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The House at the End of Time DVD Review

Posted by juliana On November - 21 - 2014 0 Comment
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Title: The House at the End of Time (La casa del fin de los tiempos) Dark Sky Films Director: Alejandro Hidalgo Writer: Alejandro Hidalgo Cast: Ruddy Rodríguez, Rosmel Bustamante, Héctor Mercado, Gonzalo Cubero, Guillermo García, Adriana Calzadilla, Simona Chirinos Running time: 101 minutes, Not Rated, Special Features: Trailer and Subtitles Available November 11 Thirty years ago, Dulce (Ruddy Rodríguez) was accused of murdering her husband Juan José (Gonzalo Cubero)and her son Leopoldo (Rosmel Bustamante)in her home, however her son’s body was never recovered. She claimed it was evil spirits in the house, but her fingerprints were on the murder weapon. She was given the maximum sentence of imprisonment. Now an elderly  [ Read More ]

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Summer of Blood DVD Review

Posted by juliana On November - 21 - 2014 0 Comment
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Title: Summer of Blood Dark Sky Films Director: Onur Tukel Writer: Onur Tukel Cast: Onur Tukel, Anna Margaret Hollyman, Dakota Goldhor, Jason Selvig, Melodie Sisk, Juliette Fairley, Vanna Pilgrim, Keith Poulson, Jerry Raik, Dustin Guy Defa Running time: 86 min, Not Rated (Language, Sexuality, Gore) Special Features: Deleted/Extended Scenes, Commentary with Onur Tukel, Behind the Scenes, Trailer Available November 11 Erik Sparrow’s (Onur Tukel) 3 year relationship just ended after he refused his girlfriend Jody’s (Anna Margaret Hollyman) proposal. How he landed a girl like that I can’t imagine. Does she have low self esteem? Erik supposedly has a micropenis and is terrible in bed; that should’ve been a deal  [ Read More ]

Dumb and Dumber To Movie Review

Posted by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi On November - 20 - 2014 0 Comment
Dumb and Dumber To Movie Review

Title: Dumb and Dumber To Director: Bobby Farrelly & Peter Farrelly Starring: Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Kathless Turner, Rob Riggle, Laurie Holden, Rachel Melvin, Steve Tom, Don Lake, Patricia French. Dumb and Dumber Two or Dumb and Dumber Too? Either way the intentional typo reiterates the stupidity of our protagonists who are back after two decades. Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels have aged badly but more than their farcical out of date “dumb play,” the true problem of ‘Dumb and Dumber To’ lies in the script, drenched with language and coarsely vulgar gags. Twenty years since Dumb and Dumber’s first adventure, Harry finds out he has a daughter who was  [ Read More ]

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Rosewater Movie Review

Posted by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi On November - 20 - 2014 0 Comment
Rosewater Movie Review

Title: Rosewater Director: Jon Stewart Starring: Gael García Bernal, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Kim Bodnia, Jason Jones, Dimitri Leonidas, Haluk Bilginer, Arian Moayed, Amir El-Masry. The feature film ‘Rosewater’ is based on The New York Times best-selling memoir ‘Then They Came for Me: A Family’s Story of Love, Captivity, and Survival,’ written by the BBC journalist Maziar Bahari. This true story, marks the screenwriting and directorial debut of Comedy Central’s ‘The Daily Show’ host, Jon Stewart. Rosewater follows the Tehran-born Bahari, a 42-year-old broadcast journalist with Canadian citizenship living in London. In June 2009, Bahari returned to Iran to interview Mir-Hossein Moussavi, who was the prime challenger to controversial incumbent president Mahmoud  [ Read More ]

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The Circle Movie Review

Posted by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi On November - 20 - 2014 0 Comment
The Circle Movie Review

Title: The Circle (Der Kreis) Director: Stefan Haupt Starring: Ernst Ostertag, Roebi Rapp, Matthias Hungerbuhler, Sven Schelker. Switzerland has chosen the German-language ‘Der Kreis’, (The Circle) as its submission for Best Foreign Language Film at the 87th Academy Awards. Director Stefan Haupt’s film takes place in the Zurich gay scene of the 1950s and 1960s and tells the true story of the relationship of Ernst Ostertag and Roebi Rapp. The film smoothly blends fiction with documentary to tell the real-life story of the couple, who met through The Circle, a Zurich gay club and magazine founded during World War II, which eventually became the first gay rights organisation in Europe. Usually  [ Read More ]

