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La Sapienza Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On March - 15 - 2015 0 Comment
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LA SAPIENZA Kino Lorber Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade:  B+ Director:  Eugène Green Screenwriter:  Eugène Green Cast:  Fabrizio Rongione, Christelle Prot, Ludovico Succio, Arianna Nastro, Hervé Compagne, Sabine Ponte Screened at:  Dolby88, NYC, 3/11/15 Opens:  March 20, 2015 In Edward Albee’s play “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf,” George and Martha entertain a much younger couple, Nick and Honey.  In discussing their merits and their appeal to women, George states “I have history on my side,” while Nick counters with “I have biology.”  Reductive as this may be, a similar theme is on display in Eugène Green’s “La Sapienza,” or “Sapience.”  Green, not well known  [ Read More ]

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Danny Collins Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On March - 15 - 2015 0 Comment

DANNY COLLINS Bleecker Street Reviewed by: Harvey Karten for Shockya. Databased on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade: B Director: Dan Fogelman Screenwriter:  Dan Fogelman Cast:  Al Pacino, Annette Bening, Jennifer Garner, Bobby Cannavale, Christopher Plummer Screened at: Dolby24, NYC, 3/9/15 Opens:  March 20, 2015 Maybe it’s best not to have a family, despite what sociologists say about how married people are happier and live longer.  If you’re an aging parent nowadays, you would not be considered too pessimistic if you think that your children will have nothing to do with you—or at best would put you in a home and visit once a month.  On the other hand, if you’re a young  [ Read More ]

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Olivia Twist Movie Review

Posted by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi On March - 15 - 2015 0 Comment
Olivia Twist Movie Review

Title: Olivia Twist Director: Arno Hazebroek Starring: Ellie Mahyoub, Martin Alcock, Hannah Belfield, Laura Bodell, Kyle Bond, Lisa Cooke. The adaptation of literary milestones can turn out to be a success when pushed to the boundaries, or a terrible flop. Arno Hazebroek has managed to breathe into Oliver Twist timeliness, endorsed by gender equality and multiculturalism, since The Parish Boy’s Progress becomes the coming-of-age of an Afghan orphan girl. ‘Olivia Twist’ is set in contemporary times in Stoke-on-Trent, a city once renowned for industrial splendor. Several Dickensian expressions are  phrased by the contemporary alter-egos of the original novel, as Olivia is on the run and finds shelter with Bob Fagin  [ Read More ]

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Wolfcop DVD Review

Posted by juliana On March - 13 - 2015 0 Comment
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Title: Wolfcop RLJ Entertainment Inc. / Image Entertainment Director: Lowell Dean Writer: Lowell Dean Cast: Leo Fafard, Amy Matysio, Sarah Lind, Jesse Moss, Jonathan Cherry, Aidan Devine Running Time: 79 min, Not Rated (violence, gore, partial nudity) Special Features: Film Commentary with Writer/Director Lowell Dean and Special Effects Artist Emersen Ziffle; The Birth of Wolfcop; Wolfcop Music Video; Film Outtakes; 4 Trailers; Available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Video on March 10, 2015 Lou Garou (Leo Fafard)is an alcoholic cop in a podunk Canadian/US border town of Woodhaven. During one of his hangovers, he is assigned to check out a disturbance in the woods and wakes up at home, with  [ Read More ]

A Second Chance Movie Review

Posted by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi On March - 11 - 2015 0 Comment
A Second Chance Movie Review

Title: A Second Chance Director: Susanne Bier Starring: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Maria Bonnevie, Ulrich Thomsen, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Lykke May Anderson Susanne Bier casts Nikolaj Coster-Waldau – of whom we became fond of in ‘Game of Thrones’ – to play a veteran police officer with a wife and new baby, who makes a fateful decision. The Academy Award-winning director, has the magic touch of a puppeteer in directing her actors to authenticity. But this time she has failed in the selection of the script, written by Anders Thomas Jensen. We know from the very beginning what is coming, since we are nurtured along the way by a symmetry of circumstances, with  [ Read More ]

