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Horns Movie Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On October - 31 - 2014 0 Comment
Horns Movie Review

Title: Horns Director: Alexandre Aja Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Juno Temple, Max Minghella, Joe Anderson, Kathleen Quinlan and James Remar People are often judged by their actions and the decisions they regularly make, and can find it difficult to change people’s perceptions of them. They can also be wrongfully misjudged when society has ostracized them for an act they truly didn’t commit. But filmmaker Alexandre Aja and actor Daniel Radcliffe are enchantingly exposing modern society’s contradictions about normalcy and ideas about good versus evil in their new supernatural thriller, ‘Horns.’ The horror film, which is based on Joe Hill’s 2010 novel of the same name, smartly mixes biblical subtext with dark  [ Read More ]

A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On October - 31 - 2014 0 Comment

A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night Kino Lorber/ Vice Films Reviewed for Shockya by Tami Smith, Guest Reviewer. Director: Ana Lily Amirpour Screenwriter: Ana Lily Amirpour Cast: Sheila Vand, Arash Marandi, Mozhan Marno, Dominic Rains, Marshall Manesh, Milad Eghbali and Masuka Opens: November 21, 2014 Ana Lily Amirpour, wanted to direct and shoot a film that takes place in Iran, with Iranian actors, but did not want the hassle and the restrictions that so many Iranian directors before her faced. So what is a gal to do? She simply used an isolated California town as a stand-in for Bad City, Iran and picked some German and American Farsi speaking  [ Read More ]

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Horns Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On October - 27 - 2014 0 Comment
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HORNS Radius/TWC Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes Grade:  B+ Director:  Alexandre Aja Screenplay:  Keith Bunin, based on Joe Hill’s novel Cast:  Daniel Radcliffe, Juno Temple, Max Minghella, Joe Anderson, Kelli Garner, Heather Graham, David Morse, Kathleen Quinlan, James Remar Screened at:  Review 1, NYC, 9/9/14 Opens:  October 31, 2014 “Horns,” or, “The Devil in Daniel Radcliffe” is targeted toward the same audience that made blockbusters of the “Twilight” series.  At least that’s what two critics have said.  I’m not in that group and would have to disagree, in that older adults should be just as involved in the goings-on in what starts as a romance  [ Read More ]

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Title: Chicken DC Comics Special 2: Villains in Paradise Director(s): Zeb Wells, Seth Green Writers: Matthew Ireland Beans, Hugh Davidson, Mike Fasolo, Douglas Goldstein, Seth Green, Geoff Johns, Breckin Meyer, Tom Root, Matthew Senreich, Kevin Shinick, Zeb Wells Cast: Seth Green, Alex Borstein, Clancy Brown, Zac Efron, Nathan Fillion, Sarah Hyland, Breckin Meyer, Alfred Molina, Paul Reubens, Giovanni Ribisi, Tara Strong Running Time: 22 minutes, Rated TVMA(L) Special Features: The Making of #RCDC2VIP [9:31]; Bad Hair, Musical Numbers & Sequels [8:55]; The Ones That Got Away [7:07]; 20 Questions [13:25]; Cut Animatics[6 animatics]; Cut Sketches [2 sketches]; Chicken Nuggets [interactive disc feature]; Actors’ Commentary with Seth Green, Matthew Senreich, Nathan  [ Read More ]

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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 ]

Categories: Drama, DVD NEWS, RELEASES, REVIEWS

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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