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Il nome del figlio (The name of the son) Movie Review

Posted by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi On January - 24 - 2015 0 Comment
Il nome del figlio Movie Review

Title: Il nome del figlio (The name of the son) Director: Francesca Archibugi Starring: Alessandro Gassman, Valeria Golino, Luigi Lo Cascio, Rocco Papaleo, Michaela Ramazzotti. Based on the French movie ‘Le Prénom’ (What’s in a name) which adapted for the screen the same title play, ‘Il nome del figlio’ (The name of the son) uses the same mockery of a controversial name, to unleash a series of revelations during a supposedly tranquil dinner amongst friends. Paolo (Alessandro Gassman) is an outgoing and playful real estate broker married to Simona (Michaela Ramazzotti), a beautiful woman from the outskirts of Rome who has become an author of spicy bestsellers and is pregnant  [ Read More ]

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Run, Boy, Run Movie Review

Posted by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi On January - 24 - 2015 0 Comment
Run, Boy, Run Movie Review

Title: Run, Boy, Run  Director: Pepe Danquart Starring: Andrzej and Kamil Tkacz, Jeanette Hain, Rainer Bock, Itay Tiran, Katarzyna Bargielowska. ‘Run, Boy, Run’ (German: ‘Lauf, Junge, lauf,’ Polish: ‘Biegnij, ch?opcze, biegnij,’ French: ‘Cours sans te retourner’) is a 2013 German-Polish-Frenchco-production of the film director and producer Pepe Danquart. The film is an adaptation of the 2000 novel ‘Run, Boy, Run’ by Uri Orlev, based on true events from the life of Yoram Fridman. It’s the Shoah seen from the eyes of a nine year old: Skrulik is the youngest of five Jewish siblings living in a village near Warsaw. His father will sacrifice himself to spare the young boy from  [ Read More ]

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Cake Movie Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On January - 23 - 2015 0 Comment
Cake Movie Review

Title: Cake Director: Daniel Barnz Starring: Jennifer Aniston, Adriana Barraza, Anna Kendrick, Sam Worthington, Felicity Huffman and Chris Messina Testing your emotional limitations as you strive to fully understand such diverse things as your motivations, reactions and interactions with the people who have the most powerful influence in your life can be a daunting experience for anyone. But that exploration can be even more unnerving as you become so disenchanted with the way your life turned out that you intentionally push the people who care the most about you away, which ultimately causes you more heartbreak and pain. Director Daniel Barnz’s new independent drama, ‘Cake,’ powerfully and entrancingly chronicles the  [ Read More ]

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The Boy Next Door Movie Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On January - 22 - 2015 0 Comment
The Boy Next Door Movie Review

Title: The Boy Next Door Director: Rob Cohen (‘The Fast and the Furious’) Starring: Jennifer Lopez, Ryan Guzman, Ian Nelson, John Corbett and Kristin Chenoweth The initial observations into a person’s seemingly well-meaning actions and decisions can be deceivingly unreliable, as people can often be skillfully hiding the actual motivations behind their true intentions and feelings. The new independent thriller, ‘The Boy Next Door,’ intriguingly sets out to prove that first impressions aren’t always the right ones, as people often harbor darker secrets and intentions as they strive to achieve their true ambitions. The film, which was directed by ‘The Fast and the Furious’ helmer Rob Cohen, brilliantly features a  [ Read More ]

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Difret Movie Review 2

Posted by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi On January - 22 - 2015 0 Comment
Difret Movie

Title: Difret Written and Directed by Zeresenay Berhane Mehari Starring: Meron Getnet, Tizita Hagere, Harege Woin, Shetaye Abreha, Mekonen Laeake, Meaza Tekle. Angelina Jolie epitomises the humanitarian filmmaker, always attentive to socially relevant projects. Therefore it won’t surprise to see that she served as executive producer of 2014’s Ethiopian drama film that was selected as the country’s entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 87th Academy Awards, besides winning the the World Cinematic Dramatic Audience Award at Sundance Film Festival and the Audience Award at the Panorama section at the 64th Berlin International Film Festival. ‘Difret’ is based on a true story. A true cultural battle for the female  [ Read More ]

