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Paterson Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On November - 22 - 2016 0 Comment
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PATERSON Amazon Studios Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: B Director:  Jim Jarmusch Written by: Jim Jarmusch Cast: Adam Driver, Golshifteh Farahani, Barry Shabaka Henley, Chasten Harmon Screened at: Park Ave.,NYC, 11/12/16 Opens: December 27, 2016 Paterson, New Jersey, not the kind of place that will compete with Viking Tours for your two weeks’ vacation, nonetheless has a rich colonial history.  It is also the subject of a long, four-books’ epic poem by William Carlos Williams, whose theme is that a human being is like a city in the way both grow and decline.  And the city itself is in decline from the looks of Jim Jarmusch’s typically minimalist film.   [ Read More ]

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Aquarius Movie Review

Posted by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi On November - 21 - 2016 0 Comment
Aquarius Movie Review

Title: Aquarius Director: Kleber Mendonça Filho Starring: Sonia Braga, Maeve Jinkings, Irandhir Santos, Humberto Carrão and Soraide Coleto The movie acclaimed at the Cannes Film Festival, ‘Aquarius,’ discusses an incredibly timely topic: the way real estate investments will stop at nothing to speculate. The Brazilian drama, directed by Kleber Mendonça Filho, has a majestically intense Sonia Braga bringing to life the story of Clara, the last resident of Aquarius building who refuses to sell her apartment to a construction company that intends to replace it with a new edifice. She is a strong, dignified, self-sufficient woman who has contrasted cancer all her life. She is a fighter and does not  [ Read More ]

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Moka Movie Review

Posted by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi On November - 21 - 2016 0 Comment
Moka Movie Review

Title: Moka Director: Frédéric Mermoud Starring: Emmanuelle Devos, Nathalie Baye, David Clavel, Diane Rouxel, Samuel Labarthe and Oliver Chantreau ‘Moka’ is the colour of a 1970s Mercedes which has killed an adolescent and is being hunted down by the mother of the victim, to find out who was behind the steering wheel. The detective story is entirely from the mater dolorosa’s point-of-view, Diana Kramaer. She finds the car and decides to move to the small town where it is being sold. The owner is Marléne, a mysterious and elegant blonde woman who owns a beauty salon. Diane will insinuate herself in the beautician’s life to carry out her vengeance. ‘Moka,’  [ Read More ]

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Les Innocentes (The Innocents) Movie Review

Posted by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi On November - 21 - 2016 0 Comment
The Innocents Movie Review

Title: Les Innocentes (The Innocents) Director: Anne Fontaine Starring: Lou De Laâge, Agata Buzek, Agata Kulesza, Vincent Macaigne, Joanna Kulig and Eliza Rycembel French director Anne Fontaine adapts a true story about the frailty of faith, exploring with powerful delicacy the human condition.  Les Innocentes (The Innocents) is set in Poland in 1945. The magnetic Lou De Laâge is Mathilde Beaulieu, a young French Red Cross doctor who is sent to assist the survivors of the German camps. During her medical mission she discovers several nuns in advanced states of pregnancy during a visit to a nearby convent. The discreet representation of the excruciating calvary of these innocent women is  [ Read More ]

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Allied Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On November - 21 - 2016 0 Comment
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ALLIED Paramount Pictures Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: B+ Director:  Robert Zemeckis Written by: Steven Knight Cast: Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard, Jared Harris Screened at: AMC 34th St., NYC, 11/17/16 Opens: November 23, 2016 Movies that take place during World War II will likely be shown ten, twenty, a hundred years from now, partly, I think, because it’s the one war involving the U.S. that most agree pits good against evil.  Another is the many dramatic varieties of intimate stories that emerge.  One such story involves Max Vatan (Brad Pitt), a Canadian intelligence officer, married during wartime to Marianne Beausejour (Marion Cotillard).  “Allied,” on which director Robert Zemeckis unfolds  [ Read More ]

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Turin Film Festival 2016 Movie Review: Elle

Posted by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi On November - 19 - 2016 0 Comment
Turin Film Festival 2016 Movie Review: Elle

