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Kate Plays Christine – Movie Review

Posted by Tami Smith On August - 25 - 2016 0 Comment

Kate Plays Christine Reviewed by: Tami Smith, Film Reviewer for Shockya Grade: B+ Director: Robert Greene Written by: Robert Greene Cast: Kate Lyn Sheil, Dr. Steven Bovio, Stephanie Coatney, Michael Ray Davis, Zachary Gossett, Rod Grant, Holland Hayes, Tatyana Kukercht, David Mackey, Linda Roser, Michael Rubino, Marty Stonerock, Steve Zurk Release Date: August 24, 2016 The most common method of suicide the United States involves the use of a firearm, a bullet aimed at point-blank range to the head, chin or chest. One such successful attempt was made by Christine Chubbuck, a twenty-nine year old television news reporter in Sarasota, Florida, on the morning of July 15, 1974. What made  [ Read More ]

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The Intervention Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On August - 24 - 2016 0 Comment
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THE INTERVENTION Samuel Goldwyn Films Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Showbiz Grade: B Director:  Clea DuVall Written by: Clea DuVall Cast: Clea DuVall, Melanie Lynskey, Natasha Lyonne, Vincent Piazza, Jason Ritter, Ben Schwartz, Alia Shawkat, Cobie Smulders Screened at: Review 2, NYC, 7/18/16 Opens: August 29, 2016 What are friends for?  One of the important uses is to help others in their respective relationships. Friends don’t let friends drive drunk, drop acid, get into trouble with the law.  If one of your pals is having a difficult time with a spouse, you may step in, save the duo the costs of marriage counseling, and get them on the same page.  It’s  [ Read More ]

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A Tale of Love And Darkness Movie Review

Posted by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi On August - 17 - 2016 0 Comment
A Tale of Love And Darkness Movie Review

Title: A Tale of Love And Darkness Director: Natalie Portman Starring: Natalie Portman, Gilad Kahana, Amir Tessler, Moni Moshonov, Ohad Knoller, Makram J. Khoury, Neta Riskin and Alex Peleg.  Based on the novel by Amoz Oz, ‘A Tale of Love And Darkness’ marks  the first film written, directed and starring Academy Award actress Natalie Portman. The story retraces Oz’s memories growing up in Jerusalem, with his academic father Arieh and his dreamy and imaginative mother Fania, during the years before the Israeli statehood. They were one of many Jewish families who moved to Palestine, from Europe, during the 1930s and 40s, to escape persecution. Fania’s delusion becomes a prominent protagonist  [ Read More ]

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Imperium Movie Review

Posted by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi On August - 15 - 2016 0 Comment
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Title: Imperium Director: Daniel Ragussis Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Toni Collette, Tracy Letts, Nestor Carbonell and Sam Trammell. ‘Imperium’ is a very timely film: it opens Pandora’s box as regards racism. Despite America has had it’s first Black President, and many taboos on ethnic groups seem to have been overcome during this 21st century, today’s world is witnessing a surge in white supremacist groups. Daniel Ragussis’s directorial debut tells Nate Foster’s story (Daniel Radcliffe). He is a young, idealistic FBI agent, who goes undercover to take down a radical right-wing terrorist group, recruited by senior agent Angela Zamparo (Toni Collette), who becomes his case supervisor. Foster, as a bright up-and-coming analyst  [ Read More ]

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Imperium Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On August - 14 - 2016 0 Comment
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IMPERIUM Lionsgate Premiere/Grindstone Entertainment Group Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: C Director:  Daniel Ragussis Written by: Daniel Ragussis from a story by story by Michael German Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Toni Collette, Tracy Letts, Seth Numrich, Pawel Szajda Screened at: Park Avenue, NYC, 7/13/16 Opens: August 19, 2016 The word “Imperium” means “the authority to command,” often used when discussing Ancient Rome or current videogames.  In Daniel Ragussis, the name shows up in one of the books favored by skinheads and other white supremacists, along with “Mein Kampf,” currently a best-seller in parts of the Middle East.  The movie, which opens August 19, thirty-six days after the superior “The Infiltrator”  [ Read More ]

