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Hard Sell Movie Review

Posted by juliana On June - 10 - 2016 0 Comment
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TITLE: HARD SELL DISTRIBUTOR: Momentum Pictures DIRECTOR: Sean Nalaboff WRITER: Sean Nalaboff CAST: Katrina Bowden, Skyler Gisondo, Kristin Chenoweth RUNNING TIME: 120min RATED: Unrated (Language) IN THEATERS AND AVAILABLE ON VOD AND iTUNES: May 20, 2016 Hardy Buchanan (Skyler Gisondo, Vacation 2015) is a senior at an elite private school with a mentally unstable mother Lorna (Kristin Chenoweth, Pushing Daisies). He takes his mother’s sick dog Walter to the vet and finds out he’s dying. In order to pay for the surgery, he asks for help from Bo (Katrina Bowden, Tucker and Dale VS Evil), a mysterious girl Hardy found living in the homeless shelter where he volunteers.  Bo has  [ Read More ]

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It’s So Easy and Other Lies Movie Review

Posted by juliana On June - 10 - 2016 0 Comment
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TITLE: It’s So Easy and Other Lies XLrator Media DIRECTOR: Christopher Duddy WRITER: Christopher Duddy & Duff McKagan CAST: Duff McKagan, Slash, Nikki Sixx, Benny Urquidez, Mike McCready, Dave Kushner, Matt Sorum RATED: Unrated (Language) IN THEATERS: 06/03/16 You may know Duff McKagan from rock bands such as: Loaded, Guns ‘n Roses, Velvet Revolver, Janes Addiction, and Hollywood Vampires. Here he reads to the audience his New York Times best-selling memoir accompanied by an acoustic band playing covers of his past bands famous ditties. Along with interviews with former bandmates Slash, Matt Sorum, and Dave Kushner, there are also home movies of his family and life on the road. If you remember VH1′s Storytellers, this is basically the same  [ Read More ]

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Unlocking the Cage Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On June - 9 - 2016 0 Comment
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UNLOCKING THE CAGE First Run Features Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: B+ Director:  Chris Hegedus, D.A. Pennebacker Written by: Chris Hegedus Cast: Steven Wise, Natalie Prosin, Liddy Stein, Mary Lee Jensvold, Sue Savage-Rumbaugh,, David Favre Screened at: Critics’ link, NYC, 6/2/16 Opens: June 24, 2016 Did I hear correctly, that Steven Wise, a lawyer in his mid-60’s, stated that Peter Singer’s 1970s book Animal Liberation need be the only animal rights book in a home library?  I could almost agree, since it was Singer, arguably one this country’s foremost philosophers of ethics,who got me thinking about the brutality in which our meat animals are being treated.  Singer argued that  [ Read More ]

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The Curse of Sleeping Beauty Review

Posted by juliana On June - 9 - 2016 0 Comment
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TITLE: The Curse of Sleeping Beauty XLrator Media DIRECTOR: Pearry Teo WRITERS: Pearry Teo and Josh Nadler CAST: Ethan Peck, Natalie Hall, India Eisley, Bruce Davison RUNNING TIME: 1hr 29min RATED: Unrated (Language / Sensuality / Gore) THEATRICAL RELEASE DATE: May 13, 2016 VOD and iTUNES RELEASE DATE: May 17, 2016 Thomas Kaiser (Ethan Peck, In Time) has been having a reoccurring dream where he sees a beautiful sleeping girl, but something awakens him before he can kiss her. He receives a call telling him his uncle died and left him a mansion that has been in his family for generations. The house also holds a curse and is inhabited  [ Read More ]

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Queen Mimi Documentary Review

Posted by juliana On June - 9 - 2016 0 Comment
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Title: Queen Mimi XLrator Media Director: Yaniv Rokah CAST: Marie “Mimi” Haist with special appearance by Zack Galifianakis Running time: 75 min Rated: Unrated (language) IN THEATERS: May 13, 2016 Marie “Mimi” Haist was divorced in the 1970′s and forced to live on the streets in her 50′s.  In the past few decades she found her place at home in a laundromat in Santa Monica.  With her snappy attitude, she befriended many struggling actors whom found her endearing. Zack Galifianakis and Renee Zellweger both have made a mission to help Mimi get a place of her own, pay her rent and other living expenses. Galifianakis had taken Mimi to several red  [ Read More ]

