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About Alex Movie Review

Posted by Rudie Obias On April - 18 - 2014 0 Comment
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Title: About Alex Director: Jesse Zwick Cast: Maggie Grace, Aubrey Plaza, Max Greenfield, Jason Ritter, Jane Levy, Max Minghella, and Nate Parker Tribeca Film Festival 2014 We are now at a point in history where the Millennial Generation (people born between 1982 and 2004) is nostalgic about their youth. When post-post-college careers have become mind numbing and dull that the only cure from responsibility is a road trip or a weekend getaway. The movie “About Alex” should be re-titled “The Small Chill” or “The Big Chill: Millennial Edition” because it shares the same narrative thrust as Lawrence Kasdan’s 1983 film “The Big Chill,” only with one caveat: what if the  [ Read More ]

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The Machine Movie Review

Posted by juliana On April - 17 - 2014 0 Comment
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Title: The Machine Director: Caradog W. James Starring: Toby Stephens, Caity Lotz, Denis Lawson Running time: 91 Minutes, Rate R, In theaters 04.25.14 Vincent (Toby Stephens), a reclusive computer programmer is running a sham competition, promising a huge grant to any programmer that can come up with a form of artificial intelligence after his own program to rehabilitate soldiers with brain injuries fails with horrific results.  A woman named Ava (Caity Lotz) comes to him with her own design, a program that is self aware. After being told the grant is actually a job interview, she decides to take it anyway. Together they form a bond and he popes they  [ Read More ]

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Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil le Clercq Movie Review

Posted by bsimon On April - 16 - 2014 0 Comment
Afternoon of a Faun

Title: Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil le Clercq Director: Nancy Buirski A documentary on one of the more enchanting and tragic figures of the world of ballet, “Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil le Clercq” affirms the talent of its subject, but frustratingly fails to establish enough of a cleanly delineated backdrop or emotional throughline to connect to a general audience. The frustrating result is a hopelessly insular work. Directed by Nancy Buirski, “Afternoon of a Faun” centers around Tanaquil le Clercq, or “Tanny,” the only daughter of a French intellectual and his somewhat overbearing American wife. At 12 years of age, she won a scholarship to the American School of Ballet,  [ Read More ]

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Tasting Menu Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On April - 14 - 2014 0 Comment
Tasting Menu Movie

Title: TASTING MENU Menú degustació) Magnolia Pictures Director: Roger Gual Screenplay: Roger Gual, Javier Calvo based on an original idea by Sílvia González Laá Cast: Jan Cornet, Claudia Bassols, Vicenta N’dongo, Andrew Tarbet, Fionnula Flanagan, Stephen Rea, Togo Igawa, Marta Torné, Akihijo Serikawa, Timothy Gibbs, Screened at: Review 1, NYC, 4/3/14 Opens: April 18, 2014 “Tasting Menu” might be compared by some to “Babette’s Feast,” Gabriel Axel’s film about a remote, 19th Century Danish community whose religious views forbid them to eat more than gruel but who are upended by a fantastic meal prepared by their French housekeeper. But Roger Gual’s movie does not center on food. That’s too bad.  [ Read More ]

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Fading Gigolo Movie Review 2

Posted by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi On April - 14 - 2014 0 Comment
Fading Gigolo Movie Review

Title: Fading Gigolo Director: John Turturro Starring: John Turturro, Woody Allen, Sharon Stone, Sofia Vergara, Vanessa Paradis. Woody Allen as a pimp and John Turturro as a gigolo, sounds like a comedy that can’t be missed…and so it is… Murray (Woody Allen) is closing his rare book store, and Fioravante (John Turturro) is working occasionally at a flower shop. For some inexplicable reason, Murray’s dermatologist (Sharon Stone) tells him she is interested in having a ménage à trois with her girl friend (Sofia Vergara), and wonders if he knows anyone who would be interested. Murray says he does, and convinces Fioravante to take part. Rather quickly, Fioravante is in high  [ Read More ]

