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Ice Age Collision Course Movie Review

Posted by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi On July - 20 - 2016 0 Comment
Ice Age Collision Course Movie Review

Title: Ice Age Collision Course Director: Mike Thurmeier and Galen Chu Genre: Animation Voices: Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, Seann William Scott, Josh Peck, Simon Pegg, Keke Palmer, Jennifer Lopez, Queen Latifah, Adam Devine, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Max Greenfield, Jessie J, Nick Offerman, Wanda Sykes, Stephanie Beatriz, Michael Strahan, Melissa Rauch, Neil deGrasse Tyson The Ice Age animated franchise clutches at straws. In this fifth chapter, directed by Mike Thurmeier and Galen Chu, Scrat’s epic pursuit of the elusive acorn catapults him into the universe where he accidentally sets off a series of cosmic events that transform and threaten the Ice Age World. To save themselves, Sid, Manny, Diego,  [ Read More ]

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Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie – Movie Review

Posted by Tami Smith On July - 18 - 2016 0 Comment

Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie Fox Searchlight Pictures Reviewed by: Tami Smith, Film Reviewer for Shockya Grade: C+ Director: Mandie Fletcher Written by: Jennifer Saunders Cast: Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley, Julia Sawalha, Indeyarna Donaldson-Holness, Jane Jorrocks, June Whitfield Release Date: July 22, 2016 Absolutely Fabulous (a.k.a.: Ab Fab) was a BBC television sitcom, which first aired in the U.K. on November 1992 and continued till May 1995. The program featured Edina Monsoon, a PR agent, trying to stay young and her best friend Patsy Stone, a magazine editor and alcohol abuser. The program was so successful that it returned for special episodes on December 2011, January and July 2012. As if  [ Read More ]

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Café Society Movie Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On July - 13 - 2016 0 Comment
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Title: Café Society Director: Woody Allen Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Steve Carell, Blake Lively, Parker Posey and Corey Stoll Sentimentally pursuing your dreams, and wholeheartedly believing that you can overcome any obstacle that challenges you along the way, is an idealistic process that can become increasingly impractical as you can garner more experience. As people garner more knowledge in the society they wish to obtain success in, they often realize that the culture isn’t as captivating as they initially believed. That’s certainly the case in the new romantic comedy-drama, ‘Café Society.’ Writer-directer Woody Allen’s latest independent art house film is one of the Academy Award-winner’s most alluring and captivating  [ Read More ]

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Post Death Soundtrack’s The Unlearning Curve Album Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On July - 10 - 2016 0 Comment
Post Death Soundtrack's The Unlearning Curve Album Review

Band: Post Death Soundtrack, featuring Kenneth Buck, Steve Moore and Jon Ireson Album: The Unlearning Curve Production: All songs by Kenneth Buck, Steve Moore and Jon Ireson, except track 7 by Colin Everall, Kenneth Buck, Steve Moore and Jon Ireson Vocals by Steve Moore and Kenneth Buck Lyrics by Steve Moore and Kenneth Buck, except chorus of track 5 by Colin Everall Produced and Engineered by Kenneth Buck and Jon Ireson Mastered at Suite Sound Labs in Vancouver Taking the soulful journey into the realm of self-discovery can be a powerful healing process for many people as they strive to regain control over their destinies. The Canadian-based band, Post Death  [ Read More ]

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Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You Movie Review

Posted by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi On July - 10 - 2016 0 Comment
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Title: Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You Director: Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady Genre: Documentary Legendary American television writer and producer Norman Lear made the history of entertainment in the United States. He produced successful sitcoms during the 70s, such as ‘All In The Family’, ‘The Jeffersons’ and ‘Good Times’ and was just as influential as a political activist. He founded the advocacy organization People of the American Way in 1981 and supported First Amendment rights and progressive causes. The story of Mr. Lear, now almost 94, is captured in a very inspirational documentary by Academy Award-nominated filmmakers Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady, whose previous works include ‘Jesus Camp,’ ‘12th  [ Read More ]

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Iris Movie Review

Posted by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi On July - 7 - 2016 0 Comment
Iris Movie Review

