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Heaven Knows What Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On May - 25 - 2015 0 Comment
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HEAVEN KNOWS WHAT Radius-TWC Reviewed by: Harvey Karten for CompuServe ShowBiz. Databased on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade: B- Director: Josh Safdie, Benny Safdie Screenwriter: Josh Safdie, Benny Safdie, Ronald Bronstein Cast:  Arielle Holmes, Caleb Landry-Jones, Necro, Buddy Duress Screened at: Review, NYC, 4/30/15 Opens:  May 29, 2015 Every day in America, 2,000 mostly young people start on the road to addiction. These numbers are probably correct, give or take a thousand, but you’ve got to wonder: don’t people see movies about the dangers of dope? Slogans, like “Don’t be a dope?”  News items like the recent death of Philip Seymour Hoffman?  The movie industry has been sending out warnings at least  [ Read More ]

Categories: MOVIES, REVIEWS

Results Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On May - 25 - 2015 0 Comment

Results Magnolia Pictures Reviewed by: Tami Smith, Guest Reviewer for Shockya.. Grade: B Director: Andrew Bujalski Screenwriter: Andrew Bujalski Cast: Guy Pearce, Cobie Smulders, Kevin Corrigan, Giovanni Ribisi, Anthony Michael Hall, Brooklyn Decker, Constance Zimmer Opens: May 29, 2015 At the final quarter of Results, Danny (Kevin Corrigan) says to three young women sitting on a living room sofa: “Hey, I am having a party tonight and you are invited”. The ladies look at this flabby, divorced man in his mid-forties in disbelief, so he continues: “I am no douche bag, you know?” Danny arrived to Texas directly from New York City, after his mother’s death. Since he was awarded  [ Read More ]

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A PIGEON SAT ON A BRANCH REFLECTING ON EXISTENCE Magnolia Pictures Reviewed by: Harvey Karten for Shockya. Databased on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade: C+ Director: Roy Andersson Screenwriter:  Roy Andersson Cast:  Holger Andersson, Nila Westblom, Charlotta Larsson, Viktor Gyllenberg, Lotti Tornros, Jonas Gerholdm, Ola Stensson, Oscar Salaomonsson, Roger Olsen Likvern Screened at: Review 2, NYC, 4/22/15 Opens:  June 3, 2015 A guy sees his friend writhing on the ground with a spear implanted in his stomach.  “Are you OK?” the guy queries using that hoary cliché so prominent in the movies and on TV.  “It hurts only when I laugh,” the friend responds. As absurdist as the answer sounds, there is  [ Read More ]

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Tu dors Nicole Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On May - 24 - 2015 0 Comment
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TU DORS NICOLE Kino Lorber Reviewed by: Harvey Karten for Shockya. Databased on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade: B Director: Stéphane Lafleur Screenwriter: Stéphane Lafleur Cast:  Julianne Côté, Catherine St-Laurent, Marc-Andre Grondin, Francis La Haye Screened at: Review 2, NYC, 5/7/15 Opens:  May 29, 2015 Coming of age films that take place during most people’s actual coming of age, namely late adolescence, brush shoulders with similar films about people in their thirties, who are concerned about their marriages, about how many kids, if any, they may want, or who are unfortunate enough to be contemplating divorce. “Tu dor Nicole,” which means “You’re sleeping, Nicole,” finds a middle ground, focusing principally on Nicole  [ Read More ]

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Private Number Movie Review

Posted by juliana On May - 16 - 2015 0 Comment
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Title: Private Number Arc Entertainment Director: LazRael Lison Writer: LazRael Lison Cast: Hal Ozsan, Nicholle Tom, Tom Sizemore, Judd Nelson Running Time: 95 minutes AVAILABLE ON VOD AND IN-THEATERS: May 1, 2015 Michael Lane (Hal Ozsan) is a recovering alcoholic with writers block. He and his wife Katherine (Nicholle Tom) are living in somewhat harmony until they are awakened by phone calls at 2:44am, and the caller asks, “Remember me?” The lack of sleep starts to take its toll on the couple, causing them to argue. Michael starts to hallucinate dead people, bottles of whisky and his black “Knight” character from his novels.  Michael’s visions bring up the names of  [ Read More ]

