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Samba Movie Review

Posted by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi On April - 17 - 2015 0 Comment
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Title: Samba Director: Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache Starring: Omar Sy, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Tahar Rahim, Izia Higelin. While watching the latest film of the ‘Intouchables’ directors you will be pervaded by a sense of déjà vu. But whereas the delicate subject matter of the friendship between a quadriplegic and his assistant was attenuated by unpolitically correct humour, ‘Samba’ doesn’t seem to have the same courage in mocking cultural identity. Racism turns out to be a more sensitive topic to fool around with. Hence, at times the movie seems to be filled with an excessive dose of moral and benevolent behaviour. The French dramedy by Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano tells  [ Read More ]

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Monkey Kingdom Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On April - 17 - 2015 0 Comment
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MONKEY KINGDOM Walt Disney Pictures (Disneynature Series) Reviewed by: Harvey Karten for Shockya. Databased on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade: A- Directors: Mark Linfield, co-director Alastair Fothergill Screenwriter: Mark Linfield Photographer: Martyn Colbeck, Gavin Thurston Cast:  Narrated by Tina Fey Screened at: Regal E-Walk, NYC, 4/13/15 Opens:  April 17, 2015 I’d like a dollar for every time a biology teacher someone in the U.S. told a high school class that “if you want to understand human behavior, just watch the animals in the jungle.  Animals (other than we) behave in the same way that people do.”  If you want to document this, you don’t have to spend $8,000 for a safari (excluding  [ Read More ]

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Emptying the Skies Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On April - 17 - 2015 0 Comment
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EMPTYING THE SKIES Music Box Films Reviewed by: Harvey Karten for Shockya. Databased on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade: B+ Director: Douglas Kass, Roger Kass Cast:  Peter Berthold, Sergio Coen Tanugi, David Conlin, Jonathan Franzen, Martin Hellicar, Alex Heyd, Axel Hirschfeld, Piero Liberati, Andrea Rutigliano Screened at: Review 2, NYC, 4/15/15 Opens:  April 22, 2015 Everyone should take an eco-vacation in Costa Rica where you can admire birds like the Toucan, the Tricolored Heron, the Pinnated Bitron, and a hundred other species.  You’ll probably think: beautiful birds like these are lucky. They will never be eaten by human beings.  That’s true in Costa Rica where environmental laws protecting the woodlands are strictly  [ Read More ]

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Digging Up the Marrow DVD Review

Posted by juliana On April - 17 - 2015 0 Comment
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Title: Digging Up the Marrow RLJ Entertainment / Image Entertainment Director: Adam Green Writer: Adam Green Cast: Ray Wise, Adam Green, Will Barratt, Steve Agee, Dave “Oderus Urungus” Brockie, Kane Hodder, Rileah Vanderbilt, Tom Holland, Mick Garris, Tony Todd, Lloyd Kaufman, Joe Lynch, Running Time: 88 Minutes, Not Rated Special Features: Extended and Deleted Scenes [5 total] with introductions by Adam Green; Monsters of the Marrow [28 min]; Commentary with Writer/Director Adam Green, Artist Alex Pardee, Cinematographer Will Barratt and Actor Ray Wise; Trailer Available on DVD & Blu-Ray March 24th Documentary style horror film presented and directed by Adam Green of Holliston and the Hatchet franchise. At first you  [ Read More ]

Categories: DVD NEWS, Horror, REVIEWS

The Girl is In Trouble Movie Review

Posted by juliana On April - 17 - 2015 0 Comment
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Title: The Girl is in Trouble eOne Entertainment Director: Julius Onah Writer: Mayuran Tiruchelvam & Julius Onah Cast: Columbus Short, Wilmer Valderrama, Alicja Bachleda, Jesse Spencer, Paz de la Huerta Running time: 90minutes, Not Rated August (Columbus Short) narrates the story of how he got involved in a murder mystery involving a Swedish girl named Signe (Alicja Bachleda) whom has a penchant for choosing the wrong type of guy. She witnesses a murder of a drug dealer by a spoiled rich kid, and captures it on her cell phone. Trying to find sanctuary from all the ex boyfriends she burned in the recent past, she finally gets ahold of August  [ Read More ]

