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Joe Movie Review

Posted by bsimon On April - 21 - 2014 0 Comment

Title: Joe Director: David Gordon Green Starring: Nicolas Cage, Tye Sheridan, Ronnie Gene Blevins, Gary Poulter For many directors, the independent film realm, and its more constrictive parameters of budget storytelling, are a thing to leave behind — to graduate from, as part of a move up into the “big leagues.” David Gordon Green, though, even as he has crafted Hollywood studio comedies like “Pineapple Express,” “Your Highness” and “The Sitter,” has kept one foot planted in the indie arena, and more plaintive portraiture. “Joe,” his latest effort, is a tender, lyrical slice of underclass drama, anchored by a magnetic performance from Nicolas Cage, that also exercises a certain kind  [ Read More ]

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Locke Movie Review 2

Posted by Harvey Karten On April - 21 - 2014 0 Comment

Title: Locke Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes Grade: C Director: Steven Knight Screenplay: Steven Knight Cast: Tom Hardy, Voices of Ruth Wilson, Olivia Colman, Andrew Scott, Tom Holland, Bill Milner Screened at: Dolby88, NYC, 4/17/14 Opens: April 25, 2014 There is a reason that telephoning while driving is illegal in many parts, but Steven Knight, who wrote and directs “Locke,” finds that the chance of causing an accident is strictly peripheral. “Locke” stars Tom Hardy as the title character, a study in cinematic minimalism that finds Hardy in a one-man show. This is the sort of presentation that might work if you have a brilliant  [ Read More ]

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Who is Dayani Cristal? Movie review.

Posted by Harvey Karten On April - 21 - 2014 0 Comment
WHO IS DAYANI CRISTAL

Title: WHO IS DAYANI CRISTAL? Kino Lorber Films Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes Grade:  A- Director:  Gael García Bernal, Marc Silver Screenplay:  Mark Monroe Cast:  Gael García Bernal Screened at:    Review 1, NYC, 4/16/14 Opens:  April 25, 2014 They like us!  They really like us!  No, not the Lebanese or Pakistanis, Slovenians or Russians.  They’re Mexicans, many of whom literally risk their lives to cross to us at the fenced-in border between our two countries.  Never mind that the 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo lifted parts of California, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming and Colorado from our loving neighbors to the South, reliving the Mexicans  [ Read More ]

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Blue Ruin Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On April - 21 - 2014 0 Comment

BLUE RUIN   Radius TWC-Radius Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes Grade:  C+ Director:  Jeremy Saulnier Screenplay: Jeremy Saulnier Cast:  Macon Blair, Devin Ratray, Amy Hargreaves, Kevin Kolack, Eve Plumb, David W. Thompson, Brent Werzner, Stacy Rock, Sidné Anderson Screened at:  Review 2, NYC, 2/6/14 Opens:  April 25, 2014 Don’t look for much of the color blue in this gothic melodrama: the term “blue ruin” means “desolation,” or “utter despondency.”  Such is the manner of the movie’s principal character, Dwight (Macon Blair), who is a wreck from the first time we see him until the story’s logical conclusion.  In one scene he tells his sister, Sam  [ Read More ]

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About Alex Movie Review

Posted by Rudie Obias On April - 18 - 2014 0 Comment
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Title: About Alex Director: Jesse Zwick Cast: Maggie Grace, Aubrey Plaza, Max Greenfield, Jason Ritter, Jane Levy, Max Minghella, and Nate Parker Tribeca Film Festival 2014 We are now at a point in history where the Millennial Generation (people born between 1982 and 2004) is nostalgic about their youth. When post-post-college careers have become mind numbing and dull that the only cure from responsibility is a road trip or a weekend getaway. The movie “About Alex” should be re-titled “The Small Chill” or “The Big Chill: Millennial Edition” because it shares the same narrative thrust as Lawrence Kasdan’s 1983 film “The Big Chill,” only with one caveat: what if the  [ Read More ]