Title: Elle Director: Paul Verhoeven Starring: Isabelle Huppert, Christian Berkel, Anne Consigny, Virginie Efira, Laurent Lafitte, Charles Berling, Alice Isaaz, Judith Magre, Vimala Pons, Jonas Bloquet, Lucas Prisor and Raphaël Lenglet ‘Elle’ is a bizarre psychological thriller that stands on the formidable shoulders of the extraordinary French actress Isabelle Huppert. The movie directed by Paul Verhoeven and written by David Birke, based on the novel ‘Oh…’ by Philippe Djian, premiered in competition for the Palme d’Or at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival where it received critical acclaim, and was subsequently selected as the French entry for the Best Foreign Language film at the 89th Academy Awards. The story is all  [ Read More ]

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Turin Film Festival 2016 Movie Review: Sully

Posted by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi On November - 19 - 2016 0 Comment
Turin Film Festival 2016 Movie Review: Sully

Title: Sully Director: Clint Eastwood Starring: Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart, Laura Linney, Anna Gunn, Autumn Reeser, Holt McCallany, Jamey Sheridan, Jerry Ferrara. ‘Sully’ is the film adaptation of a contemporary hero. The biographical drama, directed by Clint Eastwood and written by Todd Komarnicki, is based on the autobiography ‘Highest Duty’ by Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger and Jeffrey Zaslow. January 15th 2009, the US Airways flight 1549 departed from LaGuardia airport, in New York, and was supposed to land in Charlotte. Onboard were 155 passengers. Barely three minutes into the flight, the engines of the Airbus A320 were disabled by a bird strike. Without sufficient power required to land in any  [ Read More ]

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Turin Film Festival 2016 Movie Review: Between Us

Posted by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi On November - 19 - 2016 0 Comment
Turin Film Festival 2016 Movie Review: Between Us

Title: Between Us Director: Rafael Palacio Illingworth Starring: Olivia Thirlby, Ben Feldman, Analeigh Tipton, Adam Goldberg and Peter Bogdanovich ‘Between Us’ opened the 34th edition of the Turin Film Festival, in the city renown for serving as Italy’s first capital – renouncing the House of Savoy – to the newly unified Italian nation in 1861. This movie is the second feature film by Rafael Palacio Illingworth, who poetically depicts the variety of nuances that compose the complicated mosaic of romance. Dianne (Olivia Thirlby) and Henry (Ben Feldman) fear that settling down and getting married means their carefree days as city-dwelling young adults may come to an abrupt and depressing end.  [ Read More ]

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Rules Don’t Apply Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On November - 17 - 2016 0 Comment
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RULES DON’T APPLY 20th Century Fox Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: B Director:  Warren Beatty Written by: Warren Beatty, Bo Goldman Cast: Warren Beatty, Alden Ehrenrcih, Lily Collins, Annette Bening, Haley Bennett, Candice Bergen, Matthew Broderick Screened at: Regal E-Walk, NYC, 11/10/16 Opens: November 23, 2016 Warren Beatty is back.  Can Gene Hackman and Jack Nicholson be far behind?  With “Rules Don’t Apply,” the 79-year-old actor-director-producer performs in the role of Howard Hughes, who was the Donald Trump of his time, and apparently just as nutty.  During the 1960s, Hughes was more diversified economically than our president-elect, with the Hughes Tool Company serving as holding company for ventures in  [ Read More ]

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Manchester By The Sea Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On November - 16 - 2016 0 Comment
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MANCHESTER BY THE SEA Amazon Studios/Roadside Attractions Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: B+ Director:  Kenneth Lonergan Written by: Kenneth Lonergan Cast: Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Lucas Hedges, Kyle Chandler, Gretchen Mol, C.J. Wilson Screened at: Dolby24, NYC, 10/13/16 Opens: November 18, 2016 Grand opera and soap opera both thrive on melodrama, but you don’t go to grand opera for the sometimes absurd, melodramatic plots, and you don’t consider soap opera anything but a contrived, artificial look at life.  Nuance is the key to a solid story. When a tale can be looked on as authentic, as reflecting real life, there’s nothing wrong with melodrama.  Such is the case for  [ Read More ]

