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Gumshen Digibites Album Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On May - 6 - 2015 0 Comment
Gumshen Digibites Album Review

Title: Digibites Artist: Gumshen Production: DigiPhobe Progressively experimenting with radical concepts, in an effort to grippingly emphasize your enthrallingly relatable thoughts and feelings, can often times be a powerful action, as others can truly embrace and support your dynamic strives to encourage chance in society. That’s certainly the case with indie rock band Gumshen, who successfully and intriguingly transitioned into the compelling genres of EDM and electronica with its new record, ‘Digibites.’ The album, which is now available for purchase on the group’s Bandcamp page, entrancingly combines upbeat vocals and instrumentals with classical and vintage vibes to showcase that no matter what people’s ideals are, they’ll be better able to  [ Read More ]

Categories: MUSIC, MUSIC REVIEWS, REVIEWS

Bande de Filles (Girlhood) Movie Review

Posted by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi On May - 6 - 2015 0 Comment
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Title: Bande de Filles (Girlhood) Director: Céline Sciamma Starring: Karidja Touré, Assa Sylla, Lindsay Karamoh, Marietou Touré, Idrissa Diabate, Simina Soumare, Cyril Mendy, Djibril Gueye. ‘Girlhood’ is not Richard Linklater’s female equivalent to ‘Boyhood’, but surely is just as powerful in telling a teenage girl’s coming of age story. Writer-director Céline Sciamma, just as she did in her previous movies, ‘Water Lilies’ and ‘Tomboy,’ newly focuses on the struggles and conflicts of young women in today’s pressure-filled society. She decides to pay homage to Jean-Luc Godard’s classic ‘Bande a Part’ (Band of Outsiders), naming her latest work ‘Bande de Filles,’ (Band of Girls) as both stories explore the strivings of  [ Read More ]

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5 Flights Up Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On May - 3 - 2015 0 Comment
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5 FLIGHTS UP Focus World Reviewed by: Harvey Karten for Shockya. Databased on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade: B+ Director: Richard Loncraine Screenwriter:  Charlie Peters, based on novel “Heroic Measures” by Jill Climent Cast:  Morgan Freeman, Diane Keaton, Cynthia Nixon, Claire van der Boom, Korey Jackson, Carrie Preston Screened at: Universal, NYC, 3/31/15 Opens:  May 8, 2015 Director Richard Loncraine, whose résumé includes the likes of Shakespeare’s “Richard III,” evokes considerable tension from his cast in “5 Flights Up,” but here’s the surprise.  The tension does not come from watching the timer on a bomb clicking toward zero while the good guys work frantically to debate which wires to cut with 2  [ Read More ]

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Unfreedom Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On May - 2 - 2015 0 Comment
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UNFREEDOM (Dagh Ujala)   Paladin Film & Dark Frames Reviewed by: Harvey Karten for CompuServe ShowBiz. Databased on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade: C Director: Raj Amit Kumar Screenwriter: Damon J. Taylor, Raj Amit Kumar Cast:  Victor Banarjee, Adil Hussain, Bhanu Uday, Pretti Gupta, Bhavani Lee, Bhavani Lee, Ankur Vikal, Seema Rahmani, Samrat Chakrabarti, Danae Nason Screened at: Review 2, NYC, 4/1/15 Opens:  May 29, 2015 Director Raj Amit Kumar does not believe in extremism and neither does the majority of populations whether in the U.S. or Pakistan, Canada or Afghanistan.  In distributing his film, “Unfreedom,” the director is preaching to the choir, since the audience for this drama will also be  [ Read More ]

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In the Name of My Daughter Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On May - 1 - 2015 0 Comment
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IN THE NAME OF MY DAUGHTER (L’homme qu’on aimait trop) Cohen Media Group Reviewed by: Harvey Karten for CompuServe ShowBiz. Databased on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade: B+ Director: André Téchiné Screenwriter:  André Téchiné, Cedric Anger, based on “Une femme face a la Mafia” based on the memoir of Renée Le Roux and Jean-Charles Le Roux Cast:  Guillaume Canet, Catherine Deneuve, Adele Haenel,  Jean Corso Screened at: Review 2, NYC, 4/30/15 Opens:  May 15, 2015 Two French movies with mafia themes, both inspired by true events and both taking place principally in the 1970s, are opening in New York on May 15, which may be either a coincidence or a sign of  [ Read More ]

