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Kidnapping Mr. Heineken Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On March - 1 - 2015 0 Comment
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KIDNAPPING MR. HEINEKEN Alchemy Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade:  B Director:  Daniel Alfredson   Screenwriter:  William Brookfield, based on the journalistic reports of Peter de Vries Cast:  Anthony Hopkins, Jim Sturgess, Sam Worthington, Ryan Kwanten Screened at:  Review 1, NYC, 2/5/15 Opens:  March 6, 2015 Did you ever wonder how rich guys have to be before they will hire bodyguards?  When Bill Gates is shown on TV, his bodyguards must be at a discreet distance away.  Surely he has a couple of them with him at all times, perhaps even more than President Obama enjoys.  Kidnapping becomes far too tempting for a rich or  [ Read More ]

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Ana Maria in Novela Land Movie Review

Posted by Melissa Molina On February - 27 - 2015 0 Comment
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There’s a wonderful amount of campiness that permeates through soap operas made in various countries. None is more iconic than the novelas, better known as the Mexican soap operas. In the past few years they’ve gotten so popular with other audiences, mainly Americans, that they’ve been receiving fantastic ratings in their hometown and over the border. It’s quite the phenomenon, and many have been taking notice of the incredible power these Mexican shows have on international audiences. At the same time they’re over-the-top to the highest degree for a variety of reasons. From the incredibly tight dresses to the lavish sets, there’s no denying that there’s specific parts to a  [ Read More ]

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Focus Movie Review 2

Posted by Melissa Molina On February - 27 - 2015 0 Comment
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It’s been a good, long while since we’ve seen Will Smith really feel comfortable in his own skin, more so in a particular character. There are many who’ve yearned to see Smith inevitably lean his way back towards his charming, slightly goofy but still lovable self that a large portion of the movie-going and television crowd have latched onto in years past. The tabloids have been continually plaguing all with unnecessary topics about his personal life, and in some way it can be argued that some of his star power has definitely waned due to the negative publicity. Then ‘Focus’ comes along, a surprisingly entertaining film that basically highlights Will  [ Read More ]

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3 Hearts (3 coeurs) Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On February - 27 - 2015 0 Comment
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3 HEARTS (3 coeurs) Cohen Media Group Reviewed by: Harvey Karten for CompuServe ShowBiz.  Databased on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade:  A- Director:  Benoît Jacquot Screenwriters: Benoît Jacquot, Julien Boivent Cast:  Benoît Poelvoorde, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Chiara Mastroianni, Catherine Deneuve Screened at: Review 2, NYC, 2/25/15 Opens: March 13, 2015 You may have seen articles with the title “Why nice girls date bad boys,” which hold that girls find handsome, carefree, irresponsible guys on motorcycles to be exciting to date.  But they marry ordinary-looking accountants and lawyers who, they believe, will make good fathers.  In a drama about a romantic triangle, this one dealing with a more carefree woman and her more family-oriented  [ Read More ]

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Horse Camp DVD Review

Posted by juliana On February - 27 - 2015 0 Comment
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Title: Horse Camp Arc Entertainment Director: Joel Paul Reisig Writer: Joel Paul Reisig Cast: Dean Cain, Jordan Trovillion, Rachel Sowers, Kristen Ryda Running time: 107 min, Rated PG (bullying) Special Features: None Available on DVD & VOD: February 24, 2015 Kathy (Jordan Trovillion) is a 17 year old girl who dreams of riding a horse. Her dad Luke (Dean Cain) is a former bull rider who trains aspiring bull riders, and her mom is a barrel rider. After her dad has a rodeo accident, severely injuring his leg, her parents decide that horses are too dangerous for their only child.  Kathy finds out about the Black River Horse Camp for  [ Read More ]

