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White Bird in a Blizzard Movie Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On October - 24 - 2014 0 Comment
White Bird in a Blizzard Movie Review

Title: White Bird in a Blizzard Director: Gregg Araki Starring: Shailene Woodley, Eva Green, Christopher Meloni, Shiloh Fernandez, Thomas Jane, Gabourey Sidibe, Mark Indelicato and Angela Bassett Striving to leave your mark on the world and be appreciated for who you truly are as you mature into the person you want to be can be a gratifying, if not equally terrifying, experience for many people. But director Gregg Araki perfectly relayed that coming-of-age and personal discovery process in his new film adaptation, ‘White Bird in a Blizzard.’ The crime thriller, which is is based on the 1999 novel of the same name by Laura Kasischke, powerfully chronicles a teen who’s  [ Read More ]

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Stonehearst Asylum Movie Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On October - 23 - 2014 0 Comment
Stonehearst Asylum Movie Review

Title: ‘Stonehearst Asylum’ Director: Brad Anderson Starring: Jim Sturgess, Kate Beckinsale, Ben Kingsley, Michael Caine and Brendan Gleeson Intriguingly revealing only trivial pieces of personal information to the people around you for your own personal benefit is an intricate process society believes can only be achieved by the most deceptive schemers who are trying to better their own lives. But when even the seemingly most inept people can cunningly and surprisingly deceive many of the people who are trying to repress them, contending with the ramifications they unleash on humanity can be harrowing and disconcerting for everyone. The distinct characters in helmer Brad Anderson’s new thriller, ‘Stonehearst Asylum,’ which is  [ Read More ]

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Foxcatcher Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On October - 23 - 2014 0 Comment

Foxcatcher Movie Review Sony Pictures Classics Reviewed for Shockya by Tami Smith, Guest Reviewer Director: Bennett Miller Screenwriter: E. Max Frye, Dan Futterman Cast: Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, Vanessa Redgrave, Sienna Miller Release Date: November 14, 2014 Valley Forge, Pennsylvania is a place rich with “history”, dating back to the American Revolutionary war. John du Pont (Steve Carell), a man with inherited wealth of immense proportions, lived right in that location on his Foxcatcher Farm and trained wrestling athletes for the 1988 Seoul Summer Olympics. Du Pont always got what he wanted so getting Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) and David Schultz (Mark Ruffalo) to come to his estate  [ Read More ]

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My Italian Secret Movie Review

Posted by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi On October - 23 - 2014 0 Comment
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Title: My Italian Secret – Forgotten Heroes Director: Oren Jacoby Starring: Andrea Bartali, Pietro Borromeo, Gaia Servadio, Charlotte Hauptman, Pietro  Terracina, Ursula Korn Selig. ‘My Italian Secret’ tells the story of sports idol Gino Bartali and other Italians who saved Jews and refugees fleeing the Nazis in WWII. Bartali, the Tour de France cycling champion, made hundreds of trips transporting fake documents in the frame of his bicycle for a secret underground organised by the Cardinal and the Rabbi of Florence. In the meantime doctor Giovanni Borromeo, who worked at the Fatebenefratelli Hospital in Rome, created a ward to treat the terribly contagious non-existent ‘K’ disease, that mocked Kappler and  [ Read More ]

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The Salt of The Earth Movie Review

Posted by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi On October - 22 - 2014 0 Comment
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Title: The Salt of the Earth Director: Wim Wenders & Juliano Ribeiro Salgado Starring: Sebastião Salgado. The great Wim Wenders returns to documentary. ‘The Salt of the Earth’ is an ode to the social photographer Sebastião Salgado, co-directed with the photographer’s son Juliano Ribeiro Salgado. The Brazilian artist of the camera, who has traveled in over 100 countries for his photographic projects, is captured by a master of the film industry, through a subtle narrative overlap of storytelling and photographic material. The documentary’s cinematically exquisite journey is accompanied by Laurent Petitgand’s celestial music score. Wim Wenders chooses to name this documentary using the same title of the 1954 American drama,  [ Read More ]