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Ma Ma Movie Review

Posted by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi On June - 8 - 2016 0 Comment
Ma Ma Movie Review

Title: Ma Ma Director: Julio Medem Starring: Penelope Cruz, Luis Tosar, Asier Etxeandia, Alex Brendemuhl, Silvia Abascal, Teo Planell, Samuel Viyuela. The Spanish melodramatic movie ‘Ma Ma’, presented at the 2015 Toronto Film Festival, marks the return of director Julio Medem. The winner of a Goya (for his feature ‘Vacas’) – whose works have been compared to Krzysztof Kie?lowski’s – goes lyrical, with the story of a single mother who is diagnosed cancer. Magda (Penelope Cruz) is an unemployed teacher, who forms a sudden bond with Arturo (Luis Tosar), a widowed soccer scout, while she goes to see her son (Teo Planell) play a game. Thus begins a journey, that  [ Read More ]

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Traded Movie Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On June - 6 - 2016 0 Comment
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Title: Traded Director: Timothy Woodward Jr. Starring: Kris Kristofferson, Trace Adkins, Michael Paré, Tom Sizemore, Brittany Elizabeth Williams, Constance Brenneman and Quinton Aaron Determinedly setting out to create your own way, in an unwavering attempt to build your own experiences and life path, is a common and understandable process for many young adults. But when you unwittingly become drawn into a dangerous situation, in part because of your naïve nature, you can often need the help of someone you trust to help save you from experiencing any more risk. That all-too-important life lesson of realizing just how endearing your present life and situation is presented in the new Western, ‘Traded.’  [ Read More ]

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Song Of The Sea Movie Review

Posted by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi On June - 4 - 2016 0 Comment
Song Of The Sea Movie Review

Title: Song Of The Sea Director: Tomm Moore Genre: Animation Voices: Brendan Gleeson, Fionnula Flanagan, Lisa Hannigan, Pat Shortt. Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature at the 87th Academy Awards in 2015, ‘Song Of The Sea’ is the latest gem produced by the Irish production company Cartoon Saloon. The story is set in the Emerald Isle (famous for its stories about fairies and Celtic creatures), during the 1980s. Ben is a ten year old who lives with his little sister Saoirse and father Conor in a lighthouse, on an island off the Irish coast. Bronach, their selkie mother, returned to the sea six years previously, leaving Ben  [ Read More ]

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Warcraft – The Beginning Movie Review

Posted by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi On June - 4 - 2016 0 Comment
Warcraft - The Beginning Movie Review

Title: Warcraft – The Beginning Director: Duncan Jones Starring: Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Ben Foster, Dominic Cooper,  Ruth Negga, Toby Kebbell, Ben Schnetzer, Rob Kazinsky, Clancy Brown, Daniel Wu. The American epic fantasy, directed by Duncan Jones — co-written with Charles Lavitt and Chris Metzen — is based on the same name video game series and novels set in the world of Azeroth. The story begins with a fearsome tribe of giant Orcs fleeing their former rundown land of Draenor and entering the peaceful realm of Azeroth — a land ruled by King Llane (Dominic Cooper) and Lady Taria (Ruth Negga). Guided by Orc chief Blackhand (Clancy Brown) and Gul’dan’s  [ Read More ]

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The Witness Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On May - 28 - 2016 0 Comment
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THE WITNESS FilmRise Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: B Director:   James Solomon Written by: William Genovese, Russell Greene, Gabriel Rhodes, James Solomon Screened at: Review 1, NYC, 4/21/16 Opens: June 3, 2016 Winston Moseley died in prison a few months ago at the age of 81, after serving 52 years behind bars (minus whatever days or hours he gained after breaking out).  Ordinarily a person like him would receive not a single sentence in any respectable newspaper, but this vile sociopath, guilty of killing three women and raping at least two of them while they were dying, may have picked the wrong victim in Catherine “Kitty” Genovese.  In 1964,  [ Read More ]