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A Tale of Love and Darkness Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On August - 14 - 2016 0 Comment
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A TALE OF LOVE AND DARKNESS Focus World Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: C+ Director:  Natalie Portman Written by: Natalie Portman, based on Amos Oz’s memoir Cast: Natalie Portman, Amir Tessler, Gilad Kahana Screened at: Review 1 or 2, NYC, 7/27/16 Opens: August 19, 2016 One of the memorable quotes in Natalie Portman’s freshman entry as director is that two persecuted people should be teaming up to fight the oppressor, but instead fight each other.  This is in reference to the long-term tensions between Arabs and Jews in the Middle East.  The Jews were obviously persecuted to the extreme degree by Germans and by Germany’s supporters, while the Arabs  [ Read More ]

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LO AND BEHOLD: Reveries of the Connected World

Posted by Harvey Karten On August - 14 - 2016 0 Comment
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LO AND BEHOLD: Reveries of the Connected World Magnolia Pictures Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: B+ Director:  Werner Herzog Written by: Werner Herzog Screened at: Review 1, NYC, 6/9/16 Opens: August 19, 2016 You might think that a documentary about the Internet would deal with subjects such as the lengths that young people, especially, are dependent on their iPhones, texting their hundreds of “friends” even while walking or sharing a restaurant meal with live others.  And Werner Herzog, veteran of movies like “Cave of Forgotten Dreams,” a look at pictorial creations of cave men and women in France which could be a foreshadowing of the Internet to come, extends  [ Read More ]

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Disorder Movie Review

Posted by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi On August - 10 - 2016 0 Comment
Disorder Movie Review

Title: Disorder Director: Alice Winocour Starring: Matthias Schoenaerts, Diane Kruger, Paul Hamy, Zaïd Errougui-Demonsant, Percy Kemp, Victor Pontecorvo. The topic of PTSD has gradually weaved into the cinematic medium in recent years. The difficult return to normal life, after having seen death and the horrors of combat, is what sets in motion Alice Wincour’s ‘Disorder.’ Vincent (Matthias Schoenaerts), a French Special Forces soldier just back from Afghanistan, is suffering from a post-traumatic stress disorder. He is hired to ensure the security of Jessie (Diane Kruger), the trophy-wife of a rich Lebanese businessman, and her son Ali (Zaïd Errougui-Demonsant), at their luxurious villa. As he starts experiencing a strange fascination for  [ Read More ]

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Equity Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On August - 2 - 2016 0 Comment
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EQUITY Sony Pictures Classics/Broad Street Pictures Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: B Director: Meera Menon Written by: Amy Fox, story by Sarah Megan Thomas, Alysia Reiner, Amy Fox Cast: Anna Gunn, James Purefoy, Sarah Megan Thomas, Alysia Reiner Screened at: Sony, NYC, 6/29/16 Opens: July 29, 2016 When a woman congratulates a business associate on the latter’s pregnancy, she may be stabbing her in the back (to avoid hurting the fetus, presumably).  This is the case when Samantha (Alysia Reiner) wants nobody in her firm to know her condition, since people on the fast track could transfer quickly to the mommy track if the boss finds out—which is exactly  [ Read More ]

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The Childhood of a Leader Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On August - 2 - 2016 0 Comment
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THE CHILDHOOD OF A LEADER IFC Films Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Showbiz Grade: B Director: Brady Corbet Written by: Mona Fastvold, Brady Corbet Cast: Tom Sweet, Bérénice Bejo, Liam Cunningham, Stacy Martin, Robert Pattinson, Rebecca Davan, Sophie Lane Curtis, Yolande Moreau, Caroline Boulton, Luca Bercovici Screened at: Critics’ link, NYC, 7/11/16 Opens: July 22, 2016 The film, which is a dramatic and sometimes cinematically stunning freshman contribution to studies of the origins of fascism, is loosely adapted from an uncredited 1939 story by Jean-Paul Sartre.  The story, only a few pages long from a book called “The Wall” and difficult enough to appropriate to the cinema, is the tale of  [ Read More ]

