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With the nation of Panem in a full scale war, Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) confronts President Snow (Donald Sutherland) in the final showdown. Teamed with a group of her closest friends – including Gale (Liam Hemsworth), Finnick (Sam Claflin) and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) – Katniss goes off on a mission with the unit from District 13 as they risk their lives to liberate the citizens of Panem, and stage an assassination attempt on President Snow who has become increasingly obsessed with destroying her. The mortal traps, enemies, and moral choices that await Katniss will challenge her more than any arena she faced in The Hunger Games as she realizes the stakes  [ Read More ]

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The Gunman Movie Review

Posted by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi On May - 14 - 2015 0 Comment
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Title: The Gunman Director: Pierre Morel Starring: Sean Penn, Idris Elba, Ray Winstone, Mark Rylance, Jasmine Trinca, Javier Bardem. Jean-Patrick Manchette’s novel ‘La Position du tireur couché’ (The Prone Gunman), gets adapted for the silver screen by French cinematographer and film director Pierre Morel, known for ‘District 13,’ ‘From Paris With Love,’ and ‘Taken.’ The American action thriller, stars Sean Penn as an ex-soldier who carried out an assassination in the Democratic Republic of Congo and finds his past catching up with him eight years later. The cast also includes Javier Bardem, Italian actress Jasmine Trinca, Idris Elba, Ray Winstone and Mark Rylance. The film begins with utter promise: the  [ Read More ]

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Echoes of War Movie Review

Posted by juliana On May - 14 - 2015 0 Comment

Title: Echoes of War ARC Entertainment Director: Kane Senes Writer: Kane Senes & John Chriss Cast: James Badge Dale, Ethan Embry, William Forsythe, Maika Monroe, Rhys Wakefield Running time: 1hr 40 min, Rated R (violence, sexuality/nudity and language) In Theaters, VOD and i-Tunes on May 15, 2015 After the Civil War, two neighboring families struggle to survive in rural Texas. The McCluskeys, headed by Randolph (William Forsythe) are dealing with their lost cattle and their son to the war.  His wife Doris (Beth Broderick) is nearly comatose in grief with the loss of one of her sons, while her other two boys – the mentally disabled Dillard (Ryan O’Nan) and  [ Read More ]

Categories: Drama, MOVIES, REVIEWS

Ex Machina Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On May - 14 - 2015 0 Comment
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EX MACHINA A24/ Universal Pictures Reviewed by: Harvey Karten for Shockya. Databased on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade: A- Director: Alex Garland Screenwriter:  Alex Garland Cast:  Alicia Vikander, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, Sonoya Mizuno, Claire Selby, Symara A. Templeman Screened at: Regal Union Square, NYC, 5/9/15 Opens:  April 24, 2015 If you’re into theater, you’ll know that a deus ex machine is “a god from the machine,” and is a plot device uses when a writer is painted into a corner and does not know how to end the play.  The writer then uses a contrived solution, such as Euripides used in Medea, when the title character, about to be caught for  [ Read More ]

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Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson are constantly making moves! Separately, the two can be seen in tons of big films, but now, the two will bring their juggernaut skill sets to the New Line Cinema and Universal Pictures film, “Central Intelligence.” Filming has begun in Boston, MA. The action-comedy will be directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber (“We’re the Millers” and “Dodgeball”) and also stars Amy Ryan and “The Game” star Danielle Nicolet. The film’s screenplay is by Ike Barinholtz, David Stassen, Sean Anders and John Morris, with a story by Barinholtz and Stassen. Ed Helms acts as executive producer, with Scott Stuber (“Ted”), Peter Principato and Paul Young (“black-ish”) and  [ Read More ]

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Interview: Bradley King Talks Time Lapse (Exclusive)

Posted by Karen Benardello On May - 13 - 2015 0 Comment
Interview-Bradley King Talks Time Lapse (Exclusive)

