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Alice Through the Looking Glass Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On May - 25 - 2016 0 Comment
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ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS Walt Disney Pictures Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: B- Director:  James Bobin Written by: Linda Woolverton from Lewis Carroll’s books Cast: Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman, Mia Wasikowska, Sacha Baron Cohen Screened at: AMC Empire, NYC, 5/23/16 Opens: May 27, 2016 If Charles Dodgson, aka Lewis Carroll, had an erotic interest in little girls as Morton N. Cohen’s book Lewis Carroll: A Biography and Donald Thomas’s Lewis Carroll: A Portrait with Background—both suggesting that the author’s sexual energies sought unconventional outlets—we wonder what Lewis Carroll would think of Mia Wasikowska in the role of Alice Kingsleigh.  The lovely Australian-born Ms.  [ Read More ]

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3Bubble and J.Gray Live From the Pentagon Album Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On May - 22 - 2016 0 Comment
3Bubble and J.Gray Live From the Pentagon Album Review

Artists: 3Bubble and J.Gray Album: Live From the Pentagon Production: Dope Boyz, Mantra and AllArounda Reveling in their accomplishments is a goal that many people strive to achieve in their lives, but they often neglect to remember one of the most important aspects that helped them obtain their success: the determination and drive that was required to accomplish their objectives. But Houston rappers 3Bubble and J.Gray, who share a passionate love for creating music, understand the importance of dedication. They have both put endless pressure on themselves, including having lengthy recording sessions in the studio, in order to find triumph in sharing their voices with the public. The duo proved  [ Read More ]

Welcome to Happiness Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On May - 16 - 2016 0 Comment
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WELCOME TO HAPPINESS Minutehand Pictures Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: B Director:  Oliver Thompson Written by: Oliver Thompson Cast: Kyle Gallner, Olivia Thirlby, Nick Offerman, Keegan-Michael Key, Brendan Sexton III, Josh Brener, Molly C. Quinn, Paget Brewster, Frances Conroy, Bess Rous, A.J. Trauth, Robert Pike Daniels Screened at: Critics’ link, NYC, 5/9/16 Opens: May 20, 2016 I’d like a dollar for everyone in the country who believes that happiness is life’s principal desideratum.  While people may have different ideas about what happiness means, Wikipedia says that it is a mental or emotional state of well-being defined by positive or pleasant emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy. The question  [ Read More ]

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Weiner Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On May - 15 - 2016 0 Comment
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WEINER Sundance Selects Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: A- Director:  Josh Kriegman, Elyse Steinberg Written by: Josh Kriegman, Elyse Steinberg Cast: Anthony Weiner, Huma Abedin, Barbara Morgan, Amit Bagga, Sydney Leathers Screened at: Park Ave., NYC, 4/27/16 Opens: May 20, 2016 As documentarians, Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg may not be up to the comedic talents of Michael Moore but they come pretty close. “Weiner” is a highly entertaining, fast-paced look at the self-destruction of a liberal politician with more energy than a Duracell battery and the heart of a Mother Teresa.   Anthony Weiner would have made an ideal chief executive for New York City just as he was  [ Read More ]

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Maggie’s Plan Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On May - 15 - 2016 0 Comment
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MAGGIE’S PLAN Sony Pictures Classics Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: B Director:  Rebecca Miller Written by: Rebecca Miller, based on Karen Rinaldi’s unpublished novel Cast: Greta Gerwig, Ethan Hawke, Julianne Moore, Bill Hader, Maya Rudolph, Travis Fimmel, Ida Rohatyn, Wallace Shawn Screened at: Sony, NYC, 4/6/16 Opens: May 20, 2016 Rebecca Miller explores her inner Woody Allen with this goofy, fresh look at series of relationships that can happen only in New York.  And what better choice for a goofy star than the adorable Greta Gerwig, who is perhaps best known for her principal role in Noam Baumbach’s “Frances Ha,” about a New York woman who apprentices herself to  [ Read More ]