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The Machine Movie Review

Posted by juliana On April - 17 - 2014 0 Comment
the machine

Title: The Machine Director: Caradog W. James Starring: Toby Stephens, Caity Lotz, Denis Lawson Running time: 91 Minutes, Rate R, In theaters 04.25.14 Vincent (Toby Stephens), a reclusive computer programmer is running a sham competition, promising a huge grant to any programmer that can come up with a form of artificial intelligence after his own program to rehabilitate soldiers with brain injuries fails with horrific results.  A woman named Ava (Caity Lotz) comes to him with her own design, a program that is self aware. After being told the grant is actually a job interview, she decides to take it anyway. Together they form a bond and he popes they  [ Read More ]

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Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil le Clercq Movie Review

Posted by bsimon On April - 16 - 2014 0 Comment
Afternoon of a Faun

Title: Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil le Clercq Director: Nancy Buirski A documentary on one of the more enchanting and tragic figures of the world of ballet, “Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil le Clercq” affirms the talent of its subject, but frustratingly fails to establish enough of a cleanly delineated backdrop or emotional throughline to connect to a general audience. The frustrating result is a hopelessly insular work. Directed by Nancy Buirski, “Afternoon of a Faun” centers around Tanaquil le Clercq, or “Tanny,” the only daughter of a French intellectual and his somewhat overbearing American wife. At 12 years of age, she won a scholarship to the American School of Ballet,  [ Read More ]

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Tasting Menu Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On April - 14 - 2014 0 Comment
Tasting Menu Movie

Title: TASTING MENU Menú degustació) Magnolia Pictures Director: Roger Gual Screenplay: Roger Gual, Javier Calvo based on an original idea by Sílvia González Laá Cast: Jan Cornet, Claudia Bassols, Vicenta N’dongo, Andrew Tarbet, Fionnula Flanagan, Stephen Rea, Togo Igawa, Marta Torné, Akihijo Serikawa, Timothy Gibbs, Screened at: Review 1, NYC, 4/3/14 Opens: April 18, 2014 “Tasting Menu” might be compared by some to “Babette’s Feast,” Gabriel Axel’s film about a remote, 19th Century Danish community whose religious views forbid them to eat more than gruel but who are upended by a fantastic meal prepared by their French housekeeper. But Roger Gual’s movie does not center on food. That’s too bad.  [ Read More ]

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Fading Gigolo Movie Review 2

Posted by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi On April - 14 - 2014 0 Comment
Fading Gigolo Movie Review

Title: Fading Gigolo Director: John Turturro Starring: John Turturro, Woody Allen, Sharon Stone, Sofia Vergara, Vanessa Paradis. Woody Allen as a pimp and John Turturro as a gigolo, sounds like a comedy that can’t be missed…and so it is… Murray (Woody Allen) is closing his rare book store, and Fioravante (John Turturro) is working occasionally at a flower shop. For some inexplicable reason, Murray’s dermatologist (Sharon Stone) tells him she is interested in having a ménage à trois with her girl friend (Sofia Vergara), and wonders if he knows anyone who would be interested. Murray says he does, and convinces Fioravante to take part. Rather quickly, Fioravante is in high  [ Read More ]

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Fading Gigolo Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On April - 14 - 2014 0 Comment
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FADING GIGOLO Millennium Films Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes Grade: B+ Director: John Turturro Screenplay: John Turturro Cast: Vanessa Paradis, Sofia Vergara, Sharon Stone, Woody Allen, Live Schreiber, Bob Balaban, John Turturro Screened at: Review 2, NYC, 3/11/14 Opens: April 18, 2014 Some critics have called “Fading Gigolo” a John Turturro vanity project, but whether that’s true or not, who cares? The movie delivers a lovely, heartfelt treatment of both loneliness and horniness, the latter embracing the more comedic parts while the former is done with appropriate tenderness. The idea that two beautiful women would pay for sex is not realistic, of course, but again:  [ Read More ]

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Chinese Puzzle Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On April - 13 - 2014 0 Comment
Chinese Puzzle Movie

