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Flex is Kings Movie Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On April - 4 - 2014 0 Comment
Flex is King Movie Review

Title: Flex is Kings Directors: Michael Beach Nichols and Deidre Schoo Starring: Jermaine ‘Flizzo’ Clement and Jay Donn Bravely and captivatingly taking a stand to memorably make a statement and prove your abilities and worthiness to your audience can be a challenge for many people. The new movie ‘Flex Is Kings,’ from documentarian filmmakers Michael Beach Nichols and Deidre School, made an admirable attempt to showcase how the importance of having a talent you excel in can not only enrich your future, but society as a whole. While the helmers did successfully prove that having confidence and a support system can help in achieving your goals, the movie unfortunately failed  [ Read More ]


In The Blood Movie Review

Posted by juliana On April - 4 - 2014 0 Comment
In The Blood Movie

Title: In the Blood Director: John Stockwell Starring: Gina Carano, Cam Gigandet, Luis Guzmán, Stephen Lang, Amaury Nolasco, Ismael Cruz Cordova, Treat Williams and Danny Trejo Running Time: 90 minutes, Rated R, Available on VOD, iTunes & Theaters April 4th Eva (Gina Carano) and her husband Derek (Cam Gigandet) are on their honeymoon in the Caribbean. While out to dinner they meet Manny (Ismael Cruz Cordova) a local who promises to show them around the island and take them to the hottest club. At the club they have a run-in with the notorious kingpin Big Biz (Danny Trejo), and Eva gets into an impressive fight with some goons at the  [ Read More ]


Alien Abduction Movie Review

Posted by bsimon On April - 4 - 2014 0 Comment
Matty Beckerman Alien Abduction

Title: Alien Abduction Director: Matty Beckerman Starring: Peter Holden, Katherine Sigismund, Corey Eid, Jillian Clare, Jeff Bowser, Riley Polanski There will be a time when young, aspiring indie filmmakers return predominantly to shooting what they know, which will give us a surge in chatty, beer-soaked navel-gazing — a quality that would almost seem radical in today’s cinematic environment. This is not yet that time, however, as the extraordinarily derivative, forthrightly titled and essentially pointless “Alien Abduction” confirms. Eschewing more sophisticated and higher-degree-of-difficulty moodiness for lots of panicked thrashing about, this found-footage horror tale is an exercise in well-intentioned tedium. The story centers on a vacationing family in Western North Carolina, comprised  [ Read More ]


Captain America: The Winter Solider Movie Review

Posted by Perri Nemiroff On April - 2 - 2014 0 Comment
Our review of Captain America: The Winter Solider.

Title: Captain America: The Winter Solider Directed By: Joe Russo, Anthony Russo Starring: Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Redford, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Cobie Smulders, Frank Grillo, Emily VanCamp, Hayley Atwell, Toby Jones We’re talking about a hero with superhuman powers and a weapon with the ability to pinpoint villains via satellites capable of reading DNA and identifying a propensity to attack. It’s a downright outrageous scenario, but, dare I say, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” still feels like one of the most grounded Marvel movies out there. After the destruction in New York in “The Avengers,” Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) is attempting to lay low to  [ Read More ]


Big Men Movie Review

Posted by bsimon On April - 2 - 2014 0 Comment
big men movie

Title: Big Men Director: Rachel Boynton A kind of true-life, slow-motion disaster flick for the NPR set, director Rachel Boynton’s “Big Men” is an engaging documentary that roots down into the very human and relatable effects of the discovery of a huge African oil deposit upon a disparate variety of characters, from the penthouse to the pavement. Assaying the mores and motivations of all these dreamers and schemers, the film throws a spotlight on human fallibility, and all the shades of grey that color the geopolitical world. The movie opens in 2007, when a small, Dallas-based oil exploration firm, Kosmos Energy — working in concert with local partners and an American investment  [ Read More ]