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Alice Through the Looking Glass Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On May - 25 - 2016 0 Comment
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ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS Walt Disney Pictures Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: B- Director:  James Bobin Written by: Linda Woolverton from Lewis Carroll’s books Cast: Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman, Mia Wasikowska, Sacha Baron Cohen Screened at: AMC Empire, NYC, 5/23/16 Opens: May 27, 2016 If Charles Dodgson, aka Lewis Carroll, had an erotic interest in little girls as Morton N. Cohen’s book Lewis Carroll: A Biography and Donald Thomas’s Lewis Carroll: A Portrait with Background—both suggesting that the author’s sexual energies sought unconventional outlets—we wonder what Lewis Carroll would think of Mia Wasikowska in the role of Alice Kingsleigh.  The lovely Australian-born Ms.  [ Read More ]

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3Bubble and J.Gray Live From the Pentagon Album Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On May - 22 - 2016 0 Comment
3Bubble and J.Gray Live From the Pentagon Album Review

Artists: 3Bubble and J.Gray Album: Live From the Pentagon Production: Dope Boyz, Mantra and AllArounda Reveling in their accomplishments is a goal that many people strive to achieve in their lives, but they often neglect to remember one of the most important aspects that helped them obtain their success: the determination and drive that was required to accomplish their objectives. But Houston rappers 3Bubble and J.Gray, who share a passionate love for creating music, understand the importance of dedication. They have both put endless pressure on themselves, including having lengthy recording sessions in the studio, in order to find triumph in sharing their voices with the public. The duo proved  [ Read More ]

Welcome to Happiness Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On May - 16 - 2016 0 Comment
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WELCOME TO HAPPINESS Minutehand Pictures Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: B Director:  Oliver Thompson Written by: Oliver Thompson Cast: Kyle Gallner, Olivia Thirlby, Nick Offerman, Keegan-Michael Key, Brendan Sexton III, Josh Brener, Molly C. Quinn, Paget Brewster, Frances Conroy, Bess Rous, A.J. Trauth, Robert Pike Daniels Screened at: Critics’ link, NYC, 5/9/16 Opens: May 20, 2016 I’d like a dollar for everyone in the country who believes that happiness is life’s principal desideratum.  While people may have different ideas about what happiness means, Wikipedia says that it is a mental or emotional state of well-being defined by positive or pleasant emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy. The question  [ Read More ]

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Weiner Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On May - 15 - 2016 0 Comment
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WEINER Sundance Selects Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: A- Director:  Josh Kriegman, Elyse Steinberg Written by: Josh Kriegman, Elyse Steinberg Cast: Anthony Weiner, Huma Abedin, Barbara Morgan, Amit Bagga, Sydney Leathers Screened at: Park Ave., NYC, 4/27/16 Opens: May 20, 2016 As documentarians, Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg may not be up to the comedic talents of Michael Moore but they come pretty close. “Weiner” is a highly entertaining, fast-paced look at the self-destruction of a liberal politician with more energy than a Duracell battery and the heart of a Mother Teresa.   Anthony Weiner would have made an ideal chief executive for New York City just as he was  [ Read More ]

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Maggie’s Plan Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On May - 15 - 2016 0 Comment
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MAGGIE’S PLAN Sony Pictures Classics Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: B Director:  Rebecca Miller Written by: Rebecca Miller, based on Karen Rinaldi’s unpublished novel Cast: Greta Gerwig, Ethan Hawke, Julianne Moore, Bill Hader, Maya Rudolph, Travis Fimmel, Ida Rohatyn, Wallace Shawn Screened at: Sony, NYC, 4/6/16 Opens: May 20, 2016 Rebecca Miller explores her inner Woody Allen with this goofy, fresh look at series of relationships that can happen only in New York.  And what better choice for a goofy star than the adorable Greta Gerwig, who is perhaps best known for her principal role in Noam Baumbach’s “Frances Ha,” about a New York woman who apprentices herself to  [ Read More ]

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