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Nate Paladino Good Boy EP Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On January - 18 - 2015 0 Comment
Nate Paladino Good Boy EP Review

Artist: Nate Paladino EP: Good Boy Production: Recorded at Rec Room Recordings with Scott Flammer and Red Room Recordings with Daniel Kirkpatrick Powerfully and soulfully contemplating the misgivings of the challenges and ending of a meaningful, soul-bearing love can be a difficult process for many people to contend with as they try to save the relationship anyway they can. Orange County singer-songwriter Nate Paladino relatably explored the at-times painful details about coping with the consequences of his decisions that contributed to the rift in his connection with the woman he loves in his new EP, ‘Good Boy,’ which is now available on iTunes. The six distinctly emotional songs on the  [ Read More ]

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Match Movie Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On January - 17 - 2015 0 Comment
Match Movie Review

Title: Match Director: Stephen Belber Starring: Patrick Stewart, Carla Gugino and Matthew Lillard People who have garnered respect and notoriety in their chosen career path may not always lead a glamorous life, as they can also easily face hurdles when the public begins to associate them with just one achievement or milestone in their lives. They also often face obstacles in forming meaningful, lasting personal relationships, as they continuously strive to maintain the success they’re grown accustomed to throughout their careers. This is certainly the case with one of the lead character in writer-director Stephen Belber’s new comedy-drama ‘Match,’ the movie adaptation of the filmmaker’s 2005 Tony-nominated play of the  [ Read More ]

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The Interview Movie Review 2

Posted by Harvey Karten On January - 16 - 2015 0 Comment

THE INTERVIEW Columbia Pictures Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade:  B Director:  Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg Screenwriter:  Dan Sterling, based on a story by Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and Dan Sterling Cast:  James Franco, Seth Rogen, Lizzy Caplan, Randall Park, Diana Bang. Screened at:  SeeTheInterview.com, NYC, 12/25/14 Opens:  December 25, 2014 Most of the civilized world loved America in 1945.  The U.S. was a prime force in liberating Europe from the Hun.  Our soldiers gave out chewing gum to the kids on the Continent, soft toilet paper to the adults, and dished out money to bail the good guys out via the Marshall Plan.  Given  [ Read More ]

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Paddington Movie Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On January - 14 - 2015 0 Comment
Paddington Movie Review

Title: Paddington Director: Paul King Starring: Ben Whishaw, Nicole Kidman, Sally Hawkins, Hugh Bonneville, Samuel Joslin and Madeleine Harris Finding your rightful place in society, no matter how polite and full of heart you are, can be a taunting experience for anyone. But that harrowing adventure can be even more terrifying for a young person-or bear-who has unwavering faith in the kindness of others. That charmingly innocent confidence is powerfully tested in the new compelling family comedy, ‘Paddington,’ which is based on the ‘Paddington Bear’ children’s books by Michael Bond. The film, which was directed by English helmer Paul King, who also co-wrote the script with Hamish McColl, powerfully emphasizes  [ Read More ]

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Asterix and the Land of the Gods Movie Review

Posted by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi On January - 14 - 2015 0 Comment
Asterix and the Land of the GodsMovie Review

Title: Asterix and the Land of the Gods Director: Alexandre Astier and Louis Clichy Genre: Animation ‘Asterix and the Land of the Gods’ (in French ‘Le Domaine des Dieux’) is directed by Alexandre Astier and Louis Clichy and animated by Mikros Image studios. This first all CGI Asterix feature is based on the seventeenth book of the comic series by Goscinny and Uderzo, ‘Asterix: The Mansion of the Gods.’ The film sticks to the book’s plot very closely: We are in 50 BC and almost all of France is occupied by the Romans, except for a small village of indomitable Gauls that still holds out against the invaders. Exasperated by  [ Read More ]