Unexpectedly uncovering a riveting opportunity that can seemingly provide an easy chance of obtaining both your dreams and wealth is one that many people would happily take, without giving much regard to the consequences. It isn’t until the harrowing consequences of their hasty decision begin happening that people start to realize what a devastating mistake they made. Showcasing how looking into your future before it happens, in an effort to more conveniently achieve your goals, can actually be a disastrous decision is showcased in the new independent sci-fi thriller, ‘Time Lapse.’ The movie, which is set to be released in theaters and on VOD on Friday, marks the daring feature  [ Read More ]

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Insidious Chapter 3's Lin Shaye Named Godmother of Horror by Wizard World

Legendary actress Lin Shaye was honored for her contributions in the horror genre by being named the “Godmother of Horror” at this past Mother’s Day weekend Wizard World Comic Con in Philadelphia. The performer was celebrated by Wizard World as she’s promoting her upcoming horror film, ‘Insidious: Chapter 3,’ which is set to be distributed in theaters by Focus Features on June 5. Besides reprising her role as gifted psychic Elise Rainier in the prequel in the popular supernatural series, Shaye also starred in more than 20 other horror films, including ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’ and ‘Snakes on a Plane.’ While discussing her character in the latest ‘Insidious’ movie,  [ Read More ]

Tale of Tales Movie Review

Posted by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi On May - 13 - 2015 0 Comment
Tale of Tales Movie Review

Title: Tale of Tales  Director: Matteo Garrone Starring: Salma Hayek, John C. Reilly, Christian Lees, Jonah Lees, Alba Rohrwacher, Massimo Ceccherini, Laura Pizzirani, Franco Pistoni, Giselda Volodi, Giuseppina Cervizzi, Jessie Cave, Toby Jones, Bebe Cave, Guillaume Delaunay, Eric Maclennan, Nicola Sloane, Vincenzo Nemolato, Giulio Beranek, Davide Campagna, Vincent Cassel, Shirley Henderson, Hayley Carmichael, Stacy Martin, Kathryn Hunter, Ryan McParland, Kenneth Collard, Renato Scarpa.  Kings, princesses, monsters, ogres, dark fairytales drenched with curses and magic that comes with a price, populate Matteo Garrone’s new cinematic endeavour, through the screen adaptation of a seventeenth-century collections of tales by Italian poet and courtier Giambattista Basile: ‘Lo cunto de li cunti’ (Pentamerone), i.e. ‘Tale  [ Read More ]

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A Little Chaos Movie Review

Posted by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi On May - 13 - 2015 0 Comment
A Little Chaos Movie Review

Title: A Little Chaos Director: Alan Rickman Starring: Kate Winslet, Matthias Schoenaerts, Alan Rickman, Stanley Tucci, Helen McCrory, Steven Waddington, Jennifer Ehle. ‘A Little Chaos marks Rickman’s second film after his 1997 directorial debut  ‘The Winter Guest.’ The 2014 British period drama is the second collaboration of Rickman and Winslet after their 1995 film ‘Sense and Sensibility.’ Love blooms amid the Sun King’s gardens in 17th-century Versailles: A Gallehault indeed, the project that engages two talented landscape artists at Louis XIV’s palace of Versailles. Sabine de Barra (Kate Winslet) is a fictional proto-feminist figure of lower-class gardener, who shakes up the ordered world of the king’s landscaper in chief, Maître  [ Read More ]

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Pitch Perfect 2 Movie Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On May - 12 - 2015 0 Comment
Pitch Perfect 2 Movie Review

Title: Pitch Perfect 2 Director: Elizabeth Banks Starring: Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow, Hailee Steinfeld, Skylar Astin, Adam DeVine, Katey Sagal, John Michael Higgins and Elizabeth Banks Finding the courage to finally feel confident enough to move on from the comfort of your current stage in your life can be just as harrowing as being comfortable enough to embrace the next phase you’re set to embark on. That powerful process of moving forward with your plans and goals is intriguingly and humbly showcased in the new musical comedy, ‘Pitch Perfect 2,’ the sequel to the 2012 sleeper hit, ‘Pitch Perfect.’ Not only do the main characters in the female  [ Read More ]

