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As I Open My Eyes Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On September - 4 - 2016 0 Comment
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AS I OPEN MY EYES (À peine j’ouvre les yeux) Kino Lorber Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: B Director:  Leyla Bouzid Written by: Leyla Bouzid, Marie-Sophie Chambon Cast: Baya Medhaffer, Ghalia Benali, Montassar Ayari, Aymen Omrani, Lassaad Jamoussi Screened at: Review 2, NYC, 8/30/16 Opens: September 9, 2016 Rock stars make more money than doctors.  People pay happily to see rock stars because they’re exciting, but they pay doctors, generally less entertaining, regretfully.  And people collect autographs from rock stars, but not from doctors, whose signatures are unreadable anyway.  So what does a protective mother want her rock-inclined daughter to be?  A doctor, of course. “As I Open My  [ Read More ]

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Brimstone Movie Review

Posted by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi On September - 4 - 2016 0 Comment
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Title: Brimstone Director: Martin Koolhoven  Starring: Dakota Fanning, Guy Pierce, Emilia Jones, Carice Van Houten, Kit Harrington. ‘Brimstone’ aspires to be a suspenseful tale of guilt and retribution. It unfolds at the end of the 19th century in the American West, as an epic thriller told in four chapters.   Our heroine Joanna (Emilia Jones), who eventually changes her name to Liz (Dakota Fanning), carved from the beautiful wilderness, full of heart and grit, is hunted by a vengeful Preacher (Guy Pierce) – a diabolical zealot and her twisted nemesis. But Liz is a genuine survivor; she’s no victim – a woman of fearsome strength who responds with astonishing bravery  [ Read More ]

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El Ciudadano Ilustre (The Distinguished Citizen) Movie Review

Posted by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi On September - 4 - 2016 0 Comment
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Title: El Ciudadano Ilustre (The Distinguished Citizen) Director: Gastón Duprat & Mariano Cohn  Starring: Oscar Martínez, Dady Brieva, Andrea Frigerio, Nora Navas, Manuel Vicente, Belén Chavanne, Gustavo Garzón, Julián Larquier, Emma Rivera.  In recent years Argentinian cinema has proved to have a sophisticated take on dark comedies. ‘Relatos Salvajes’ (Wild Tales) was an anthology of cathartic politically incorrect stories. Now, is the turn of director duo Gastón Duprat & Mariano Cohn. The directors expose various contemporary debates through the gallows humour of ‘El Ciudadano Ilustre’ (The Distinguished Citizen). Daniel Mantovani is an Argentine writer who has lived in Europe for almost forty years, and is worldwide renowned for having been  [ Read More ]

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War Dogs Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On September - 3 - 2016 0 Comment
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WAR DOGS Warner Bros Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: B+ Director:  Todd Phillips Written by: Todd Phillips, Jason Smilovic, Stephen Chin Cast: Jonah Hill, Miles Teller, Ana de Armas, Shaun Toub Screened at: WB, NYC, 8/15/16 Opens: August 19, 2016 This is the age of entrepreneurship, when a couple of twenty-somethings can go into a garage, exploit some new technology, and sell the company for millions, even billions.  Mark Zuckerberg did it, but he was no slacker.  He went to Phillips Exeter Academy and then to Harvard and can address an audience in China with his fluent Mandarin.  So: do you have to be bright to be an entrepreneur?   [ Read More ]

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Frantz Movie Review (Venice Film Festival 2016)

Posted by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi On September - 3 - 2016 0 Comment
Frantz Movie Review (Venice Film Festival 2016)

Title: Frantz Director: François Ozon Starring: Paula Beer, Pierre Niney, Ernst Stötzner, Marie Gruber, Johann Von Bülow, Anton Von Lucke. François Ozon’s ‘Frantz’ will take you by surprise. It is far from banal. The relationships that are established throughout the story are nuanced with the complications, the regrets and the unrequitedness of reality. The story is set in a small German town after World War I, where Anna (Paula Beer) mourns daily at the grave of her fiancé Frantz (Anton Von Lucke), killed in battle in France. One day a young Frenchman, Adrien (Pierre Niney), also lays flowers at the grave. His presence so soon after the German defeat ignites  [ Read More ]

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In Dubious Battle Movie Review (Venice Film Festival 2016)