Categories: Horror, REVIEWS

Welcome To Me Movie Review

Posted by juliana On May - 15 - 2015 0 Comment
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Title: Welcome To Me Alchemy Director: Shira Piven Writer: Eliot Laurence Cast: Kristen Wiig, James Marsden, Linda Cardellini, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Wes Bentley, Alan Tudyk, Tim Robbins, Joan Cusack Running time: 105 min, Rated R (sexual content, some graphic nudity, language) In Theaters May 1, 2015 Alice Klieg is a woman who’s obsessed with Oprah. She has a wall of videotaped shows that she knows by heart. She has borderline personality disorder, and has no inner censor. She hasn’t turned off her TV in 11 years. She wakes up at about noon-thirty every day and walks down to the corner store to buy a copy of O magazine and a  [ Read More ]

Categories: Comedy, Drama, REVIEWS

The Barber Blu-Ray Review

Posted by juliana On May - 15 - 2015 0 Comment
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Title: The Barber Arc Entertainment Director: Basel Owies Writer: Max Enscoe Cast: Scott Glenn, Chris Coy, Stephen Tobolowsky, Kristen Hager, Max Arciniega, Olivia Taylor Dudley, Lydia Hearst Running Time: 95 minutes, Rated R (language, violence, sensuality) Special Features: Alternate Ending; 4 Deleted Scenes; 2 Extended Scenes; Trailer In the early 90s, a serial killer targeted 17 women, some whom were fount buried alive. Thomas McCormack, the detective working on the case felt he failed when the suspect Francis Visser (Scott Glenn) got off due to lack of evidence, and killed himself, leaving behind a son.  Twenty years later, his son John (Chris Coy) goes looking for Visser whom is now  [ Read More ]

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Every Secret Thing Movie Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On May - 14 - 2015 0 Comment
Every Secret Thing Movie Review

Title: Every Secret Thing Director: Amy Berg Starring: Elizabeth Banks, Diane Lane, Dakota Fanning, Nate Parker and Danielle Macdonald Emotional scars and memories not only reflect your past and how your experiences have shaped your beliefs, but can also haunt you and prevent you from moving forward in your life. Your determined journey to redemption, so that you can finally take control of your future and move forward past your harrowing recollections, is the powerful theme in the new crime drama, ‘Every Secret Thing.’ The movie, which marks the narrative feature film directorial debut of filmmaker Amy Berg, and is set to be released in theaters and on VOD and  [ Read More ]

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See You In Valhalla Movie Review

Posted by juliana On May - 14 - 2015 0 Comment
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Title: See You in Valhalla ARC Entertainment Director: Jarret Tarnol Writer: Brent Tarnol Cast: Sarah Hyland, Steve Howey, Odeya Rush, Bret Harrison, Emma Bell, Jake McDorman, Beau Mirchoff, Alex Frost, Michael Weston, Conor O’Farrell Running time: 82 minutes, Rated R (language, drug use) THEATRICAL, VOD and iTunes RELEASE DATE: April 24, 2015 Johana Burwood (Sarah Hyland) comes home from work, pops some waffles in the toaster and clicks on the news to discover her drug-addict brother Maxwell “Magnus” (Jake McDorman) has died in a strange murder/suicide avenging his deceased girlfriend while wielding a sword, claiming to be a viking. She forgets she had a date that night, and the poor  [ Read More ]

Categories: Comedy, Drama, REVIEWS

The Gunman Movie Review

Posted by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi On May - 14 - 2015 0 Comment
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Title: The Gunman Director: Pierre Morel Starring: Sean Penn, Idris Elba, Ray Winstone, Mark Rylance, Jasmine Trinca, Javier Bardem. Jean-Patrick Manchette’s novel ‘La Position du tireur couché’ (The Prone Gunman), gets adapted for the silver screen by French cinematographer and film director Pierre Morel, known for ‘District 13,’ ‘From Paris With Love,’ and ‘Taken.’ The American action thriller, stars Sean Penn as an ex-soldier who carried out an assassination in the Democratic Republic of Congo and finds his past catching up with him eight years later. The cast also includes Javier Bardem, Italian actress Jasmine Trinca, Idris Elba, Ray Winstone and Mark Rylance. The film begins with utter promise: the  [ Read More ]

