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The Purge: Election Year Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On August - 1 - 2016 0 Comment
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THE PURGE: ELECTION YEAR Universal Pictures Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: C Director:  James DeMonaco Written by: James DeMonaco Cast: Frank Grillo, Elizabeth Mitchell, Mykelti Williamson, Ethan Phillips, Raymond J. Barry Screened at: AMC Lincoln Square, NYC, 6/28/16 Opens: July 1, 2016 When President Obama’s Affordable Care Act was passed without a single Republican vote, the GOP attacked it fiercely, but the most off-the-wall criticism was by Sarah Palin, running for Vice President on a ticket with John McCain.  Palin insisted that the POTUS would set up death panels, committees of doctors who could decide to pull the plug on granny rather than give her all the medical assistance  [ Read More ]

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Free State of Jones Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On August - 1 - 2016 0 Comment
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FREE STATE OF JONES STX Entertainment Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: C+ Director:  Gary Ross Written by: Gary Ross Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Keri Russell, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mahershala Ali, Jacob Lofland, Sean Bridgers Screened at: AMC Empire, NYC, 6/22/16 Opens: June 24, 2016 Schoolchildren taking U.S. History should know that the United States did not arise out of nowhere but that the country is a product of the original 13 colonies that moved doggedly and steadily westward.  Students should be aware that Texas and California, for example, were once independent states, but until now, who knew that the Free State of Jones (County in Mississipi) once raised its own flag  [ Read More ]

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Little Men Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On July - 31 - 2016 0 Comment
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LITTLE MEN Magnolia Pictures Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: A- Director:  Ira Sachs Written by: Ira Sachs, Mauricio Zacharias Cast: Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Ehle, Paulina Garcia, Michael Barbieri, Theo Taplitz, Alfred Molina Screened at: Review 1, NYC, 7/28/16 Opens: August 5, 2016 While many critics will find Ira Sachs’ “Little Men” to run like a sequel to the director’s “Love is Strange,” I see a connection to Arthur Miller’s “The Death of a Salesman.”  Willy Loman, the salesman of Miller’s play, received a guarantee from the now departed owner of his business that he could keep his job for life.  However, both his father and the employer died, the  [ Read More ]

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The Tenth Man Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On July - 31 - 2016 0 Comment
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THE TENTH MAN (El rey del Once) Kino Lorber Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: C Director:  Daniel Burman Written by: Daniel Burman Cast: Alan Sabbagh, Julieta Zylberberg, Usher Barilka, Elvira Onetto, Andrían Stoppelman Screened at: Review 2, NYC, 7/19/16 Opens: August 5, 2016 There is evidence that writer-director Daniel Burman, who is of Polish-Jewish descent and was born and raised in Buenos Aires, believes that secular Jews are “lost” but can be “saved” if they return to the fold of orthodoxy.  His movies lend comparison to Woody Allen’s, who is one of Burman’s heroes, though he denies much stylistic connection to the great American director. Still, “The Tenth Man”  [ Read More ]

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Neither Heaven Nor Earth Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On July - 31 - 2016 0 Comment
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NEITHER HEAVEN NOR EARTH (Ni le ciel ni la terre) Film Movement Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: B- Director:  Clément Cogitore Written by: Clément Cogitore, Thomas Bidegain Cast: Jérémie Renier, Kevin Azais, Swann Arlaud, Marc Robert, Finnegan Oldfield, Clement Bresson, Sam Mirhosseini Screened at: Review 2, NYC, 7/26/16 Opens: August 5, 2016 Imagine yourself a Parisian, dining occasionally at restaurants like Fromagerie Danard, Cezembre and Il Etait un Square.  You stop later at an espresso bar and watch the fashionably dressed crowds go by.  Then you’re thrust into what could be called only the diametrical opposite of rich, urban, Western Europe, not just into Afghanistan, where at least you  [ Read More ]

