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Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong Movie Review

Posted by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi On February - 9 - 2016 0 Comment
Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong Movie Review

Title: Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong Director: Emily Ting Starring: Jamie Chung, Bryan Greenberg, Sarah Lian, Jaden Cheng, Richard Ng, Linda Trinh. Director Emily Ting is a groundbreaking female filmmaker. Her analysis of the prelude to love can recall that of Richard Linklater: ‘Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong’ could very well be the Asian adaptation of the trilogy ‘’Before Sunrise-Before Sunset-Before Midnight.’ In Ting’s spirited romance, Ruby, a Chinese American toy designer from Los Angeles, visits Hong Kong for the first time on business. Finding herself stranded, she meets Josh, an American expat who shows her the city. While both are Americans, Josh has been living in Hong Kong for  [ Read More ]

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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Movie Review

Posted by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi On February - 5 - 2016 0 Comment
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Movie Review

Title: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Director: Burr Steers Starring: Lily James, Sam Riley, Bella Heathcote, Ellie Bamber, Millie Brady, Suki Waterhouse, Douglas Booth, Sally Philips, Charles Dance, Jack Huston, Matt Smith, Lena  Headey. ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’ is a fresh twist on Jane Austen’s classic novel, based on the best-seller by Seth Grahame-Smith. A mysterious plague has fallen upon the 19th century England. The land is overrun with the undead altering the genteel Victorian social mores, and turning the bucolic English countryside into a war zone. Director Burr Steers instills irony in a film that quotes the original novel by the book…with a touch of wacky spook. The  [ Read More ]

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Hail, Caesar! Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On February - 5 - 2016 0 Comment
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HAIL, CAESAR! Universal Pictures Reviewed by: Harvey Karten for Shockya, d-based on Rotten Tomatoes Grade: B+ Director:  Joel Coen, Ethan Coen Written by:  Joel Coen, Ethan Coen Cast: George Clooney, Josh Brolin, Alden Ehrenreich, Channing Tatum, Scarlett Johansson, Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Frances McDormand Screened at: Regal E-Walk, NYC, 2/2/16 Opens:  February 5, 2016 Irving Berlin’s song “There’s no business like show business” may have been written for the stage, but it sure as hell0 applies as well to movies.  Consider this: Eddie Mannix (Josh Brolin), who works as a movie studio “fixer” in the 1950s, receives a lucrative offer from an aviation company, one that would give him a  [ Read More ]

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Hail, Caesar! Movie Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On February - 3 - 2016 0 Comment
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Movie: Hail, Caesar! Directors: Joel and Ethan Coen Starring: Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Channing Tatum, Scarlett Johansson, Jonah Hill and Frances McDormand Passionately and dedicatingly showcasing the injustices of society through the perspective of someone with a troubled and difficult life in films can be a captivating and alluring experience for both the filmmakers and the audience. Academy Award-winning writers-directors Joel and Ethan Coen have rightfully garnered acclaim and box office success throughout their careers for their insightful explorations into the struggles people regularly face, often as the result of societal injustices. Unfortunately, the filmmaking brothers ultimately failed to recapture their past glory in their upcoming  [ Read More ]

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Plastic Yellow Band’s Above Gravity Album Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On February - 1 - 2016 0 Comment
Plastic Yellow Band's Above Gravity Album Review

Artist: Plastic Yellow Band; Band Members: Gerald Jennings: vocals, guitar and keyboards; Joe Hurt: bass; Karl Derrick Tesch: drums; and Joe Smith (guitar) Album: Above Gravity Production: Label: ISI MUSIC; Produced by Gerald Jennings for ISI MUSIC; Music and Lyrics by Gerald Jennings; Publisher: ISI MUSIC, LLC; Recorded and mastered at: ISI STUDIOS Attempting to find and keep the right person who will unquestionably and wholeheartedly love you, who you can also profoundly support as you both value the world around you, can be one of life’s most harrowing and exhilirating experiences. Progressive rock band Plastic Yellow Band, which is inspired by the captivating sentimentalizes that are presented by both  [ Read More ]

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Tumbledown Movie Review

Posted by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi On February - 1 - 2016 0 Comment
Tumbledown Movie Review

