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The Comedian Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On November - 29 - 2016 0 Comment
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THE COMEDIAN Sony Pictures Classics Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: C+ Director:  Taylor Hackford Written by: Art Linson, Jeffrey Ross, Lewis Friedman, Richard LaGravenese Cast: Robert De Niro, Leslie Mann, Edie Falco, Harvey Keitel, Danny DeVito, Patti LuPone Screened at: Sony, NYC, 11/18/16 Opens: January 13, 2017 You may think that the new vulgarity in the U.S. makes its presence felt only in films produced by Judd Apatow and others of his ilk. Taylor Hackford thinks otherwise.  You get the impression by watching the jokes told by Jerry Burke (Robert De Niro) that comedy clubs need grossness to bring in a young audience.  For that matter, the old folks  [ Read More ]

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Interview: Steven Okazaki Talks Mifune: The Last Samurai (Exclusive)

Posted by Karen Benardello On November - 28 - 2016 0 Comment
Interview: Steven Okazaki Talks Mifune: The Last Samurai (Exclusive)

Being a revolutionary pioneer in a particular field of work should be an accomplishment that’s continuously celebrated. Unfortunately, not all visionaries receive the praise they deserve for launching an honored way of life into mainstream society. That’s regrettably the case with actor Toshiro Mifune, who began to garner fame in the late 1940s after he served in World War II. In Oscar-winning filmmaker Steven Okazaki’s new documentary, ‘Mifune: The Last Samurai,’ the performer is highlighted as not only being the first international Asian, but overall nonwhite, star who garnered worldwide attention in the action genre. While Mifune’s work has left lasting impressions on dedication genre fans, the majority of the  [ Read More ]

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The Eyes of My Mother Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On November - 28 - 2016 0 Comment
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THE EYES OF MY MOTHER Magnet Releasing Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: B Director:  Nicolas Pesce Written by: Nicolas Pesce Cast: Kika Magalhaes, Will Brill, Flora Diaz, Paul Nazak, Clara Wong Screened at: Critics’ DVD, NYC, 11/17/16 Opens: December 2, 2016 First-time writer-director Nicolas Pesce can look forward at age twenty-six to fairly original contributions to fans of horror who, at the same time, have the necessary patience to sit through a lyricism that makes a serial killer almost likable.  While you may compare parts of the plot to events in the “Saw” series, primarily the frequent use of chains to keep a psycho’s prey in place in the  [ Read More ]

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Interview: Olatz López Garmendia Talks Patria o Muerte: Cuba, Fatherland or Death

Inspiration to revolt against a government that’s not serving its citizens’ needs can often be sparked from a few people who voice their opposition to their leaders’ rulings. As seen with the Cuban Revolution in the 1950s, a coup that was meant to bring more freedom to the people ultimately turned the country into the current Unitary Marxist–Leninist one-party state, which isn’t helping its citizens. Filmmaker Olatz López Garmendia’s new documentary, ‘Patria o Muerte: Cuba, Fatherland or Death,’ powerfully highlights how the country’s current dictatorship is guiding more people today to rebel against their oppressive leaders. ‘Patria o Muerte: Cuba, Fatherland or Death’ marks the documentary film directorial debut of  [ Read More ]

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Dedicated military officers are known for being willing to put their lives at risk in order to defend their ideals and the safety of their country. The intense dedication the soldiers willingly take on in order to complete their missions becomes even more extreme when their enemy is determined to put them in endanger. That fight between adversaries is compellingly showcased in the upcoming action film, ‘Kill Ratio.’ In honor of the movie being released by XLrator Media, Shockya is premiering an exclusive new clip. XLrator Media is set to distribute ‘Kill Ratio’ in theaters on December 9, before also releasing it on VOD and iTunes on December 13. The  [ Read More ]

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Interview: Fede Alvarez Talks Don’t Breathe (Exclusive)

