Chris Kyle, “the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history.” “U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle is sent to Iraq with only one mission: to protect his brothers-in-arms. His pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield and, as stories of his courageous exploits spread, he earns the nickname “Legend.” However, his reputation is also growing  [ Read More ]

Categories: Drama, MOVIES, NEWS, POSTERS, VIDEO

Poker Night Movie Review

Posted by juliana On December - 18 - 2014 0 Comment
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Title: Poker Night XLrator Media Director: Greg Francis Writer: Greg Francis Cast: Ron Perlman, Giancarlo Esposito, Beau Mirchoff, Titus Welliver, Michael Eklund, Ron Eldard, Corey Large, Halston Sage Running time: 1hr 44 min, Unrated (Language, Violence, Rape) IN THEATERS, VOD AND iTUNES: December 20, 2014 Detective Stan Jeter (Beau Mirchoff) of Warsaw Indiana is welcomed to a poker game by a few of the city’s best detectives – Calabrese (Ron Perlman), Bernard (Giancarlo Esposito), Cunningham (Ron Eldard),  and Maxwell (Titus Welliver).  The rules of the poker game is that once the rookie wins, he can start asking questions. The guys meanwhile tell him tales of their most memorable cases in  [ Read More ]

Categories: Drama, MOVIES, RELEASES, REVIEWS

Cake Movie Review

Posted by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi On December - 18 - 2014 0 Comment
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Title: Cake Director: Daniel Barnz Starring: Jennifer Anniston, Adriana Barraza, Felicity Huffman, William H. Macy, Anna Kendrick, Sam Worthington. Alfred Hitchcock once said that “Cinema is not a slice of life, but a piece of cake,” and snotty moviegoers will surely drool in seeing Jennifer Aniston finally committing to a challenging role with a raw interpretation. ‘Cake’ is the first low-budget, indie-style film since 2006’s ‘Friends with Money,’ where the comedic actress takes on a dramatic role, portraying a woman suffering from chronic pain, both mental and physical. The film opens at a support group where the acquaintances of Nina, a suicide victim (Anna Kendrick), are asked to share what  [ Read More ]

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Exclusive: Clip from Poker Night Revels in Moodiness

Posted by monique On December - 17 - 2014 0 Comment
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Poker becomes more than a game of skill and wit in the Xlrator Media thriller “Poker Night,” coming to theaters Dec. 20. The film, which is already available on iTunes and VOD, is directed by Greg Francis and stars fan favorites such as Ron Perlman, Giancarlo Esposito, Beau Mirchoff, Titus Welliver, Michael Eklund, Ron Eldard, Corey Large in a tense story of survival. “In this twisted thriller, a young detective is caught in a sadistic game of cat-and-mouse when he is kidnapped and tormented by a masked serial killer. In order to survive, the rookie must use the wisdom imparted to him by senior detectives on their regular poker night.”  [ Read More ]

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Sony Cancels The Interview

Posted by monique On December - 17 - 2014 0 Comment
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It’s been brewing for several weeks now, but it’s now official: Sony has decided to shelve “The Interview” from Christmas theatrical release. The film had been the center of a firestorm Sony has weathered in recent weeks; a hacking group known as the Guardians of Peace has taken control of the studio’s email accounts, releasing private correspondence that has revealed some harsh truths about how Sony does business. The hack has proven to be extremely thorough and the hackers promise a “Christmas gift,” not to mention threats to terrorize movie theaters who would show “The Interview.” The hackers invoked the tragedy of September 11 in their threats, which has led  [ Read More ]

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Knight of Cups Gets A New Trailer

Posted by Rudie Obias On December - 15 - 2014 0 Comment
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“Once there was a young prince whose father, the king of the East, sent him down into Egypt to find a pearl. But when the prince arrived, the people poured him a cup. Drinking it, he forgot he was the son of a king, forgot about the pearl and fell into a deep sleep. Rick’s father used to read this story to him as a boy. The road to the East stretches out before him. Will he set forth?” The new movie stars Christian Bale, Natalie Portman, Cate Blanchett, Isabel Lucas, Teresa Palmer, and Frieda Pinto. Written & directed by Terrence Malick. “Knight of Cups” will be released sometime in  [ Read More ]

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Interview: Liv Ullmann Talks Miss Julie (Exclusive)

Posted by Karen Benardello On December - 15 - 2014 0 Comment
Interview: Liv Ullmann Talks Miss Julie (Exclusive)

Overcoming challenging adversities to fully realize and achieve your goals and find fulfillment can often become a daunting experience for many people to overcome. Academy Award-nominated actress Liv Ullmann made her triumphant return as a writer and director with the new drama, ‘Miss Julie,’ after last helming effort, the romantic drama, ‘Faithless,’ was released in 2000. ‘Miss Julie,’ which is based on August Strindberg’s 1888 play, captivatedly allowed Ullmann to fully infuse her adaptation with her relatable views about the ever-changing dynamics between classes in society in the independent film that was filmed entirely in 28 days. The drama also grippingly chronicles how both men and women can uninhibtedly capture  [ Read More ]

Categories: INTERVIEWS, MOVIES
grand budapest hotel

While The Grand Budapest Hotel was released in February, it wins awards in December. Check out all the winners below (under Ralph Fiennes and Saoirse Ronan). Best Picture The Grand Budapest Hotel Best Animated Feature The Lego Movie Best Film Not in the English Language Two Days, One Night Best Documentary Life Itself Best Director Richard Linklater – Boyhood Best Actor Michael Keaton – Birdman Best Actress Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl Best Supporting Actor Edward Norton – Birdman Best Supporting Actress Patricia Arquette – Boyhood Best Original Screenplay The Grand Budapest Hotel Best Adapted Screenplay Gone Girl Best Editing Birdman Best Cinematography The Grand Budapest Hotel Best Non-U.S. Release  [ Read More ]

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Annie Movie Review

Posted by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi On December - 14 - 2014 0 Comment
Annie Movie Review

Title: Annie Director: Will Gluck Starring: Quvenzhané Wallis, Jamie Foxx, Cameron Diaz, Bobby Cannavale, Rose Byrne, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, David Zayas. Director Will Gluckman, brings the musical ‘Annie’ back on screen, through the fourth film adaptation, following Columbia Pictures’ 1982 theatrical film, television sequel in 1995 and Disney’s 1999 television film – all based upon the 1924 comic strip ‘Little Orphan Annie’ by Harold Gray. The musical comedy-drama directed by Will Gluck is produced by Jaz-Z and Will Smith. In this contemporary adaptation ten year old Annie Bennett (Quvenzhané Wallis) is a foster child living in Harlem, along with some other children, in the home of alcoholic Colleen Hannigan (Cameron Diaz).  [ Read More ]

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Inherent Vice Movie Review (2014 New York Film Festival)

Posted by Karen Benardello On December - 13 - 2014 0 Comment
Movie Review Inherent Vice

Title: Inherent Vice Director: Paul Thomas Anderson Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Katherine Waterston, Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Jena Malone, Eric Roberts, Michael K. Williams, Serena Scott Thomas and Christopher Allen Nelson Not all creative and vibrant ideas or explorations into the possibilities of securing the happiest and most luxurious lifestyle possible are meant to last forever. That intriguingly relatable and important life lesson is enthrallingly presented in writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson’s new crime comedy-drama, ‘Inherent Vice.’ The movie, which had its world premiere this past October at the 52nd New York Film Festival, intimately exposes the fall of the bohemian lifestyle that Southern California thrived on during the 1960s. Through Joaquin  [ Read More ]

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