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Get On Up Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On July - 30 - 2014 0 Comment
Get On Up Movie

GET ON UP Universal Pictures Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes Grade:  C+ Director:  Tate Taylor Screenplay:  Story by Steven Baigelman, screenplay by Jez Butterworth, John-Henry Butterworth Cast: Chadwick Boseman, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Nelsan Ellis, Lenni James, Tika Sumpter Screened at:  AMC Lincoln Square, NYC, 7/28/14 Opens:  August 1, 2014 It’s a fact that rap music has more white customers than black, so there is indeed a cross-over appeal of African-American music and dance.  It’s no secret that soul, with James Brown as its leading figure, has crossed over as well, making Tate Taylor’s “Get On Up” a potential box office blockbuster with audiences of  [ Read More ]

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Child of God Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On July - 28 - 2014 0 Comment
Child of God Movie

CHILD OF GOD     Wellgo Releasing Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes Grade:  B Director:  James Franco Screenplay:  James Franco, Vince Jolivette, based on the novel Child of God by Cormac McCarthy Cast:  Scott Haze, Tim Blake Nelson, Jim Parrack, Nina Ljeti, Brian Lally, James Franco Screened at:    Dolby88, NYC, 7/23/14 Opens:  August 1, 2014 Living close to nature is not what it’s cracked up to be.  Yeah, it’s fine for a week, if you’re into camping, but when you have to live like a feral animal in the hills of East Tennessee, virtually homeless with nary a shack within a mile, you could get mighty  [ Read More ]

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Lucy Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On July - 28 - 2014 0 Comment
Lucy Movie

LUCY Universal Pictures Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes Grade:  B Director:  Luc Besson Screenplay:  Luc Besson Cast:  Scarlett Johannson, Morgan Freeman, Pilou Asbaek,  Min-sik Choi, Clare Tran Screened at: NYC, 7/21/14 Opens:  July 25, 2014 At the movie’s conclusion, Lucy (Scarlett Johansson) states: “We’ve had life for a billion years.  Now we know what to do with it.”  What does she think we should do with our lives?  Presumably we should be able to stare at a gun and watch the bullets fall out harmlessly to the ground; look at a bunch of gangsters pointing AK-47s at us and have them drop their pieces and  [ Read More ]

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Made In America Blu-Ray Review

Posted by juliana On July - 27 - 2014 0 Comment
made in america

Title: Made In America Director: Ron Howard Starring: Jay Z, Ron Howard, Pearl Jam, Rita Ora, Run-D.M.C., Skrillex, Gary Clark Jr., D’Angelo, Dirty Projectors, The Hives, Miike Snow, Janelle Monáe, Odd Future, Passion Pit, Santigold, Jill Scott, Kanye West Running time: 93 minutes, Not Rated, Available on VOD, DVD & Blu-Ray 07.22.14 Special Features: None Jay Z proposes to city of Philadelphia with the full support of mayor Michael Nutter for a 2 day music festival in order to garner the city revenue in these hard times. Various acts including Pearl Jam, Rita Ora, Jill Scott, Skrillex and Run-D.M.C. (Just to name a few) perform and give interviews in this  [ Read More ]

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The Green Prince Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On July - 27 - 2014 0 Comment
The Green Prince Movie

Title: THE GREEN PRINCE Music Box Films Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes Grade:  B+ Director:  Nadav Schirman Screenplay:  Nadav Schirman based on Mosab Hassan Yousef’s book, Son of Hamas Cast:  Mosab Hassan Yousef, Gonen Ben Yitzhak Screened at:    Review 2, NYC, 5/19/14 Opens:  August 8, 2014 Of course traitors are despised by their countrymen, since, after all, what crime is worse than selling out your own people?  On the other hand, you would think that such turncoats would be welcomed, even loved by the countries to which they give valuable information.  You might be wrong there. People have contempt for sell-outs on both sides, considered  [ Read More ]

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And So It Goes Movie Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On July - 26 - 2014 0 Comment
And So It Goes Movie Review