Posted by Karen Benardello On November - 28 - 2016 0 Comment
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Immediately judging a person just on their appearance is an erroneous trait that many people take on, as they’re encouraged to follow society’s lead of not thinking they should appreciate others for their personalities more than anything else. Swiftly being placed in dangerous situations that reveal people’s character as they struggle to protect themselves ultimately proves whether or not those instant intuitions are indeed accurate. Director and producer Fede Alvarez, who wrote the script for the horror film, ‘Don’t Breathe,’ with his frequent co-scribe, Rodo Sayagues, stunningly proved that people’s natural reactions in times of despair offer the most accurate insight into their temperament. The crime drama, which is now  [ Read More ]

Things to Come Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On November - 27 - 2016 0 Comment
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THINGS TO COME (L’avenir) Sundance Selects Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: B Director:  Mia Hansen-Løve Written by: Mia Hansen-Løve Cast: Isabelle Huppert, André Marcon, Roman Kolinka, Edith Scob, Sarah Le Picard, Solal Forte Screened at: Digital Arts, NYC, 11/9/16 Opens: December 2, 2016 When did you ever hear this in any film you’ve seen: “So long as we desire, we can do without happiness.”  Here’s a statement that hardly axiomatic, one that might come from the mind of a philosopher or one who teaches philosophy.  Generally, in materialistic societies we desire quite a lot, yet  Buddhists warn us that desire is the source of pain.  But Nathalie Chazeaux (Isabelle  [ Read More ]

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Turin Film Festival 2016 Movie Review: Chi mi ha incontrato, non mi ha mai visto (Those Who Met Me, Did Not See Me)

Title: Chi mi ha incontrato, non mi ha mai visto (Those Who Met Me, Did Not See Me) Director: Bruno Bigoni Genre: Mockumentary If you are fond of French poet Arthur Rimbaud, watching ‘Chi mi ha incontrato non mi ha mai visto (Those Who Met Me, Did Not See Me)’ will be as sweet as tasting a madeleine while reading Proust. Filmmaker Bruno Bigoni embarks on an adventurous trip in search of answers about the great poet’s life. A mysterious French woman sells to the director an unpublished photo of Arthur Rimbaud, which might reveal revolutionary information about his life and works. From there on, Bigoni plunges into a passionate  [ Read More ]

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Bodyguards: Secret Lives from the Watchtower Exclusive Clip Features Kevin Weeks Reflecting on Crime

Contending with potential loss of life every day is a harrowing possibility for people who embark on careers that rely on violence as a way to survive. But the consequences of those acts of brutality greatly differ for everyone, depending on which side of the law they’re living on. In the new documentary, ‘Bodyguards: Secret Lives From the Watchtower,’ the lasting effects of those ruthless actions are powerfully highlighted. In honor of the film’s upcoming release, Shockya is premiering an exclusive clip. The clip, which is titled ‘James Bulgar and Kevin,’ features White Bulger’s enforcer, Kevin Weeks, as he discusses the first murder he ever committed on behalf of the  [ Read More ]

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Turin Film Festival 2016 Movie Review: Christine

Posted by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi On November - 22 - 2016 0 Comment
Turin Film Festival 2016 Movie Review: Christine

Title: Christine Director: Antonio Campos Starring: Rebecca Hall, Michael C. Hall, Tracy Letts, Maria Dizzia, J. Smith-Cameron, Timothy Simons, Kim Shaw, John Cullum, Morgan Spectator and Jayson Warner Smith New York filmmaker Antonio Campos brings to the silver screen the story of Christine Chubbuck, the 1970s TV reporter who worked for WTOG and WXLT-TV in Sarasota, and committed suicide during a live television broadcast. The frightful event was announced by Chubbuck with composure as she pulled the trigger, right after saying: “In keeping with Channel 40′s policy of bringing you the latest in ‘blood and guts’, and in living color, you are going to see another first — attempted suicide.”  [ Read More ]