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Toni Erdmann Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On November - 16 - 2016 0 Comment
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TONI ERDMANN Sony Pictures Classics Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: B Director:  Maren Ade Written by: Maren Ade Cast:  Peter Simonischek, Sandra Hüller, Michael Wittenborn, Thomas Loibl, Vlad Ivanov, Trystan Pütter Screened at: Sony, NYC, 10/27/16 Opens: December 25, 2016 With “Toni Erdmann” Maren Ade offers a shaggy dog story, a comedic drama with serious intellectual and emotional resonance.  The title character, whose name is actually Winifried Conradi, performs throughout most of the story with not only a nom de plume but with a fluid identity that changes with circumstances.  “Toni Erdmann” is marvelously acted as a two-hander albeit with a cast of dozens, bringing to mind the oft  [ Read More ]

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Abigail Winzer Rejoice Album Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On November - 13 - 2016 0 Comment
Abigail Winzer Rejoice Album Review

Artist: Abigail Winzer, Lead Vocals; Instruments: Abigail Winzer Michael Crittenden, Piano, Acoustic Guitar, Korg M3 Synthesizer, Yamaha P250, Hammond B3, Organ, Tubular Bells, Tambourine, Sleigh Bells, Celeste; James Spalink, Irish Harp, Irish Whistle, Soprano-Alto-Tenor Recorder, Lute; Brian Morrill, Cymbal Rolls; and Arsen Petrosyan, Duduk Album: Rejoice Production: Mackinaw Harvest Music Studio, Grand Rapids, Michigan; Produced by Michael Crittenden Building a unique and everlasting sense of character can be a challenge for anyone who wishes to create their own powerful sense of identity. That process can be even more confusing when society appoints a specific set of standards for a group of people who are perceived to be easily swayed. Up-and-coming  [ Read More ]

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Arrival Movie Review 2

Posted by Harvey Karten On November - 10 - 2016 0 Comment
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ARRIVAL Paramount Pictures Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: B Director:  Denis Villeneuve Written by: Eric Heisserer based on Ted Chiang’s short fiction “Story of Your Life” Cast: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker Screened at: AMC Empire, NYC, 11/7/16 Opens: November 11, 2016 “Arrival” is no “Godzilla,” no “Creature from the Black Lagoon,” no “War of the Worlds.” There is just a single episode of explosive action, which would be good news for some cineastes but not so great for those who love lots and lots of physical violence on the screen.  The short book by Chiang is intellectual, exploring themes like the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis (the language that the  [ Read More ]

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Arrival Movie Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On November - 9 - 2016 0 Comment
Arrival Movie Review

Title: Arrival Director: Denis Villeneuve (‘Sicario,’ ‘Prisoners’) Starring: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker and Michael Stuhlbarg The perplexities of life are always plaguing people’s sense of humanity and identity, as they struggle to find the true meaning of their purpose on Earth. Exploring the true nature of life as they contend with conflict and knowingly approach death is often the best way for people to maintain their humility. That’s certainly the case with the protagonist and the supporting characters of the new sci-fi movie, ‘Arrival,’ which grippingly points out how disconnected many people truly are from society. The drama, which was directed by ‘Sicario’ helmer, Denis Villeneuve, features actress  [ Read More ]

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Jackie Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On November - 8 - 2016 0 Comment
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JACKIE Fox Searchlight Pictures Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: B Director:  Pablo Larraín Written by: Noah Oppenheim Cast: Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard, Greta Gerwig, Billy Crudup, John Hurt Screened at: Review 1, NYC, 11/3/16 Opens: December 2, 2016 To the Ancient Greek dramatists Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides, and to the Elizabeth playwright William Shakespeare, the ills that befall ordinary people are not the stuff of drama.  Misfortunes that visit commoners at best would become the subject of mere melodrama.  When bad things happen to kings, princes, and the aristocracy, though, tragedy reigns.   Few people would dispute that what happened to President Kennedy on November 22, 1963 is the stuff  [ Read More ]

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