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Fading Gigolo Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On April - 14 - 2014 0 Comment
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FADING GIGOLO Millennium Films Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes Grade: B+ Director: John Turturro Screenplay: John Turturro Cast: Vanessa Paradis, Sofia Vergara, Sharon Stone, Woody Allen, Live Schreiber, Bob Balaban, John Turturro Screened at: Review 2, NYC, 3/11/14 Opens: April 18, 2014 Some critics have called “Fading Gigolo” a John Turturro vanity project, but whether that’s true or not, who cares? The movie delivers a lovely, heartfelt treatment of both loneliness and horniness, the latter embracing the more comedic parts while the former is done with appropriate tenderness. The idea that two beautiful women would pay for sex is not realistic, of course, but again:  [ Read More ]

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Chinese Puzzle Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On April - 13 - 2014 0 Comment
Chinese Puzzle Movie

Title: Chinese Puzzle (Casse-tête chinois) Cohen Media Group Reviewed for CompuServe ShowBiz by Tami Smith (Guest Reviewer). Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes Grade: B+ Director: Cédric Klapisch Screenplay: Cédric Klapisch Cast: Romain Duris, Audrey Tautou, Cécile De France, Kelly Reilly Opens: May 18, 2014 Those of us who ever wandered what life brought to L’Auberge Espagnole’s characters Xavier (Romain Duris), Wendy (Kelly Reilly), Martine (Audrey Tautou) and Isabelle (Cécile De France) are in for a great treat. There is a third part to this story, which director Cédric Klapisch is eager to tell. Living in Paris for ten years Xavier have been married to Wendy and is now an adoring father  [ Read More ]

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Hateship Loveship Movie Review

Posted by bsimon On April - 12 - 2014 0 Comment
Hateship Loveship Movie

Title: Hateship Loveship Director: Liza Johnson Starring: Kristen Wiig, Guy Pearce, Nick Nolte, Hailee Steinfeld, Sami Gayle, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Christine Lahti In her strikingly humane and thought-provoking debut feature, “Return,” writer-director Liza Johnson showed the ability to locate illuminating character details in all sorts of quiet moments. With her second film, “Hateship Loveship,” starring Kristen Wiig, Johnson again proves herself an astute chronicler of human frailty, even if the low-wattage hum of her lightly romantic drama eventually peters out, leaving the hull — more intriguing than emotionally satisfying — of an ensemble character piece. Adapted by Mark Poirier from a 2001 short story by the late Alice Munro, the film  [ Read More ]

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The Anonymous People Movie Review

Posted by bsimon On April - 12 - 2014 0 Comment
The Anonymous People Movie

Title: The Anonymous People Director: Greg Williams A well-meaning documentary that advocates for a broader societal acceptance of addiction as a chronic disease of the brain, “The Anonymous People” leads with its considerable heart, but can’t summon the sort of order and focus necessary to convert generalized sympathy into stronger lasting memory and impulse for action. Flitting to and fro, and alighting on a wide range of related but not always smoothly integrated topics – from the founding of Alcoholics Anonymous and biased drug infraction prison sentencing to a series of testimonials from public figures and arguments for greater health care control subsidies for addicts — the movie carries an important message, but  [ Read More ]

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Mistaken For Strangers Movie Review

Posted by bsimon On April - 10 - 2014 0 Comment
Mistaken For Strangers Movie

Title: Mistaken For Strangers Director: Tom Berninger There may not be a better film this year about adult sibling jostling, rivalry and affection than Tom Berninger’s extraordinary “Mistaken For Strangers.” The fact that it’s also a meta-documentary about life on the road with the ascendant indie rock group The National, whose lead singer Matt Berninger is Tom’s older brother, is completely incidental. This is an engaging work of many colors, at once funny and heart-piercing, that taps into the rich and often conflicting veins of feeling that only loved ones can elicit. The younger Berninger is a Cincinnati roustabout — a sensitive, wayward creative soul and aspiring indie horror director who comes off a bit like  [ Read More ]

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A Farewell To Fools Movie Review