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“Modern Family” star Sarah Hyland takes on family traumas in “See You In Valhalla,” coming to DVD May 26. The film, directed by Jarret Tarsal and written by Brent Tarsal, also stars Steve Howey, Odeya Rush, Bret Harrison, Emma Bell, Beau Mirchoff, Jake McDorman, Conor O’Farrell and Michael Weston. The film finds Hyland’s character faced with confronting the issues of her family after the death of one of its members. “After the bizarre death of her brother, Johana Burwood must return home after four years to face her quirky family, including her estranged dad, her two competitive brothers and various significant others. The family is uncomfortable with each other at  [ Read More ]

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James Marsden and Thomas Jane star in “Into the Grizzly Maze,” an action-adventure set in the Alaskan wilds coming to VOD May 19 and theaters June 26. The David Hackl-directed film also stars Piper Perabo, Billy Bob Thornton, Adam Beach, Michaela McManus and Scott Glenn. The film focuses on a town terrorized by a lone grizzly bear which must be stopped, but the catch is that the bear is on the endangered list. The town’s deputy (Jane) and his family are known for their conservation and preservation work, but their work conflicts with instinct once Jane’s wife goes missing. “After a relentless grizzly starts to wreak havoc on a small  [ Read More ]

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Tribeca 2015 Interview-Michael Petroni, Robin McLeavy and George Shevtsov Talk Backtrack (Exclusive)

Uninhibitedly delving into your past to help you contend with your current intricate emotions and conflicts can be a frightening, but equally liberating, experience. Not only is the troubled protagonist in the new independent mystery thriller, ‘Backtrack,’ forced to confront how the mistakes of his mistakes are haunting his present and dictating his future, but the film’s writer-director-producer, Michael Petroni, also enthrallingly returned to his native Australia to make the genre film. The filmmaker powerfully embraced filming in his native country, as he set out to explore how the painful decisions people make earlier in their lives harrowingly influence their later actions and mindsets in his latest gripping drama. ‘Backtrack’  [ Read More ]

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Minuscule Valley of the Lost Ants Exclusive Clip

Families can embrace going on an epic journey through the woods together, with Shockya’s exclusive clip from the upcoming animated film, ‘Minuscule: Valley of the Lost Ants.’ The video, titled ‘River Chase,’ was released to celebrate the adventure film’s upcoming release in North America, including in theaters, On Demand and on DVD, on May 26. ‘Minuscule: Valley of the Lost Ants,’ which was written and directed by Hélène Giraud and Thomas Szabo, is a unique family animated film in the fact that it features almost no dialogue. Described as a mix between ‘Wall-E’ and ‘A Bug’s Life,’ the movie features the ants communicating solely through a synchronized soundtrack. The score  [ Read More ]

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Live Life On The A-List with Shockya's Exclusive Clip From Hudson Thames' Comedy-Drama

Vicariously live out your teenage dreams through the most popular student at Lake Odell High School in Shockya’s exclusive for the comedy-drama, ‘The A-List.’ The clip features actor Hudson Thames as Eric Schultz, the coolest kid in school, who easily gets whatever he wants. Freestyle Digital Media will showcase all of the ways Eric effortlessly achieves what he wants, when it distributes the comedy-drama tomorrow on VOD and iTunes. The following synopsis for ‘The A-List’ has been released by Freestyle Digital Media: Alyson Stoner (‘Step Up’ films, ‘Phinneas & Ferb’), Hal Sparks (‘Lab Rats,’ ‘Queer as Folk’) and Skyler Vallo (‘True Blood’) costar in this hilarious comedy. Eric Schultz (Hudson  [ Read More ]

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