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Ronjo V’s Ronjoism EP Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On April - 10 - 2016 0 Comment
Ronjo V's Ronjoism EP Review

Artist: Ronjo V; Ryan Joseph: vocals, guitars, keys; Keith Morgan: guitars, bass EP: Ronjoism Production: Major Label Records/5th Street Studios Fearlessly embarking on a grippingly philosophic and emotionally haunting journey in life, as you strive to find your purpose, can be an enduring process that allows you to fully embrace who you are and where you’re headed. Showcasing the diverse and eclectic culmination of experiences and connections that have powerfully influenced your views and ambitions is the noteworthy driving force in ‘Ronjoism,’ the latest EP from the Austin-based indie rock band, Ronjo V. The group, which features Ryan Joseph on vocals, guitars and keys, and Keith Morgan on guitars and  [ Read More ]

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Hardcore Henry Movie Review

Posted by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi On April - 9 - 2016 0 Comment
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Title: Hardcore Henry Director: Ilya Naishuller Starring: Sharlto Copley, Danila Kozlovsky, Haley Bennett. ‘Hardcore Henry’ begins with Henry recalling how he was bullied as a child, before waking up in a tank of water inside a laboratory on an airship missing his left arm and left leg. A scientist, Estelle (Haley Bennett), replaces his missing limbs with cybernetic ones and reminds Henry that she is his wife and that he has amnesia after waking up from a horrible accident. Just as Henry begins to find his bearings, a group of mercenaries led by the telekinetic Akan (Danila Kozlovsky) arrive and kill the other scientists, intending to abduct Henry. Thus begins  [ Read More ]

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One More Time Movie Review 2

Posted by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi On April - 7 - 2016 0 Comment
One More Time Movie Review 2

Title: One More Time Director: Robert Edwards Starring: Christopher Walken,  Amber Heard, Kelli Garner, Hamish Linklater, Oliver Platt, Ann Magnuson. ‘One More Time’ gathers a terrific cast to stage the story of a musician’s incongruence betwixt his romantic repertoire and his tumultuous private affairs. A rather familiar tune that does not surprise or entertain. Jude (Amber Heard) is an aspiring rock star who is at crossroads in her life, with no clear path to take. She is relegated to recording commercial jingles and distracts herself with one night stands. When she is evicted from her Brooklyn apartment, she is forced to move into the Hamptons home of her wealthy and  [ Read More ]

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Vaxxed Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On April - 6 - 2016 0 Comment

VAXXED: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe Cinema Libre Studio Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: B+ Director:  Andrew Wakefield Written by: Del Matthew Bigtee, Andrew Wakefield Cast: Del Matthew Bigtree, Andrew Wakefield, William Thompson, Brian Hooker, Steve Hooker, Marcia Hooker, Rhonda Roberts, Tyler Roberts, Noah Roberts, Sophia Guarneri, Jonathon Tommey, Jonathan Edwards, Jack Devereux, Daniel Lawler, Del Bigtree, Thaea Bigtree, Rep Dan Burton, Rep Bill Posey, many others Screened at: Critics’ link, NYC, 4/1/16 Opens: April 1, 2016 If I were still in front of a classroom now, I would love to show Andrew Wakefield’s new film “Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe,” which is not really balanced (documentaries, contrary to popular  [ Read More ]

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Francofonia Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On April - 5 - 2016 0 Comment
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FRANCOFONIA (Le Louvre sous l’occupation) Music Box Films Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya, d-based on Rotten Tomatoes Grade: B Director:  Aleksandr Sokurov Written by: Aleksandr Sokurov     Cast: Louis-Do de Lencquesaing, Benjamin Utzerath, Vincent Nemeth, Johanna Korthals Altes, Andrey Chelpanov Screened at: Review 2, NYC, 3/16/16 Opens: April 1, 2016 If someone told you that a Nazi officer, a high-level man from the contingent of Germans occupying Paris during the early days of the Second World War, would ultimately be awarded France’s highest honor, you wouldn’t believe him.  You might wonder if he’s a guy like Oskar Schindler, given a hero’s treatment in Steven Spielberg’s “Schindler’s List, but Franz Wolff-Metternich  [ Read More ]