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part I Movie Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On November - 19 - 2014 0 Comment
The Hunger Games Mockingjay - Part 1 Movie Review

Title: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 Director: Francis Lawrece Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemswroth, Josh Hutcherson, Julianne Moore, Donald Sutherland, Sam Claflin, Jena Malone, Woody Harrelson, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Stanley Tucci and Elizabeth Banks Having the inner emotional strength and capability to not only protect yourself and the people who are the closest to you throughout difficult times of war and turmoil is an intense burden for anyone to take on, especially for a teenager. But when a person naturally embodies the ability to lead not only their loved ones in the fight against their oppressors, but also powerfully influence an entire country who believes in their ideals  [ Read More ]

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Reach Me Movie Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On November - 17 - 2014 0 Comment
Reach Me Movie Review

Title: Reach Me Director: John Herzfeld Starring: Lauren Cohan, Kyra Sedgwick, Thomas Jane, Kevin Connolly, Tom Sizemore, Nelly, David O’Hara, Terry Crews, Cary Elwes, Tom Berenger, Sylvester Stallone and Danny Aiello Incorporating well-meaning messages about the importance of truly embracing who you are while you strive to reach your full potential is often a riveting and inspirational plot element filmmakers infuse into their movies to make their stories more relatable to their intended audience. But integrating that all-important theme into a large ensemble action film that’s fueled by self-indulgent characters who often find themselves in morally corrupt situations can prove too be challenging. Writer-director John Herzfeld admirably tried to create  [ Read More ]

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Anne-Simone Bittersweet Album Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On November - 16 - 2014 0 Comment
Anne-Simone's Bittersweet Album Review

Artist: Anne-Simone Album: Bittersweet Album Co-produced By: Steve Fisk and Anne-Simone Passionately contemplating the true emotions of the one person who has long known you the best is a continuous struggle many people face as they strive to determine where their relationship is truly headed. Versatile musician Anne-Simone, a Seattle resident who co-produced her upcoming debut album, ‘Bittersweet,’ enthrallingly expressed her relatable and gripping exploration of heartbreak in the album’s six songs. On the record, which is set to be released on January 11, 2015, the singer-songwriter engagingly revealed her most venerable feelings of not entirely knowing where she stands with the person she so devotedly loves. Simone, who’s also  [ Read More ]

Categories: MUSIC, MUSIC REVIEWS, REVIEWS, VIDEO

Beyond the Lights Movie Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On November - 15 - 2014 0 Comment
Beyond the Lights Movie Review

Title: Beyond the Lights Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood (‘Love & Basketball, ‘The Secret Lives of Bees’) Starring: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Nate Parker, Minnie Driver and Danny Glover People who are thriving in their jobs and have a seemingly promising career ahead of them, as well as admiration and support from those who wish to see them succeed, are often believed to have the most rewarding and fulfilling lives. But when they’re no longer able to deal with the continuous pressure and expectations placed on them, they often unfortunately fail to achieve their goals and dreams. It isn’t until they meet the one person who truly believes in them, no matter what they  [ Read More ]

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Foxcatcher Movie Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On November - 13 - 2014 0 Comment
Foxcatcher Movie Review

Title: Foxcatcher Director: Bennett Miller (‘Capote,’ ‘Moneyball’) Starring: Channing Tatum, Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo, Vanessa Redgrave and Sienna Miller Emotional and economic struggles can often lead family members to grow closer together, while maintaining great wealth can often drive relatives apart as they strive to maintain their power. But despite people’s different lifestyles and connections, misunderstandings and the pain of not always receiving the same respect for their equally hard work can often lead to misguided loyalty to the wrong people and causes. The immense agony people are forced to contend with as they try to maintain, or build, strong relationships is powerfully showcased in director Bennett Miller’s new biographical  [ Read More ]

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Queens of the Ring DVD Review