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Echoes of War Movie Review

Posted by juliana On May - 14 - 2015 0 Comment

Title: Echoes of War ARC Entertainment Director: Kane Senes Writer: Kane Senes & John Chriss Cast: James Badge Dale, Ethan Embry, William Forsythe, Maika Monroe, Rhys Wakefield Running time: 1hr 40 min, Rated R (violence, sexuality/nudity and language) In Theaters, VOD and i-Tunes on May 15, 2015 After the Civil War, two neighboring families struggle to survive in rural Texas. The McCluskeys, headed by Randolph (William Forsythe) are dealing with their lost cattle and their son to the war.  His wife Doris (Beth Broderick) is nearly comatose in grief with the loss of one of her sons, while her other two boys – the mentally disabled Dillard (Ryan O’Nan) and  [ Read More ]

Categories: Drama, MOVIES, REVIEWS

Ex Machina Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On May - 14 - 2015 0 Comment
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EX MACHINA A24/ Universal Pictures Reviewed by: Harvey Karten for Shockya. Databased on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade: A- Director: Alex Garland Screenwriter:  Alex Garland Cast:  Alicia Vikander, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, Sonoya Mizuno, Claire Selby, Symara A. Templeman Screened at: Regal Union Square, NYC, 5/9/15 Opens:  April 24, 2015 If you’re into theater, you’ll know that a deus ex machine is “a god from the machine,” and is a plot device uses when a writer is painted into a corner and does not know how to end the play.  The writer then uses a contrived solution, such as Euripides used in Medea, when the title character, about to be caught for  [ Read More ]

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Tale of Tales Movie Review

Posted by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi On May - 13 - 2015 0 Comment
Tale of Tales Movie Review

Title: Tale of Tales  Director: Matteo Garrone Starring: Salma Hayek, John C. Reilly, Christian Lees, Jonah Lees, Alba Rohrwacher, Massimo Ceccherini, Laura Pizzirani, Franco Pistoni, Giselda Volodi, Giuseppina Cervizzi, Jessie Cave, Toby Jones, Bebe Cave, Guillaume Delaunay, Eric Maclennan, Nicola Sloane, Vincenzo Nemolato, Giulio Beranek, Davide Campagna, Vincent Cassel, Shirley Henderson, Hayley Carmichael, Stacy Martin, Kathryn Hunter, Ryan McParland, Kenneth Collard, Renato Scarpa.  Kings, princesses, monsters, ogres, dark fairytales drenched with curses and magic that comes with a price, populate Matteo Garrone’s new cinematic endeavour, through the screen adaptation of a seventeenth-century collections of tales by Italian poet and courtier Giambattista Basile: ‘Lo cunto de li cunti’ (Pentamerone), i.e. ‘Tale  [ Read More ]

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A Little Chaos Movie Review

Posted by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi On May - 13 - 2015 0 Comment
A Little Chaos Movie Review

Title: A Little Chaos Director: Alan Rickman Starring: Kate Winslet, Matthias Schoenaerts, Alan Rickman, Stanley Tucci, Helen McCrory, Steven Waddington, Jennifer Ehle. ‘A Little Chaos marks Rickman’s second film after his 1997 directorial debut  ‘The Winter Guest.’ The 2014 British period drama is the second collaboration of Rickman and Winslet after their 1995 film ‘Sense and Sensibility.’ Love blooms amid the Sun King’s gardens in 17th-century Versailles: A Gallehault indeed, the project that engages two talented landscape artists at Louis XIV’s palace of Versailles. Sabine de Barra (Kate Winslet) is a fictional proto-feminist figure of lower-class gardener, who shakes up the ordered world of the king’s landscaper in chief, Maître  [ Read More ]

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Pitch Perfect 2 Movie Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On May - 12 - 2015 0 Comment
Pitch Perfect 2 Movie Review

Title: Pitch Perfect 2 Director: Elizabeth Banks Starring: Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow, Hailee Steinfeld, Skylar Astin, Adam DeVine, Katey Sagal, John Michael Higgins and Elizabeth Banks Finding the courage to finally feel confident enough to move on from the comfort of your current stage in your life can be just as harrowing as being comfortable enough to embrace the next phase you’re set to embark on. That powerful process of moving forward with your plans and goals is intriguingly and humbly showcased in the new musical comedy, ‘Pitch Perfect 2,’ the sequel to the 2012 sleeper hit, ‘Pitch Perfect.’ Not only do the main characters in the female  [ Read More ]

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