Posted by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi On September - 3 - 2016 0 Comment
In Dubious Battle Movie Review (Venice Film Festival 2016)

Title: In Dubious Battle Director: James Franco Starring: Nat Wolff, James Franco, Vincent D’Onofrio, Selena Gomez, Ahna O’Reilly, Analeigh Tipton, Jack Kehler, Scott Haze, Sam Shepard, Joel Marsh Garland, John Savage, Robert Duvall, Ed Harris. ‘In Dubious Battle’ is a novel written by John Steinbeck in 1936, that recounts a fruit worker strike that occurred in Tulare County, California, in 1933. The central figure of the story is an activist who organises a major strike by fruit pickers, seeking thus to attract followers to his cause. “The Last Unicorn” (as Marina Abramovic defined polymath James Franco) has always had a passion for Steinbeck, interpreting ‘Of Mice And Men’ on Broadway  [ Read More ]

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Mia Madre Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On September - 2 - 2016 0 Comment
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MIA MADRE (My Mother) Music Box Films Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: A- Director:  Nanni Moretti Written by: Nanni Moretti, Francesco Piccolo, Valia Santella Cast: Margherita Buy, John Turturro, Giulia Lazzarini, Nanni Moretti, Beatrice Mancini Screened at: Review, NYC, 8/9/16 Opens: August 19, 2016 “Mia Madre” is the kind of film to which many in the audience can relate, particularly those of a certain age who have lived through the death of a parent, or, if younger, through the demise of a grandparent.   Some of us may have even been entertained at a eulogy in which a speaker, instead of simply moaning and crying, describes some of the funny  [ Read More ]

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Arrival Movie Review

Posted by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi On September - 2 - 2016 0 Comment
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Title: Arrival Director: Denis Villeneuve Starring: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker, Michael Stuhlbarg. ‘Arrival’ is a dream come true for the talented director of ‘Sicario’ and ‘Prisoners.’ Denis Villeneuve himself said: “I’ve dreamed of doing science fiction since I was ten years old,” and with his latest film he succeeds in creating a sophisticated philosophical sci-fi thriller; based upon Ted Chiang’s ‘Story of Your Life,’ with a reminiscence of ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind.’ When a mysterious spacecraft enters our planet, an elite team ? lead by expert linguist Louise Banks (Amy Adams) ? is brought together to investigate. As mankind teeters on the verge of global war,  [ Read More ]

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The Bleeder Movie Review (Venice Film Festival 2016)

Posted by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi On September - 2 - 2016 0 Comment
The Bleeder Movie Review

Title: The Bleeder Director: Philippe Falardeau  Starring: Live Schreiber, Naomi Watts, Elisabeth Moss, Jim Gaffigan, Michael Rapaport, Pooch Hall. Who hasn’t heard about Rocky Balboa? Everyone knows about Sylvester Stallone’s retired boxing character, who returns to the scene of hand-to-hand combat. But do you know who inspired the story about the fictional punching legend? The answer is Chuck Wepner and ‘The Bleeder’ is the biographical sports drama about his life. Philippe Falardeau tells the true-life story of Wepner (Liev Schreiber), a liquor salesman from New Jersey, who went 15 rounds in the stunning 1975 heavyweight world championship against the greatest boxer of all time, Muhammad Ali (Pooch Hall). In his  [ Read More ]

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Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On September - 1 - 2016 0 Comment
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DEFYING THE NAZIS: THE SHARPS’ WAR CINEMAflix Distribution Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: B+ Director:  Ken Burns, Artemis Joukowsky Cast: Voices of Tom Hanks, Marina Goldman Screened at: Critics’ link, NYC, 7/24/16 Opens: September 9, 2016 Princeton University professor Peter Singer, perhaps the best-known philosopher of ethics in the U.S. today, advocates the view that we in this country should not be so centered on ourselves and our fellow citizens and residents.  If children in Africa need help more than children in America, then we should consider making our charitable donations to them rather than to our “own” people.  This view brings to mind the heroism of Waitstill Sharp  [ Read More ]