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The Connection Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On May - 1 - 2015 0 Comment
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THE CONNECTION (La French) Drafthouse Films Reviewed by: Harvey Karten for Shockya. Databased on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade: A- Director: Cédric Jimenez Screenwriter: Cédric Jimenez, Audrey Diwan Cast:  Jean Dujardin, Gilles Lelloche, Céline Salette, Mélanie Doutey, Benoît Magimel Screened at: Review 2, NYC, 4/29/15 Opens:  May 15, 2015 There’s a reason that users of illegal drugs are penalized for purchasing heroin, cocaine, and crack.  If there were no users, there would be no distributors. The market would dry up, and the narcotics problem would go away.  Here in the U.S. we have to face the fact that our users are responsible for the anarchy in Mexico, for the deaths of 60,000  [ Read More ]

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The Tribe (Plemya) Movie Review

Posted by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi On May - 1 - 2015 0 Comment
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Title: The Tribe (Plemya) Director: Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy Starring: Grigoriy Fesenko, Yana Novikova, Rosa Babiy, Alexander Dsiadevich, Yaroslav Biletskiy, Ivan Tishko, Alexander Osadchiy, Alexander Sidelnikov, Sasha Rusakov, Denis Gruba, Dania Bykobiy, Lenia Pisanenko, Alexander Panivan, Kirill Koshik, Marina Panivan, Tatiana Radchenko, Ludmila Rudenko. The use of the spoken word mediates. Sound, besides all the beauty that it encompasses, alerts for danger. What would happen in a deaf-mute community driven by criminality, when the uprise of passions took over? Slaboshpytskiy tries to answer this question with his film ‘The Tribe.’ Plemya (the original title of the movie) is set somewhere in Ukraine. Sergey is an adolescent boy who enters a specialised boarding  [ Read More ]

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Avengers: Age of Ultron Movie Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On April - 28 - 2015 0 Comment
Avengers: Age of Ultron Movie Review

Title: Avengers: Age of Ultron Director: Joss Whedon (The Avengers, Serenity) Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Cobie Smulders, Stellan Skarsgård, James Spader and Samuel L. Jackson Captivatingly proving that you’re completely worthy and able to physically and mentally protect not only yourself, but also your allies during an all-important and stressful time, is one of the most imperative aspects of being a capable and proficient leader. But willingly putting yourself into harm’s way on a continuous basis in an effort to save and protect humanity, as you contend with your own emotional struggles,  [ Read More ]

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Laugh Killer Laugh Movie Review

Posted by juliana On April - 28 - 2015 0 Comment
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Title: Laugh Killer Laugh ITN DISTRIBUTION Director: Kamal Ahmed Writer: Kamal Ahmed Cast: William Forsythe, Bianca Hunter, Tom Sizemore, Victor Colicchio, Larry Romano, Robert MacNaughton, Kevin Corrigan Running time: 100 minutes, Unrated AVAILABLE IN THEATERS, ON VOD and ITUNES: April 24, 2015 Frank Stone (William Forsythe) is a theif and a killer for the mob whom is wandering through life in misery. He happens upon a creative writing class that he wants to join. He begins to pen short stories in the style of Mickey Spillane to an intrigued class; little do they all know they’re all based on real people and events.  He catches the eye of one student,  [ Read More ]

Categories: Drama, MOVIES, REVIEWS

The Squeeze Movie Review

Posted by juliana On April - 28 - 2015 0 Comment
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Title: The Squeeze ARC Entertainment Director: Terry Jastrow Writer: Terry Jastrow Cast: Jeremy Sumpter, Christopher McDonald, Jillian Murray, Michael Nouri, Jason Dohring, Katherine LaNasa Running time: 93 minutes, PG13 AVAILABLE IN THEATERS, VOD AND iTUNES: April 17, 2015 Augie Baccus (Jeremy Sumpter) is a golf phenom, struggling to provide for his mother and sister in Texas. He’s got a beautiful girlfriend and big plans for their future. After Augie breaks a record in a golf tournament, he catches the eye of a gambler named Shooter McGavin Riverboat (Christopher McDonald) and his golddigging trophy wife “The Bank” (Katherine LaNasa) who want him to use his talent for gambling. Much to the  [ Read More ]

