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King Cobra Movie Review

Posted by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi On October - 17 - 2016 0 Comment

Title: King Cobra Director: Justin Kelly Starring: Christian Slater, Garrett Clayton, James Franco, Keegan Allen, Alicia Silverstone, Molly Ringwald. ‘King Cobra’ delves into the world of gay porn, being graphic but not too revealing or vulgar. Director Justin Kelly proves to be a maestro of discreet authenticity, adapting for the big screen the book by Andrew E. Stoner and Peter A. Conway, ‘Cobra Killer: Gay Porn, Murder, and the Manhunt to Bring the Killers to Justice.’ The film and book are inspired by the true story of Sean Paul Lockhart, a.k.a. Brent Corrigan, a young man from San Diego who was discovered by an influential porn producer and eventually became a  [ Read More ]


The Handmaiden Movie Review 2

Posted by Tami Smith On October - 17 - 2016 0 Comment

The Handmaiden Amazon Studios/ Magnolia Pictures Reviewed by: Tami Smith, Film Reviewer for Shockya Grade: A Director: Park Chan-wook Written by: Seo-Kyung Chung, Chan-wook Park; Based on “Fingersmith”, a novel by Sarah Waters Cast: Ha Jung-woo, Kim Tae-ri, Kim Min-hee, Cho Jin-woong Release Date: October 21, 2016 “Things are seldom what they seem, Skim milk masquerades as cream” sings Buttercup in Gilbert & Sullivan’s operetta, “H.M.S. Pinafore;” “A virtuous woman obeyed men throughout her life: in youth, she obeyed her father; when married, she obeyed her husband; if her husband died, she was subject to her son.” As per Korean Confucian standards Director Park Chan-wook and writer Seo-Kyung Chung must  [ Read More ]


The Handmaiden Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On October - 16 - 2016 0 Comment

THE HANDMAIDEN (Agassi, or Young Lady) Amazon Studios/ Magnolia Pictures Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: B+ Director:  Park Chan-wook Written by: Chung Seo-kyung, Park Chan-wook, from Sarah Waters’ novel “Fingersmith” Cast: Kim Min-hee, Kim Tae-ri, Ha Jung-woo, Cho Jin-woong, Kim Hae-sook, Moon So-ri Screened at: Review 2, NYC, 8/10/16 Opens: October 21, 2016 A Dickensian movie with the most gorgeous photography of any film this year, “The Handmaiden” is an adaptation of the Welsh writer Sarah Waters’ novel “Fingersmith” transported all the way to South Korea and Japan by Park Chan-wook.  The director has quite a reputation among those who like tales of revenge and violence.  His “Oldboy” focuses  [ Read More ]


Before The Flood Movie Review #POTUS

Posted by Harvey Karten On October - 16 - 2016 0 Comment

BEFORE THE FLOOD National Geographic Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: B+ Director:  Fisher Stevens Written by: Mark Monroe Cast: Leonardo Di Caprio, Barack Obama, John Kerry, Pope Francis, Screened at: Dolby88, NYC, 10/6/16 Opens: October 21, 2016 The Dutch painter Hieronymous Bosch executed a triptych between 1495 and 1505, yet even then he knew more than Donald Trump.  Trump says that global warming is a hoax and that even if true, human beings contributed nothing toward it.  Bosch, however, tells another story.  In the first panel, a youthful, matchmaking God introduces Eve to Adam in the Garden of Eden surrounded by nature.  In the middle panel, people are enjoying  [ Read More ]

The Similars Poster

Heightened emotions that naturally arise during frantic situations often connect people, even those who don’t truly know each other. That’s certainly the case in the new sci-fi film, ‘The Similars,’ which chronicles how unexplained phenomenon can bond strangers in the most remarkable ways. In order to support the upcoming release of the drama, its distributor, XLrator Media, has unveiled a new poster and stills that highlight the bizarre occurrences that are plaguing its characters. ‘The Similars’ will be distributed on November 15 on iTunes and VOD, and will also have a one-night screenings in Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco. The sci-fi movie, which was previously titled ‘Los Parecidos,’  [ Read More ]


Desierto Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On October - 14 - 2016 0 Comment

DESIERTO STX Entertainment Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: B Director:  Jonás Cuarón Written by: Jonás Cuarón, Mateo García Elizondo Cast: Gael García Bernal, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Alondra Hidalgo Screened at: Review 1, NYC, 10/5/16 Opens: October 13, 2016 “Desierto” portrays a scruffy bunch of Mexican border-crossers as decent people who would probably be hard-working if they make it, and an American gun-toter as a psychotic.  This may be why one critic opines that the movie would not be on Donald Trump’s best-ten list.  On the other hand, the psycho could conceivably be a candidate for Trump’s head of U.S. Border Patrol since he appears quite effective in dissuading illegals,  [ Read More ]


Qualcosa di nuovo (Something new) Movie Review

Posted by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi On October - 14 - 2016 0 Comment

Title: Qualcosa di nuovo (Something new) Director: Cristina Comencini Starring: Paola Cortellesi, Micaela Ramazzotti, Eduardo Valdarnini. Filmmaker and playwright Cristina Comencini explores the cougar phenomenon adapting her play ‘La scena’ (The Scene) for the big screen, with ‘Qualcosa di nuovo’ (Something new). This is a story about female friendship. The cinematic tale accounts sisterly complicity ? that alternates with competition ? when two women in their forties find themselves sharing a teenage lover. The story is extremely predictable and drenched with cliches, which are enhanced by the female characters who embody two opposing stereotypes. Lucia (Paola Cortellesi) is stiff with men, she mistrusts them, interrogates them and has a rather  [ Read More ]