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Louder Than Bombs Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On April - 5 - 2016 0 Comment
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LOUDER THAN BOMBS The Orchard Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: B Director:  Joachim Trier Written by: Joachim Trier, Eskil Vogt Cast:  Gabriel Byrne, Isabelle Huppert, Amy Ryan, Jesse Eisenberg, Devin Druid Screened at: Review 2, NYC, 3/15/16 Opens: April 8, 2016 There’s a reason that people go to family comedies like “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” the romantic comedy with the largest box office ever for the genre.  Joel Zwick’s movie, with a sequel that opened March 25, deals with a working class, single Greek-American girl in her thirties who is attracted to an upper-middle class man she spots in her family’s restaurant.  Her parents want her to go  [ Read More ]

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Chocolat Movie Review

Posted by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi On April - 5 - 2016 0 Comment
Chocolat Movie Review

Title: Chocolat Director: Roschdy Zem Starring: Omar Sy, James Thierrée, Clotilde Hesme, Oliver Gourmet, Frédéric Pierrot, Noémie Lvovsky, Denis Podalydes. The history of the clown Chocolat, the first black circus artist in France, lands on the silver screen. From the circus to the theatre, from anonymity to stardom, Rafael Padilla —more commonly known by his stage name Chocolat — was a clown who entertained Parisians in the early years of the 20th century. His success came by the exceptional partnership with George Footit, since their duo would embody the  white clown and the auguste (happy clown). Director Roschdy Zem delivers a wonderfully nuanced story about a black man who not  [ Read More ]

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The Clan Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On April - 4 - 2016 0 Comment
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THE CLAN (El Clan) Fox International Reviewed by: Harvey Karten for Shockya d-based on Rotten Tomatoes Grade: B+ Director:  Pablo Trapero Written by:  Pablo Trapero, Esteban Student Cast: Guillermo Francella, Peter Lanzani, Antonia Bengoechea, Gastón Cocchiarale, Stefanía Koessl Screened at: Fox, NYC, 2/22/16 Opens:  March 18, 2016 This year as in every other, horror films will be introduced to the big screen, each trying to equal or excel the originality and tension of classics like “Carrie” and “The Exorcist.”  “The Clan” is billed as a biopic, part thriller, part political (though Republican politics can be viewed as horror as it is by some now in the U.S.), but is not  [ Read More ]

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One More Time Movie Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On April - 4 - 2016 0 Comment
One More Time Movie Review

Title: One More Time Director: Robert Edwards Starring: Christopher Walken, Amber Heard, Kelli Garner, Hamish Linklater, Ann Magnuson and Oliver Platt People who lead the most seemingly charmed and privileged lives, and have the potential to easily thrive on the endless opportunities that are conveniently presented to them, can often times lead the most troubling and unfulfilled lives. They can squander even the most appealing and favorable chance because they feel undeserving of love and success, after not receiving much emotional encouragement throughout their lives. That’s certainly the case with the professedly privileged young protagonist and her once successful father, who are both so eager to make their mark on  [ Read More ]

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Demolition Movie Review

Posted by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi On April - 4 - 2016 0 Comment
Demolition Movie Review

Title: Demolition Director: Jean-Marc Vallée Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Chris Cooper, Naomi Watts, Judah Lewis. ‘Demolition’ is a sagaciously deconstructivist drama. Quebecois director, Jean-Marc Vallée, seems to fully embrace the philosophy of the 1950’s postmodern movement, disassembling the protagonist’s soul for a full completion of his metaphysical presence. Davis Mitchell (Jake Gyllenhaal), a successful investment banker, struggles after losing his wife in a tragic car crash. Despite pressure from his father-in-law, Phil (Chris Cooper), to react, Davis continues to unravel. What starts as a complaint letter to a vending machine company turns into a series of letters revealing startling personal admissions. Davis’ letters catch the attention of customer service representative, Karen  [ Read More ]