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Cash Only Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On May - 14 - 2016 0 Comment
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CASH ONLY Nickname Projects, Bardha Productions Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: B+ Director:  Malik Bader   Written by: Nickola Shreli Cast: Nickola Shreli, Stivi Paskoski, Danijela Stajnfeld Screened at: Critics’ link, NYC, 5/6/16 Opens: May 13, 2016 In today’s America too many people are going down a treacherous path of debt.  One debt leads to another until a poor guy just can’t get clear even when he begins accumulating the bucks by stealth or honest work.  Once in debt, the burden increases as banks—and loan sharks—charge burdensome interest on borrowers.   And in a Detroit neighborhood dominated by Albanian-Americans, if you’re in hock in the section covered by Malik Bader’s  [ Read More ]

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Money Monster Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On May - 14 - 2016 0 Comment
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MONEY MONSTER     Columbia Pictures Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: B+ Director:  Jodie Foster Written by: Alan DiFiore, Jamie Linden, Jim Kouf Cast: George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Jack O’Connell, Dominic West Screened at: Regal E-Walk, NYC, 5/11/16 Opens: May 13, 2016 Starting at a furious pace, one likely to garner Nielsen ratings through the roof, Lee Gates discusses the financial scene like no Wall Street pundit  Starting with a brief segment of hip-hop in which he joins with a couple of pros, he stands in front of a row of huge TV screens which are themselves as nervous as a caffeine-driven day trader—the hotshots who don’t hold stocks for  [ Read More ]

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Chris Wirsig’s The 13 Crystal Skulls Album Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On May - 11 - 2016 0 Comment
Chris Wirsig's The 13 Crystal Skulls Album Review

Artist: Chris Wirsig (keyboards, vocals) Album: The 13 Crystal Skulls Production: Chris Wirsig Gracefully capturing the sophistication that intriguingly drives the joy of dreams and the equally agonizing pain of nightmares is a challenge that many musicians aren’t able to accomplish, particularly without a heavy reliance on vocals. But San Francisco-based composer Chris Wirsig has captivatingly been able to effortlessly highlight the intensity that motivates his alluring imagination and harrowing visions through his latest instrumental-led songs. His 13 new tracks that are featured on his upcoming album, ‘The 13 Crystal Skulls,’ which is set to be released this Friday, May 13, powerfully highlight the emotions of his fantasies. Wirsig, who  [ Read More ]

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The Lobster Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On May - 8 - 2016 0 Comment
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THE LOBSTER A24 Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: B Director:  Yorgos Lanthimos Written by: Yorgos Lanthimos, Efthymis Filippou Cast: Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, John C. Reilly, Lea Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, Ariane Labed Screened at: Park Ave., NYC, 4/12/16 Opens: May 13, 2016 The best science fiction stories are not only riveting as tales but serve as well to satirize our own, current society.  In “Logan’s Run,” each person is put into a machine and evaporated upon his or her thirtieth birthday, the  reflection on the present day world, at least in the West, being obvious.  In “Fahrenheit 451,” where people are kept brainwashed and allegedly happy while staring at  [ Read More ]

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A Bigger Splash Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On May - 8 - 2016 0 Comment
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A BIGGER SPLASH Fox Searchlight Pictures Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: B+ Director:  Luca Guadagnino Written by: David Kajganich based on the film “La Piscine” directed by Jacques Deray with an original screenplay by Alain Page. Cast: Ralph Fiennes, Dakota Johnson, Matthias Schoenaerts, Tilda Swinton Screened at: Fox, NYC, 4/18/15 Opens: May 13, 2016 It has been said many times that if something bad happens to a large number of people, say, 400 dead in an earthquake in Ecuador, that’s a statistic.  But if something bad happens to one person, that’s a tragedy.  On the Sicilian island of Pantelleria, thirty-seven miles from the coast of Tunisia, the fireworks leading  [ Read More ]