Title: Tumbledown Director: Sean Mewshaw Starring: Rebecca Hall, Jason Sudeikis, Dianna Agron, Joe Manganiello, Griffin Dunne, Blythe Danner. Rebecca Hall is truly enticing in Sean Mewshaw’s film about a young woman struggling to move on with her life after the death of her husband. But, despite her talent, ‘Tumbledown’ is rather cliched in delivering us the old adage that “When It Seems Like Things Are Really Falling Apart, They’re Just Falling Into Place.” Hannah (Rebecca Hall) is still grieving the death of her husband, an acclaimed folk singer, when Andrew McDonnell (Jason Sudekis), a brash New York writer, forces her to confront her loss and the ambiguous circumstances of his  [ Read More ]

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Misconduct Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On February - 1 - 2016 0 Comment

Misconduct Lionsgate Reviewed by: Tami Smith, Guest Reviewer for Shockya Grade: B- Director: Shintaro Shimosawa Written by: Adam Mason, Simon Boyes Cast: Josh Duhamel, Al Pacino, Anthony Hopkins, Malin Akerman, Julia Stiles, Alice Eve Release Date: February 5, 2016 Misconduct, originally titled Beyond Deceit, opens “by-the-numbers”, introducing us to Ben (Josh Duhamel) a dedicated lawyer who spends most of his days and nights working at a New Orleans law firm, determined to prove himself to the firm’s big honcho Abrams (Al Pacino) and become a partner. He barely pays attention to his wife Charlotte (Alice Eve), a hospital nurse who works long shifts at the E.R. of a city hospital, and  [ Read More ]

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Lazer Team Movie Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On January - 30 - 2016 0 Comment
Lazer Team Movie Review

Movie: Lazer Team Director: Matt Hullum Starring: Burnie Burns, Gavin Free, Michael Jones, Colton Dunn, Allie DeBerry and Alan Ritchson Many people are determined to make an everlasting and powerful impression on society, and prove that they have worthy attributes that deserve to be rightfully recognized. While some of people’s past actions and personalities traits have proved otherwise, as they readily fit into society’s low expectations of them, their continued persistence in achieving their goals grippingly proves their peers’ beliefs about them to be wrong. That powerful message is enthrallingly presented in director-co-writer-producer Matt Hullum’s new sci-fi comedy, ‘Lazer Team.‘ The independent action film proves that audiences genuinely appreciate not  [ Read More ]

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Daniel Grinberg’s Short Stories Album Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On January - 26 - 2016 0 Comment
Daniel Grinberg's Short Stories Album Review

Artist: Daniel Grinberg Album: Short Stories Members/Instruments: Daniel Grinberg: guitars and keyboards; Maor Swartzberg: guitars, keyboards and bass guitar; Tal Tamari: drums and percussion; and Yoav Arbel: drums Production: Maor Scwartzberg Affectionately and thought-provokingly reflecting on your life’s most meaningful passions and connections can be a sentimental and gripping experience, particularly as you evaluate your most meaningful accomplishments. Instrumentalist Daniel Grinberg, who has created a successful career out of his admiration for science and technology, is now captivating audiences with his newly launched music career. The guitarist and keyboard player has recently released his debut record, the pop and melodic rock inspired ‘Short Stories.’ One the album, he collaborates with  [ Read More ]

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Dirty Grandpa Movie Review

Posted by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi On January - 22 - 2016 0 Comment
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Title: Dirty Grandpa Director: Dan Mazer Starring: Robert De Niro, Zac Efron, Zoey Deutch, Aubrey Plaza. Lee Strasberg – De Niro’s teacher and mentor – might be turning in his grave by cause of the poor career choices his pupil has taken in the past decades. However De Niro seems to be having the time of his life, ever since he embraced buffoonery. In Dan Mazer’s ‘Dirty Grandpa’ Bob De Niro teams up with Zac Efron on the most rip-roaring and kooky grandfather-grandson adventure you can imagine. Jason Kelly (Zac Efron) is an uptight young lawyer who is one week away from marrying his boss’s controlling daughter. But grandfather Dick  [ Read More ]

