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Camp X-Ray Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On October - 13 - 2014 0 Comment
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CAMP X-RAY IFC Films Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes Grade:  B Director:  Peter Sattler Screenplay:  Peter Sattler Cast:  Kristen Stewart, Tara Holt, Lane Garrison, John Carroll Lynch Screened at:  Critics’ link, NYC, 9/13/14 Opens:  October 17, 2014 The Obama administration has come under criticism particularly from the left for keeping the Guantanamo detention camp running, despite the absence of charges and trials for the alleged terrorists imprisoned in this Cuban facility.  “Camp X-Ray,” named after a branch of Gitmo that was later closed, is not a political drama nor is does it follow a documentary format.  Instead, Peter Sattler’s drama, which presumably could be presented  [ Read More ]

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Listen Up Philip Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On October - 12 - 2014 0 Comment
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Title: Listen Up Philip Tribeca Film Reviewed for CompuServe ShowBiz by Tami Smith. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes Grade:  B Director: Alex Ross Perry Screenplay: Alex Ross Perry Cast: Jason Schwartzman, Jonathan Pryce, Elisabeth Moss, Krysten Ritter, Josephine de La Baume, Eric Bogosian Release Date: October 17, 2014 Philip, a New Yorker in his early thirties, is a man most of us would love to hate. He is short tempered, can’t stand people who are tardy and on most occasions will get away with telling people what’s on his mind. When a young woman in a party inquires: “Do you know where the trash is?” Philip blurts: “You are looking at  [ Read More ]

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Fury Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On October - 11 - 2014 0 Comment
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FURY Columbia Pictures Reviewed for CompuServe Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade:  B Director:  David Ayer Screenwriter:  David Ayer Cast:  Brad Pitt, Logan Lerman, Shia LaBeouf, Michael Peña, Jon Bernthal, Anamaria Marinca, Alicia von Rittberg Screened at:  AMC Empire, NYC, 10/9/14 Opens:  October 17, 2014 Ask the typical, average high school kid which two major powers were enemies in World War II and you’re likely to get the reply, “The U.S. and Russia.”  (The slightly more sophisticated may say “The U.S. and the Soviet Union.”)  The years 1939-1945 are ancient history to many and most Americans today were not born when the big war was fought.  This  [ Read More ]

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Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Movie Review

Title: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Director: Miguel Arteta Starring: Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner, Ed Oxenbould, Dylan Minnette, Kerris Dorsey and Jennifer Coolidge Society often forms unwarranted opinions about people and situations just based on the external characteristics they’ve grown accustomed to seeing on a regular basis. But hidden emotions and motivations often push people into committing drastic actions just so they’ll be noticed by the very people who are neglecting and hurting them. That buildup and subsequent drastic consequences are both relatably and entertainingly showcased in the new comedy, ‘Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.’ The film, which is the  [ Read More ]

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Dracula Untold Movie Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On October - 9 - 2014 0 Comment
Dracula Untold Movie Review

Title: Dracula Untold Director: Gary Shore Starring: Luke Evans, Dominic Cooper, Sarah Gadon and Charles Dance Powerfully representing an iconic leader who’s regularly associated with evil, and instilling that portrait with a powerful relatability, can be an ambitious challenge for any actor and helmer. But Gary Shore, who made his feature film directorial debut with the new action fantasy drama, ‘Dracula Untold,’ enthrallingly allowed actor Luke Evans to compassionately show the progressive nature of his title character. The actor naturally infused the role with an instinctive human element as he showcased Vlad the Impaler’s origin story, and his dire battle his internal demons as he morphed into the blood-thirsty Dracula.  [ Read More ]

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Fratelli Unici (Only Siblings) Movie Review

Posted by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi On October - 6 - 2014 0 Comment
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Title: Fratelli Unici (Only Siblings) Director: Alessio Maria Federici Starring: Raul Bova, Luca Argentero, Carolina Crescentini, Miriam Leone. A couple of siblings, that is two brothers who have always led the lives of only children, will reconcile happily ever after, through a series of mishaps in a rhythmical Italian comedy. Director Alessio Maria Federici, accomplished in his home country for entertaining movies, delivers a bliss story through a majestic use of the camera and assemblage of the shots in the cutting room. Pietro (Raoul Bova) is an established surgeon who lives in solitude, divorced from Giulia (Carolina Crescentini), and is an absent father of their only daughter Stella (Eleonora Gaggero).  [ Read More ]

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White Bird in a Blizzard Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On October - 6 - 2014 0 Comment
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WHITE BIRD IN A BLIZZARD Magnolia Pictures Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten.  Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade: B+ Directed by:  Gregg Araki Screenplay by:    Gregg Araki, from Laura Kasischke’s novel Cast:  Shailene Woodley, Eva Green, Christopher Meloni, Shiloh Fernandez, Gabourney Sidibe, Thomas Jane Screened at:  Review 1, NYC, 10/2/14 Opens:  October 24, 2014 It’s natural for us to look back on our teen years and to declare that they were the best period of our lives. Then again, we know from the field of psychology that we tend to block out, or repress the bad memories. Consider that many in the field of education, psychological and medicine opine  [ Read More ]

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Drive Hard Movie Review

Posted by juliana On October - 6 - 2014 0 Comment

Title: Drive Hard Image Entertainment Director: Brian Trenchard-Smith Writers: Chad Law, Evan Law, Brigitte Jean Allen and Brian Trenchard-Smith Cast: John Cusack, Thomas Jane Running Time: 1 hr. 36 min., Unrated On DVD: 10.03.14 Peter Roberts (Thomas Jane) is former American champion race car driver that lives in Queensland Austrailia with his nagging lawyer wife (Yessie Spence) and their uppity private schooled daughter (Francesca Bianchi). With no real skills, he’s forced to become a driving instructor on the other side of the road. He and his wife haven’t had sex in 6 months and his daughter tells him flat out that he doesn’t deserve her respect.  What a peach. Peter  [ Read More ]