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Foxcatcher Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On October - 22 - 2014 0 Comment
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FOXCATCHER Sony Pictures Classics Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade:  B+ Director:  Bennett Miller Screenwriter:  E. Max Frye, Dan Futterman Cast:  Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, Vanessa Redgrave, Sienna Miller Screened at:  Sony, NYC, 10/20/14 Opens:  November 14, 2014 If you had a few million dollars, make that a billion, what would you do?  Would you collect a garage-full of antique cars?  Buy some property in the South of France?  Set up a philanthropic foundation?  These are options that many of the super-rich commit to, but John Eleuthere du Pont had other ideas.  A bird-watching enthusiast, he had a coffee-table picture book published on  [ Read More ]

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Nothing Bad Can Happen Movie Review

Posted by juliana On October - 22 - 2014 0 Comment
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Title: Nothing Bad Can Happen ( “Tore tanzt”) Drafthouse Films Director: Katrin Gebbe Writer: Katrin Gebbe Cast: Julius Feldmeier, Sascha Alexander Gersak, Annika Kuhl, Swantje Kohlhof Running Time: 110 minutes, Special Features: “Tore Tanzt: A Conversation With Julius, Katrin and Verena”; interview with director Katrin Gebbe; 12-page booklet; theatrical trailer; digital download of the film. Available: 10.14.14 Disclaimer: Thar be spoilers. Inspired by true events. Tore (Julius Feldmeier) has recently joined a religious organization of punks called The Jesus Freaks.  After getting baptized, he and his friend Owl stop by a broken down van and a helpless family inside. Tore walks up to them and offers his help, by laying  [ Read More ]

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Last Summer Movie Review

Posted by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi On October - 22 - 2014 0 Comment
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Title: Last Summer Director: Leonardo Guerra Seràgnoli Starring: Rinko Kikuchi, Yorick Van Wageningen, Lucy Griffiths, Laura Sofia Bach, Daniel Brady, Ken Brady. The Rome Film Festival – which has had a precipitous downfall over the years – opens with a mediocre film. ‘Last Summer’ directed by Leonardo Guerra Seràgnoli has a very simple and nerve-wracking plot: A Japanese mother is obliged to spend a few final days with her 4-year-old son, who’s been whisked away in a custody battle, though we never know why. The boy is initially aloof – also because he’s overprotected by the staff on board of the yacht – but eventually will open up to his  [ Read More ]

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The Tale of Princess Kaguya Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On October - 22 - 2014 0 Comment
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THE TALE OF PRINCESS KAGUYA GKIDS Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade:    B+ Director:  Isao Takahata Screenwriter:  Isao Takahata Cast:  Dubbed version: Chloë Grace Moretz, James Caan, Mary Steenburgen, Darren Criss, Lucy Liu, Beau Bridges, James Marsden, Oliver Platt, Dean Cain. Subtitled version: Aki Asakura, Kengo Kora, Takeo Chii, Nobuko Miyamoto, Atsuko Takahata, Tomoko Tabata, Tatekawa, Takaya Kamikawa, Hikaru Ijuin, Ryudo Uzaki, Nakamura Shichinosuke II, Isao Hashizume, Yukiji Asaoka, Tatsuya Nakadai Screened at:  Review 2, NYC, 10/14/15 Opens:  October 17, 2014 If your high school World History course was like mine, you spent a little time on Greece and Rome, another few weeks on medieval  [ Read More ]

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Werewolf Rising DVD Review

Posted by juliana On October - 22 - 2014 0 Comment
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Title: Werewolf Rising Image Entertainment / RLJ Director: BC Furtney Writer: BC Furtney Cast: Bill Oberst Jr., Melissa Carnell, Matt Copko, Brian Berry Danielle Lozeau Running Time: 80 minutes, Not Rated Special Features: None Emma (Melissa Carnell) has moved back home to the Arkansas mountains, and she is battling with her sobriety. She just needs to get away from the pressures from the big city. Being the only single woman in the area, she catches the eye from Wayne (Brian Berry), an old friend of her dad’s whom is more like a father to her and Johnny Lee (Matt Copko) an overly friendly escaped convict that is squatting in a  [ Read More ]

