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Take Care Movie Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On December - 4 - 2014 0 Comment
Take Care Movie Review

Title: Take Care Director: Liz Tuccillo Starring: Leslie Bibb, Thomas Sadoski, Marin Ireland, Nadia Dajani, Michael Stahl-David, Michael Godere and Betty Gilpin Fiercely holding onto a sense of independence as you struggle to overcome physical and emotional setbacks is an intensely powerful ambition many women strive to achieve throughout their lives. Despite the offers of support they receive from their friends and family who wish to help them during their painful recovery process, maintaining that freedom often allows women to feel as though they have control over what’s happening to them. New York City producer Liz Tuccillo strikingly showcased that fact with the new comedy-drama, ‘Take Care,’ which marks her  [ Read More ]

Categories: MOVIES, REVIEWS

Field of Lost Shoes DVD Review

Posted by juliana On December - 3 - 2014 0 Comment
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Title: Field of Lost Shoes Arc Entertainment Director: Sean McNamara Writers: Thomas Farrell, Dave Kennedy Cast: David Arquette, Keith David, Lauren Holly, Nolan Gould, Jason Isaacs, Zach Roerig,  and Tom Skerritt Running time: 96 minutes, Rated PG-13 (war violence) Special Features: Behind the Scenes; Virginia Military Institute’s New Market Oath Ceremony; Trailer Available December 2nd During the American Civil War, 257 teenage cadets from the Virginia Military Institute in New Market, marched 80 miles to fill a gap in the line and charge in the one-day battle at Shenandoah Valley. Only 10 were killed. This is the story of seven of those boys and only four of which came out  [ Read More ]

Miss Julie Movie Review

Posted by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi On December - 3 - 2014 0 Comment
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Title: Miss Julie Director: Liv Ullmann Starring: Jessica Chastain, Colin Farrell and Samantha Morton. ‘Fröken Julie’ is August Strindberg’s most challenging play to represent and none but the darling of Sweden’s most established directors – Ingmar Bergman – could adapt it for the big screen: Liv Ullmann. The naturalistic story is set in a country estate in Ireland in the 1880s. Over the course of one midsummer night, in an atmosphere of wild revelry and loosened social constraints, Miss Julie and John, her father’s valet, dance, drink, charm and manipulate each other. Seduction, patronisation, tenderness, psychological savageness are mixed in the cauldron of a Scandinavian flavoured drama, through the terrific  [ Read More ]

Categories: MOVIES, REVIEWS

The Mule Movie Review

Posted by juliana On December - 3 - 2014 0 Comment
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Title: The Mule XLrator Media Director: Tony Mahony, Angus Sampson Writers: Jaime Browne, Angus Sampson, Leigh Whannell Cast: Hugo Weaving, Angus Sampson, Leigh Whannell, Ewen Leslie, Georgina Haig, Noni Hazlehurst, and John Noble Running time: 103 min, Unrated (Violence, language) IN THEATERS, VOD AND iTUNES: November 21, 2014 Based on true events. In 1983 a naive man named Ray Jenkins (Angus Sampson) who still lives at home with his parents, travels to Thailand with his soccer team. Ray’s friend Gavin (Leigh Whannell) whom is in a bit of trouble with drug dealer Pat Shepherd (John Noble), convinces Ray to take the task of swallowing 20 condoms filled with heroin and  [ Read More ]

Categories: Action, Drama, MOVIES, RELEASES, REVIEWS

Antarctica: A Year on Ice Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On December - 3 - 2014 0 Comment
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ANTARCTICA: A YEAR ON ICE Music Box Films Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade:  B Director:  Anthony Powell Screenwriter:  Anthony Powell Cast:  Genevieve Bachmann, Michael Christiansen, Tom Hamann, George Lampman, penguins, seals Screened at:  Review 2, NYC, 11/12/14 Opens:  November 28, 2014 What would you think of people who, when coming back from abroad and asked for the first thing they want to do, list these preferences?  One wants to walk on the grass in bare feet; another to visit the botanic garden; a third to have an avocado; and a fourth to take a long shower?  If these people had been to Europe, you  [ Read More ]