Title: Iris Director: Albert Maysles Genre: Documentary “I like to improvise. I like to do things as if I were playing jazz, try this, try, that.” These are the first words spoken on camera by Iris Apfel in the documentary by the late octogenarian Albert Maysles, who tributes her life. ‘Iris’ is more than a mere fashion film. The quick-witted, flamboyantly dressed 93-year-old style maven has had an outsized presence on the New York fashion scene for decades. Maysles follows her around, with his masterful photography, that is the trademark of his storytelling. He’s a part of the film too: Apfel introduces him to friends and acquaintances and chats with  [ Read More ]

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Our Little Sister Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On July - 4 - 2016 0 Comment

Our Little Sister Sony Pictures Classics Reviewed by: Tami Smith, Guest Reviewer for Shockya Grade: B Director: Hirokazu Koreeda Written by: Hirokazu Koreeda from Akimi Yoshida’s Umimachi Diary Cast: Haruka Ayase, Masami  Nagasawa, Kaho, Suzu Hirose, Ryo Kase, Kirin Kiki, Lily Franky, Jun Fubuki, Shinichi Tsutsumi and Shinobu Otake, Opens: July 8th, 2016 Our Little Sister is a Japanese drama that opens and closes with a funeral, dealing with a family of three sisters living at a family home in a small Japanese town. The oldest sister Sachi (Haruka Ayase) is a nurse at a hospital’s Critical Care unit. She feels responsible for her siblings and runs the household. The  [ Read More ]

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The Dog Lover Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On July - 3 - 2016 0 Comment
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THE DOG LOVER ESX Entertainment Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade:  B+ Director:  Alex Ranarivelo Written by: Ali Afshar, Alex Ranarivelo Cast: James Remar, Lea Thompson, Jayson Blair, Christine Moore, Allison Paige Screened at: Critics’ link, NYC, 6/10/16 Opens: July 8, 2016 There’s a saying that many people find difficult to believe and it goes like this: The road to hell is paved with good intentions.  In other words, do-gooders may discover that actions to which they commit, the ones that give them the feeling that there’s a halo over their heads, are bad news. Still don’t believe it? Then you owe it to yourself to watch “The Dog Lover,”  [ Read More ]

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Fathers and Daughters Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On July - 3 - 2016 0 Comment
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FATHERS AND DAUGHTERSVertical Entertainment Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: B- Director: Gabriele Muccino Written by: Brad Desch Cast: Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried, Aaron Paul, Diane Kruger, Quvenzhané Wallis, Bruce Greenwood, Kyle Rogers, Janet McTeer, Octavia Spencer, Jane Fonda Screened at: Critics’ link, NYC, 5/5/16 Opens: July 8, 2016 Gabriele Muccino, whose “Welcome to Happyness” finds a struggling salesman who takes custody of his son, delivers Brad Desch’s script for “Fathers and Daughters” which includes a custody battle as well. This being the case, you might expect a soap opera, and “Fathers and Daughters” does have a soap quality. But it’s a well-acted drama with an outstanding cast and a  [ Read More ]

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Microbe and Gasoline Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On June - 27 - 2016 0 Comment
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MICROBE AND GASOLINE (Microbe et Gasoil) Partizan Films Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: B Director:  Michel Gondry Written by: Michel Gondry Cast: Ange Dargent, Théophile Baquet, Diane Besnier, Audrey Tautou, Vincent Lamoureux, Agathe Peigney Screened at: Critics’ link, NYC, 5/21/16 Opens: July 1, 2016 What a delightful little piece!  Michel Gondry, whose “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” hints of the writer-director’s surreal bent, as that movie deals with two characters who seek to erase memories of each other from their minds, now tackles the really special time of adolescence.  Two teens, Daniel (Ange Dargent), called Microbe because of his small shape, and Théo (Théophile Baquet, called Gasoline because  [ Read More ]