Categories: Drama, MOVIES, REVIEWS

The Children Know (I bambini sanno) Movie Review

Posted by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi On April - 14 - 2015 0 Comment
The Children Know (I bambini sanno) Movie Review

Title: The Children Know (I bambini sanno) Director: Walter Veltroni Genre: Documentary Children have the power to see the world unfiltered. Too often their judgement is merely seen as naive and unrealistic, but if you sit down with them you’ll find they can be extremely influential philosophers. You might learn from their earnest – and at times ironic – decipherment of what occurs around us. This is the premise of the documentary ‘The Children Know’, made by the Italian writer, journalist and politician Walter Veltroni, former Mayor of Rome, who also served as leader of the Democratic Party within the centre-left opposition until 2009. ‘I bambini sanno’ (the original title  [ Read More ]

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Mia Madre (My Mother) Movie Review

Posted by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi On April - 14 - 2015 0 Comment
Mia Madre (My Mother) Movie Review

Title: Mia Madre (My Mother) Director: Nanni Moretti Starring: Margherita Buy, Giulia Lazzarini, Nanni Moretti, John Turturro, Beatrice Mancini, Stefano Abbati. ‘Mia Madre’ (which literally translates My Mother) is a poignant and delicate story of loss, with a touch of irony and self-irony used by the Italian filmmaker Nanni Moretti, who took home the Palm d’Or in 2001 for ‘The Son’s Room,’ and has been a regular fixture on Cannes’ Croisette with movies like ‘The Caiman’ and ‘We Have A Pope.’ Margherita (Margherita Buy) is a director shooting a film with the famous American actor, Barry Huggins (John Turturro), who is quite a character on set. Away from the set,  [ Read More ]

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True Story Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On April - 12 - 2015 0 Comment
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TRUE STORY Fox Searchlight/ Regency Enterprises Reviewed by: Harvey Karten for Shockya. Databased on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade: A- Director: Rupert Goold Screenwriter:  David Kajganich, Rupert Goold, from Michael Finkel’s book “True Story” Cast:  James Franco, Jonah Hill, Felicity Jones Screened at: Dolby88, NYC, 3/23/15 Opens:  April 17, 2015 If you are a journalist or aspire to be one, “True Story” should be on your must-see list.  More important than a tale about the writing of books and articles, though, is the human story, one that could make cynics and pessimists in the audience beam with pride about their understanding of human nature.  “True Story” is a yarn about manipulation, one  [ Read More ]

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Beyond the Reach Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On April - 12 - 2015 0 Comment
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BEYOND THE REACH Roadside Attractions Reviewed by: Harvey Karten for Shockya. Databased on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade: B Director: Jean-Baptiste Léonetti Screenwriter:  Stephen Susco, from Robb White’s book “Deathwatch” Cast:  Michael Douglas, Jeremy Irvine Screened at: Dolby24, NYC, 4/7/15 Opens:  April 17, 2015 This year’s third month has gone down as the coldest March on record in those parts of the Northeast afflicted with a steady reading of five degrees on the Fahrenheit scale.  But as some say, there is no such thing as cold weather: there is only the wrong clothing.  If you wear the right layers of heavily insulated coats and pants, you can comfortably go out even in  [ Read More ]

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The Unravelling’s Revolt Single Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On April - 11 - 2015 0 Comment
The Unravelling's Revolt Single Review

Artist: The Unravelling; Vocals/Lyrics-Steve Moore, and Instruments/Music-Gustavo de Beauville Single: Revolt Production: Gustavo de Beauville Fearlessly embarking on an emotional journey to challenge the restrictive burdens society not only places on people of certain ages, but also labels those responsibilities as the only right way to assimilate into civilization, can be a harrowing experience for anyone, no matter what their personality is like. That difficult question of whether people should undoubtedly follow society’s expectations, or raise concerns over what the proper way to approach relationships and life overall, is intriguingly explored in the new single from industrial rock group, The Unravelling. The upcoming song from the Calgary-based band, which is  [ Read More ]