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This Is Happening Movie Review

Posted by juliana On January - 8 - 2016 0 Comment
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Title: This is Happening Seed & Spark Director: Ryan Jaffe Writer: Ryan Jaffe Cast: James Wolk, Mickey Sumner, Rene Auberjonois, Judd Nelson, Cloris Leachman Running Time: 1hr 24min Rated: Unrated (language, drug use, mild sexuality) VOD Release Date: January 5, 2016 Philip (James Wolk, Zoo) is unemployed and living with his bitch girlfriend Ashley (Emily Tremaine, The Wolf of Wall Street). Philip’s dad Steven (Judd Nelson, Empire – he has done other things since The Breakfast Club) drops in on them and appoints him the task of picking up grandma Estelle (Cloris Leachman, Raising Hope)  at her place in Palm Springs and take her to an assisted living facility. Angry  [ Read More ]

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Midwest Soul Xchange’s New American Century Album Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On December - 28 - 2015 0 Comment
Midwest Soul Xchange's New American Century Review

Artist: Midwest Soul Xchange; Members/Instruments: Ryan Summers – vocals, guitar, piano, b3, synthesizers, mandolin, lap steel and accordion; and Nate Cherrier – vocals, guitar, percussion, bass guitar and harmonica Album: New American Century Production: Produced by Ryan Summers and Nate Cherrier; Mixed and Engineered by Ryan Summers; Mastered by Ryan Summers; All mixing and mastering was done in Marshfield, Wisconsin; Songs recorded in Tempe, Arizona and Marshfield, Wisconsin Fully acknowledging the influence of those people who have left a sentimental and meaningful impact on your ideas and work is a gratifying experience for those who are nostalgically reflecting on their life’s journey. The folk and progressive rock band, Midwest Soul  [ Read More ]

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Mind The Journey’s Color In The Gray Machine Album Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On December - 20 - 2015 0 Comment
Mind The Journey's Color In The Gray Machine Album Review

Artist: Mind The Journey Album: Color In The Gray Machine Production: Produced by singer-songwriter Spencer Sabo; Mastered by Tom Waltz Being an introverted individual often comes with a negative perception from society, as people are often quick to judge their peers for their reserved ideas and approach to life. Singer-songwriter Spencer Sabo’s musical project, Mind The Journey, is enthrallingly allowing the Boston resident to explore his creativity through his unique psychedelic rock, alternative and synth pop songs. His electronica-based full-length debut album, ‘Color In The Gray Machine,’ which is set to be released on January 5, 2016, distinctly proves that the musician does crave acceptance by those people he appreciates.  [ Read More ]

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45 Years Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On December - 19 - 2015 0 Comment
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45 YEARS Cinetic Media Reviewed by: Harvey Karten for CompuServe ShowBiz. Databased on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade: B Director:  Andrew Haigh Written by: Andrew Haigh from story “In Another Country” by David Constantine Cast: Charlotte Rampling, Tom Courtenay, Geraldine James, Dolly Wells, David Sibley, Sam Alexander, Richard Cunningham Screened at: Review, NYC, 9/29/15 Opens:  December 23, 2015 In America fifty percent of first marriages end in divorce, sixty percent of second marriages go south, and seventy percent of third marriages go kaput.  This does not mean that the people who go through the agonies of separation have failed: after all, we have our ups and downs and maybe human beings were  [ Read More ]

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Where to Invade Next Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On December - 19 - 2015 0 Comment
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WHERE TO INVADE NEXT Dog Eat Dog Films Reviewed by: Harvey Karten for CompuServe ShowBiz. Databased on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade: A- Director:  Michael Moore Written by: Michael Moore Cast: Michael Moore Screened at: Review 1, NYC, 10/22/15 Opens:  December 2015 Noam Chomsky may be the leading critic of U.S. government and corporate policies, but in the end he says that the U.S. is “the greatest country in the world.”  Can Michael Moore say the same about our fair nation?  If Moore believes we are “the greatest country in the world,” he has an effective way of hiding this opinion.  In “Where to Invade Next,” he travels the world, at least  [ Read More ]

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