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Predestination Movie Review 2

Posted by Melissa Molina On January - 12 - 2015 0 Comment
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Title: Predestination Directors: Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig Cast: Ethan Hawke, Sarah Snook, Noah Taylor Science fiction thrillers made today have a lot to live up to, merely because there’s a number of movies already out there that have defined this sub genre for many years. Those projects found unique ways to twist and turn their audiences’ minds any which way, leading them up to the conclusion that viewers gripping the edge of their seats. Even though there’s a lot of sci-fi thrillers to choose from doesn’t mean that there’s no more room for others to contribute their work to this section. And since this film is being headlined by a  [ Read More ]

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Mommy Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On January - 10 - 2015 0 Comment

MOMMY Roadside Attractions Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade:  B+ Director:  Xavier Dolan Screenwriter:  Xavier Dolan Cast:  Anne Dorval, Suzanne Clement, Antoine Olivier Pilon, Patrick Huard Screened at:  Review 1, NYC, 10/22/14 Opens:  January 23, 2015 How surprising that Xavier Dolan is not better known here in the States!  Born in Montreal in 1989, he directed and acted in his first feature, the semi-autobiographical “I Killed My Mother” (about the contempt that a boy has for his mother in no small part for the bread crumbs that appeared regularly on her lips) when he was only twenty years old.  Now at the age of twenty-five  [ Read More ]

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The World Made Straight Movie Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On January - 10 - 2015 0 Comment
The World Made Straight Movie Review

Title: The World Made Straight Director: David Burris Starring: Noah Wyle, Jeremy Irvine, Minka Kelly, Haley Joel Osment and Adelaide Clemens The tantalizing and superficial emotional and physical landscapes that are initially introduced in any story makes audiences immediately feel as though they truly know all of the emotions, motivations and ideas of all the characters involved. But ‘The World Made Straight,’ the new drama that marks the feature film directorial debut of ‘Survivor’ producer David Burris, and is adapted from Ron Rash’s 2006 novel of the same name, is the perfect example of how initial appearances aren’t always an adequate representation of how people and situations truly are overall.  [ Read More ]

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Predestination Movie Review 2

Posted by Karen Benardello On January - 6 - 2015 0 Comment
Predestination Movie Review

Title: Predestination Directors: The Spierig Brothers (Michael and Peter Spierig) Starring: Ethan Hawke, Sarah Snook and Noah Taylor The often perplexing debate about the nature of fate and free will is a harrowing idea that often leaves people of all backgrounds and beliefs questioning and searching to find out if destiny is truly real. That mystifying examination is captivatingly explored in intriguing detail in the new action thriller, ‘Predestination,’ the latest sci-fi film from writer-directors Michael and Peter Spierig (who are also known as The Spierig Brothers). The movie, which reunites the filmmakers with their ‘Daybreakers’ star, Ethan Hawke, visually and emotionally explores the reasoning into why things feel like  [ Read More ]

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The Walking Mind Movie Review

Posted by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi On January - 5 - 2015 0 Comment
The Walking Mind Movie Review

Title: The Walking Mind Director: Andrea Fasciani The young Italian director, Andrea Fasciani, has conquered the Rome Docscient Festival 2014, winning the category on “Scientific Disclosure.” His documentary ‘The Walking Mind,’ accounts the life of four patients who lost the use of their legs, and newly found it through a robotic mechanism. The story is set in the labs of Fondazione Santa Lucia in Rome and tells the odyssey of Alessandro, Emanuele, Giovanni and Marius, who managed to walk again thanks to a terrific team of doctors, engineers and physiotherapists. Filmmaker Andrea Fasciani unveils the European project “Mindwalker” – echoed in the title of the movie – conceived in several  [ Read More ]

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