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Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation Movie Review

Posted by philip On July - 29 - 2015 0 Comment

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – ROGUE NATION Starring: Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Sean Harris, Ving Rhames, Jeremy Renner, Alec Baldwin Directed by: Christopher McQuarrie On the whole, the Mission: Impossible film series has been pretty good. Brian DePalma’s original was a solid outing, more concerned with being a thriller than a straight up action film. For all its goofiness, John Woo’s Mission: Impossible 2 still features some fun set pieces. J.J. Abrams outing, Mission: Impossible III was a generic adventure, with a fine performance from Philip Seymour Hoffman. Then we have Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, a film where the second half can never quite recapture the pure magic the first hour  [ Read More ]

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Vacation Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On July - 27 - 2015 0 Comment
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VACATION Warner Bros./New Line Cinema Reviewed by: Harvey Karten for Shockya. Databased on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade: B+ Director: Jonathan M. Goldstein, Tracy J. Brown, John Francis Daley Screenwriter:  Jonathan M. Goldstein, Tracy J. Brown, John Francis Daley Cast:  Ed Helms, Christina Applegate, Skyler Gisondo, Steele Stebbins, Leslie Mann, Keegan Michael Key Screened at: Regal E-Walk, NYC, 7/27/15 Opens:  July 29, 2015 When John Steinbeck wrote Travels with Charley in Search of America, he was not with his family but only with his dog Charley.  The two traveled across our fair land in their trailer, named Rocinante.  Steinbeck hoped that, using his dog to encourage strangers to chat, he would find  [ Read More ]

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The End of the Tour Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On July - 26 - 2015 0 Comment
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THE END OF THE TOUR A24 Reviewed by: Harvey Karten for Shockya.  Databased on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade: B Director: James Ponsoldt Screenwriter:  Donald Margulies from David Lipsky’s book Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace Cast:  Jesse Eisenberg, Jason Segel, Anna Chlumsky, Joan Cusack, Mamie Gummer, Mickey Sumner Screened at: Digital Arts, NYC, 6/15/15 Opens:  July 31, 2015 David Foster Wallace’s 1996 book Infinite Jest may not be The Great American Novel, but some literary cognoscenti have pronounced it one of the one hundred best works of American fiction.  What is traditionally considered The Great American novel is Moby Dick and there  [ Read More ]

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Steve Benjamins’ Sightlines EP Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On July - 26 - 2015 0 Comment
Steve Benjamins' Sightlines EP Review

Artist: Steve Benjamins EP: Sightlines Insightfully realizing, and maturely embracing, that life regularly and organically changes with every connection you form is a gripping and entrancing journey that people often take as their relationships guide their views and emotions. That instinctive and natural reflection and understanding on how life’s most important external forces, most notably intimate bonds, is entrancingly chronicled in ‘Sightlines,’ the relatable and entrancing third EP from singer-songwriter, Steve Benjamins. The Toronto-based musician captivatingly chronicles the importance of accepting when to embrace change, as well as the need to be grounded when connections evolve, in his latest downtempo-indie pop album. The EP entrancingly begins with its fascinating title  [ Read More ]

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That Sugar Film Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On July - 25 - 2015 0 Comment
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THAT SUGAR FILM Samuel Goldwyn Films Reviewed by: Harvey Karten for Shockya. Databased on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade: A- Director: Damon Gameau Cast:  Damon Gameau, Stephen Fry, Jessica Marais, Brenton Thwaites, Isabel Lucas Screened at: Critics’ link, NYC, 6/27/15 Opens:  July 31, 2015 “The Sugar Film” is not the cat’s meow of scientific proof that sugar is not only bad for you but that it has devastated individuals and communities alike.  While a documentary about a white additive that is stuffed into maybe eighty percent of processed food could sound as dull as a trip to a public school lunchroom, “That Sugar Film” is enormously entertaining thanks to the leading presence  [ Read More ]

