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Blunda Surrender Single Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On December - 21 - 2014 0 Comment
Blunda Surrender Single Review

Artist: Blunda Single: Surrender Production: Written, Played, Recorded and Mixed by Andy Blunda; Mastered by Hans Dekline at Sound Bites Dog Mastering Reflecting on your most gratifying and agonizing experiences can be a powerful motivator as you not only strive to achieve your most enthralling life-long desires, as well as prove your sincere genuineness in your goals, but to also reestablish important connections, and show your determination in improving yourself. Acclaimed guitarist Andy Blunda, who first garnered attention when he played with Fastball during their height of fame in the late 1990s, is proving his storied history touring with various bands throughout his career has powerfully prepared him for his  [ Read More ]

Categories: MUSIC, MUSIC REVIEWS, REVIEWS

American Sniper Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On December - 20 - 2014 0 Comment
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AMERICAN SNIPER Warner Bros. Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade:  B+ Director:  Clint Eastwood Screenwriter:  Jason Dean Hall, from Chris Kyle’s book Cast:  Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Luke Grimes, Max Charles, Jake McDorman Screened at:  Warner Bros, NYC, 11/21/14 Opens:  December 25, 2014 When you go to a war movie, you want to root wholeheartedly for the Americans.  Fighting Hitler?  USA! USA!  But when you’re dealing with controversial fights such as our role in Vietnam, you can’t be blamed for being conflicted.  Remember that our armed forces are in a foreign land and are being resisted by the local people.  We’d do the same if  [ Read More ]

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Selma Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On December - 20 - 2014 0 Comment
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SELMA Paramount Pictures Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade:  B+ Director:  Ava DuVernay Screenwriter:  Ava DuVernay, Paul Webb Cast:  David Oyelowo, Tim Roth, Giovanni Ribisi, Cuba Gooding Jr., Lorraine Toussaint, Alessandro Nivola, Tom Wilkinson, Carmen Ejogo, Oprah Winfrey Screened at:  Tribeca, NYC, 12/3/14 Opens:  December 25, 2014 If you think that the federal holiday in mid-January honoring the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was easy to come by, you’ll think differently if you see Ava DuVernay’s “Selma.”  When you consider how Dr. King was despised in the southern states from the grass roots on up through the governors, you’ll think that Lyndon Baines Johnson must  [ Read More ]

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Two Days, One Night Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On December - 20 - 2014 0 Comment
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TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT (Deux jours, une nuit) IFC Films Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade:  C Director:  Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne Screenwriter:  Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne Cast:  Marion Cotillard, Fabrizio Rongione, Pili Groyne, Simon Caudry Screened at:  Review 2, NYC, 12/8/14 Opens:  December 24, 2014 There’s a reason that the aphorism “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you” is called the golden rule, and that is because the statement is the gold standard, representing the most basic rule of civilized conduct among people.  If you put yourself into another person’s shoes, and thereby really get to know what makes the  [ Read More ]

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Big Eyes Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On December - 20 - 2014 0 Comment
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BIG EYES The Weinstein Company Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade:  B+ Director:  Tim Burton Screenwriter:  Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski Cast:  Amy Adams, Krysten Ritter, Christoph Waltz, Jason Schwartzman, Danny Huston, Terence Stamp Screened at:  Review 1, NYC, 12/1/14 Opens:  December 25, 2014 I remember standing in line at a bank in Madrid during the 1970s, during the bad old days of Franco’s government.  A woman in front of me was cashing her own travelers’ checks.  The bank teller asked her for a document from her husband allowing her to take money out of the bank.  She insisted that the checks were her own in  [ Read More ]

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Leviathan Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On December - 20 - 2014 0 Comment