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Don’t Think Twice Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On August - 2 - 2016 0 Comment
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DON’T THINK TWICE The Film Arcade Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: B Director:  Mike Birbiglia Written by: Mike Birbiglia Cast: Keegan-Michael Key, Gillian Jacobs, Mike Birbiglia, Kate Micucci, Tami Sagher Screened at: Review 1, NYC, 7/14/16 Opens: July 22, 2016 When you were growing up, you likely played basketball and videogames with your pals.  As years go by, your friends got their CPAs, their MDs, their Juris Doctors–and all you got was a lousy T-shirt.  Wedding bells are breaking up that old gang of mine, but success can do the same.  You’re envious of the others, you’re left behind, you’re depressed. Mike Birbiglia knows what success can do for  [ Read More ]

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Indignation Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On August - 1 - 2016 0 Comment
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INDIGNATION     Roadside Attractions/ Summit Entertainment Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: B+ Director:  James Schamus Written by: James Schamus, based on Philip Roth’s novel of the same name Cast: Logan Lerman, Sarah Gadon, Tracy Letts, Linda Edmond, Danny Burstein Screened at: Review 2, NYC, 7/7/16 Opens: July 29, 2016 If nobody can surpass F. Scott Fitzgerald’s ability to conjure up the 1920s in America, ditto for Woody Allen for the 1930s, then can anyone capture the spirit of the early 1950s better than Philip Roth?  The great novelist (30 books) is now retired, but happily movies continue to be adapted from his works, such as “The Human Stain,” Goodbye  [ Read More ]

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Café Society Movie Review

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

CAFÉ SOCIETY Amazon Studios/Lionsgate Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: A- Director:  Woody Allen Written by: Woody Allen Cast: Steve Carell, Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Jeannie Berlin, Blake Lively, Parker Posey, Corey Stoll, Ken Stott Screened at: Park Avenue, NYC, 7/5/16 Opens: July 15, 2016 If you have mature, adult taste in movies you may find yourself most entertained not by people with almost superhuman powers (think Ethan Hunt in “Mission Impossible,” not by psychos and ax murderers (think Freddy Krueger in “Nightmare on Elm Street”) but with neurotic people who by their awkwardness and indecision make for a kind of suspense that’s different from that of a blockbuster or  [ Read More ]

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Equals Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On August - 1 - 2016 0 Comment
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EQUALS A24/Scott Free Productions Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: C Director:  Drake Doremus Written by: Nathan Parker, story by Drake Doremus Cast: Kristen Stewart, Nicholas Hoult, Guy Pearce, Bel Powley, Jacki Weaver, Scott Lawrence, Toby Huss, Kate Lyn Sheil, David Selby Screened at: Dolby 24, NYC, 7/6/16 Opens: July 15, 2016 Some Americans seem so unproductive particularly in high-wage areas that demand 14 hours daily of an individual’s time, that our society should be thinking about how to make people do more in less time.  Thanks to the folks who made the movie “Equals” (director Drake Doremus’s 2010 comedy “Douchbag” hardly prepares us for a rigid drama like this  [ Read More ]

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The Infiltrator Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On August - 1 - 2016 0 Comment
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THE INFILTRATOR     Broad Green Pictures Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: B+ Director:  Brad Furman Written by: Ellen Brown Furman, from Robert Mazur’s memoir Cast: Bryan Cranston, Diane Kruger, John Leguizamo, Benjamin Bratt, Yul Vazquez, Amy Ryan, Olympia Dukakis, Joseph Gilgun Screened at: AMC Empire 25, NYC, 7/12/16 Opens: July 13, 2016 Money laundering by the big drug cartels is big business.  In fact as the epilogue to Brad Furman’s “The Infiltrator” tells us, every year, two trillion dollars is laundered, largely to banks around the world and to real estate investments.  What does that figure look like?  It’s like this: $2,000,000,000,000.  This is money that does not go  [ Read More ]

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