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The Good Lie Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On October - 6 - 2014 0 Comment
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THE GOOD LIE Warner Bros Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes Grade:  B+ Director:  Philippe Falardeau Screenplay:  Margaret Nagle Cast:  Corey Stoll, Reese Witherspoon, Arnold Oceng, Ger Duany, Emmanuel Jal, Corey Stoll, Kuoth Wiel, Femi Oguns, Lindsay Garrett Screened at:  Lincoln Square, NYC, 10/1/14 Opens:  October 3, 2014 You jumped the turnstile at the #4 train at Grand Central Station and the police are on your trail.  You read about Riker’s Detention Center in a recent issue of New York magazine, and you’re not going to Rikers.  You toss a dart at a map of the world. It lands on London.  No good.  Toss another and  [ Read More ]

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Gone Girl Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On October - 6 - 2014 0 Comment
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GONE GIRL 20th Century Fox Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten.  Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade: B+ Directed by:  David Fincher Screenplay by:    Gillian Flynn from her novel Cast:  Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry Screened at:  AMC Empire, NYC, 9/30/14 Opens:  October 3, 2014 In Ingmar Bergman’s TV series “Scenes from a Marriage,” Johan and Marianne examine their relationship after ten years.  They find that unlike one couple with whom they’re friendly who regularly have alcoholic-influenced fights, they do not engage in such boorish ways.  But there is an aloofness to their relationship: they behave even beyond what we in the U.S. think of as  [ Read More ]

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Paranormal Diaries Clophill DVD Review

Posted by juliana On October - 6 - 2014 0 Comment
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Title: Paranormal Diaries- Clophill Image Entertainment Director: Michael Bartlett, Kevin Gates Writer: Kevin Gates Cast: Craig Stovin, Criselda Cabitac, Mark Jeavons, Michael Bartlett, Kevin Gates, Dee Lindley, Paul Nichols, Stan Woodward, Alex Ward, Gerry Mcgovern, Caitlyn Ramosstovin Running Time: 1 hr. 28 min., Unrated Special Features: Deleted Scenes; Cast Commentary Track; Director Commentary Track On DVD: 09.30.14 A documentary style horror film about a filmmaker and his crew whom go to the supposedly haunted St. Mary’s Church at Clophill, Bedfordshire to attempt to capture something supernatural. 50 years ago there had been an event where a Black Mass was held on the grounds of the church. Tombs were looted and  [ Read More ]

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Last Hijack Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On October - 6 - 2014 0 Comment
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LAST HIJACK CineEuropa Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes Grade:  B Director:  Femke Wolting, Tommy Pallotta Screenplay:  Femke Wolting, Tommy Pallotta Screened at:  Review 2, NYC, 9/10/14 Opens:  October 10, 2014 In the Tom Hanks vehicle “Captain Phillips,” which deals with a hijacked ship, one of the criminals calls himself simply the interpreter.  He insists that he has no respect for the pirates—that they are low-lifes and that the captain should correspond with the people back home in authority to get the pirates to free the men. This attitude—that piracy is a disrespectful profession—is reflected among the law-abiding families of Somalia, which today is the leading  [ Read More ]

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Whiplash Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On October - 5 - 2014 0 Comment
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WHIPLASH Sony Pictures Classics Company Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes Grade:  A- Director:  Damien Chazelle Screenplay:  Damien Chazelle Cast:  Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons, Melissa Benoist, Paul Reiser, Austin Stowell, Jayson Blair Screened at:  Sony, NYC, 9/16/14 Opens:  October 10, 2014 If you’re a jazz fan, “Whiplash” is the movie for you.  If you’re not, you will be.  With Oscar-worthy performances from Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons—who might be competing with each other for awards nominations—Damien Chazelle’s exuberant look at the relationship between a sadistic master teacher and a driven student is likely to be the most compelling film about music that you’ll see this year.   [ Read More ]

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Wild Movie Review (Boston Film Festival)

Posted by Karen Benardello On October - 5 - 2014 0 Comment
Wild Movie Review (Boston Film Festival)

Title: Wild Director: Jean-Marc Vallée Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern and Gaby Hoffmann Sometimes it takes a drastic and meaningful exploration into how a person who once had a commanding life and promising future could make a few poor choices that completely ruined their prospects. Director Jean-Marc Vallée smartly focused on the unfortunate turn of events that took away a person’s seemingly bright life path, and the subsequent powerful transformation that offered a chance of redemption, in his new biographical drama, ‘Wild.’ The film, which is based on Cheryl Strayed’s 2012 memoir, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, not only focuses on the author’s gripping tail  [ Read More ]

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Michael Leonard Witham’s A Scandal In The Violets Album Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On October - 5 - 2014 0 Comment
Michael Leonard Witham's A Scandal In The Violets Album Review

The enthrallingly natural ability to compellingly tell a relatable story through raw vocals and powerful instrumentals, particularly on a first record, is a tremendously difficult task. But Michael Leonard Witham, a native of Little Rock, Arkansas, defied the odds to create a gripping debut album, the folk rock-alternative country-driven ‘A Scandal In The Violets.’ The record, which intriguingly mixes musical style elements of such diverse talents as Jack White, Bob Dylan and Ryan Adams, uniquely explores all corners of the human heart through its soulful vocals and instrumentals. Witham, who’s set to release the Americana-infused ‘A Scandal In The Violets’ on October 21, proves he’s the true epitome of a  [ Read More ]

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