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Turin Film Festival 2016 Movie Review: Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie

Posted by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi On November - 22 - 2016 0 Comment
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Title: Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie Director: Mandie Fletcher Starring: Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley, Julia Sawalha, June Whitfield, Jane Horrocks, Claudia Bing, Gwendoline Christie and Chris Colfer The witticism of ‘Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie’ is not up to the standards of British humour. Director Mandie Fletcher opts for a coarse slapstick entertainment, as she condenses in a film the U.K. television show ‘Absolutely Fabulous.’ The comedy’s screenplay was written by Jennifer Saunders, based on her eponymous sitcom, where she plays the character of Edina Monsoon, the owner of a barely successful metropolitan PR company. Her best friend and partner in crime Patsy Stone (Joanna Lumley) relishes in the high life. Eddy  [ Read More ]

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Miss Sloane Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On November - 22 - 2016 0 Comment
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MISS SLOANE EuropaCorp Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: B Director:  John Madden Written by: Jonathan Perera Cast: Jessica Chastain, Mark Strong, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Michael Stuhlbarg, Alison Pill, Jake Lacy Screened at: Park Avenue, NYC, 11/14/16 Opens: December 9, 2016 We in the audience presumably like to cheer the good guys, whether in politics or family relations, but we’ve come a long way from the great but naïve movies like “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.” In that 1939 picture, director Frank Capra positions James Stewart’s character, Jefferson Smith, an innocent gent, to fill a Senate vacancy with the thought by corrupt politicians that he can easily be manipulated. Smith turns  [ Read More ]

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Paterson Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On November - 22 - 2016 0 Comment
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PATERSON Amazon Studios Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: B Director:  Jim Jarmusch Written by: Jim Jarmusch Cast: Adam Driver, Golshifteh Farahani, Barry Shabaka Henley, Chasten Harmon Screened at: Park Ave.,NYC, 11/12/16 Opens: December 27, 2016 Paterson, New Jersey, not the kind of place that will compete with Viking Tours for your two weeks’ vacation, nonetheless has a rich colonial history.  It is also the subject of a long, four-books’ epic poem by William Carlos Williams, whose theme is that a human being is like a city in the way both grow and decline.  And the city itself is in decline from the looks of Jim Jarmusch’s typically minimalist film.   [ Read More ]

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Aquarius Movie Review

Posted by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi On November - 21 - 2016 0 Comment
Aquarius Movie Review

Title: Aquarius Director: Kleber Mendonça Filho Starring: Sonia Braga, Maeve Jinkings, Irandhir Santos, Humberto Carrão and Soraide Coleto The movie acclaimed at the Cannes Film Festival, ‘Aquarius,’ discusses an incredibly timely topic: the way real estate investments will stop at nothing to speculate. The Brazilian drama, directed by Kleber Mendonça Filho, has a majestically intense Sonia Braga bringing to life the story of Clara, the last resident of Aquarius building who refuses to sell her apartment to a construction company that intends to replace it with a new edifice. She is a strong, dignified, self-sufficient woman who has contrasted cancer all her life. She is a fighter and does not  [ Read More ]

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Moka Movie Review

Posted by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi On November - 21 - 2016 0 Comment
Moka Movie Review

Title: Moka Director: Frédéric Mermoud Starring: Emmanuelle Devos, Nathalie Baye, David Clavel, Diane Rouxel, Samuel Labarthe and Oliver Chantreau ‘Moka’ is the colour of a 1970s Mercedes which has killed an adolescent and is being hunted down by the mother of the victim, to find out who was behind the steering wheel. The detective story is entirely from the mater dolorosa’s point-of-view, Diana Kramaer. She finds the car and decides to move to the small town where it is being sold. The owner is Marléne, a mysterious and elegant blonde woman who owns a beauty salon. Diane will insinuate herself in the beautician’s life to carry out her vengeance. ‘Moka,’  [ Read More ]

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