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The Film Critic Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On April - 28 - 2015 0 Comment
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THE FILM CRITIC (El Crítico) Music Box Films Reviewed by: Harvey Karten for Shockya. Databased on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade: B Director: Hernán Guerschuny Cast:  Hernán Guerschuny Screened at: Review 2, NYC, 4/27/15 Opens:  May 15, 2015 I learned a lot about film critics from viewing this movie.  I conclude that I would never consider such a vocation, not even part time.  Film critics are a burned-out lot, or at least Hernán Guerschuny has written and directed characters that show evidence of this phenomenon.  They hate movies, but who can argue with that considering that a typical critic may see 100, 150, 200 or more each year, most of which are  [ Read More ]

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Far from the Madding Crowd Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On April - 26 - 2015 0 Comment
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FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD Fox Searchlight Pictures Reviewed by: Harvey Karten for Shockya . Databased on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade:  B+ Director: Thomas Vinterberg Screenwriter:  David Nicholls Cast:  Carey Mulligan, Matthias Schoenaerts, Michael Sheen, Tom Sturridge, Juno Temple Screened at: Dolby88, NYC, 4/18.15 Opens:  May 1, 2015 The ignoble strife that forms a theme in “Far from the Madding Crowd” exists within the Victorian society in which Thomas Hardy’s novel is located.  But the principal strife is within the mind of Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan), an independent woman who suddenly inherits her uncle’s farm and becomes the mistress, or employer, of some two dozen farm hands.  Whenever Bathsheba has time  [ Read More ]

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Welcome to Me Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On April - 26 - 2015 0 Comment
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WELCOME TO ME Alchemy Reviewed by: Harvey Karten for Shockya. Databased on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade: B+ Director: Shira Piven Screenwriter:  Eliot Laurence Cast:  Kristen Wiig, Wes Bentley, Linda Cardellini, Joan Cusack, Loretta Devine, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Thomas Mann, James Marsden, Tim Robbins, Alan Tudyk Screened at: Review 1, NYC, 4/14/15 Opens:  May 1, 2015 Since everyone wants to be happy, a leading question that everybody asks is: “Does money buy happiness?”  A recent assortment of self-help books conclude that up to a certain amount, say $75,000 annually in a big U.S. city, an increase in dollars will create an increase in happiness.  The surprise, though, is that any increase of  [ Read More ]

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The Water Diviner Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On April - 24 - 2015 0 Comment
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THE WATER DIVINER Warner Bros. Reviewed by: Harvey Karten for CompuServe ShowBiz. Databased on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade: B+ Director: Russell Crowe Screenwriter:  Andrew Knight, Andrew Anastasios Cast:  Russell Crowe, Yilmaz Erdogan, Cem Yilmaz, Jai Courtney, Ryan Corr Screened at: Warner, NYC, 4/20/15 Opens:  April 24, 2015 For his directing debut, Russell Crowe chose a tale first attempted by Peter Weir in that helmsman’s 1981 film “Gallipoli”—about two sprinters who go from Australia to Turkey to fight in the disastrous battle of Gallipoli.  But Crowe adds a patina of romance and sentimentality while showing the movie audience that war is hell.  “The Water Diviner” is an old-fashioned Hollywood treatment in which  [ Read More ]

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Because I Was a Painter Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On April - 20 - 2015 0 Comment
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BECAUSE I WAS A PAINTER (Parce que j’etais peintre) Cinema Guild Reviewed by: Harvey Karten for CompuServe ShowBiz. Databased on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade: B- Director: Christophe Cognet Screenwriter:  Christophe Cognet Cast:  Samuel Willenberg, Yehuda Bacon, Walter Spitzer, Jose Fosty, Krystyna Zaorska, Dinah Gottliebova Screened at: Critics’ link, NYC, 3/10/15 Opens:  April 24, 2015 We usually think of paintings as beautiful creations to hang in our homes and museums, and strangely enough, drawings from the Holocaust are no exception. As one artist opinrd in the doc “Because I Was a Painter,” if a painting on whatever subject is not beautiful, a potential audience will give it no more than a few  [ Read More ]

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