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Nesbeth’s My Dream Single Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On December - 19 - 2015 0 Comment
Nesbeth's My Dream Single Review

Artist: Nesbeth Single: My Dream Production: Entertainment Soul The hardships people are forced to contend with during their childhoods often powerfully influence the type of person they become as an adult. Jamaican reggae artist Nesbeth, who grew up in Trench Town, West Kingston, an area that regularly experiences high crime rates and widespread economic hardship, powerfully refused to fall victim to the harsh circumstances of his community. He was able to find a way to improve his life and future, and connect with people who understand the struggles of living in an economically suppressed area, through his love and talent for music. He has become a respected and admired musician  [ Read More ]

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Knock Knock Movie Review

Posted by juliana On December - 18 - 2015 0 Comment
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Title: Knock Knock Lionsgate Director: Eli Roth Writer: Eli Roth, Nicolás López, Guillermo Amoedo Cast: Keanu Reeves, Lorenza Izzo, Ana de Armas, Ignacia Allamand, Colleen Camp, Aaron Burns Running Time: 100 minutes Rated: R (Nudity, Language, Sexual Situations, Violence) Special Features: Audio Commentary by Eli Roth, Lorenza Izzo, Nicolás López and Collen Camp; 2 Deleted Scenes with optional audio commentary by Eli Roth; “The Art of Destruction: The Making of Knock Knock” Featurette; Still Gallery On Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD December 8th Director Eli Roth’s remake of the 1977 cult classic Death Game. Evan Webber (Keanu Reeves) is a loving father of two children, and has a beautiful artist wife  [ Read More ]

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Tokyo Fiancee Movie Review

Posted by juliana On December - 18 - 2015 0 Comment
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Title: Tokyo Fiancée (Tokio Fiancée) First Run Features Director: Stefan Liberski Writers: Stefan Liberski, Amélie Nothomb Cast: Pauline Etienne, Taichi Inoue, Julie LeBreton Running time: 100 minutes Rated: Unrated (nudity, sexuality) Language: French and Japanese (English subtitles) Special Features: None Amélie (Pauline Etienne, Lost Paradise) is a 20-year-old Belgian Japanophile living in Japan. She was born in Japan, but moved back to Belgium when she was five years old. Obsessed with living in the land of her birth, she wants to become a Japanese writer, not a French writer living in Japan. Trying to make some money, she puts an ad out as a French tutor and only one response comes from  [ Read More ]

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Close Range Movie Review

Posted by juliana On December - 18 - 2015 0 Comment
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Title: CLOSE RANGE XLrator Media Director: Isaac Florentine Writer: Chad Law & Shane Dax Taylorz Cast: Scott Adkins, Nick Chinlund, Caitlin Keats, Madison Lawlor, Tony Perez, Jake La Botz, Julien Cesario, Scott Evans Running Time: 80 minutes Rated: Unrated (Violence and language) VOD AND iTUNES RELEASE DATE: December 4, 2015 THEATRICAL RELEASE DATE: December 11, 2015 A young white teenage girl is being held captive by a Mexican drug cartel. Her stepfather was their go-between for merchandise and their last shipment felt a little “light,” so they kidnapped her and then kept her once the merchandise was returned.  In comes her maternal uncle Colton MacReady (Scott Adkins, Zero Dark Thirty), a former soldier with a ton of  [ Read More ]

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Concussion Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On December - 18 - 2015 0 Comment
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CONCUSSION Columbia Pictures Reviewed by: Harvey Karten for Shockya. Databased on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade: B Director:  Peter Landesman Written by:  Peter Landesman from an article by Jeanne Marie Laskas Cast: Will Smith, Stephen Moyer, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Alec Baldwin, David Morse, Eddie Marsan, Adewale Akinnuove-Agbaje, Luke Wilson Screened at: Critics’ DVD, NYC,12/5/15 Opens:  December 25, 2015 The public loves movies that expose corporate misbehavior, efforts to cover up flaws that should be obvious to fairly educated and open-minded individuals.  A superb example of an exposé occurs in one of the best satirical films to grace the screen, “Thank You For Smoking,” done in a comical and thoroughly ironic style as lobbyists  [ Read More ]