LEVIATHAN Sony Pictures Classics Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade:  B Director:  Andrey Zvyangintsev Screenwriter:  Andrey Zyvagintsev, Oleg Negin Cast:  Alexey Serebryakov, Elena Lyadova, Vladimir Vdovichenkov, Sergey Pokhodaev Screened at:  Sony, NYC, 11/25/14 Opens:  December 25, 2014 The principal character in Andrey Zvyangintsev’s “Leviathan” is one who during the two hours plus running time of the film becomes completely depleted.  He is a lost soul not just metaphorically but a man who has literally lost his two wives, his son, his home, his spirit, his freedom.  If that sounds similar to the fate of the biblical Job, which addresses the theme of God’s justice in  [ Read More ]

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Poker Night Movie Review 2

Posted by Karen Benardello On December - 20 - 2014 0 Comment
Poker Night Movie Review

Title: Poker Night Director: Greg Francis Starring: Beau Mirchoff, Michael Eklund, Ron Perlman, Ron Eldard, Titus Welliver, Giancarlo Esposito, Corey Large and Halston Sage Engaging in numerous and versatile attempts to emulate the success of respected professionals in your field, as you try to achieve your own accomplishments in your newly launched career, is a major key element in prevailing in your job. But following in their triumphs can also help in protecting your life in dire situations. The protagonist in Greg Francis’ feature film writing and directorial debuts, the action crime thriller, ‘Poker Night,’ creatively and determinately relied on the powerful advice he garnered from his new colleagues. He  [ Read More ]

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Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb Movie Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On December - 19 - 2014 0 Comment
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Title: Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb Director: Shawn Levy Starring: Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Owen Wilson, Steve Coogan, Ricky Gervais, Rebel Wilson, Ben Kingsley, Skyler Gisondo and Dan Stevens People often easily embrace the natural and intriguing relationships in their lives, and can start taking advantage of the belief that their connections will never be affected by anything in the world around them. It’s not until their beliefs and ideals change, due to their natural maturing and reactions to challenges around them, that they are finally forced to contend with the knowledge that everyone has to let go of those they love at some point. That relatable  [ Read More ]

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The Gambler Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On December - 18 - 2014 0 Comment
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THE GAMBLER Paramount Pictures Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade:  B Director:  Rupert Wyatt Screenwriter:  William Monahan based on the 1974 film “The Gambler” Cast:  Mark Wahlberg, John Goodman, Brie Larson, Michael Kenneth Williams, George Kennedy, Jessica Lange, Richard Schiff, Andre Braugher Screened at:  Paramount, NYC, 12/2/14 Opens:  December 19, 2014 (limited) Some say that compulsive gamblers who bet more money than they can afford are self-destructive, even suicidal. They actually want to lose, given their self-hate. This is doubtless true for some.  In “The Gambler,” however, scripter William Monahan finds Jim Bennett (Mark Wahlberg) as a guy who gambles despite a losing streak because  [ Read More ]

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Into the Woods Movie Review 2

Posted by Harvey Karten On December - 18 - 2014 0 Comment

INTO THE WOODS Walt Disney Pictures Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade:  C+ Director:  Rob Marshall Screenwriter:  James Lapine, music by Stephen Sondheim Cast:  Emily Blunt, Anna Kendrick, James Corden, Johnny Depp, Meryl Streep, Chris Pine, Emily Blunt, Christine Baranski Screened at:  Lighthouse, NYC, 11/27/14 Opens:  December 25, 2014 The tagline for the movie is “Be careful what you wish for…” the implication being that you may get your wish but that you are worse off than ever.  In fact, the four people who make wishes right at the opening of the fairy tale all wish for the things that mean the most to them,  [ Read More ]

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Poker Night Movie Review

Posted by juliana On December - 18 - 2014 0 Comment
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Title: Poker Night XLrator Media Director: Greg Francis Writer: Greg Francis Cast: Ron Perlman, Giancarlo Esposito, Beau Mirchoff, Titus Welliver, Michael Eklund, Ron Eldard, Corey Large, Halston Sage Running time: 1hr 44 min, Unrated (Language, Violence, Rape) IN THEATERS, VOD AND iTUNES: December 20, 2014 Detective Stan Jeter (Beau Mirchoff) of Warsaw Indiana is welcomed to a poker game by a few of the city’s best detectives – Calabrese (Ron Perlman), Bernard (Giancarlo Esposito), Cunningham (Ron Eldard),  and Maxwell (Titus Welliver).  The rules of the poker game is that once the rookie wins, he can start asking questions. The guys meanwhile tell him tales of their most memorable cases in  [ Read More ]