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The Houses October Built Movie Review

Posted by juliana On October - 22 - 2014 0 Comment
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Title: THE HOUSES OCTOBER BUILT Image Entertainment Director: Bobby Roe Writer: Bobby Roe, Zack Andrews and Jason Zada Cast: Bobby Roe, Brandy Schaefer, Mikey Roe and Jeff Larson Running time: 88 minutes, Not Rated IN THEATERS, VOD AND iTUNES: 10.10.14 The Houses October Built is a found footage horror film about a group of friends who tour the southern states in an RV, seeking out the most extreme haunted houses. They hear rumors of an elusive underground haunt called “The Blue Skeleton” and interview volunteers at these haunted houses to maybe get a hint as to its whereabouts. One night at a haunt, they all get pretty drunk and pumped  [ Read More ]

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The Judge Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On October - 22 - 2014 0 Comment
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THE JUDGE Warner Bros Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes Grade:  B Director:  David Dobkin Screenplay:  Nick Schenk, Bill Dubuque, from David Dobkin and Nick Schenk’s story Cast:  Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall, Vera Farmiga, Billy Bob Thornton, Vincent D’Onofrio, David Krumholtz Screened at:  Warner, NYC, October 6, 2014 Opens:  October 10, 2014 Containing all the tension and some of the twists that make John Grisham novels best sellers, David Dobkin’s “The Judge” adds a Hallmark style reconciliation between a small-town crotchety judge and his estranged slick lawyer son.  Director Dobkin, whose 2005 movie “Wedding Crashers” deals with two fun guys who sneak into weddings, takes  [ Read More ]

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The Devil Incarnate DVD Review

Posted by juliana On October - 22 - 2014 0 Comment
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Title: The Devil Incarnate (Original Title: Copiii: The 1st Entry) Image Entertainment Director: L. Gustavo Cooper Writer: Coe Douglas, Jon Bosworth and L. Gustavo Cooper Cast: Rod Luzzi, Graci Carli, Emily Rogers Running time: 76 minutes, Not Rated Special Features: None On DVD: 10.07.14 Trevor and Holly Davidson (Rod Luzzi and Graci Carli) are newlyweds on their way to Florida. They decide to stop at some tourist trap in Cassadaga where Holly wants to get a tarot reading. After a disappointing encounter with a palm reader, they are told by a mysterious homeless black man (insert cliche magical negro that we’ll see again) who tells the couple to seek out  [ Read More ]

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Force Majeure Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On October - 20 - 2014 0 Comment
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FORCE MAJEURE (Turist) Magnolia Pictures Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes Grade:  B+ Director:  Ruben Östlund Screenplay:  Ruben Östlund Cast:  Brady Corbet, Kristofer Hivju, Lisa Loven Kongsli, Johannese Kuhnke, Clara Wettergren, Vincent Wettergren Screened at:  Review 1, NYC, 8/20/14 Opens:  November 2014 In writer-director Ruben Östlund’s darkly comic vision, a cowardly decision in a single moment can spell either an end to a marriage or at least redefine a couple, who might think, “This is not the person I married.”  It doesn’t matter how rich or poor the couple may be, and in fact the principals in “Force Majeure,” Swedish title “Turist,” are upper-middle class tourists  [ Read More ]

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Revenge of the Green Dragons Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On October - 20 - 2014 0 Comment
Revenge of the Green Dragons Movie

REVENGE OF THE GREEN DRAGONS A24 Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes Grade:  C Director:  Andrew Lau, Andrew Loo Screenplay:  Michael Di Jiacomo, Andrew Loo Cast:  Justin Chon, Kevin Wu, Harry Shum Jr., Ray Liotta, Jin Auyeung, Shuya Chang, Carl Li Screened at:  Review 1, NYC, 9/8/14 Opens:  October 24, 2014 If I remember the dates correctly, during the late 1970s, decades after the Communists took control of the Chinese mainland, power shifted outside of China, as the Communists destroyed the local gangs, some of whose members emigrated to New York.  Wars raged in New York’s Chinatown in 1977 between Chinese gangs centering on Mott Street  [ Read More ]

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