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Sisters Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On December - 15 - 2015 0 Comment
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SISTERS Universal Pictures Reviewed by: Harvey Karten for Shockya. Databased on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade: B Director:  Jason Moore Written by:  Paula Pell Cast: Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Ike Barinholtz, John Leguizamo, Kate McKinnon, Madison Davenport Screened at: AMC Empire, NYC, 12/15/15 Opens:  December 18, 2015 Who needs to see the latest episode of “Star Wars” when you can get similar thrills by watching the demolition of a Florida house with walls caving in and especially the total collapse of a swimming pool which becomes buried?  “Sisters,” filmed in parts of New York to stand in for the Sunshine State focuses on a house party that makes fraternity house blasts look  [ Read More ]

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If Only I Were That Warrior Movie Review

Posted by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi On December - 13 - 2015 0 Comment
If Only I Were That Warrior Movie Review

Title: If Only I Were That Warrior Director: Valerio Ciriaci Genre: Documentary ‘If Only I Were That Warrior’ is a documentary that unveils the war crimes committed by Fascism in Ethiopia. The debut feature film by Italian director Valerio Ciriaci opened the 56th Festival dei Popoli in Florence and had its USA Premiere at the African Diaspora Film Festival, at Columbia University in New York City. The movie was shot between Italy, Ethiopia and the United States, to gather all the direct accounts of those who lived first hand this harrowing chapter in history. The film was constructed with great accuracy, using footage of the time as well as unpublished  [ Read More ]

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Don Verdean Movie Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On December - 9 - 2015 0 Comment
Don Verdean Movie Review

Movie: Don Verdean Director: Jared Hess (‘Napoleon Dynamite,’ ‘Nacho Libre’) Starring: Sam Rockwell, Amy Ryan, Jemaine Clement, Leslie Bibb, Will Forte and Danny McBride People tend to take extreme measures to cover their failures from the public they so desperately wish to be admired by, particularly their followers who were once so dedicated to their work and contributions to society. But sometimes those excessive actions they take wind up garnering even more attention than their original work, and can ultimately tarnish the acclaim they previously achieved. That motivation to reclaim your former glory in your professional career with a seemingly captivating new project, only to disappointingly fail because of your  [ Read More ]

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Delta Deep’s Take Me Home For Christmas Single Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On December - 9 - 2015 0 Comment
Delta Deep's Take Me Home For Christmas Single Review

Artist: Delta Deep; Members-Phil Collen-all guitars, lead vocals (Def Leppard, MANRAZE); Robert DeLeo-bass guitars (Stone Temple Pilots); Forrest Robinson-drums/percussion (TLC, India.Arie, Engelbert Humperdinck, Joe Sample & The Crusaders); Debbi Blackwell-Cook-lead vocals (background singer with Luther Vandross, for Michael Buble and the late Gregory Hines, among others) Single: Take Me Home For Christmas Heedlessly rebelling against the expectations placed upon you by society and your family is an enticing prospect that many young adults happily embrace as they strive to determine what direction they want to take their lives. Phil Collen, who is most well known for garnering success during the 1980s and early 1990s as the lead guitarist of Def  [ Read More ]

Joel Ansett The Nature of Us Album Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On December - 7 - 2015 0 Comment
Joel Ansett The Nature of Us Album Review

Artist: Joel Ansett Album: The Nature of Us Production: Produced by Brandon Weaver and Chase Weber Naturally understanding and grippingly embodying the most basic and understandable human emotions is one of the most essential abilities of any musician. Denver singer-songwriter-guitarist Joel Ansett is the latest performer to not only enthrallingly understand the instinctive feelings of needing to feel loved and accepted by those you care about, but also effortlessly infuse those emotions into his music. The entertainer, whose folk-pop and R&B-inspired debut album, ‘The Nature of Us,’ is now available, including on iTunes, explores all the joys and disillusionments of being in love. From blissfully always wanting to spend time  [ Read More ]