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Zombieworld DVD Review

Posted by juliana On February - 27 - 2015 0 Comment
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Title: Zombieworld RLJ Entertainment Director(s): Jesse Baget, Adrián Cardona, Rafa Dengrá, Luke Guidici,Phil Haine , Peter Horn, Jared Marshall, Cameron McCulloch, David Muñoz, Adam O’Brien , Zachary Ramelan, Paul Shrimpton, Vedran Marjanovic Wekster, Tommy Woodard Writer(s): Jonathan Brown , Stefania Moscato, Alex Chandon, Raven Cousens, Luke Guidici, Peter Horn, Jared Marshall, Cameron McCulloch, David Muñoz, Adam O’Brien, Zachary Ramelan, Paul Shrimpton, Graham Taylor, Tommy Woodard Cast: Jamie McDowell, Noé Blancafort, Bill Oberst Jr., Trevor Snarr, Marc Velasco, Zack Price, Lauren Brady, Jeff Newman Running time: 100 minutes, Not Rated (Language, violence) Available February 24th Zombieworld is film consisting of viginettes, each with a zombie theme. Zombie News (directed by Jesse  [ Read More ]

Categories: Horror, RELEASES, REVIEWS

The Lazarus Effect Movie Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On February - 26 - 2015 0 Comment
The Lazarus Effect Movie Review

Title: The Lazarus Effect Director: David Gelb Starring: Olivia Wilde, Mark Duplass, Evan Peters, Donald Glover and Sarah Bolger People have long been fascinated with the idea of harnessing the power of humanity’s long-sought after scientific achievement that they’ve never been able to grasp-reversing the finality of death, and capturing the elusive and desirable fate of immortality. Director David Gelb’s new supernatural horror thriller, ‘The Lazarus Effect,’ which opens in theaters nationwide tomorrow, not only enthralling explores that intriguing concept, but also fascinating ponders the question of whether opening the gap between life and death ultimately leads to the unleashing of an indestructible evil. The film intriguingly shows that reawakening  [ Read More ]

Out of the Dark Movie Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On February - 25 - 2015 0 Comment
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Title: Out of the Dark Director: Lluís Quílez Starring: Scott Speedman, Julia Stiles, Stephen Rea and Pixie Davies People’s relentlessly strong determination to never give up hope on realizing their dreams can positively help them achieve the initial superficial steps to their overall goals. But when they delve further into their aspirations, they begin to realize that the way they contend with important moral dilemmas can harrowingly impact all aspects of their lives. That’s certainly the case with the new chilling supernatural thriller, ‘Out of the Dark,’ which marks Lluís Quílez’s feature film directorial debut, and is currently available on VOD and is set to open in theaters on Friday.  [ Read More ]

Maraviglioso Boccaccio Movie Review

Posted by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi On February - 25 - 2015 0 Comment
Maraviglioso Boccaccio Movie Review

Title: Maraviglioso Boccaccio Director: Paolo and Vittorio Taviani Starring: Lello Arena, Paola Cortellesi, Carolina Crescentini, Flavio Parenti, Vittoria Puccini, Michele Riondino, Kim Rossi Stuart, Riccardo Scamarcio, Kasia Smutniak, Jasmine Trinca and Josafat Vagni. The Taviani Brothers, have decided to tribute one of Italy’s greatest Renaissance humanist, Giovanni Boccaccio. The “Decameron” which has had many screen adaptations – the most memorable was by Pier Paolo Pasolini -  lives again through the subtle direction of the Tuscan sibling filmmakers, who chose Giotto and Masaccio to inspire their cinematography, scenography and costume design. The book by Boccaccio is structured as a frame story containing 100 tales, told by a group of seven young  [ Read More ]

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Focus Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On February - 25 - 2015 0 Comment
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FOCUS Reviewed by: Harvey Karten for Shockya.  Databased on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade: B- Director: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa Screenwriter:  Glenn Ficarra, John Requa Cast:  Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Rodrigo Santoro, Gerald McRaney, BD Wong, Robert Taylor Screened at: Warner, NYC, 2/24/15 Opens:  February 27, 2015 If the producers were to choose an ironic title for this movie, that would be “Trust.”  Every character with a speaking part is a con artist, and because it takes one to know one, each member of that select fraternity is onto every other.  But there are exceptions, the biggest of the many twists being that one of the principal characters has gotten the other  [ Read More ]