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Housebound DVD Review

Posted by juliana On December - 3 - 2014 0 Comment
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Title: Housebound XLrator Media Director: Gerard Johnstone Writer: Gerard Johnstone Cast: Morgana O’Reilly, Rima Te Wiata, Ross Harper, Glen-Paul Waru, Cameron Rhodes, Ryan Lampp Running time: 112 min, Not Rated (Language and violence) Special features: Deleted Scenes and Filmmaker Commentary Available November 24 on DVD Kylie Bucknell (Morgana O’Reilly) is forced to go on house arrest after she and her accomplice tries to rip off an ATM. She has to go home and live with her mother and stepfather. She and her mother Miriam (Rima Te Wiata) do not get along, because Kylie is a rebellious child and her mother is an overly cheerful busybody, but she does have her  [ Read More ]

Categories: Comedy, Horror, RELEASES, REVIEWS

Mr. Turner Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On December - 3 - 2014 0 Comment
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MR. TURNER Sony Pictures Classics Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade:  B Director:  Mike Leigh Screenwriter:  Mike Leigh Cast:  Timothy Spall, Dorothy Atkinson, Marion Bailey, Paul Jesson, Lesley Manville, Martin Savage, Joshua McGuire Screened at:  Sony, NYC, 11/19/14 Opens:  December 10. 2014 If you take a survey course in History of Art—which every liberal arts college should require—you’ll inevitably come across the big guys: Rembrandt, Bruegel the Elder, Titian, Michelangelo, Goya—but the folks from the Continent are not the only greats of their field.  Britain is right to brag about J.M.W. Turner, who is important not only because of the quality of his work but  [ Read More ]

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Miss Julie Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On December - 2 - 2014 0 Comment

Miss Julie  Wrekin Hill Entertainment Reviewed for Shockya.com by Tami Smith, Guest Reviewer Director: Liv Ullman Screenwriter: Liv Ullman Cast: Jessica Chastain, Colin Farrell, Samantha Morton Release Date: December 5, 2014 Miss Julie has it all: status, family wealth, nobility, country estate, a valet and a cook. Yet, during one midsummer night in the late 1800s, on a country estate in Ireland, her world comes crashing down after making the wrong move–socializing with the help. Her valet, John is not your ordinary servant. He is well read, has traveled to parts of the continent and has some upwardly mobile aspirations. Lacking money, he views Miss Julie as his ticket to leaving his present  [ Read More ]

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Wild Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On December - 1 - 2014 0 Comment

WILD Fox Searchlight Pictures Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade:  C+ Director:  Jean-Marc Vallee Screenwriter:  Nick Hornby, based on Cheryl Strayed’s book Cast:  Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, Thomas Sadoski, Michiel Huisman, Gaby Hoffmann Screened at:  Park Ave., NYC, 11/6/14 Opens:  December 5, 2014 We’ve all noticed the young women who wear three-inch heels and who admit that they hate to walk even down the block to the corner supermarket because their feet hurt.  Now think: what is the opposite of such a woman?  Why, Cheryl Strayed, of course, the author of a Number One New York Times best-seller which was selected for the Oprah book  [ Read More ]

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Dying of the Light Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On November - 30 - 2014 0 Comment

DYING OF THE LIGHT Lionsgate Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade:  C Director:  Paul Schrader Screenwriter:  Paul Schrader Cast:  Nicolas Cage, Anton Yelchin, Alexander Karim, Irene Jacob Screened at:  Review 1, NYC, 11/17/14 Opens:  December 5, 2014 Do not go gentle into Paul Schrader’s slight/ Rage, Rage as the “Dying of the Light.”  Why rage?  Perhaps because this vehicle for Nicolas Cage’s usual over-the-top acting has such a banal screenplay (never mind that it’s not believable, since that’s not a major requirement of thrillers) that you’d do better staying in front of your computer or TV and for no charge absorbing the more expertly crafted  [ Read More ]

Categories: MOVIES, REVIEWS

Alice Sungurov Broke My Heart Single Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On November - 30 - 2014 0 Comment
Alice Sungurov Broke My Heart Single Review

