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La La Land Movie Review #EmmaStone

Posted by Harvey Karten On December - 4 - 2016 0 Comment

LA LA LAND Summit Entertainment (A Division of Lionsgate Films) Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: B Director:  Damien Chazelle Written by: Damien Chazelle Cast: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, John Legend, J.K. Simmons Screened at: Park Avenue, NYC, 11/16/16 Opens: December 9, 2016 If you’re of a certain age or simply catch up on movies made before you were born, you are likely to say “They don’t write musicals the way they used to.”  You’re thinking of the oeuvre of George M. Cohan, George and Ira Gershwin, Alan J. Lerner and Frederick Loewe, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein.  Some of their traditional musicals are revived on Broadway, and deservedly so.   [ Read More ]

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Charity Ekeke She Album Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On December - 4 - 2016 0 Comment
Charity Ekeke She Album Review

Artist: Charity Ekeke Album: She Producer: Michael Hyde; Co-Producer on three tracks: Barry Lee Insightful and honest words that are set against alluring instrumentals can be the most inspirational motivation people of all societies can lean on in the most emotional times of need. Regardless of how people are taught to think about the most important aspects of life, from getting an education to having faith in themselves, knowing how to take a stance on the universal right for survival and happiness is an essential characteristic. Singer-songwriter Charity Ekeke’s debut album, ‘She,’ is a naturally influential chronicle of how international current events, along with personal struggles, impact not only self-esteem,  [ Read More ]

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Fences Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On December - 2 - 2016 0 Comment
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FENCES Paramount Pictures Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: A- Director:  Denzel Washington Written by: August Wilson based on his play Cast: Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Mykelti Williamson, Russell Hornsby, Saniyya Sidney, Jovan Adepo Screened at: AMC Lincoln Sq., NYC, 11/19/16 Opens: December 25, 2016 Regular moviegoers may see no small irony relating to Donald Trump’s elevation to the presidency.  Just as movies are pouring out of Hollywood and the independent studios about the awful heritage of slavery and segregation, just as Americans are now regularly aware of the tragic fate of minorities in our democracy, and just when progressive officeholders and the courts have pushed back the artificial boundaries  [ Read More ]

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The Brand New Testament Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On November - 30 - 2016 0 Comment
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THE BRAND NEW TESTAMENT Music Box Films Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: B Director:  Jaco Van Dormael Written by: Jaco Van Dormael, Thomas Gunzig Cast: Pili Groyne, Benoît Poelvoorde, Yolande Moreau, Catherine Deneuve Screened at: Review 2, NYC, 11/21/16 Opens: December 9, 2016 Donald Trump called Brussels “a hell-hole,” so how could God possibly reside there?  Easy.  In the creative minds of director and co-writer Jaco Van Dormael and of co-scripter Thomas Gunzig, God may well reside in such a place as he is not a nice fella, but a jerk.  He is so bored (can’t blame him after having lived longer than today’s Okinawans) he dreams up ways  [ Read More ]

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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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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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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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Christina Rubino Godspeed & Guns Video Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On November - 23 - 2016 0 Comment
Christina Rubino Godspeed & Guns Video Review

Artist: Christina Rubino Members/Instruments: Christina Rubino: Guitars, Vocals; Johnny Phillips: Spanish Guitars; Jerry Farley: Percussion, Bass; Eli Maurer: Trumpets Single/Video: Godspeed & Guns Production: Jerry Farley/Nova Entertainment Group Protecting a child’s innocence and virtue as they transition into adulthood is a vital element of maintaining a righteous society. But harrowing circumstances can unfortunately negatively impact the lasting instincts and rationale of those more vulnerable youths, and drive them to commit reprehensible acts that they hold no remorse over. The newly released video for ‘Godspeed & Guns,’ the first single and title track from the upcoming album from singer-songwriter-guitarist, Christina Rubino, grippingly highlights the destructive psychological effects that powerfully influence youth.  [ 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
Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie

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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La La Land Movie Review #EmmaS

LA LA LAND Summit Entertainment (A Division of Lionsgate Films) Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: B Director:  Damien ...

Charity Ekeke She Album Review

Charity Ekeke She Album Review

Artist: Charity Ekeke Album: She Producer: Michael Hyde; Co-Producer on three tracks: Barry Lee Insightful and honest words ...

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Fences Movie Review

FENCES Paramount Pictures Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: A- Director:  Denzel Washington Written by: August Wilson based on his ...

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The Brand New Testament Movie

THE BRAND NEW TESTAMENT Music Box Films Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: B Director:  Jaco Van Dormael Written by: ...

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The Comedian Movie Review

THE COMEDIAN Sony Pictures Classics Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: C+ Director:  Taylor Hackford Written by: Art Linson, Jeffrey ...

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