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Meet the Patels Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On August - 31 - 2015 0 Comment
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MEET THE PATELS Alchemy Reviewed by: Harvey Karten for Shockya. Databased on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade: B+ Director: Geeta V. Patel, Ravi V. Patel Screenwriter:  Geeta V. Patel, Ravi V. Patel, Billy McMillin, Matt Hamachek Cast:  Ravi V. Patel, Champa V. Patel, Vasant K. Patel, Audrey Allison Wauchope, Geeta V. Patel Screened at: Review 2, NYC, 6/9/15 Opens:  September 2015 There’s an abundance of cultures on planet earth, so while the slogan of the Flushing, New York World’s Fair was “It’s a small world after all,” we find that people from the Indian state of Gujarat not only can’t understand the language of the folks in India’s Mysore, and people in  [ Read More ]

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Charity Ward Yellow EP Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On August - 27 - 2015 0 Comment
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Artist: Charity Ward EP: Yellow Passionately divulging your most confidential thoughts to the world can understandably be an emotionally intimidating prospect for many people, as they fear what others will think of them if they know their most private feelings. But the intriguing R&B singer and guitarist, Charity Ward, is sentimentally proving that uninhibitedly revealing your deepest vulnerabilities can be a truly liberating experience. The musician showcases her truest desires and connections in her captivating upcoming pop and R&B-inspired EP, ‘Yellow,’ which is set to be released on September 18. ‘Yellow’ grippingly begins with the soul-inspired track, ‘Pretty,’ which thrives on the care-free spirit that shines through on the backing  [ Read More ]

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Welcome to Leith Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On August - 27 - 2015 0 Comment
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WELCOME TO LEITH First Run Features Reviewed by: Harvey Karten for Shockya. Databased on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade: A- Director: Michael Beach Nichols, Christopher K. Walker Cast:  Craig Cobb, Ryan Schlock Screened at: Critics’ link, N YC, 8/27/15 Opens:  September 9, 2015 When President George W. Bush launched a war with Afghanistan soon after the tragedy of 9/11—when terrorists killed 3,000 Americans by crashing a plane into the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers—he thought he would defeat the enemy by taking away their training grounds.  He should have realized that radical Islamists could easily regroup elsewhere as they have—in Yemen, in the wild reaches of North Waziristan on the Pakistan-Afghan border,  [ Read More ]

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Breath Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On August - 26 - 2015 0 Comment
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Breathe (Respire) Film Movement Reviewed by: Tami Smith, Guest Reviewer for Shockya. Grade: B+ Director: Mélanie Laurent Screenwriter: Mélanie Laurent, Julien Lambroschini Based on: Breathe (Respire), a novel by Anne-Sophie Brasme Cast: Joséphine Japy, Lou de Laâge, Isabelle Carré, Radivoje Bukvic, Carole Franck Release date: September 11, 2015 I once knew a High School student who never stopped raving about the fact that his “father was a medical doctor, his mother was a psychiatrist, he had a German Shepard dog, and an aunt in Romania ”. He later became a “general manager in a large book store in New Jersey” and a “sky diver in Nevada”. In reality none of  [ Read More ]

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Partisan Movie Review

Posted by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi On August - 24 - 2015 0 Comment
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Title: Partisan Director: Ariel Kleiman Starring: Vincent Cassel, Niger Barber, Jeremy Chabriel, Florence Mezzara. A Partisan usually evokes the heroes of World War II opposing the Nazis,  although the exact definition of the word would be “A fervent, sometimes militant supporter or proponent of a party, cause, faction, person, or idea.” This is exactly what Australian director, Ariel Kleiman, portrays in his debut feature film. The director who gained great attention and praise in Cannes, with his short film ‘Deeper Than Yesterday’, chooses to tell the story of a community – accessible through padlocked hidden entrances and concrete passageways – founded by a Messianic figure, Grigori, who believes he can  [ Read More ]

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East Side Sushi Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On August - 24 - 2015 0 Comment
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EAST SIDE SUSHI Cinequest Reviewed by: Harvey Karten for Shockya. Databased on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade: B+ Director: Anthony Lucero Screenwriter:  Anthony Lucero Cast:  Diana Elizabeth Torres, Yutaka Takeuchi, Jesus Fuentes Screened at: Critics’ link, NYC, 8/21/15 Opens:  September 18, 2015 In presiding over food competitions, the judges look for originality, taste and speed.  Film competitions are similar. While you can’t generally taste a movie and since speed does not count (unless the picture is a turkey), originality is prized by all those (meaning people of mature taste) who do not want to see the same plot over and over.  “East Side Sushi” is a prime example of an original. While  [ Read More ]

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Mateo Documentary Review

Posted by juliana On August - 24 - 2015 0 Comment
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Title: Mateo XLrator Media Director: Aaron I. Naar Cast: Matthew Stoneman Running time: 88min, Unrated (language, nudity) In Theaters on August 21st and on VOD and iTunes on August 25th Matthew Stoneman was an affluent youngster from New Hampshire who got popped for armed robbery and spent 5 years in prison. From the other prisoners her learned to speak Spanish and found a love for mariachi music. When he got out , he went to pursue his new passion of songwriting and playing the guitar.  He became a sort of novelty joke amongst his fellow mariachi, but found fame as “The Gringo Mariachi” and adopted the name Mateo.  He spent many  [ Read More ]

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No Escape Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On August - 24 - 2015 0 Comment
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No Escape The Weinstein Company Reviewed by: Tami Smith, Guest Reviewer for Shockya. Grade: B- Director: John Erick Dowdle Screenwriters: John Erick Dowdle, Drew Dowdle Cast: Owen Wilson, Pierce Brosnan, Lake Bell, Sterling Jerins, Claire Geare Release date: August 26, 2015 After arriving in Istanbul on a bright day in May 1998 we stepped into an unknown land. Since we did not speak Turkish and the locals did not speak English or French we had to rely on hand movements and facial expressions. After eating a few Borekes, Baklava and drinking black tea we realized that this was going to be a fun-filled week even without understanding the local language.  [ Read More ]