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Our Kind of Traitor Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On June - 25 - 2016 0 Comment
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OUR KIND OF TRAITOR Lionsgate/ Roadside Attractions Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: B+ Director:  Susanna White Written by: Hossein Amini from John le Carré’s novel Cast: Ewan McGregor, Naomie Harris, Damian Lewis, Stellan Skarsgård Screened at: Dolby 24, NYC, 7/6/16 Opens: July 1, 2016 College professors are sometimes said to be living in an ivory tower, but those who teach sciences and business administration would hardly be in the same room as poetry teachers.  Poetry professors together with members of the philosophy department, though, would have adjoining rooms in the tower penthouse.  They are about the last people you would suspect to get involved with the Russian mafia, particularly  [ Read More ]

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Hunt for the Wilderpeople Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On June - 21 - 2016 0 Comment

Hunt for the Wilderpeople The Orchard Reviewed by: Tami Smith, Guest Reviewer for Shockya Grade: B+ Director: Taika Waititi Written by: Taika Waititi Based on: Wild Pork and Watercress by Barry Crump Cast: Julian Dennison, Sam Neill, Rima Te Wiata, Rachel House, Tuss, Finn Release Date: June 24th, 2016 Ricky (Julian Dennison), an abandoned, overweight, thirteen-year old child living in New Zealand, had his share of foster care homes. Life changes when he is delivered by Paula (Rachel House), a social worker, to the modest home of Aunt Bella (Rima Te Wiata) and Uncle Hec (Sam Neill). The couple live in a small house with outdoor plumbing and hunt for  [ Read More ]

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Atlit (Rendez-vous à Atlit) Movie Review

Posted by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi On June - 20 - 2016 0 Comment
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Title: Atlit (Rendez-vous à Atlit) Director: Shirel Amitai Starring: Geraldine Nakache, Judith Chemla, Yael Abecassis, Arsinee Khanjian, Pippo Delbono, Makram J. Khoury, Yossi Marshak. Writer-director Shirel Amitai’s debut feature ‘Atlit’ follows three siblings reconnecting in their childhood home. The story takes place in 1995, in the small town of Atlit, where Cali (Geraldine Nakache) meets her sisters Darel (Yael Abecassis) and Asia (Judith Chemla), to sell the house inherited by her parents. The newly found proximity between the three, creates an oneiric family sensation where the girls interact with the spirit of their parents – Mona (Arsinee Khanjian) and Zack (Pippo Delbono) – as they wonder whether to sell the  [ Read More ]

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Hitler’s Folly Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On June - 20 - 2016 0 Comment
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HITLER’S FOLLY Bill Plympton Studios Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: C- Director:  Bill Plympton Written by: Bill Plympton Cast:  Nate Steinwachs, Dana Ashbrook, Michael Sullivan, Kristin Samuelson, Andreas Hykade, Morton Hall Millen, David Shakopi, Kevin Kolack, Edie Bales, Alfred Rosenblatt, Ari Taub, James Hancock Screened at:  Free Link, NYC, 6/3/16 Opens: June 1, 2016 Mel Brooks, who directed the film “The Producers”—which features the hilarious, boundary-shattering song “Springtime for Hitler”–can breathe a sigh of relief.  His reputation as the creator of what is arguably the best, most audacious laugh-fest about the 20th Century’s worst tyrant easily matching Charlie Chaplin’s 1940 “The Great Dictator,” stands without a real modern challenge.   [ Read More ]

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The Neon Demon Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On June - 20 - 2016 0 Comment
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The Neon Demon Amazon Studios & Broad Green Pictures Reviewed by: Tami Smith, Guest Reviewer for Shockya Grade: B- Director: Nicolas Winding Refn Written by: Nicolas Winding Refn, Mary Laws, Polly Stenham Cast: Elle Fanning, Jena Malone, Desmond Harrington, Alessandro Nivola, Bella Heathcote, Karl Glusman, Keanu Reeves Release Date: June 24th, 2016 When sixteen-year old pretty Jesse (Elle Fanning) arrives in Los Angeles her aim is to break into the fashion industry. Little does she know that in this “dog-eat-dog” world a model is “finished” by the time she turns twenty-one. The competition is fierce but Jesse manages to charm many including: Dean (Karl Glusman), her new best friend and  [ Read More ]

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