Posted by bsimon On April - 7 - 2014 0 Comment
A Farewell To Fools Movie

Title: A Farewell To Fools Director: Bogdan Dreyer Starring: Gérard Depardieu, Harvey Keitel, Nicodim Ungureanu, Laura Morante, Bogdan Iancu An extremely low-boil wartime farce that contents itself to wring silent smiles and mental laughs from viewers, “A Farewell To Fools” unfolds in Nazi-occupied Romania in 1944, where young Alex (Bogdan Iancu) enjoys playing war with Theodore (Gérard Depardieu), an oafish and not-altogether-there former veteran known to all the local townspeople as Ipu. After Alex discovers a German soldier dead in a ditch, a Nazi commander announces plans to execute “the 10 most prominent authorities of the village” if the murderer doesn’t turn himself in by the next morning. Concerned with saving their  [ Read More ]

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In the Blood Movie Review

Posted by bsimon On April - 7 - 2014 0 Comment
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Title: In the Blood Director: John Stockwell Starring: Gina Carano, Cam Gigandet, Treat Williams, Danny Trejo, Luiz Guzman, Amaury Nolasco, Ismael Cruz Cordova, Stephen Lang If we’re keeping tabs on the evolving filmography of ex-mixed martial arts fighter and future “The Expendabelles” centerpiece Gina Carano, “In the Blood,” from director John Stockwell, slots considerably below “Haywire,” her at once lithe and bruising collaboration with Stephen Soderbergh. And yet there’s still a certain ramshackle appeal to the film, a starchy, “Taken”-meets-”Turistas” revenge picture which could just as easily be titled “Woman on Fire.” “In the Blood” centers around Ava (Carano) and Derek Grant (Cam Gigandet), a newly married couple who head to the Caribbean  [ Read More ]

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Cuban Fury Movie Review

Posted by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi On April - 7 - 2014 0 Comment
Cuban Fury Movie Review

Title: Cuban Fury Director: James Griffiths Starring: Nick Frost, Rashida Jones, Chris O’Dowd, Olivia Colman Dancing is the best therapy for melancholia, and director James Griffiths wisely picked the caliente-latino moves to help the main character face his childhood fears.   Former teen salsa champion Bruce Garrett (Nick Frost) is now a sad-sack engineer. But his passion for dancing – repressed as a child because of a bullying incident – is reignited by his crush on his bewitching new boss Julia (Rashida Jones) and the only way he can win her over is by mastering the art of dance.   This British romantic comedy sure has promise, with the brilliant  [ Read More ]

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Michael Cullen Love Transmitter Album Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On April - 6 - 2014 0 Comment
Michael Cullen Love Transmitter Album Review

Artist: Michael Cullen Album: Love Transmitter Producer: Tim Powles Being sincere while passionately expressing your thoughts and feelings about life and love isn’t always an easy process, but when you hold the powerful musical versatility and talent as Australian musician Michael Cullen, the method becomes more genuine and authentic. The multi-talented and resourceful singer-songwriter-instrumentalist, who fronted such 90′s bands as The Hardheads and Watershed, is proving his enchanting grip of the randomness and sincerity of relationships with his solo debut album, ‘Love Transmitter.’ The record, which was originally released in his native country in 2002, has been enthrallingly remastered for its recent American release. The performer, whose musical styles have  [ Read More ]

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Oculus Movie Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On April - 5 - 2014 0 Comment
Oculus Movie Review

Title: Oculus Director: Mike Flanagan (‘Absentia’) Starring: Karen Gillan (‘Doctor Who’), Brenton Thwaites (‘Home and Away’), Katee Sackhoff (‘Battlestar Galactica’), Rory Chochrane (‘Argo’) and James Lafferty (TV’s ‘One Tree Hill’) The most frightening and influential moments and inspirations can often come from the most unexpected and surprising places, and once they’re uncovered, they can leave both lasting and positive effects. Not only do the two main characters in the new horror film, ‘Oculus,’ have differing opinions about whether a malevolent spirit drastically altered their lives by causing their parents’ brutal deaths, but director Mike Flanagan also created a career-defining work with the movie. The helmer, who also co-wrote the script  [ Read More ]

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