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Phoenix Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On July - 19 - 2015 0 Comment
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PHOENIX Sundance Selects Reviewed by: Harvey Karten for Shockya. Databased on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade: A- Director: Christian Petzold Screenwriter:  Christian Petzold, Harun Farocki, Hubert Monteilhet, adapted from Hubert Monteilhet’s “Return From the Ashes” Cast:  Nina Hoss, Nina Kunzendorf, Ronald Zehrfeld, Trystan Putter, Michael Maertens, Imogen Kogge, Felix Romer Screened at: Review 1, NYC, 6/25/15 Opens:  July 24, 2015 Just when you thought that all Holocaust-themed movies had been exhausted, along comes “Phoenix” which, actually, is not a brand new take on its repercussions.  Hubert Monteilhet’s novel “Return from the Ashes” covers the material, adapted by Harun Farocki, and the novel had been filmed by J. Lee Thompson starring Maximilan Schell  [ Read More ]

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Ajay Mathur 9 to 3 Album Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On July - 18 - 2015 0 Comment
Ajay Mathur 9 to 3 Album Review

Artist: Ajay Mathur Album: 9 to 3 Passionately revealing candid insight into your true soul can be a daunting task, but humorously and endearingly approaching life’s most complex emotions can help make the process more liberating. India-born singer-songwriter Ajay Mathur has deservingly has received acclaim throughout his career for doing just that, particularly on his recent albums, 2011′s ‘A Matter of Time’ and 2013′s ‘Come See Conquer;’ he has become known for not being afraid to divulge his true feelings on troubled relationships and feelings. The musician, who’s now based in Switzerland, has creatively related to audiences around the world with his latest album, ’9 to 3,’ as it uniquely  [ Read More ]

Harper Lee: From Mockingbird to Watchman Movie Review

Posted by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi On July - 15 - 2015 0 Comment
Harper Lee: From Mockingbird to Watchman Movie Review

Title: Harper Lee: From Mockingbird to Watchman Director: Mary McDonagh Murphy Genre: Documentary The director of the documentary ‘Hey, Boo: Harper Lee and To Kill A Mockingbird’ continues her exploration of the literary production of the Pulitzer Prize winner. Murphy’s new film, ‘Harper Lee: From Mockingbird to Watchman,’ examines the facts and speculation surrounding Lee’s second publication, that arrives  after fifty-five years after ‘To Kill A Mockingbird.’ ‘Go Set A Watchman’ was written before Lee’s beloved masterpiece, despite the story depicts the later lives of the Finch family – lawyer Atticus, his daughter, Scout, his son, Jem and their maid, Calpurnia. Whereas ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ is narrated in first  [ Read More ]

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Matthew Santos Into The Further Album Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On July - 15 - 2015 0 Comment
Matthew Santos Into The Further Album Review

Artist: Matthew Santos Album: Into The Further Production: Produced and mixed by Matthew Santos; Mix engineer: Greg Magers; Mastered by: Rollin Weary at IV LAB Studios It often takes an act and sense of destiny to make people realize they’re on the verge of an important change in their personal and professional lives. Whether or not they truly accept the idea that predetermined fate can influentially guide their life’s path has always been the subject of debate in faith. But when people are offered an opportunity that can undeniably offer them more diverse experiences, it’s essential to at least consider exploring those options. That enticing chance to completely revitalize your  [ Read More ]

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A Hard Day Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On July - 13 - 2015 0 Comment
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A HARD DAY (Kkeut-kka-ji-gan-day Kino Lorber Films Reviewed by: Harvey Karten for Shockya. Databased on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade: B+ Director: Kim Seong-hun Screenwriter:  Kim Seong-hun, Kim Seong-hoon, Hae-jun Lee Cast:  Lee Sun-kyun, Jin-woong Jo, Shin Jung-keun, Jeong Man-sik, Shin Dong-mi Screened at: Review 2, NYC, 7/7/15 Opens:  July 17, 2015 There was a time not so long ago that too many New York City police were corrupt. The scams started with cops’ accepting free meals on their beats and culminated with their ripping off drug lords.  We had the impression that Frank Serpico was the only honest guy in blue, contributing in April 1970 to a front page article in  [ Read More ]