Title: And So It Goes Director: Rob Reiner Starring: Michael Douglas, Diane Keaton, Sterling Jerins, Scott Shepherd and Rob Reiner People can be so stuck in their ways, and be unwilling to change their opinions and views on the people and situations around them, that they often times unfortunately refuse to change their personalities and decisions, even if a new outlook would surely improve their lives. That lack of interest in exploring how new ideas and outlooks can truly improve life is one of the main driving forces in director Rob Reiner’s new romantic comedy, ‘And So It Goes.’ While a forced and unexpected shift in the family dynamic of  [ Read More ]

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Calvary Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On July - 25 - 2014 0 Comment
Calvary Movie

CALVARY Fox Searchlight Pictures Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes Grade:  B+ Director:  John Michael McDonagh Screenplay:  John Michael McDonagh Cast:  Brendan Gleeson, Chris O’Dowd, Kelly Reilly, Aidan Gillen, Dylan Moran, Isaac De Bankolé, M. Emmet Walsh Screened at:  Dolby88, NYC, June 24, 2014 Opens:  August 1, 2014 Ever since that disastrous choice in the Garden of Eden, the world has been going to hell.  It’s no wonder that our young people have stopped reading books and newspapers and train their smart phones not to CNN or NYTimes or Huffington Post but instead communicate frantically with their friends.  Not for them a great concern with the  [ Read More ]

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Among Ravens Movie Review

Posted by bsimon On July - 23 - 2014 0 Comment
Among Ravens Movie

Title: Among Ravens Directors: Randy Redroad and Russell Friedenberg Starring: Amy Smart, Joshua Leonard, Will McCormack, Victoria Smurfit, Johnny Sequoyah, Christian Campbell, Natalie Imbruglia, Russell Friedenberg, Calum Grant, Castille Landon “I’m lost in all this bullshit – I don’t even know who I am anymore!” screams a character late in “Among Ravens,” and at no point in the 103-minute running time of this dysfunctional-family drama does an audience member feel more of a surge of empathetic identification and crystal-clear truth. Co-directed by Randy Redroad and Russell Friedenberg, this indie film is an achingly pretentious turd-burger, through and through. “Among Ravens” unfolds during an annual July 4 party hosted by Wendy (Amy Smart) and  [ Read More ]

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jason momoa

Jason Momoa has made a name for himself on both the small screen and the big, in projects like “Stargate: Atlantis,” “Game of Thrones” and ”Conan the Barbarian” — mostly via his brooding physicality. “Road to Paloma,” though, finds the actor branching out, by degrees. Co-written with Robert Homer Mollohan, Momoa’s dusty, Southwestern-set directorial debut is a road movie/crime flick/wanderlust mash-up, centering on Wolf (Momoa), a Native American biker who finds himself living on the lam after avenging his mother’s rape and murder. For ShockYa, Brent Simon recently had a chance to speak to Momoa one-on-one, about how he enjoyed juggled duties behind and in front of the camera, filming a sex scene  [ Read More ]

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A Most Wanted Man Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On July - 21 - 2014 0 Comment
A Most Wanted Man Movie

A MOST WANTED MAN Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes Grade:  A- Director:  Anton Corbijn Screenplay:  Andrew Bovell, from John le Carré’s novel Cast:  Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Grigoriy Dobrygin, Willem Dafoe, Robin Wright Screened at:    Dolby88, NYC, 7/10/14 Opens:  July 25, 2014 What is it like to be a spy?  Some cynics say that it’s a game indulged by its proponents; that our spies know their spies and vice versa, and the groups, however hostile their countries to each other, simply exchange information freely, thereby keeping their jobs.  Others, less cynical and more naive, think that spies are like 007, licensed to  [ Read More ]

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Magic In The Moonlight Movie Review

Posted by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi On July - 20 - 2014 0 Comment
Magic In The Moonlight Movie Review