Title: Chinese Puzzle (Casse-tête chinois) Cohen Media Group Reviewed for CompuServe ShowBiz by Tami Smith (Guest Reviewer). Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes Grade: B+ Director: Cédric Klapisch Screenplay: Cédric Klapisch Cast: Romain Duris, Audrey Tautou, Cécile De France, Kelly Reilly Opens: May 18, 2014 Those of us who ever wandered what life brought to L’Auberge Espagnole’s characters Xavier (Romain Duris), Wendy (Kelly Reilly), Martine (Audrey Tautou) and Isabelle (Cécile De France) are in for a great treat. There is a third part to this story, which director Cédric Klapisch is eager to tell. Living in Paris for ten years Xavier have been married to Wendy and is now an adoring father  [ Read More ]

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Hateship Loveship Movie Review

Posted by bsimon On April - 12 - 2014 0 Comment
Hateship Loveship Movie

Title: Hateship Loveship Director: Liza Johnson Starring: Kristen Wiig, Guy Pearce, Nick Nolte, Hailee Steinfeld, Sami Gayle, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Christine Lahti In her strikingly humane and thought-provoking debut feature, “Return,” writer-director Liza Johnson showed the ability to locate illuminating character details in all sorts of quiet moments. With her second film, “Hateship Loveship,” starring Kristen Wiig, Johnson again proves herself an astute chronicler of human frailty, even if the low-wattage hum of her lightly romantic drama eventually peters out, leaving the hull — more intriguing than emotionally satisfying — of an ensemble character piece. Adapted by Mark Poirier from a 2001 short story by the late Alice Munro, the film  [ Read More ]

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The Anonymous People Movie Review

Posted by bsimon On April - 12 - 2014 0 Comment
The Anonymous People Movie

Title: The Anonymous People Director: Greg Williams A well-meaning documentary that advocates for a broader societal acceptance of addiction as a chronic disease of the brain, “The Anonymous People” leads with its considerable heart, but can’t summon the sort of order and focus necessary to convert generalized sympathy into stronger lasting memory and impulse for action. Flitting to and fro, and alighting on a wide range of related but not always smoothly integrated topics – from the founding of Alcoholics Anonymous and biased drug infraction prison sentencing to a series of testimonials from public figures and arguments for greater health care control subsidies for addicts — the movie carries an important message, but  [ Read More ]

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Mistaken For Strangers Movie Review

Posted by bsimon On April - 10 - 2014 0 Comment
Mistaken For Strangers Movie

Title: Mistaken For Strangers Director: Tom Berninger There may not be a better film this year about adult sibling jostling, rivalry and affection than Tom Berninger’s extraordinary “Mistaken For Strangers.” The fact that it’s also a meta-documentary about life on the road with the ascendant indie rock group The National, whose lead singer Matt Berninger is Tom’s older brother, is completely incidental. This is an engaging work of many colors, at once funny and heart-piercing, that taps into the rich and often conflicting veins of feeling that only loved ones can elicit. The younger Berninger is a Cincinnati roustabout — a sensitive, wayward creative soul and aspiring indie horror director who comes off a bit like  [ Read More ]

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A Farewell To Fools Movie Review

Posted by bsimon On April - 7 - 2014 0 Comment
A Farewell To Fools Movie

Title: A Farewell To Fools Director: Bogdan Dreyer Starring: Gérard Depardieu, Harvey Keitel, Nicodim Ungureanu, Laura Morante, Bogdan Iancu An extremely low-boil wartime farce that contents itself to wring silent smiles and mental laughs from viewers, “A Farewell To Fools” unfolds in Nazi-occupied Romania in 1944, where young Alex (Bogdan Iancu) enjoys playing war with Theodore (Gérard Depardieu), an oafish and not-altogether-there former veteran known to all the local townspeople as Ipu. After Alex discovers a German soldier dead in a ditch, a Nazi commander announces plans to execute “the 10 most prominent authorities of the village” if the murderer doesn’t turn himself in by the next morning. Concerned with saving their  [ Read More ]

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