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The Look of Silence Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On July - 12 - 2015 0 Comment
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THE LOOK OF SILENCE Drafthouse Film/ Participant Media Reviewed by: Harvey Karten for Shockya. Databased on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade: B+ Director: Joshua Oppenheimer Screenwriter:  Joshua Oppenheimer Cast:  Adi, an optometrist, and several subjects Screened at: Review 1, NYC, 4/8/15 Opens:  July 17, 2015 During the Holocaust in the early 1940s which centered on Germany but spread to surrounding countries, millions of Jews, gypsies, homosexuals, and Russian prisoners of war were murdered.  Now, instead of “Germany,” substitute “Indonesia.”  In place of “surrounding countries,” substitute “Java, Bali and Jakarta.”  In place of “Jews, gypsies, homosexuals and Russian prisoners,” put in “Communists.”  In lieu of “millions,” let’s say “a million” (though some insist  [ Read More ]

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Boulevard Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On July - 12 - 2015 0 Comment
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BOULEVARD Starz Reviewed by: Harvey Karten for Shockya.  Databased on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade: B Director: Dito Montiel Screenwriter:  Douglas Soesbe Cast:  Robin Williams, Kathy Baker, Roberto Aguire, Giles Matthey, Eleonore Hendricks, Bob Odenkirk, Henry Haggard Screened at: Review 1, NYC,6/1/15 Opens:  July 17, 2015 An increasing number of marriages are breaking up when the couple are in their sixties, even beyond.  While boredom can be cited as one obvious reason, Dito Montiel’s movie “Boulevard” points out another.  According to Douglas Soesbe’s script, Nolan Mack (Robin Williams) and his wife Joy (Kathy Baker) might be considered by many observers to have too long a marriage to see it fall apart when  [ Read More ]

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Cartel Land Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On July - 8 - 2015 0 Comment
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Title: CARTEL LAND The Orchard Reviewed by: Harvey Karten for Shockya. Databased on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade: B+ Director: Matthew Heineman Cast:  José Manuel Mireles, Tim “Neiler” Foley, Paco Rangel Valencia Screened at: Review 2, NYC, 6/29/15 Opens:  July 3, 2015 In the old days before color TV’s were invented, it was easy to tell the good guys from the bad guys, particularly in Westerns.  The good guys wore white hats, the bad donned black ones.  The Indians were always bad, the cavalry good.  Some time after color TV was invented the job became more nuanced.  A cowboy could wear a combination black and white hat.  What are we to do?   [ Read More ]

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The Unravelling’s Master Drone Single Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On July - 5 - 2015 0 Comment
The Unravelling’s Master Drone Single Review

Artist: The Unravelling; Vocals/Lyrics-Steve Moore, and Instruments/Music-Gustavo de Beauville Single: Master Drone Production: Gustavo de Beauville The continuously developing visceral emotions that are meant to comfort people during times of self-defined evolutions in society can often times make those who have persistently been certain of their reality instead see their lives begin to gradually unravel. While securing and guaranteeing the safety of society’s future culture is a seemingly powerful motivation to change and dictate people’s actions and sentiments, the diverse and ambitious members of every community often thrive within their own established identity. The commanding Canadian industrial rock band, The Unravelling, is once again powerfully questioning whether people should assuredly  [ Read More ]

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Amy Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On July - 5 - 2015 0 Comment
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Title: Amy Reviewed by: Tami Smith, Guest Reviewer for Shockya. Grade: B+ Director: Asif Kapadia Cast: Amy Winehouse, Janis Winehouse, Mitchel Winehouse, Nick Shymansky, Blake Fielder, Juliette Ashby, Lauren Gilbert, Andrew Morris, Salaam Remi, Sam Beste, Tony Bennett, Yasin Bey Release date: July 10, 2015 During the final segment of Amy we watch a duet of Tony Bennett and Amy Winehouse in a recording studio. Why would Tony bother appearing with Amy? Maybe because she was an unusual young English jazz singer and a songwriter, known for her deep vocals and eclectic mix of musical genres? Amy Winehouse applied a mix of soul, blues and reggae in her songs. She  [ Read More ]

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