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“Tootsie,” the 1982 beloved classic starring Dustin Hoffman as a struggling actor who becomes America’s favorite soap opera diva, has been named the best film of all time in a new Time Out New York poll. The magazine has put out their list of the top 100 best films, and they declared “Tootsie” to be the best film ever made. “We had a tall request, ranking the best movies of all time, and it was an honor receiving the input of so many esteemed actors—many of whom have classics on their own resumes,” said Joshua Rothkopf, the film editor for Time Out New York. “I’m thrilled with the way this  [ Read More ]

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Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation Movie Review

Posted by philip On July - 29 - 2015 0 Comment

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – ROGUE NATION Starring: Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Sean Harris, Ving Rhames, Jeremy Renner, Alec Baldwin Directed by: Christopher McQuarrie On the whole, the Mission: Impossible film series has been pretty good. Brian DePalma’s original was a solid outing, more concerned with being a thriller than a straight up action film. For all its goofiness, John Woo’s Mission: Impossible 2 still features some fun set pieces. J.J. Abrams outing, Mission: Impossible III was a generic adventure, with a fine performance from Philip Seymour Hoffman. Then we have Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, a film where the second half can never quite recapture the pure magic the first hour  [ Read More ]


On the evening of September 11, 2012, the 11th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, a group of Islamist militants attack on the American diplomatic compound and a nearby CIA Annex in Benghazi, Libya. They kill four Americans, including a US Ambassador, J. Christopher Stevens. A security team of six members fight to defend the remaining Americans. The new movie stars James Badge Dale, John Krasinski, Max Martini, Toby Stephens, Pablo Schreiber, David Denman, Dominic Fumusa, and Freddie Stroma. Written by Chuck Hogan. Directed by Michael “freakin’” Bay!!! “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” hits theaters everywhere on January 15, 2016.

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Watch Political Commentators Become the Best of Enemies in Exclusive TV Spot

Having the ability to quickly indulge your every thought, opinions and desire to a national audience is a luxury many people take advantage of in modern society, particularly through the excessive use of social media and cable networks. Bbeing able to continuously revel in that luxury wasn’t a capability that most people were able to appreciate in the late 1960s, before the launch of the internet and cable television. But that limitation was quickly rebuffed with two distinct political commentators, Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley, who infamously debated that their opposing views on society were catastrophic for America. To showcase those notorious arguments between the political analysts of the  [ Read More ]

Interview Claudia Traisac Talks Escobar Paradise Lost (Exclusive)

Criminals are often harrowingly perceived to be dangerous people who would ruthlessly do whatever it takes to defeat their enemies, obtain power and indulge their every corrupt desire. But once the public begins to delve into their private lives, in an effort to better understand why they make the decisions they do, the world begins to understand that these mobsters often feel that they’re not completely morally corrupt, as family is the most sacred thing to them. That powerful insight is grippingly presented in the thriller ‘Escobar: Paradise Lost,’ which marks the feature film writing and directorial debuts of actor Andrea Di Stefano. The drama emphasizes that the real-life title  [ Read More ]


Vacation Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On July - 27 - 2015 0 Comment

VACATION Warner Bros./New Line Cinema Reviewed by: Harvey Karten for Shockya. Databased on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade: B+ Director: Jonathan M. Goldstein, Tracy J. Brown, John Francis Daley Screenwriter:  Jonathan M. Goldstein, Tracy J. Brown, John Francis Daley Cast:  Ed Helms, Christina Applegate, Skyler Gisondo, Steele Stebbins, Leslie Mann, Keegan Michael Key Screened at: Regal E-Walk, NYC, 7/27/15 Opens:  July 29, 2015 When John Steinbeck wrote Travels with Charley in Search of America, he was not with his family but only with his dog Charley.  The two traveled across our fair land in their trailer, named Rocinante.  Steinbeck hoped that, using his dog to encourage strangers to chat, he would find  [ Read More ]

Queen of Earth

“Mad Men” star Elisabeth Moss inhabits the role of a woman on the edge in “Queen of Earth.” The film, directed by Alex Ross Perry, also stars Katherine Waterson, Kentucker Audley and Patrick Fugit. Moss’ character Catherine is a woman who’s suffered loss – her artistic father has died – and is invited out to her friend Virginia’s lake house to recuperate. But when Virginia begins a relationship of her own (with Rich, played by Fugit), problems in her existing friendship with Catherine begin to surface, leading Catherine down an even darker path. On top of that, Catherine realizes that she’ll never find peace at the lake house, thanks to  [ Read More ]

The Stanford Prison Experiment

IFC Films presents a unique drama detailing a true life story that a lot of people probably haven’t heard of. “The Stanford Prison Experiment,” starring Billy Crudup as Dr. Philip Zimbardo, highlights the incredible social experiment involving participants posing as prisoners and guards. The film also stars Kyle Patrick Alvarez, Tye Sheridan, Olivia Thirlby, Logan Miller, Thomas Mann, Michael Anganaro, Keir Gilchrist, Moises Arias, Johnny Simmons, Chris Sheffield, Jack Kilmer, Ki Hong Lee and James Frechville. Dr. Zimbardo himself acted as a consultant for the film. “The Stanford Prison Experiment” is now available on cable VOD and will be expanding it theatrical release this week. Here’s more about “The Stanford  [ Read More ]