Categories: Drama, MOVIES, RELEASES, REVIEWS

The Device DVD Review

Posted by juliana On December - 18 - 2014 0 Comment
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Title: The Device RLJ Entertainment Director: Jeremy Berg Writers: Jeremy Berg & John Portanova Cast: Angela DiMarco, David S. Hogan, Kate Alden Running time: 90 min, Unrated (Language, Violence, Sexuality) Special Features: 3 audio commentary tracks with writers & director, cast, Tracy Torme – screenwriter of Fire in the Sky and Intruders Available on DVD and Digital Download: December 16, 2014 Abby and Calvin (real-life spouses Angela DiMarco & David S. Hogan) are at the airport to pick up Rebecca (Kate Alden), Abby’s sister that they haven’t seen in over a decade.  They are reuniting to spread their mother’s ashes at a secluded lake.  During their visit together, something strange  [ Read More ]

Categories: DVD NEWS, Horror, RELEASES, REVIEWS

Cake Movie Review

Posted by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi On December - 18 - 2014 0 Comment
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Title: Cake Director: Daniel Barnz Starring: Jennifer Anniston, Adriana Barraza, Felicity Huffman, William H. Macy, Anna Kendrick, Sam Worthington. Alfred Hitchcock once said that “Cinema is not a slice of life, but a piece of cake,” and snotty moviegoers will surely drool in seeing Jennifer Aniston finally committing to a challenging role with a raw interpretation. ‘Cake’ is the first low-budget, indie-style film since 2006’s ‘Friends with Money,’ where the comedic actress takes on a dramatic role, portraying a woman suffering from chronic pain, both mental and physical. The film opens at a support group where the acquaintances of Nina, a suicide victim (Anna Kendrick), are asked to share what  [ Read More ]

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The Skeleton Twins DVD Review

Posted by juliana On December - 18 - 2014 0 Comment
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Title: The Skeleton Twins Lionsgate Director: Craig Johnson Writers: Craig Johnson & Mark Heyman Cast: Bill Hader, Kristen Wiig, Luke Wilson, Ty Burrell Running time: 93 min, Rated R (Language, Sexuality, Drug Use) Special Features: Gag Reel; Outtakes; Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary with Director/Co-writer Craig Johnson; “To Whom it May Concern: Making the Skeleton Twins” Featurette; Sweet Moves (cast dancing); Feature Commentary with Director/Co-Writer Craig Johnson, Kristen Wiig and Billl Hader; Feature Commentary with Director/Co-Writer Craig Johnson, Co-writer Mark Heyman and Producer/ Editor Jennifer Lee Available on Blu-ray, DVD,  and On Demand on December 16th Maggie (Kristin Wiig) and Milo (Bill Hader) are estranged twins who haven’t seen each  [ Read More ]

Annie Movie Review

Posted by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi On December - 14 - 2014 0 Comment
Annie Movie Review

Title: Annie Director: Will Gluck Starring: Quvenzhané Wallis, Jamie Foxx, Cameron Diaz, Bobby Cannavale, Rose Byrne, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, David Zayas. Director Will Gluckman, brings the musical ‘Annie’ back on screen, through the fourth film adaptation, following Columbia Pictures’ 1982 theatrical film, television sequel in 1995 and Disney’s 1999 television film – all based upon the 1924 comic strip ‘Little Orphan Annie’ by Harold Gray. The musical comedy-drama directed by Will Gluck is produced by Jaz-Z and Will Smith. In this contemporary adaptation ten year old Annie Bennett (Quvenzhané Wallis) is a foster child living in Harlem, along with some other children, in the home of alcoholic Colleen Hannigan (Cameron Diaz).  [ Read More ]

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