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Green Room Movie Review

Posted by juliana On July - 31 - 2016 0 Comment
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TITLE: Green Room LIONSGATE DIRECTOR: Jeremy Saulnier WRITER: Jeremy Saulnier CAST: Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, Patrick Stewart, Alia Shawkat, Callum Turner, Joe Cole, Macon Blair, Mark Webber RUNNING TIME: 95 min RATED: R (Violence, Gore, Language) SPECIAL FEATURES: Making of Featurette; Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Jeremy Saulnier AVAILABLE ON BLU-RAY: July 12 Underground punk band The Ain’t Rights are considering calling it quits. The band consists of Pat (Anton Yelchin, Star Trek reboot), Tiger (Callum Turner, Victor Frankenstein), Reese (Joe Cole, Peaky Blinders) and Sam (Alia Shawkat, Arrested Development). They are barely scraping by and after playing at a hole in the wall Mexican restaurant for dinner and 6 bucks each, they decide to pack  [ Read More ]

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The Adderall Diaries Movie Review

Posted by juliana On July - 31 - 2016 0 Comment
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TITLE: The Adderall Diaries LIONSGATE DIRECTOR: Pamela Romanowsky WRITER: Stephen Elliott, Pamela Romanowsky CAST: Amber Heard, James Franco, Christian Slater, Ed Harris, Jim Parrack, Wilmer Valderrama, Cynthia Nixon RUNNING TIME: 87 min RATED: R (Language, Drug Use, Sexuality) SPECIAL FEATURES: Deleted Scenes; A Director’s Perspective Featurette; Audio Commentary with Director Pamela Romanowsky AVAILABLE ON BLU-RAY: July 12 Stephen Elliot (James Franco; 127 Hours) is a bestselling writer with an over abundance of offers from publishers. While working on his next book, famous tech nerd Hans Reiser (Christian Slater, Mr. Robot) stands trial accused of murdering his wife and Stephen smells a great story. He meets another writer, Lana (Amber Heard,  [ Read More ]

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The Phenom Movie Review

Posted by juliana On July - 31 - 2016 0 Comment
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TITLE: The Phenom RLJ Entertainment DIRECTOR: Noah Buschel WRITER: Noah Buschel CAST: Johnny Simmons, Paul Giamatti, Ethan Hawke RUNNING TIME: 87 min RATED: Not Rated (language, domestic violence) IN THEATERS, ON VOD AND DIGITIAL: June 24, 2016 Hopper Gibson (Johnny Simmons, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) is a young major-league rookie pitcher with issues with his past that are affecting his performance. His manager sets him up with sports psychologist Dr. Mobley (Paul Giamatti, Straight Outta Compton) whom manages to bring Hopper’s issues to light. Hopper talks about his high school valedictorian girlfriend Dorothy (Sophie Kennedy Clark, Nymphomaniac parts I & II) whom loves him and treats him like an intellectual  [ Read More ]

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At The Fork Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On July - 31 - 2016 0 Comment
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AT THE FORK Emergent Order Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: A- Director:  John Papola Written by: John Papola, Lisa Versaci, Cristina Colissimo Cast: Dr. Temple Grandin, Wayne Pacelle, Mark Bittman, Terry Branstad Screened at: Critics’ link, NYC, 6/23/16 Opens: July 8, 2016 in Cinema Village NY and Laemmle Monica in LA The title of this movie, “At the Fork,” may be metaphoric but not in the sense meant by the filmmakers.  I’m thinking that it could mean there are three forks in the road, i.e. one more than Robert Frost had considered.  At one fork in the road, you can choose to eat everything, all meat, however raised.  At  [ Read More ]

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The Innocents Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On July - 31 - 2016 0 Comment
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THE INNOCENTS (Les Innocentes) Music Box Films Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: B+ Director:  Anne Fontaine Written by: Sandrina B. Karine, Alice Vial, story by Philippe Maynial, adaptation and dialogues by Anne Fontaine and Pascal Bonitzer. Cast: Lou de Laâge, Agata Kulesza, Agata Buzek Screened at: Review 2, NYC, 6/21/16 Opens: July 1, 2016 Maureen Dowd, a long-term columnist for the New York Times who is as liberal as her newspaper, wrote once about a debate she had with her more conservative sister.  Her sister had criticized Senator John McCain for an alleged extra-marital affair, to which Dowd replied, “Any man who spent five years in a box can  [ Read More ]