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Title: Molly Moon and the Incredible Book of Hypnotism ARC Entertainment Director: Christopher N. Rowley Writer: Georgia Byng, Christopher N. Rowley, Tom Butterworth and Chris Hurford Cast: Raffey Cassidy, Emily Watson, Dominic Monaghan, Lesley Manville, Celia Imrie Running Time: 98 min, Rated PG (mild language) In theaters: August 14, 2015 Molly Moon (Raffey Cassidy) lives in an orphanage with her best friend Rocky (Jadon Carnelly Morris), and several other kids. Mrs. Adderstone (Lesley Manville) who runs the orphanage is mean broad who loves punishing the children for any little thing. She orders Edna the cook (Celia Imrie) to feed the children fish-head soup for a week for raiding the kitchen one night.  Molly  [ Read More ]

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Nashaat Salman Universal Melodies Vol. 1 EP Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On August - 23 - 2015 0 Comment
Nashaat Salman Universal Melodies Vol. 1 EP Review

Artist: Nashaat Salman EP: Universal Melodies Vol. 1 Production: All music composed, arranged and produced by Nashaat Salman; Recorded in Zurich, Switzerland; All tracks mastered by Universal Mastering Studios (UMS) Enthrallingly making people around the world interested in your distinct and unique culture, and naturally making them feel as though they understand your values and experiences, is no easy feat. But captivating their interest, and making them feel as though they can emotionally relate to your society, without any words can be even more challenging. But composer and musical orchestrator Nashaat Salman intriguingly did just that with his recently released EP, ‘Universal Melodies Vol. 1.’ The album thrillingly forgoes using  [ Read More ]

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Title: A Gay Girl in Damascus: The Amina Profile SundanceNow Doc Club/ Sundance Select Director: Sophie Deraspe Writer: Sophie Deraspe Running time: 85 minutes, Unrated (Nudity, Sexuality, Language) In limited release starting July 24th Amina Arraf was a Syrian blogger and lesbian living in the ultra conservative Damascus. She blogged about the violence all around her and gained a large following to her blog: A Gay Girl in Damascus. She even had a long term passionate online relationship with Canadian activist Sandra Bagaria. Then one day Amina was allegedly kidnapped and her blog went dark. Dozens of stories came about that she had been arrested, tortured in custody and possibly killed.  [ Read More ]

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Amnesiac Movie Review

Posted by juliana On August - 21 - 2015 0 Comment
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Title: Amnesiac XLrator Media Director: Michael Polish Writer: Mike Le & Amy Kolquist Cast: Kate Bosworth, Wes Bentley Running time: 1hr 30min, Unrated (Violence, mild gore) In Theaters on VOD and iTunes on August 14th An unnamed man (Wes Bentley) wakes up in a bed, hooked up to various machines and riddled with pain. A woman (Kate Bosworth) leans over him telling him he was in an accident, she’s his wife and she’s going to take care of him.  He has no memory of his life beforehand, and he cautiously takes her at her word.  She nurses him back to health, prepares him a lovely dinner when he’s able to  [ Read More ]

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Message From Hiroshima – Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On August - 18 - 2015 0 Comment
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Message From Hiroshima Cinema Libre Studio Reviewed by: Tami Smith, Guest Reviewer for Shockya Grade: B Directed & written by: Masaaki Tanabe Cast: George Takei Screened at: Critics’ link, NYC, 8/18/15 During the early 1990s I visited an aviation museum in the outskirts of Albuquerque, New Mexico where I watched an old and torn war propaganda film dealing with the ”benefits” of the atomic bomb, dropped over Hiroshima, Japan on August 6th, 1945. Throughout the years many films have been produced about the subject, with opinions about “benefits” sprinting on both sides of the spectrum. Message From Hiroshima, a documentary narrated by George Takei, does not deal with these issues,  [ Read More ]

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Guidance – Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On August - 17 - 2015 0 Comment
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Guidance Strand Releasing Reviewed byTami Smith, Guest Reviewer for Shockya. Grade: B+ Director: Pat Mills Screenwriter:  Pat Mills Cast: Pat Mills, Zahra Bentham, Eleanor Zichy, Alex Ozerov, Kevin Hanchard Release date: August 21, 2015 Anything that can go wrong in the life of David Gold (Pat Mills) actually will. This man-child, in his thirties, has some sexual identity issues. He used to be a child actor, but is lacking career or direction at present. David spends his days drinking Vodka “to make the world a better place”, rewriting his Resume and becoming a high school guidance counselor. Ignoring a recently diagnosis of stage 3 melanoma, David goes through a physical  [ Read More ]

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After Words Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On August - 16 - 2015 0 Comment
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AFTER WORDS Level 33 Entertainment Reviewed by: Harvey Karten for Shockya. Databased on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade: B+ Director: Juan Feldman Screenwriter:  Juan Feldman (story), Joel Silverman (screenplay) Cast:  Marcia Gay Harden, Óscar Jaenada, Jenna Ortega, Ron Canada, Jackie Torres Screened at: Critics’ DVD, NYC, 7/24/15 Opens:  August 21, 2015 Hip travelers know that the best place to go on vacation is to Costa Rica.  This tropical paradise has perhaps the world’s most eco-friendly government, one which refuses to sell out to the timber industry.  Sights both on the Caribbean and the Pacific—to say nothing of the country’s center—are outstanding.  In this small, mountainous country not far from any point in  [ Read More ]

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