Happy Camp Movie Review

Posted by bsimon On April - 1 - 2014 0 Comment
Happy Camp Movie

Title: Happy Camp Director: Josh Anthony Starring: Michael Barbuto, Anne Taylor, Josh Anthony, Teddy Gilmore An indie horror movie that makes decent use of its outdoor, real-life setting, but otherwise runs aground fairly early in its already concise running time, unable to come up with enough incidents to generate any legitimate sustained suspense, ”Happy Camp” represents one of the particular perils of a low-budget, calling card-type film. Piecemeal, the scene-to-scene work of young multi-hyphenates Josh Anthony, Anne Taylor and Michael Barbuto is fine. But absent a story that generates any sort of clearly defined stakes or rooting audience interest, the movie elicits more of a yawn than any lasting impression. “Happy Camp”  [ Read More ]


The Unknown Known Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On March - 31 - 2014 0 Comment

THE UNKNOWN KNOWN   Radius-TWC Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes Grade:  B Director:  Errol Morris Cast:  Donald Rumsfeld, Errol Morris Screened at:   Park Avenue, NYC, 1/31/14 Opens:  April 2, 2014   Based on the mistakes that Donald Rumsfeld made—and noting that he seems to offer no apology for them—perhaps the U.S. would have been served better if Don were a secretary to a middle manager of Walmart than U.S. Secretary of Defense.  In Errol Morris’s highly stylized documentary—punctuated by Danny Elfman’s original score, some snazzy editing and a wealth of special effects—Rumsfold smiles insincerely, is fond of using euphemisms like “stuff happens,” “heck,” and  [ Read More ]


Finding Vivian Maier Movie Review

Posted by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi On March - 30 - 2014 0 Comment
Finding Vivian Maier Movie Review

Title: Finding Vivian Maier Director: John Maloof, Charlie Siskel This brilliant documentary unveils, posthumously, a virtuoso of photography. Vivian Maier, didn’t aspire to fame. She didn’t call herself an artist. She was a nanny. A traveller. A woman who went by many names. She was aloof. At times cynical. And with some terribly bizarre habits. ‘Finding Vivian Maier’ reveals the strange and riveting life and art of one the most accomplished street photographers of the 20th century, whose work was discovered by John Maloof, when he bought a box of her negatives at a local thrift auction house in Chicago. Maloof’s incredibly perseverance in his scavenger-hunt-quest, to find out who  [ Read More ]


On My Way Movie Review

Posted by bsimon On March - 30 - 2014 0 Comment
On My Way Movie

Title: On My Way Director: Emmanuelle Bercot Starring: Catherine Deneuve, Nemo Schiffman, Gérard Garouste, Claude Gensac, Paul Hamy Cineastes the world over can readily agree that Catherine Deneuve, who came of age as the muse of a number of influential filmmakers in the 1960s and ’70s, is an enchanting screen presence. And they can presumably agree that quality, leading roles for women as they age — complex roles in which they drive the action and don’t stand as an accessory to the men in their characters’ lives — are at a premium. Reasonable minds can agree on these things and still not walk away thrilled and uplifted by ”On My Way,” the road  [ Read More ]


Hide Your Smiling Faces Movie Review

Posted by bsimon On March - 30 - 2014 0 Comment
Hide Your Smiling Faces Movie

Title: Hide Your Smiling Faces Director: Daniel Patrick Carbone Starring: Nathan Varnson, Ryan Jones It’s possible for a movie to confirm the innate filmmaking gifts of its helmer while still not quite succeeding as a standalone film. Such is the case with the artful yet frustrating ”Hide Your Smiling Faces,” directed by Daniel Patrick Carbone. A coming-of-age drama that values tone over incident, the movie pays homage to the impressionistic moves and rhythms of Terrence Malick, but has trouble establishing a strong and memorable identity of its own. Reminiscent of films like David Gordon Green’s stirring debut, “George Washington,” and, more recently, ”Tchoupitoulas” and “Only the Young,” Carbone’s movie centers on a  [ Read More ]