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High-Rise Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On May - 8 - 2016 0 Comment
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HIGH-RISE Magnolia Pictures Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: C- Director:  Ben Wheatley Written by: Amy Jump from J.G. Ballard’s novel Cast: Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller, Luke Evans, Elisabeth Moss, James Purefoy Screened at: Review, NYC, 4/26/16 Opens: April 28, 2016 on demand and in theaters May 13 If Ben Wheatley, who directed “High-Rise” and Amy Jump who wrote it were required to select a different title for the movie, it could be “Lord of the Rise.”  Remember William Golding’s blockbuster novel “Lord of the Flies” made into a film by Harry Hook sixteen years ago?  In that story a group of 12-year-olds, stranded on an island without  [ Read More ]

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Love & Friendship Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On May - 8 - 2016 0 Comment
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LOVE & FRIENDSHIP Amazon Studios/Roadside Attractions Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: B Director:  Whit Stillman Written by: Whit Stillman based on Jane Austen’s novella “Lady Susan” Cast: Kate Beckinsale, Chloë Sevigny, Xavier Samuel, Morfydd Clark, Emma Greenwell Tom Bennett, James Fleet, Jemma Redgrave Screened at: Review 1, NYC, 3/31/16 Opens: May 13, 2016 A century from now, Americans will say, “Would you believe it?  Back in the 20th century and long before that, a man could not marry a man nor could a woman have a troth with another of her gender.”  Happily, our country continues a leftward movement no matter what Mr. Trump and Mr. Cruz say.  Furthermore,  [ Read More ]

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Teknofonic Essentials Vol. 1 Album Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On May - 5 - 2016 0 Comment
Teknofonic Essentials Vol. 1 Album Review

Featured Artists: Sonic Fear, Daniel Monroe, Upper Regions, Jon Lambousis, 3logit, This Human Condition, Scott Cameron, Acid Daze, J Tizzle, Cypha Da Moonchild, Time No More, Elastic Plastic Generation, Hypnotriq, Ermias, Boom, M!nts, Derrick Anthony, Perry Engineering, S.G.B and Addliss Album: Teknofonic Essentials Vol. 1 Production: Teknofonic Recordings (label) Effortlessly being able to encourage the public to change their views on seemingly radical ideas, and undoubtedly embrace new opinions and ways of life, is a characteristic that not everyone naturally possesses. But those people who do have that gripping ability are able to reach diverse audiences, and revolutionize their thoughts and actions. Adam Reifsteck, a producer who’s also known as  [ Read More ]

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Dheepan Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On May - 1 - 2016 0 Comment
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DHEEPAN Sundance Selects Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: B+ Director:  Jacques Audiard Written by: Noé Debré, Thomas Bidegain, Jacques Audiard Cast: Antonythasan Jesuthasan, Kalieaswari Srinivasan, Claudine Vinasithamby, Vincent Rottiers, Marc Zinga Screened at: Review 2, NYC, 4/18/16 Opens: May 6, 2016 Jacques Audiard may not have gone a giant step further with “Dheepan” than he did with the searing “Un prophèt,” which finds a teen French-Arab man trying to find his way in a jail beset with gang violence between Corsicans and Muslims, but he comes close enough.  “Dheepan,” which is named for the principal character Dheepan Sivadhasan (Antonythasan Jesuthasan), may deal with the aftermath of a civil war  [ Read More ]

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The Man Who Knew Infinity Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On April - 30 - 2016 0 Comment
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THE MAN WHO KNEW INFINITY IFC Films Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: B+ Director:  Matthew Brown Written by: Matthew Brown from Robert Kanigel’s book Cast: Jeremy Irons, Dev Patel, Devika Bhise, Stephen Fry, Toby Jones Screened at: Review, NYC, 4/25/16 Opens: April 29, 2016 Despite the universal numeracy requirement that students may plod through from pre-school to kindergarten, it’s safe to assume that most people have no idea what pure math is all about.  This is true as well for the people in India that form one subject of writer-director Matthew Brown in “The Man Who Knew Infinity,” based on Robert Kanigel’s book, The Man Who Knew Infinity: A  [ Read More ]

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