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Drug Lord: The Legend of Shorty Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On November - 9 - 2014 0 Comment

DRUG LORD: THE LEGEND OF SHORTY Gravitas Ventures Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade:  B+ Director:  Angus MacQueen Screenwriter: Angus MacQueen Cast:  El Chapo, Chino, Angus MacQueen Screened at:  Review 2, NYC, 11/3/14 Opens:  November 14, 2014 If you heard that the authorities captured Public Enemy Number One, responsible for a large number of 80,000 people murdered during the last ten years or so and the poisoning by drugs of millions around the world, what sentence would you give him?  Would capital punishment be too good for him?  How about having him drawn and quartered?  Surprisingly when the Mexican authorities first captured Joaquín Guzmán Loera  [ Read More ]

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Just Before I Go Movie Review (Savannah Film Festival)

Posted by Karen Benardello On November - 8 - 2014 0 Comment
Just Before I Go Movie Review

Title: Just Before I Go Director: Courteney Cox Starring: Seann William Scott, Olivia Thirlby, Garret Dillahunt, Kate Walsh, Rob Riggle, Elisha Cuthbert, Kyle Gallner and Evan Ross Struggling to find purpose in life can be a stressful journey for many people, especially as they try to relate to those around them and identify the reasons why they haven’t succeeded in achieving their goals. The new comedy-drama ‘Just Before I Go,’ which marks the feature film directorial debut of Courteney Cox and recently screened at the 17th Savannah Film Festival, intriguingly chronicles how a man who feels like he’ll never receive the validation he wants from the people in his life  [ Read More ]

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Viva la liberta Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On November - 7 - 2014 0 Comment

VIVA LA LIBERTÀ     Distrib Films U.S. Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade:  C+ Director:  Roberto Andò Screenwriter:  Roberto Andò Cast:  Toni Servillo, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi,  Anna Bonaiuto, Valerio Mastandrea, Michela Cescon, Eric Nguyen Screened at:  Dolby88, NYC, 10/28/14 Opens:  November 7, 2014 When Barack Obama gave that rousing speech during the 2004 Democratic convention, the public believed that progressives would finally come to power.  When he accepted the nomination for president in 2008, he again got large segments of the American public to its respective feet, making us think that we would be graced with charismatic leaders into the foreseeable future.  Now, however—not to  [ Read More ]

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Interstellar Movie Review

Posted by Melissa Molina On November - 7 - 2014 1 Comment
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Written by Sabina Ibarra Title: Interstellar Director: Christopher Nolan Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain Wes Bentley, David Gyasi, Michael Caine Christopher Nolan’s space epic captures in a flurry a of love for film, magnificent cinematography and takes us into the far reaches of where humanity can go as encapsulated by the story of a man fighting for his family’s future. Matthew McConaughey plays Cooper, a single father who peaked when an accident took him out of the field of engineering and test piloting. In a future where the fate of Earth is quite bleak, he farms corn — one of Earth’s last remaining natural resources to support his  [ Read More ]

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Big Hero 6 Movie Review

Posted by Melissa Molina On November - 7 - 2014 0 Comment
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Title: Big Hero 6 Director: Don Hall, Chris Williams Starring: Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit, Daniel Henney, T.J. Miller, Damon Wayans Jr., Jamie Chung, Genesis Rodriguez, James Cromwell, Alan Tudyk, Maya Rudolph The original intentions for transforming ‘Big Hero 6′ from an obscure Marvel comic to a feature length animated picture made sense. Disney is at the height of their popularity and wonderful collaboration with their Marvel Studios brethren. It’s obvious that the studio would want to take advantage of any property that they can get their hands on, transforming it into the next big superhero that people around the world would fawn over. Unfortunately not every movie that Disney collaborates  [ Read More ]

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Grace: The Possession Movie Review

Posted by Melissa Molina On November - 5 - 2014 0 Comment
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Title: Grace: The Possession Director: Jeff Chan Starring: Alexia Fast, Joel David Moore, Lin Shaye, Kurt Ostlund, Alexis Knapp The intriguing POV that’s used in ‘Grace: The Possession’ manages to keep the viewer’s attention long enough to see exactly what’s going on in this young girl’s (played by Alexia Fast) life to bring her to such a horrible point, but the filmmaking technique isn’t enough to save this film. The weak story buckles under the pressure of keeping the audience’s attention as the movie crawls at a snail’s pace. It does finally bring viewers to the real meat of the story during the second half, but by that point the  [ Read More ]

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Nightcrawler Movie Review

Posted by Melissa Molina On November - 4 - 2014 0 Comment
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Title: Nightcrawler Director: Dan Gilroy Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Bill Paxton, Riz Ahmed It’s almost criminal thinking that there are some people who don’t have Jake Gyllenhaal on their list of talented actors. He’s always been one of those slightly under-the-radar actors who’s continually pushed himself to the limit with his skills, improving and helping bring great stories out to the big screen through collaborating his talents with others. ‘Nightcrawler’ is a fine example of what a dedicated, sharp actor Gyllenhaal is and also sculpts a great picture of filmmaker Dan Gilroy and his great understanding of this cutthroat underworld of local news. There are many critics out there  [ Read More ]

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Maleficent Blu-Ray Review

Posted by juliana On November - 4 - 2014 0 Comment

Title: Maleficent Walt Disney Studios Director:Robert Stromberg Writer: Linda Woolverton Cast: Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Sharlito Copley, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple, Leslie Manville Running Time: 97 minutes, Rated PG Special Features: Aurora: Becoming A Beauty [4:53]; From Fairy Tale to Feature Film [8:12]; Building an Epic Battle [5:42]; Classic Couture [1:33]; Maleficent Revealed [4:43]; 5 Deleted Scenes [6:37] Available November 4th Warning: Thar be spoilers. The live-action story of Sleeping Beauty with a twist. The evil fairy Maleficent was not always evil. Young fairy Maleficent (Isobelle Molloy)  is the designated law keeper in the woods. All of the woodland folk go to her for dangers and curiosities that  [ Read More ]