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New York Film Festival 2015 Centerpiece Film Announced

Posted by Rudie Obias On July - 27 - 2015 0 Comment

Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs is coming to New York as NYFF53′s centerpiece film this fall!! The Film Society of Lincoln Center announced today the selection of Steve Jobs, written by Academy Award® winner Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network, Charlie Wilson’s War) and directed by Academy Award® winner Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours), as the Centerpiece of the upcoming 53rd New York Film Festival (September 25 – October 11), to screen on Saturday, October 3. Boyle and Sorkin joined forces to create this film about the brilliant man at the epicenter of the digital revolution, working from Walter Isaacson’s best-selling biography. Steve Jobs stars Michael Fassbender in the title role,  [ Read More ]

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In his signature black turtleneck and blue jeans, shrouded in shadows below a milky apple, Steve Jobs’ image was ubiquitous. But who was the man on the stage? What accounted for the grief of so many across the world when he died? From Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney, ‘Steve Jobs: The Man In The Machine’ is a critical examination of Jobs who was at once revered as an iconoclastic genius and a barbed-tongued tyrant. A candid look at Jobs’ legacy featuring interviews with a handful of those close to him at different stages in his life, the film is evocative and nuanced in capturing the essence of the Apple legend and  [ Read More ]

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Interview: Robert Gordon and Morgan Neville Talk Best of Enemies (Exclusive)

It’s not often when people are able to completely and devotedly immerse themselves in their biggest passions for both their personal enjoyment and professional gratification. But when they truly are able to indulge themselves in their strongest cultural affections, and reflect on how the views that oppose their own are impacting society, often times they’ll find fulfillment in expressing their own ideas to humanity. That personal contentment is powerfully showcased in the upcoming political documentary, ‘Best of Enemies,’ which was co-written, directed and produced by friends and occasional collaborators, Robert Gordon and Morgan Neville. The film, which is set to be released in theaters on July 31, allowed the filmmakers  [ Read More ]


The End of the Tour Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On July - 26 - 2015 0 Comment

THE END OF THE TOUR A24 Reviewed by: Harvey Karten for Shockya.  Databased on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade: B Director: James Ponsoldt Screenwriter:  Donald Margulies from David Lipsky’s book Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace Cast:  Jesse Eisenberg, Jason Segel, Anna Chlumsky, Joan Cusack, Mamie Gummer, Mickey Sumner Screened at: Digital Arts, NYC, 6/15/15 Opens:  July 31, 2015 David Foster Wallace’s 1996 book Infinite Jest may not be The Great American Novel, but some literary cognoscenti have pronounced it one of the one hundred best works of American fiction.  What is traditionally considered The Great American novel is Moby Dick and there  [ Read More ]


Interview: Joe Dante Talks Burying the Ex (Exclusive)

Posted by Karen Benardello On July - 26 - 2015 0 Comment
Interview: Joe Dante Talks Burying the Ex (Exclusive)

Struggling to move on from a painful breakup can be a challenging task that people often have difficulty with, as they naturally and uncontrollably sentimentalize the seemingly better parts of their relationship. Even when they eventually accept the fact they have to move on and form more positive and meaningful connections, burying the past can still prove to be a challenge. That internal struggle is enthrallingly presented in director Joe Dante’s horror comedy, ‘Burying the Ex,’ in which the relatable protagonist, Max, tries move on from his recently ended romantic relationship. The independent movie, which was released in theaters and on VOD and iTunes last month, and will be released  [ Read More ]

Staten Island Summer-Cast and Crew

Eagerly anticipating the seemingly positive personal and professional changes that are sure to come next in your life, while also affectionately holding onto the meaningful relationships and experiences that have influenced your emotions and ideas, can be an equally sentimental and difficult process. But having the maturity and intelligence to realize that just because your circumstances will always naturally be evolving doesn’t take away from the meaning in your connections and the things you have already accomplished. That powerful realization is captivatingly and amusingly showcased in the new comedy, Staten Island Summer, which is a relatable coming-of-age exploration into how both teens and adults truly accept their maturity, as they  [ Read More ]


That Sugar Film Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On July - 25 - 2015 0 Comment

THAT SUGAR FILM Samuel Goldwyn Films Reviewed by: Harvey Karten for Shockya. Databased on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade: A- Director: Damon Gameau Cast:  Damon Gameau, Stephen Fry, Jessica Marais, Brenton Thwaites, Isabel Lucas Screened at: Critics’ link, NYC, 6/27/15 Opens:  July 31, 2015 “The Sugar Film” is not the cat’s meow of scientific proof that sugar is not only bad for you but that it has devastated individuals and communities alike.  While a documentary about a white additive that is stuffed into maybe eighty percent of processed food could sound as dull as a trip to a public school lunchroom, “That Sugar Film” is enormously entertaining thanks to the leading presence  [ Read More ]


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