Single Title: Broke My Heart Singer: Alice Sungurov Captivatingly using personal life experiences to powerfully disclose a personal story through music, and conveying riveting emotions that listeners of all backgrounds can easily relate to and understand, can be a challenging and taunting task for many musicians. But for a young teenager to mesmerizingly reveal her own true heartbreak that dauntingly arose from a relationship that painfully ended is even more revealing and gripping. The engaging Alice Sungurov, a 16-year-old New York-based pop-rock singer-songwriter, inspiringly did just that with her new single, ‘Broke My Heart,’ which she co-penned with John Bogosta, Jr. Taking an appropriately compelling influence from such influential and  [ Read More ]

Categories: MUSIC, MUSIC REVIEWS, REVIEWS

Before I Disappear Movie Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On November - 29 - 2014 0 Comment
Before I Disappear Movie Review

Title: Before I Disappear Director: Shawn Christensen Starring: Shawn Christensen, Fatima Ptacek, Emmy Rossum, Paul Wesley and Ron Perlman Harrowingly struggling to find the true purpose in your life, and bravely fighting against with the morally correct decisions surrounding, despite the consequences those actions might cause, is a commendable effort that most people don’t follow through with until they’re forced to face the distressing obstacles in their lives. ‘Before I Disappear,’ the new independent drama that marks the feature film directorial and acting debuts of screenwriter Shawn Christensen, grippingly explores the heartfelt reunion between an estranged family. At the same time, the story is brazenly set in a dangerous criminal  [ Read More ]

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The Babadook Movie Review (Savannah Film Festival)

Posted by Karen Benardello On November - 28 - 2014 0 Comment
The Babadook Movie Review (Savannah Film Festival)

Title: The Babadook Director: Jennifer Kent Starring: Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman, Tim Purcell and Hayley McElhinney Conquering your fears to fully achieve your goals can at times be a more terrifying journey than whatever obstacles are placed in your way. Jennifer Kent, who made her feature film writing and directorial debuts with the new horror thriller, ‘The Babadook,’ powerfully overcame the challenges she faced while making the movie independently, and her strong will captivatingly carried into her resilient characters. While the movie, which kicked off the After Dark screenings section of the 2014 Savannah Film Festival, features enthralling mother and son protagonists who initially appeared to be naïve as they  [ Read More ]

The Lookalike Movie Review

Posted by juliana On November - 26 - 2014 0 Comment
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Title: The Lookalike Well Go USA Entertainment Director: Richard Gray Writer: Michele Davis-Gray Cast: Justin Long, Gillian Jacobs, John Corbett, Jerry O’Connell, Scottie Thompson, Gina Gershon, Steven Bauer, John Savage and Luis Guzmán Running time: 1 hr 40 min, Not Rated (sex, nudity, rape, drug use, violence, language) In theaters 11.07.14 Two drug dealers (John Corbett and Steven Bauer) want to aquire larger real estate from aged dealer William Spinks (John Savage), so they get a woman named Sadie Hill (Gillian Jacobs in a dual role) he’s been pining for to set up a deal to sleep with him. After the deal is made, Sadie accidentally gets killed by a  [ Read More ]

Categories: Action, Drama, MOVIES, REVIEWS

The House at the End of Time DVD Review

Posted by juliana On November - 21 - 2014 0 Comment
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Title: The House at the End of Time (La casa del fin de los tiempos) Dark Sky Films Director: Alejandro Hidalgo Writer: Alejandro Hidalgo Cast: Ruddy Rodríguez, Rosmel Bustamante, Héctor Mercado, Gonzalo Cubero, Guillermo García, Adriana Calzadilla, Simona Chirinos Running time: 101 minutes, Not Rated, Special Features: Trailer and Subtitles Available November 11 Thirty years ago, Dulce (Ruddy Rodríguez) was accused of murdering her husband Juan José (Gonzalo Cubero)and her son Leopoldo (Rosmel Bustamante)in her home, however her son’s body was never recovered. She claimed it was evil spirits in the house, but her fingerprints were on the murder weapon. She was given the maximum sentence of imprisonment. Now an elderly  [ Read More ]

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