The Theory of Everything Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On November - 3 - 2014 0 Comment

THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING Focus Features Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade:  B+ Director:  James Marsh Screenwriter:  Anthony McCarten, book by Jane Hawking Cast:  Felicity Jones, Eddie Redmayne, Charlie Cox, David Thewlis Screened at:  Universal, NYC, 10/16/14 Opens:  November 7, 2014 Believe it or not, even world class scientists have private lives—people they love, people they care for and who take care of them, children who like them regardless of their parents’ fame.  Was there even a Mrs. Galileo or a Mrs. Copernicus?  Should be we interested in knowing what Mrs. Einstein was like?  Mrs. Fermi?  Maybe.  That depends on whether the personal lives in  [ Read More ]

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Before I Go To Sleep Movie Review

Posted by Melissa Molina On November - 3 - 2014 0 Comment
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Title: Before I Go To Sleep Director: Rowan Joffe Starring: Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth, Mark Strong, Anne-Marie Duff, Adam Levy When it comes to describing the kind of emotion that ‘Before I Go To Sleep’ gives movie-goers, the best word to use is “thrill.” It’s a simple term, but the use of that word it opens up the doors to a whole myriad of descriptions about this film. It’s just the tip of the iceberg of adjectives used to describe this psychological thriller, a quiet but strong movie that can manage to stay in the viewer’s mind long after the film is over. ‘Before I Go To Sleep’ begins with  [ Read More ]

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Dimestore Prophets Be Yourself EP Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On November - 2 - 2014 0 Comment
Dimestore Prophets Be Yourself EP Review

Artist: Dimestore Prophets EP: Be Yourself Production: Ben Smith Studio: Synergy Productions, Seattle, Washington Mixed: Ben Smith, Jason Shavey and Mark Trutanich 2nd Engineer: Sean Walker Soulfully emphasizing the equally joyful and painful experiences of initially finding, and then determinedly trying to hold onto, true love in such a sympathetic and gripping way that allows people to instantly relate to those passionate feelings can be a difficult challenge for musicians. But the Moses Lake, Washington-based reggae-rock-pop band, Dimestore Prophets, effortlessly and enchantingly did just that with their latest EP, ‘Be Yourself,’ which is now available. Through the strikingly impressive vocals of singer Ray Glover, which are set against an intriguingly  [ Read More ]

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Horns Movie Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On October - 31 - 2014 0 Comment
Horns Movie Review

Title: Horns Director: Alexandre Aja Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Juno Temple, Max Minghella, Joe Anderson, Kathleen Quinlan and James Remar People are often judged by their actions and the decisions they regularly make, and can find it difficult to change people’s perceptions of them. They can also be wrongfully misjudged when society has ostracized them for an act they truly didn’t commit. But filmmaker Alexandre Aja and actor Daniel Radcliffe are enchantingly exposing modern society’s contradictions about normalcy and ideas about good versus evil in their new supernatural thriller, ‘Horns.’ The horror film, which is based on Joe Hill’s 2010 novel of the same name, smartly mixes biblical subtext with dark  [ Read More ]

A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night Movie Review

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

A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night Kino Lorber/ Vice Films Reviewed for Shockya by Tami Smith, Guest Reviewer. Director: Ana Lily Amirpour Screenwriter: Ana Lily Amirpour Cast: Sheila Vand, Arash Marandi, Mozhan Marno, Dominic Rains, Marshall Manesh, Milad Eghbali and Masuka Opens: November 21, 2014 Ana Lily Amirpour, wanted to direct and shoot a film that takes place in Iran, with Iranian actors, but did not want the hassle and the restrictions that so many Iranian directors before her faced. So what is a gal to do? She simply used an isolated California town as a stand-in for Bad City, Iran and picked some German and American Farsi speaking  [ Read More ]

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Dear White People Movie Review

Posted by Melissa Molina On October - 28 - 2014 0 Comment
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Title: Dear White People Director: Justin Simien Cast: Tessa Thompson, Tyler James Williams, Brandon P Bell, Teyonah Parris, Justin Dobies, Kyle Gallner, Marque Richardson, Dennis Haysbert, Peter Syvertsen, Brittany Curran This generation is set in a very sensitive environment, one where the slightest phrase or word can be misinterpreted, but there’s still a large number of people whose closed-mindedness continues the not-so-subtle waves of racism that still runs through this country. At the surface of Justin Simien’s ‘Dear White People,’ it’s apparent that’s one of the main themes they’re going after, but there’s so many more topics that the film manages to cram within a couple hours that hit points  [ Read More ]

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Horns Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On October - 27 - 2014 0 Comment
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HORNS Radius/TWC Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes Grade:  B+ Director:  Alexandre Aja Screenplay:  Keith Bunin, based on Joe Hill’s novel Cast:  Daniel Radcliffe, Juno Temple, Max Minghella, Joe Anderson, Kelli Garner, Heather Graham, David Morse, Kathleen Quinlan, James Remar Screened at:  Review 1, NYC, 9/9/14 Opens:  October 31, 2014 “Horns,” or, “The Devil in Daniel Radcliffe” is targeted toward the same audience that made blockbusters of the “Twilight” series.  At least that’s what two critics have said.  I’m not in that group and would have to disagree, in that older adults should be just as involved in the goings-on in what starts as a romance  [ Read More ]

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