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Marguerite Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On April - 3 - 2016 0 Comment
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MARGUERITE Cohen Media Group Reviewed by: Harvey Karten for Shockya, d-based on Rotten Tomatoes Grade: A- Director:  Xavier Giannoli Written by:  Xavier Giannoli, Marcia Romano Cast: Catherine Frot, André Marcon, Michel Fau, Christa Théret, Denis Mpunga, Sylvain Dieuaide, Aubert Fenoy, Sophie Leboutte, Theo Cholbi Screened at: Review 2, NYC, 3/3/16 Opens:  March 11, 2016 I’ll bet you like to sing in the shower?  Why?  Because you sound terrific.  You have fallen in love with your own voice.  That’s because singers don’t really hear their own voices as others hear them.  Nowadays it’s easy to record yourself, and a quick chorus in front of a Sony ICDPX333 voice recorder would quickly  [ Read More ]

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My Golden Days Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On April - 3 - 2016 0 Comment
My Golden Days Movie

MY GOLDEN DAYS (Trois souvenirs de ma jeunelle) Magnolia Pictures Reviewed by: Harvey Karten for Shockya,  d-based on Rotten Tomatoes Grade: B Director:  Arnaud Desplechin Written by: Arnaud Desplechin, Julie Peyr Cast: Quentin Dolmaire, Lou Roy-Lecollinet, Mathieu Amalric, Dinara Droukarova, Cécile Garcia Fogel Screened at: Dolby 24, NYC, 3/2/16 Opens: March 18, 2016 What was the happiest time of your life?  For many people, it’s youth.  Why?  Young people who grow up in good homes are physically vigorous, with emotions that run high, passions unfurl.  There are heartbreaks as well, and if you remember your younger days, you lived with the pain of lost loves, just like the title character  [ Read More ]

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Hello, My Name is Doris Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On April - 3 - 2016 0 Comment
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HELLO, MY NAME IS DORIS Roadside Attractions Reviewed by: Harvey Karten for Shockya, d-based on Rotten Tomatoes Grade:  B Director:  Michael Showalter Written by: Michael Showalter, Laura Terruso, based on a short film by Laura Terruso Cast:  Sally Field, Max Greenfield, Beth Behrs, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Stephen Root Screened at: Review 2, NYC, 2/25/16 Opens: March 11, 2016 Some recent self-help books pose this question:  How many people on their deathbed regretted that they could not spend more time in the office?  Presumably nobody, but add this: how many people regretted that they had mothers who were healthy enough to care for themselves and not put a burden on them?  Again,  [ Read More ]

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High Strung Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On April - 3 - 2016 0 Comment
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HIGH STRUNG Paladin and Bloom Reviewed by: Harvey Karten for Shockya Grade:  B+ Director:  Michael Damian Written by: Janeen Damian, Michael Damian Cast: Keenan Kampa, Nicholas Galitzine, Jane Seymour, Sonoya Mizuno, Richard Southgate Screened at: Review 1, NYC, 3/8/16 Opens: April 8, 2016 “High Strung,” a title that could stand for both the neurotic personalities in the story and a principal’s violin, is all about the dance and music, but don’t expect your grandparents’ fox trot to be exhibited.  Instead, director Michael Damian, whose previous movie “Love by Design” focuses on a Romanian-born woman living the dream in New York City until she is forced to go back to her  [ Read More ]

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Neon Bull Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On April - 2 - 2016 0 Comment
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NEON BULL (Boi neon) Kino Lorber Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: B Director:  Gabriel Mascaro Written by: Gabriel Mascaro Cast: Juliano Cazarré, Aline Santana, Carlos Pessoa, Maeve Jinkings, Vinicius de Oliveira, Josinaldo Alves, Samya de Lavor Screened at: Review 2, NYC, 3/22/16 Opens: April 8, 2016 Bullfighting was banned in Catalonia, Spain, in 2012.  Computer models are available for examining frog anatomy, making dissection unnecessary in biology classes.  American companies are falling over themselves, advertising that no animals were abused in the making of their products.  Seaworld is under pressure to stop exploiting the services of whales and dolphins.  Yet rodeos in the U.S. are still popular out west  [ Read More ]

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