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Criminal Activities Movie Review

Posted by juliana On December - 5 - 2015 0 Comment
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Title: Criminal Activities RLJ Entertainment Director: Jackie Earle Haley Writer: Robert Lowell Cast: John Travolta, Dan Stevens, Michael Pitt , Jackie Earle Haley, Christopher Abbott, Rob Brown, Edi Gathegi, Running time: 94 minutes Rating: Unrated (Language, violence, drug use, sex, and nudity) In theaters, VOD and iTunes on Friday, November 20th Three high school friends attend the funeral of Matthew (Chris Haley) their ex-classmates that bit the big one by walking in front of a bus. Zach (Michael Pitt, Boardwalk Empire) the pseudo-successful Wall Street schmuck. Warren (Christopher Abbott, Girls) is celebrating 20 days sober. Bryce (Rob Brown, Blindspot) is the level headed one. They decide to meet up at a bar after the funeral to catch up, when  [ Read More ]

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The Big Short Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On December - 5 - 2015 0 Comment
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THE BIG SHORT Paramount Pictures Reviewed by: Harvey Karten for Shockya. Databased on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade: B+ Director:  Adam McKay Written by:  Adam McKay from Michael Lewis’s book Cast: Brad Pitt, Finn Wittrock, Christian Bale, Karen Gillan, Selena Gomez, Ryan Gosling, Marisa Tomei, Steve Carell Screened at: Paramount, NYC, 11/23/15 Opens:  December 11, 2015 It’s too bad this movie was not set to open in October 2016 or early November of that year because after seeing it, Americans would go out to the polls and pull the lever for Bernie Sanders.  It’s even more unfortunate that Bernie will not get nominated, because if a guy like him were in the  [ Read More ]

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Flutter Movie Review

Posted by juliana On December - 4 - 2015 0 Comment
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Title: Flutter XLrator Media Director: Giles Borg Writer: Stephen Leslie Cast: Joe Anderson, Anna Anissimova, Luke Evans, Billy Zane Running Time: 1hr 25 min Rated: Unrated (language, violence) On VOD on November 17th John (Joe Anderson, The Crazies) is a gambling addict. He doesn’t want to get a real job, and for some reason his wife Helen (Laura Fraser, Breaking Bad) sticks around.  After going to the dentist (Billy Zane, Zoolander 2) they strike up a conversation about the dog track, which is where he meets new bookie “Stan” (Anna Anissimova).  Stan is quick witted, pretty and American.  After a huge win, John thinks his life is starting to turn around,  [ Read More ]

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Goodnight Mommy Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On December - 4 - 2015 0 Comment
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GOODNIGHT MOMMY  Ich seh, Ich seh The Weinstein Company Reviewed by: Harvey Karten for Shockya. Databased on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade: C+ Director:  Veronika Franz, Severin Fiala Written by:  Veronika Franz, Severin Fiala Cast: Susanne Wuest, Elias Schwarz, Lukas Schwarz Screened at: Review 2, NYC, 11/19/15 Opens:  September 11, 2015 If you’re just starting out in your married life and you think of having kids (as most couples do), you may be concerned about the cost of bringing one up from prenatal expenses to those of a living creation to age 21 and, nowadays, beyond.  But money isn’t everything.  Remember the old saw about how a young person killed his parents  [ Read More ]

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The Danish Girl Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On December - 4 - 2015 0 Comment
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THE DANISH GIRL Focus Features Reviewed by: Harvey Karten for Shockya. Databased on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade: A- Director:  Tom Hooper Written by:  Lucinda Coxon, from David Ebersoff’s book Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander, Ben Whishaw, Sebastian Koch Screened at: Dolby88, NYC, 11/18/15 Opens:  November 27, 2015 On some levels, the U.S. has been moving rightward as unions have been more or less destroyed, the middle class losing out while the super-rich  gaining at the expense of everyone else.  On another level, our country is moving to the left, dating back to 1865 when former enslaved people were freed and then given the right to vote, in 1920 when states could  [ Read More ]

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