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Maps to the Stars Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On February - 22 - 2015 0 Comment
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MAPS TO THE STARS Focusworld Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade:  B Director:  David Cronenberg Screenwriter:  Bruce Wagner Cast:  Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, John Cusack, Robert Pattinson, Olivia Williams, Evan Bird Screened at:  Universal, NYC, 1/14/15 Opens:  February 27, 2014 Though the audience for annual film awards is diminishing, there is still a great deal of excitement to the shows put on by the Golden Globes, the Academy, Critics’ Choice, and others.  In fact far more people watch the celebrities than attend the movies, which means that we are more interested stars, noting what they wear, perhaps gossiping about the scandals.  As for scandals, you  [ Read More ]

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Vince Grant’s My Depression Is Always Trying To Kill Me EP Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On February - 22 - 2015 0 Comment
Vince Grant's My Depression Is Always Trying To Kill Me EP Review

Artist: Vince Grant EP: My Depression Is Always Trying To Kill Me Production: Produced, Recorded and Mixed by Doug Grean; Mastered at Rodney Mills Masterhouse Struggling to overcome the harrowing emotional setbacks mental illness often presents on a person’s determined road to recovery and rejuvenation of their goals and relationships can be an agonizing journey. Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter Vince Grant has admirably divulged the details of his own depression, as well as his addiction to drugs and alcohol, and the relentless battle he has embarked on to contend with his diverse emotions and motivations. In his new debut alternative rock EP, ‘My Depression Is Always Trying to Kill Me,’ which  [ Read More ]

Categories: MUSIC, MUSIC REVIEWS, REVIEWS

The Hunting Ground Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On February - 21 - 2015 0 Comment
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THE HUNTING GROUND Radius/ CNN Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade:  B+ Director:  Kirby Dick Screenwriter:  Kirby Dick Cast:  Anna E. Clark, Andrea Pino, Kamilah Willingham, April Powell-Willingham, Erica Kinsman, Tom Seeberg Screened at:  Review 2, NYC, 2/10/15 Opens:  February 27, 2015 I don’t get it.  When I went to Tufts University during the fifties, girls had curfews, co-ed dorms were considered pure folly, virginity was not the exception, and the fraternity houses served beer without date-rape drugs as the only beverage at parties.  Any student rapes must have been quite expertly hushed up because I had not heard of a single one, despite the  [ Read More ]

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Maps to the Stars Movie Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On February - 21 - 2015 0 Comment
Maps to the Stars Movie Review

Title: Maps to the Stars Director: David Cronenberg Starring: Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, John Cusack, Evan Bird, Olivia Williams and Robert Pattinson The Hollywood and celebrity lifestyle is often presented as a desirable ambition for American society to strive for, as it offers fame and wealth to the most deserving and talented people who are determined to reach their goals. But the high-society lifestyle isn’t as glamorous and enticing as many people may believe-the select few who do obtain it have to contend with such issues as relentlessly struggling with the mistakes of their past, the fading opportunities once they reach a certain age and no longer fitting into the  [ Read More ]

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’71 Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On February - 20 - 2015 0 Comment
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‘’71 Roadside Attractions Reviewed by Harvey Karten for Shockya Grade: B+ Director:  Yann Demange Screenwriter:  Gregory Burke Cast:  Jack O’Connell, Lewis Paul Anderson, Richard Dormer, Sean Harris, Martin McCann, Charles Q. Murphy Screened at:  Review 1, NYC, 2/18/14 Opens:  February 27, 2015 Telling teenagers today even in Northern Ireland about The Troubles will result in a blank stare.  Happily enough, a peace was signed between the Irish Republican Army and Britain after talks with then Prime Minister Tony Blair.  The IRA finally disarmed in 2001 though some sporadic fighting might still exist.  Still Catholics and Protestants can walk outside in Belfast and Londonderry without fear of being killed, though Northern  [ Read More ]

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