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Cinderella Movie Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On March - 11 - 2015 0 Comment
Cinderella Movie Review

Title: Cinderella Director: Kenneth Branagh Starring; Cate Blanchett, Lily James, Richard Madden, Stellan Skarsgård, Holliday Grainger, Sophie McShera, Derek Jacobi and Helena Bonham Carter The alluring and charming nature of fairy tales offer an extensive wealth of opportunity for film studios to make a quick and easy profit off of audiences who are easily drawn to the adaptations, as they wish to relish their sentimental memories that instantly connect them to their innocent childhoods as they watch the movies. Some recent big screen version of these popular fairy tales, such as the Oscar-nominated musical version of ‘Into the Woods,’ and the commercially successful dark fantasy ‘Maleficent,’ effectively captured viewers’ nostalgia  [ Read More ]

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Sir Cadian Rhythm Self-Titled EP Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On March - 9 - 2015 0 Comment
Sir Cadian Rhythm Self-Titled EP Review

Artist: Sir Cadian Rhythm Album: Self-Titled EP Produced by: Sir Cadian; Rhythm Recorded, mixed and mastered by: Nick Zinnanti of Zin Records, located in Calverton, NY Fearlessly exposing your vulnerabilities as you struggle to contend with your conflicting emotions over your complex relationships can be a harrowing and daunting process. Striving to determine whether to overcome your fears and embrace the battles that continuously plague your intense romantic relationships, or finally release the other person from your life, as they no longer plan on making you their top priority, is the enthralling and relatable theme in the new self-titled EP from Sir Cadian Rhythm. The up-and-coming diversely distinct Long Island  [ Read More ]

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The Search Movie Review

Posted by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi On March - 6 - 2015 0 Comment
The Search Movie Review

Title: The Search Director: Michel Hazanavicius Starring: Bérénice Bejo, Annette Bening, Maksim Emelyanov, Abdul-Khalim Mamatsuiev, Zukhra Duishvili. Oscar director Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist) returns with an epic film tackling the humanitarian disaster of the Second Chechen War. ‘The Search,’ explores the effects of this war on youngsters, through a story that leads to a happy ending and a tale of doom. Hadji is a nine-year-old Chechen boy (Abdul-Khalim Mamatsuiev) who escapes when his parents are murdered by Russian soldiers. He is so traumatised he becomes mute, but manages to make his way to a border town, where he establishes a wary relationship with EU official Carole (Bérénice Bejo). Meanwhile, Hadji’s  [ Read More ]

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Une Nouvelle Amie (The New Girl Friend) Movie Review

Posted by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi On March - 6 - 2015 0 Comment
Une Nouvelle Amie (The New Girl Friend) Movie Review

Title: Une Nouvelle Amie (The New Girl Friend) Director: François Ozon Starring:Romain Duris, Anaïs Demoustier, Raphaël Personnaz, Isild Le Besco Francois Ozon’s humorous psychological drama ‘Une Nouvelle Amie’ (intended as the new female friend) explores the complexity of sexuality, transcending stereotypes. ‘The New Girl Friend’ adapts a Ruth Rendell short story where Ozon plays freely with gender cliches, to suggest that the male-female dichotomy is only an abstract concept. Anaïs Demoustier stars as Claire, a young woman whose closest friend since childhood, Laura (Isilde Le Besco), passes away leaving behind a husband, David (Romain Duris) and their newborn baby Lucie. One day she drops by David’s house unexpectedly, and finds  [ Read More ]

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White God Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On March - 6 - 2015 0 Comment
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WHITE GOD  (Fehér isten) Magnolia Pictures Reviewed by: Harvey Karten for Shockya. Databased on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade: A- Director: Kornél Mundruczó Screenwriter:  Kata Weber, Viktoria Petranyi, Kornél Mundruczó Cast:  Zsófia Psotta, Sándór Zóstér, Lili Monori,  Szabolcs Thuróczy, Lili Horváth, Luke, Body Screened at: Review 2, NYC,3/4/15 Opens:  March 27, 2015 The best political allegories—think George Orwell’s “Animal Farm,” Jonathan Swift’s “Gulliver’s Travels,” even J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings”—must not only hit hard against its targets but even more important must be rattling good stories as well.  Kornél  Mundruczó’s “White God,” or “Fehér isten” in its original Hungarian, may be admitted to that company.  As political allegory, it preaches  [ Read More ]