Title: Magic In The Moonlight Director: Woody Allen Starring: Colin Firth, Emma Stone, Simon McBurney, Jacki Weaver, Hamish Linklater, Erica Leerhsen, Marcia Gay Harden, Eileen Atkins. Woody Allen enchants again. This time he takes us to the French Riviera in the late twenties, where witticism, magnificent dresses (designed by his longtime collaborator Sonia Grande), alluring revivals of tracks of the period (performed by Woody’s jazz-band companion Conal Fowkes), build up an amusing and profound romantic comedy. Colin Firth plays the most celebrated magician of his age, British Stanley Crawford, who performs under the disguise of Chinese conjuror Wei Ling Soo. The Englishman has a sky-high opinion of himself and is  [ Read More ]

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Julian Rhine and Jae-Mi’s No God Flow Single Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On July - 20 - 2014 0 Comment
Julian Rhine and Jae-Mi's No God Flow Single Review

Artist: Julian Rhine feature Jae-Mi Single: No God Flow Production: GC Castillo and Sebastian Apolinario Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are some of the most important unalienable rights the American government proclaims to offer to all its citizens, and has sought to protect since the country’s inception. However, moral and legal persecution for alternative lifestyles is still a thriving source of conflict in modern society. Hip hop/pop musician Julian Rhine is a strong and memorable proponent of pushing American politicians and society to finally practice what it preaches in its Declaration of Independence, and end persecution for alternative religious and romantic beliefs. The New York City-based artist strongly  [ Read More ]

Categories: MUSIC, MUSIC REVIEWS, REVIEWS

Sex Tape Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On July - 17 - 2014 0 Comment
sex tape

SEX TAPE Columbia Pictures Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes Grade:  B Director:  Jake Kasdan Screenplay:  Kate Angelo, Jason Segel, Nicholas Stoller, story by Kate Angelo Cast:  Cameron Diaz, Jason Segel, Rob Corddry, Ellie Kemper, Rob Lowe Screened at: AMC Empire, NYC, 7/15/14 Opens:  July 18, 2014 You’ve heard it in your Sociology course, in newspaper articles, in magazines (though perhaps not in Cosmo) that—put in the simplest terms–people marry because they’re horny, but that you can’t expect the passion to last forever.  Passion cools and, if you’re lucky, a more mature “love” takes over.  But that doesn’t satisfy Jay (Jason Segel) and Annie (Cameron Diaz).   [ Read More ]

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The Purge: Anarchy Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On July - 17 - 2014 0 Comment
The Purge Anarchy Movie

THE PURGE: ANARCHY Universal Pictures Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes Grade:  C Director:  James DeMonaco Screenplay:  James DeMonaco Cast:  Frank Grillo, Carmen Ejogo, Zach Gilford, Kiele Sanchez, Zoë Soul, Justina Machado Screened at: AMC E-Walk, NYC, 7/14/14 Opens:  July 18, 2014 While watching “The Purge: Anarchy,” those of us of a certain age may think back to their childhood, perhaps at a time before Disneyland and Disneyworld, when you were grateful to take a few minutes on Coney Island’s Ghost ride.  For twenty cents (this was in 1951 when I was privileged to sit on a rickety car), you travel a winding path through a  [ Read More ]

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Planes: Fire & Rescue Movie Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On July - 16 - 2014 0 Comment
Planes: Fire & Rescue Movie Review

Title: Planes: Fire & Rescue Director: Bobs Gannaway Starring: Dane Cook, Ed Harris, Julie Bowen, Wes Studi, Brad Garrett, Teri Hatcher, Cedric the Entertainer, Regina King, Jerry Stiller and Hal Holbrook Endearingly reuniting and working with your long-term friends to not only entertain families in your community, but also teach them the importance of banding together in times of need, is an important message to send to children who are first being exposed to crucial life lessons. Not only did the cast of last year’s hit animated comedy, ‘Planes,’ endearingly reunite for the film’s new sequel, ‘Planes: Fire & Rescue,’ to provide more family-friendly jokes for young children, but the  [ Read More ]

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