Posted by juliana On November - 12 - 2014 0 Comment

Title: Queens of the Ring (AKA Wrestling Queens) Image Entertainment Director: Jean-Marc Rudnicki Writers: Manon Dillys, Hélène Le Gall, Marie Pavlenko, Cast: Marilou Berry, Nathalie Baye, André Dussollier, Audrey Fleurot, CM Punk, The Miz, Eve Torres Running time: 97 min, Not Rated (partial nudity, sensuality & language) Special Features: English dub track, Featurette Available on DVD & Digital Download November 11th In a desperate attempt to reconnect with her estranged son who is a passionate WWE fan, Rose (Berry) grabs his attention by joining a rigorous training program to learn to wrestle like a legitimate WWE Diva. The famed wrestler Richard “The Lionheart” (André Dussollier) runs a gym where Rose  [ Read More ]

St. Vincent Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On November - 12 - 2014 0 Comment
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ST. VINCENT The Weinstein Company Reviewed for Shockya  by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade:  C+ Director:  Theodore Melfi Screenwriter:  Theodore Melfi Cast:  Bill Murray, Melissa McCarthy, Jaeden Lieberher, Naomi Watts, Chris O’Dowd Screened at:  Park Avenue, NYC, 11/11/14 Opens:  October 24, 2014 A kid needs a father.  If you think this is the taking-off point for a predictable, light comedy with more than a touch of sentiment, you’re probably thinking of “St. Vincent.”  Struggling mom with a cheating soon-to-be-ex husband, adorable 12-year-old, scrofulous gaffer, Alzheimer’s afflicted wife, competent and tolerant Catholic brother, Damon Runyon gangsters, hooker with a heart of gold. Yup, they’re all there and their job  [ Read More ]

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Frozen in Time DVD Review

Posted by juliana On November - 12 - 2014 0 Comment
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Title: Frozen in Time ARC Entertainment Director: Alex Leung Writer: Melissa Rundle Cast: Ed Asner, Drake Bell, Mira Sorvino, Valin Shinyei, Alyssya Swales Running time: 45minutes, Rated G Special Features: None Available November 11 Siblings Eric, Patty and Brody are not looking forward to visiting Grandpa for Christmas. The parents are stressed and the younger kids can’t even bring their dog Arnie, although they manage to sneak him into the car anyway. After a driving mishap, they make it to Grandpa’s house where they are bombarded with all of the spry oldtimer’s inventions. After disobeying their parents yet again, the kids are stuck to hanging out around the house where  [ Read More ]

The Wolves of Savin Hill Movie Review

Posted by monique On November - 12 - 2014 0 Comment
The Wolves of Savin Hill

Title: The Wolves of Savin Hill Writer/Director: John Beaton Hill Starring: David Cooley, Brian Scannell, Kurt Fuller, Jack McGee, Michael Massee, Paul Carafotes, Tim DeZarn, Tonya Cornelisse, Megan Davis, Suzanne Willard, Jordan Van Vranken, Marco Verdier, Jason Oliver, Tiprin Mandalay, Nicole Haddad, Rick Dano, Jack Millard, John Beaton Hill You wouldn’t know that “The Wolves of Savin Hill” started out as a screen reel project, but this indie drama surpasses its original intent and becomes a full-fledged film about the psychology of doubt and how guilt and secrets revolving around one incident can dissolve friendships and lives. The film focuses on Tom and Sean (David Cooley, Brian Scannell, respectively) who,  [ Read More ]

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The Homesman Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On November - 9 - 2014 0 Comment

THE HOMESMAN Roadside Attractions and Saban Films Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade:  B+ Director:  Tommy Lee Jones Screenwriter:  Tommy Lee Jones, Kieran Fitzgerald, Wesley A. Oliver, based on Glendon Swarthout’s novel Cast:  Tommy Lee Jones, Hilary Swank, Grace Gummer, Mirando Otto, Sonja Richter, Hailee Steinfeld, James Spader, Meryl Streep Screened at:  Review 1, NYC, 11/4/14 Opens:  November 14, 2014 Say what you will about the problems of American aviation—miserable leg room, terrible food (if food is even served), cancellations, bad scheduling, delays—if you were around in 1854 you’d say “Where is Jet Blue now that we need it (and we’ll accept it with all  [ Read More ]

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