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The 9th Life of Louis Drax Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On September - 1 - 2016 0 Comment
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THE 9th LIFE OF LOUIS DRAX Summit Premiere Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: B Director:  Alexandre Aja Written by: Max Minghella from Liz Jensen’s novel Cast: Jamie Dornan, Sarah Gadon, Aaron Paul, Aiden Longworth, Molly Parker, Barbara Hershey, Oliver Platt Screened at: Review 2, NYC, 8/4/16 Opens: September 2, 2016 In adapting Liz Jensen’s popular 2008 novel, director Alexandre Aja and scripter Max Minghella stick closely to the book, changing a name or two (Dr. Allan Pascal in the novel was Dr. Pascal Dannachet), giving the film an intriguing Hitchcockian look.  In fact at many times during the 108-minute film, you could get the idea that it came out  [ Read More ]

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Come What May Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On September - 1 - 2016 0 Comment
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COME WHAT MAY (En mai, fais ce qu’il te plait) Cohen Media Group Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: B Director:  Christian Carion Written by: Christian Carion, Laure Irrmann Cast: August Diehl, Olivier Gourmet, Mathilde Seigner, Alice Isaaz, Matthew Rhys, Joshio Marlon, Thomas Schmauser, Laurent Gerra Screened at: Cohen Media, NYC, 8/29/16 Opens: September 8, 2016 If you have healthy human emotions, you’ll find it heartbreaking to note that since the opening of the civil war in Syria in 2011, 13.5 million of its citizens need humanitarian assistance, 6.6 million are displaced within their country, and 4.8 million are now living outside of their country.  You would be similarly heartbroken  [ Read More ]

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Franca Chaos and Creation Movie Review

Posted by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi On September - 1 - 2016 0 Comment
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Title: Franca Chaos and Creation Director: Francesco Carrozzini Genre: Documentary Francesco Carrozzini is an Italian photographer and filmmaker based in New York, son of the legendary Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Italia: Franca Sozzani. He alone could be the one who could bring to the big screen the story of the woman who made history in the world of fashion magazines. ‘Franca Chaos and Creation’ creates an intimate portrait of Sozzani, with the appropriate dose of irony and lightheartedness that comes through the playful parent-child bickering. In this meticulously delicate storytelling, Carrozzini retraces Franca’s determination, ever since she was a child who decided to go to boarding school, through her adolescent days  [ Read More ]

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Sun Choke Movie Review

Posted by juliana On September - 1 - 2016 0 Comment
Sun Choke Movie Review

TITLE: SUN CHOKE DISTRIBUTOR: XLrator Media DIRECTOR: Ben Cresciman WRITER: Ben Cresciman CAST: Sarah Hagan, Sara Malakul Lane and Barbara Crampton RUNNING TIME: 90 min RATED: Not Rated (Nudity, Sex, Language, Violence, Gore) IN THEATERS: August 5, 2016 AVAILABLE ON VOD and iTUNES: August 2, 2016 Janie (Sarah Hagan, Freaks and Geeks) is living in a posh L.A. home while her daddy is away on business. She’s in the care of Irma (Barbara Crampton, Re-Animator) whom is helping Janie recover from a psychotic break with the aid of holistic medicine and yoga.  It doesn’t appear to be working because Janie is getting bloody flashbacks of her violent outbursts.  She seems  [ Read More ]

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Allegiant Blu Ray Review

Posted by juliana On September - 1 - 2016 0 Comment
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TITLE: ALLEGIANT LIONSGATE DIRECTOR: Robert Schwentke Writers: Noah Oppenheim, Adam Cooper, Bill Collage, Veronica Roth CAST: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Naomi Watts, Octavia Spencer, Jeff Daniels, Zoë Kravitz, Ansel Elgort, Miles Teller, Maggie Q, Bill Skarsgård RUNNING TIME: 121 Min RATED: PG-13 (Violence) SPECIAL FEATURES: 6 Featurettes; Audio Commentary with Producers Douglas Wick and Lucy Fisher AVAILABLE ON Blu-Ray: July 12 The third installment of the Divergent series. Hold your horses, there’s still one more left. Tris (Shailene Woodley, The Fault in Our Stars ) and Four (Theo James, Underworld: Awakening) are leading a team consisting of Caleb (Ansel Elgort, Carrie reboot), Christina (Zoë Kravitz, Mad Max: Fury Road ), Tori (Maggie Q,  [ Read More ]

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