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Jauja Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On March - 6 - 2015 0 Comment
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JAUJA Cinema Guild Reviewed by: Harvey Karten for Shockya. Databased on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade: B+ Director: Lisandro Alonso Screenwriter:  Lisandro Alonso, Fabian Casas Cast:  Viggo Mortensen, Viilbjørk Agger Malling, Ghita Norby, Adrian Fondari, Esteban Bigliardi Screened at: Review 2, NYC, 3/3/15 Opens:  3/20/15 A personal note with some bearing on this film: I spent a good part of my career teaching history and economics in high school.  The so-called World History course made no mention of China except as a place for the British to set up trading posts.  There was no mention of Africa except as a place for goodies to be stolen by British, French, German and Belgian  [ Read More ]

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Crazy Bitches Movie Review

Posted by bsimon On March - 6 - 2015 0 Comment
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Title: Crazy Bitches Director: Jane Clark Starring: Samantha Colburn, Cathy DeBuono, Andy Gala, Liz McGeever, Victoria Profeta, Guinevere Turner, Nayo Wallace, Mary Jane Wells Can a movie be a tonal train wreck if its narrative never really leaves the station? And is there a baseline qualitative bar a project has to clear in order to qualify as either feminine empowerment or subversion? These and other ancillary questions nag at a viewer during ”Crazy Bitches,” written and directed by Jane Clark. After all, a title like that and a narrative slug-line that promises victims “killed by their own vanity” would seemingly augur some type of pleasantly wink- and nudge-filled genre romp. Alas, this  [ Read More ]

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These Final Hours Movie Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On March - 3 - 2015 0 Comment
These Final Hours Movie Review

Title: These Final Hours Director: Zak Hilditch Starring: Nathan Phillips, Angourie Rice, Kathryn Beck and Jessica De Gouw Relentlessly balking at the increasing pressure to accept full responsibility for your actions as you fully transition into adulthood is a common response among people who are unwilling to be held accountable for their mistakes. But once they face an intimidating, life-altering situation that puts their existence into question, they finally realize how their daunting choices prevented them from truly being happy. Writer-director Zak Hilditch’s new thriller, ‘These Final Hours,’ which opens in select theaters nationwide and on VOD platforms on Friday, enthralling showcases the daunting process of reexamining your life, and  [ Read More ]

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Kidnapping Mr. Heineken Movie Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On March - 2 - 2015 0 Comment
Kidnapping Mr. Heineken Movie Review

Title: Kidnapping Mr. Heineken Director: Daniel Alfredson Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Sam Worthington, Jim Sturgess and Ryan Kwanten People often take pride in all the hard work they put into garnering fame and fortune, particularly when their efforts provide much needed support for their families. But when their persistent work ethic fails to offer them enough money to efficiently provide for their loved ones, they’re often driven to take drastic measures to comfortably sustain them. That’s certainly the case in director Daniel Alfredson’s new action crime drama, ‘Kidnapping Mr. Heineken,’ which is set to be released on Friday on iTunes and VOD and in theaters. The film, which is based on  [ Read More ]

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Deli Man Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On March - 1 - 2015 0 Comment
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DELI MAN Cohen Media Group Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade:  A- Director:  Erik Greenberg Anjou   Cast:  Fyvush Finkel, Jerry Stiller, Larry King, Ziggy Gruber Screened at:  Cohen Media Group, NYC, 2/11/15 Opens:  March 6, 2015 I’m taking this group tour in Ireland some two decades ago, and I introduce myself to fellow tourists, who are all Irish-Americans.  Says one: “You’re a dentist, or maybe a teacher. Right?”  I felt like saying, “Does it show?  It’s that obvious?”  But before I could finish my thoughts, this guy, Donovan I think, adds, “Hey, did you check out the deli on the corner?” I could asked  [ Read More ]

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