Johnny Simmons is The Late Bloomer in Signed Poster and Book Giveaway

Posted by Karen Benardello On October - 13 - 2016 0 Comment
The Late Bloomer Exclusive Clip Shows Johnny Simmons, Kumail Nanjiani and Beck Bennett Pondering Tinder

With people who are enduring puberty are often regarded as being among those who are the most self-serving, it’s surprising to discover the adults in their lives can be even more immature than they are in social situations. But that shocking revelation is powerfully presented as fact in the release of the new comedy-drama, ‘The Late Bloomer.’ In celebration of ‘The Late Bloomer‘s theatrical and digital release, Shockya is offering one lucky winner a signed poster, as well as a copy of the book the comedy-drama is based on, ‘The Late Bloomer: A Memoir of My Body.’ To enter, email us at Let us know that you’re entering to  [ Read More ]

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Moonlight Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On October - 12 - 2016 0 Comment

MOONLIGHT A24 Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: B+ Director:  Barry Jenkins Written by: Barry Jenkins, story by Tarell Alvin McCraney Cast: Naomie Harris, André Holland, Mahershala Ali, Janelle Monáe, Trevante Rhodes, Alex R. Hibbert, Jaden Piner Screened at: Dolby88, NYC, 9/21/16 Opens: October 21, 2016 Consider this in the top tier of films about the African-American experience, ranking along with “A Raisin in the Sun,” “Nothing But a Man” and “Killer of Sheep.”  “Moonlight” does not concern itself with integration controversies but sports a 100% African-American cast.  This entry comes with the reliable direction of Barry Jenkins, whose 2008 film “Medicine for Melancholy” deals with twenty-four hours in the  [ Read More ]

Momentum Pictures Takes Hold of The Possession Experiment's Acquisition Rights

Horror fans are able to be drawn back to the supernatural, as the acquisition rights for the upcoming genre film, ‘The Possession Experiment,’ have been secured by Momentum Pictures. The official announcement of the thriller’s acquisition was made by the distributor’s Senior Vice President of Content, Ian Goggins. ‘The Possession Experiment’ was directed by ‘Monumental’ helmer, Scott B. Hansen, who also co-wrote the script for his latest project with Mary J. Dixon. The anticipated horror movie stars Chris Minor, Jake Brinn, Nicky Jasper, KT Fanelli and Bill Moseley. Of the drama’s acquisition, Goggins noted that “‘The Possession Experiment’ is a film that takes audiences for a ride. Bill Moseley has  [ Read More ]

Interview: John Jarratt, Lucy Fry and Greg McLean Talk Wolf Creek (Exclusive)

Finding a reason to continue living after undergoing a traumatic experience can be a harrowing process in itself, as victims may feel as though they no longer have a reason to live. But the resolute young protagonist in the new horror television series, ‘Wolf Creek,’ powerfully won’t allow the grief caused by her tormentor stop her from pursuing her revenge on him. The six-episode limited television series is set to premiere in America at 10pm ET/PT this Friday, October 14. ‘Wolf Creek’ will air exclusively on Pop, a cable and satellite television network that’s a joint venture of CBS Corporation and Lionsgate. The show was inspired by the iconic Australian  [ Read More ]

YouTube’s The Thinning Gets A New Movie Poster

Posted by Rudie Obias On October - 11 - 2016 0 Comment

YouTube’s The Thinning takes place in a post-apocalyptic future where population control is dictated by a high-school aptitude test. When two students (Logan Paul and Peyton List) discover the test is smoke and mirrors hiding a larger conspiracy, they must fight the system to expose it and take it down. “The Thinning” hit YouTube on October 12.

Categories: MOVIES, NEWS
ClownTown DVD Giveaway Follows Friends Being Targeted by the Title Villains

Friends are realizing that they only have each other in their most dire time of need, as a gang of sinister clowns begin stalking them through an otherwise deserted town. To celebrate the chase, the filmmakers and actors of the new thriller, ‘Clowntown,’ will be participating in an in-store signing on behalf of the horror film’s home release. The film is now available on Video on Demand and DVD for an SRP of $15.00 from ITN Distribution. Screenwriter Jeff Miller and director Tom Nagel will be joined by the movie’s cast, including Brian Nagel, Lauren Elise, Andrew Staton, Katie Keene, Jeff Denton and Ryan Pilz, for the in-store signing. The  [ Read More ]

The Infiltrator's Book and Signed Poster Giveaway Shows Bryan Cranston Going Undercover In the Drug World

One man is bravely trying to stop the biggest drug cartel in history by going undercover and infiltrating the dangerous criminal empire. He’s so determined to stop the notorious Pablo Escobar and his drug trafficking ring that the federal agent forgoes the warning that even the slightest slip-up could cost him his life. The agent’s determined journey is showcased in the home release of the biographical drama, ‘The Infiltrator.’ In celebration of ‘The Infiltrator’s home release, Shockya is offering one lucky winner a copy of the book the drama is based on, as well as a movie poster signed by actors Bryan Cranston and Benjamin Bratt. To enter, email us  [ Read More ]

The Charnel House Poster

The most well-intentioned actions can sometimes lead to the most dire and harrowing consequences for everyone connected to those acts. The Reaves family learns that all-too-important lesson the hard way in the new thriller, ‘The Charnel House,’ as their new apartment is threatening to tear their connections apart. The family’s growing struggles are documented in the film’s newly released trailer. ‘The Charnel House’ is set to be distributed in theaters and on VOD on November 4 by Freestyle Digital Media. The drama was directed by Craig Moss, and written by Chad Israel and Emanuel Isler. The thriller stars Callum Blue, Nadine Velazquez and Makenzie Moss as the Reaves family. The  [ Read More ]

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