Cheap Thrills Movie Review

Posted by bsimon On March - 30 - 2014 0 Comment
Cheap Thrills Movie

Title: Cheap Thrills Director: E.L. Katz Starring: Pat Healy, Sara Paxton, Ethan Embry, Amanda Fuller, David Koechner A tense, knotty (in more ways than one) valentine of leaching amorality that evokes memories of the infamous Milgram Experiment, the darkly comedic psychological horror film ”Cheap Thrills” is a satisfyingly warped walk on the wild side. Playing puppet master to wonderful effect, director E.L. Katz oversees a superb, smartly constrained technical package and a rich quartet of gripping performances, resulting in a violent, emotionally charged romp with surprising undertones of social commentary. Los Angeleno and would-be writer Craig Daniels (Pat Healy, of “Compliance”) is feeling the pinch of his occupational failings, what with a 15-month-old  [ Read More ]


A Birder’s Guide to Everything Movie Review

Posted by bsimon On March - 28 - 2014 0 Comment
A Birders Guide to Everything Movie

Title: A Birder’s Guide to Everything Director: Rob Meyer Starring: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Alex Wolff, Katie Chang, Ben Kingsley, Michael Chen, James Le Gros, Daniela Lavender Films that honestly and entertainingly assay the early teenage experience removed from lowest-common-denominator gross-out shtick and other emotional cattle-prodding are few and far between, which is a big part of the reason that the altogether charming “A Birder’s Guide to Everything” feels like such a breath of fresh air. Instead of pandering to one and only one sentiment, this offering — poised pleasantly between quaint and quirky — does entirely right by adolescent feeling, while also leading viewers on an adventure that puts just enough spin  [ Read More ]


Noah Movie Review

Posted by Perri Nemiroff On March - 27 - 2014 0 Comment
Logan Lerman and Russell Crowe in Noah

Title: Noah Directed By: Darren Aronofsky Starring: Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Ray Winstone, Anthony Hopkins, Emma Watson, Logan Lerman, Douglas Booth, Leo McHugh Carroll, Madison Davenport, Gavin Casalegno, Nolan Gross, Skylar Burke, Dakota Goyo When you’ve got Darren Aronofsky bringing a Biblical tale to screen, expectations are through the roof. “Noah” may not meet those expectations, but the film does nestle in just a few notches below. It isn’t a mind-blowing epic, but it’s certainly a riveting and worthy retelling of this story. The film kicks off with a partial recap of creation, specifically what went down with Adam and Eve, and what became of their children, Cain, Abel and  [ Read More ]


Nymphomaniac Volume II Movie Review

Posted by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi On March - 26 - 2014 0 Comment
Nymphomaniac Volume II

Title: Nymphomaniac Volume II Director: Lars Von Trier Starring: Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgard, Stacy Martin, Shia LaBeouf, Jamie Bell, Willem Dafoe, Mia Goth, Michael Pas. ‘Nymphomaniac Volume II‘ picks up with the story of Joe’s adulthood, where her journey of self-discovery leads to darker complications. Volume I was witty and amusing, using an ironic approach to the sexual topic matter that enthrallingly weaved in philosophical digressions. Volume II is an utter disappointment, since the entire narrative style changes, leaving greater space to a kaleidoscope of extremisms in copulation, so brutal, that it becomes disturbing. In the chapters ‘The Eastern & Western Church (The Silent  Duck),’ ‘The Mirror’ and ‘The Gun,’  [ Read More ]


Cesar Chavez Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On March - 24 - 2014 0 Comment

CESAR CHAVEZ Pantelion Director: Diego Luna Screenplay: Keir Pearson, Timothy J. Sexton Cast: Michael Peña, John Malkovich, America Ferrera, Rosario Dawson, Wes Bentley, Michael Cudlitz Screened at: Dolby 88, NYC, 3/12/14 Opens: March 28, 2014 Union days appear over in America, where only nine percent of workers are members of organized labor. This certainly does not mean that the working classes and middle classes that were formerly active in such groups are ecstatic about their wages: quite the contrary. Bosses have found ways to work around militant organizations by exporting jobs to China, Vietnam and quite a few other countries with much lower standards of living than our own. And  [ Read More ]


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