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Bad Moms Movie Review

Posted by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi On July - 28 - 2016 0 Comment
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Title: Bad Moms Director: Jon Lucas, Scott Moore Starring: Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, Christina Applegate, Emjay Anthony, Jada Pinkett Smith, Jay Hernandez. Screenwriters Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, known for their collaborative work on movies such as ‘The Hangover’ and ‘21 & Over,’ team up once more to direct a movie about the imperfection of motherhood. Amy Mitchell (Mila Kunis) despite her efforts to be the exemplary mother, becomes the effigy of the “Bad Mom”. She is over-worked, over-committed and exhausted to the point she gets fed-up and joins forces with two other over-stressed moms – Kiki (Kristen Bell) and Carla (Kathryn Hehn) – on a quest to  [ Read More ]

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Indignation Movie Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On July - 26 - 2016 0 Comment
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Title: Indignation Director: Starring: Logan Lerman, Sarah Gadon, Tracy Letts, Linda Emond and Danny Burstein Comprehending another person’s inner psyche, notably their emotions, motivations and intellect, can be an meaningful journey for anyone who wishes to understand the true inspiration behind distinctly unique actions. That intriguing study into how people, especially young adults, struggle to find their true identities in a society they find morally conflicting is grippingly showcased in the new drama, ‘Indignation.’ The coming-of-age film, which will be released in select theaters by its co-distributors, Roadside Attractions and Summit Entertainment, on Friday, is based on Philip Roth’s 2008 novel of the the same name. It was adapted for  [ Read More ]

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Ice Age Collision Course Movie Review

Posted by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi On July - 20 - 2016 0 Comment
Ice Age Collision Course Movie Review

Title: Ice Age Collision Course Director: Mike Thurmeier and Galen Chu Genre: Animation Voices: Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, Seann William Scott, Josh Peck, Simon Pegg, Keke Palmer, Jennifer Lopez, Queen Latifah, Adam Devine, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Max Greenfield, Jessie J, Nick Offerman, Wanda Sykes, Stephanie Beatriz, Michael Strahan, Melissa Rauch, Neil deGrasse Tyson The Ice Age animated franchise clutches at straws. In this fifth chapter, directed by Mike Thurmeier and Galen Chu, Scrat’s epic pursuit of the elusive acorn catapults him into the universe where he accidentally sets off a series of cosmic events that transform and threaten the Ice Age World. To save themselves, Sid, Manny, Diego,  [ Read More ]

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Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie – Movie Review

Posted by Tami Smith On July - 18 - 2016 0 Comment

Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie Fox Searchlight Pictures Reviewed by: Tami Smith, Film Reviewer for Shockya Grade: C+ Director: Mandie Fletcher Written by: Jennifer Saunders Cast: Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley, Julia Sawalha, Indeyarna Donaldson-Holness, Jane Jorrocks, June Whitfield Release Date: July 22, 2016 Absolutely Fabulous (a.k.a.: Ab Fab) was a BBC television sitcom, which first aired in the U.K. on November 1992 and continued till May 1995. The program featured Edina Monsoon, a PR agent, trying to stay young and her best friend Patsy Stone, a magazine editor and alcohol abuser. The program was so successful that it returned for special episodes on December 2011, January and July 2012. As if  [ Read More ]

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Café Society Movie Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On July - 13 - 2016 0 Comment
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Title: Café Society Director: Woody Allen Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Steve Carell, Blake Lively, Parker Posey and Corey Stoll Sentimentally pursuing your dreams, and wholeheartedly believing that you can overcome any obstacle that challenges you along the way, is an idealistic process that can become increasingly impractical as you can garner more experience. As people garner more knowledge in the society they wish to obtain success in, they often realize that the culture isn’t as captivating as they initially believed. That’s certainly the case in the new romantic comedy-drama, ‘Café Society.’ Writer-directer Woody Allen’s latest independent art house film is one of the Academy Award-winner’s most alluring and captivating  [ Read More ]

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