Categories: MUSIC, MUSIC REVIEWS, REVIEWS

About Elly Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On April - 10 - 2015 0 Comment
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ABOUT ELLY (Darbareye Elly) Cinema Guild Reviewed by: Harvey Karten for Shockya. Databased on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade: B+ Director: Asghar Farhadi Screenplay:  Asghar Farhadi, story by Azad Jafarian Cast: Golshifteh Farahani, Shahab Hosseini, Taraneh Alidoosti, Merila Zare’I, Mani Haghighi, Peyman Moaadi, Ra’na Azadivar, Ahmad Mehranfar, Saber Abbar Screened at: Critics’ link, NYC, 4/4/15 Opens:  April 9, 2015 There may be cultural differences between Americans and people in the non-Western world, but one truth is universal: thou shalt not lie. Lying may get you somewhere in the short run, but ultimately as Walter Scott said, “Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive.”  Not to be  [ Read More ]

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Something Wicked DVD Review

Posted by juliana On April - 10 - 2015 0 Comment
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Title: Something Wicked Arc Entertainment Director: Darin Scott Writer: Joe Colleran Cast: Shantel Vansanten, John Robinson, Julian Morris and Brittany Murphy Running time: 91 min, Rated R (Language, Violence, Sexuality) Special Features: None Available on DVD March 17th Christine (Shantel VanSanten) and her boyfriend James (John Robinson) are having dinner with her parents, and James decides to bring up the subject of marriage. Her parents immediately thrash the idea stating that Christine needs to focus on her studies at the university before settling down and starting a family, plus the two lovebirds are too young and James has a menial job with no education.  Sounds like a total catch. They  [ Read More ]

Categories: Action, Drama, REVIEWS

The Walking Deceased Movie Review

Posted by juliana On April - 10 - 2015 0 Comment
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Title: The Walking Deceased ARC Entertainment Director: Scott Dow Writer: Tim Ogletree Cast: Tim Ogletree, Joey Oglesby, Dave Sheridan, Troy Ogletree Running Time: 1hr 28min, Not Rated In Theaters, VOD and iTunes on March 20th. With so many zombie films and tv shows going on, there was bound to be a filmed parody.  The filmmakers here took elements of The Walking Dead, World War Z, Warm Bodies, Dawn of the Dead, Zombie Strippers, Zombieland, as well as and bits and pieces of a few others and mashed them all together in one film. Sheriff Lincoln (Dave Sheridan) wakes up from his coma in an abandoned hospital and meets two guys  [ Read More ]

Categories: Comedy, Horror, MOVIES, REVIEWS

White God Movie Review

Posted by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi On April - 9 - 2015 0 Comment
White God Movie Review

Title: White God Director: Kornel Mundruczo Starring: Zsofia Psotta, Luke&Body, Sandor Zsoter, Szabolcs Thuroczy, Lili Monori, Laszlo Galffi, Lili Horvath. ‘White God’ is about dogs, but is not a walk in park. The soaring human and canine acting depicts a powerful and harrowing metaphor on the relationship between superior species and their wretched subordinates. When young Lili is forced to give up her beloved dog Hagen, because its mixed-breed heritage is deemed ‘unfit’ by The State, she and the dog begin a dangerous journey back towards each other. At the same time, all the unwanted, unloved and misfit dogs rise up under a new leader, Hagen, the one-time four-legged home  [ Read More ]

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Furious 7 Movie Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On March - 31 - 2015 0 Comment
Furious 7 Movie Review

Title: Furious 7 Director: James Wan Starring: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Dwayne Johnson, Elsa Pataky, Nathalie Emmanuel, Djimon Hounsou, with Jason Statham and Kurt Russell Respectfully honoring a talented, humble and versatile actor who enthrallingly thrived on connecting with his fans, especially over his most noteworthy role, can be an equally daunting and bittersweet process for filmmakers and studios, particularly when the performer tragically and unexpectedly dies amid production of a highly anticipated movie. Such is the case with the late Paul Walker, whose brilliant capabilities as a performer helped drive his portrayal of the beloved former government official Brian O’Connor  [ Read More ]

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