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Land Ho! Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On July - 7 - 2014 0 Comment
Land Ho Movie

Title: LAND HO! Sony Pictures Classics Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes Grade:  B Director:  Martha Stephens, Aaron Katz Screenplay:  Martha Stephens, Aaron Katz Cast:  Paul Eenhoorn, Earl Lynn Nelson, Karrie Crouse, Elizabeth McKee, Alice Olivia Clarke, Emmsje Gauti Screened at:  Sony, NYC, 5/28/14 Opens:  July 11, 2014 You probably heard the advice “Travel while you’re young.  You have the energy, and once you get kids, you’ll have to put off long trips for many years to come.”  There is some truth in this: of course you have more energy when you’re 20 than when you’re 60, and traveling with young kids or teens can be  [ Read More ]

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Honour Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On July - 7 - 2014 0 Comment

Title: Honour 108 Media Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes Grade:  C Director:  Shan Khan Screenplay:  Shan Khan Cast:  Aiysha Hart, Paddy Considine, Faraz Ayub, Shubham Saraf, Harvey Virdi, Nikesh Patel Screened at:    Review, NYC, 6/16/14 Opens:  July 11, 2014 When Terry Leonard made the 1987 action thriller “Death before Dishonor,” he was setting the stage for one gunnery Sgt. Burns to rescue Marines taken hostage in the Middle East.  These Marines believe that nothing is worse than dishonor, meaning that they, themselves would rather die than suffer a fate worse than death.  It’s bizarre to think, however, that there are thousands of families that would  [ Read More ]

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Earth To Echo Movie Review

Posted by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi On July - 6 - 2014 0 Comment
Earth To Echo Movie

Title: Earth To Echo Director: Dave Green Starring: Teo Halm, Astro, Reese Hartwig, Ella Wahlestedt, Jason Gray-Stanford. If E.T. were to be narrated today, ‘Earth To Echo,’ would definitely not do it justice. Dave Green’s flick mishmashes classics of sci-fi with more recent youth movies, such as ‘Super 8’ and ‘Stand By Me,’ to explore the theme of friendship and xenophobia. The story that “echoes” Spielberg’s great extraterrestrial films, narrates the “close encounters of the third kind,” of a bunch of youngsters who stumble upon the tech-version of a cute complaisant alien. The juveniles receive a bizarre series of encrypted messages and decide to embark on an adventure with the  [ Read More ]

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Tammy Movie Review

Posted by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi On July - 6 - 2014 0 Comment
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Title: Tammy Director: Ben Falcone Starring: Melissa McCarthy, Susan Sarandon, Allison Janney, Toni Collette, Sandra Oh, Dan Aykroyd, Kathy Bates. Not all entertainment couples turn out to have such cinematic chemistry as Helena Bonham Carter and Tim Burton. Melissa McCarthy is a very talented actress, but under the direction of her husband Ben Falcone – with whom she co-wrote ‘Tammy’s’ script – she rubber-stamps the portrayal of the slovenly buffoon. The premise isn’t very imaginative. Tammy has a catastrophic day: while driving she hits a deer that damages her car, she gets fired from work and when she returns home she finds her husband having a romantic dinner with another  [ Read More ]

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The Devine Xperience’s Self-Titled Album Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On July - 6 - 2014 0 Comment
The Devine Xperience's Self-Titled Album Review

Artist: The Devine Xperience Album: The Devine Xperience Label: Let’s Beat Milo Records Executive Producers: Edgar Montiel & DJ Keoki Recorded and mixed at: Robert’s Recording Laboratory Music can often powerfully engage people’s senses and bring them on an emotional journey as they relate to the gripping lyrics singers infuse into their songs. But musicians who can truly showcase their versatility and passion about important life events and sentiments mainly through their unique beats and instrumentals often have the most dynamic and compelling stories to tell. Such is the case with the resourceful electronic band, The Devine Xperience, whose new self-titled debut album contains a classic mix of dance music  [ Read More ]

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Frank Movie Review

Posted by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi On July - 2 - 2014 0 Comment

Title: Frank Director: Lenny Abrahamson Starring Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhall, Scoot McNairy. Take two gingery Brits whose talent is exceptional, a couple of gifted American actors and make them deliver, through music, society’s paranoias, what you get is a flick that is charming in its peculiarity. Irish director Lenny Abrahamson is accustomed to using misfits to analyse contemporary malaise, through dark comedy. In his first film, ‘Adam & Paul,’ a pair of heroin addicts made their way around Dublin in search of a fix, whilst his latter ‘What Richard Did’ fictionalised the assault on Brian Murphy, outside the Burlington Hotel in Dublin in 2000. Also ‘Frank,’ is populated  [ Read More ]

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Boyhood Movie Review

Posted by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi On July - 2 - 2014 0 Comment
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Title: Boyhood Director: Richard Linklater Starring: Ellar Coltrane, Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette, Lorelei Linklater. Filmed over 12 years with the same cast, Richard Linklater’s ‘Boyhood’ is a groundbreaking story on the delicate passage from childhood to adulthood.  The story is seen through the eyes of a boy named Mason (Ellar Coltrane), who literally grows up on screen before our eyes. Starring Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette as Mason’s parents and newcomer Lorelei Linklater as his sister Samantha, ‘Boyhood’ depicts the portrait of a veraciously-complex family. Richard Linklater had already demonstrated of having a great take on dissecting the human intermix through time: his stupendous trilogy movies ‘Before Sunrise,’ ‘Before Sunset,’  [ Read More ]

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Premature Movie Review

Posted by Rudie Obias On July - 2 - 2014 0 Comment
Premature Movie

Title: Premature Director: Dan Beers Cast: Alan Tudyk, John Karna, Katie Findlay, Craig Roberts, Carlson Young, Katie Kneeland, Steve Coulter, and Adam Riegler While the teenage sex comedy genre is pretty well-worn territory at this point, a movie like “Premature” is a breath of fresh air for the genre. It seems like many Hollywood movie studios are unwilling to produce films that aren’t equally high concept and raunchy, but “Premature” manages to pull both off while being both funny and clever. At times, the film does seem clichéd and wrote, but I feel that’s just the trappings of the genre. Let’s take a look, shall we… The film follows Rob  [ Read More ]

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Earth to Echo Movie Review

Posted by Perri Nemiroff On June - 30 - 2014 0 Comment
Earth to Echo

Title: Earth to Echo Directed By: Dave Green Starring: Teo Halm, Brian “Astro” Bradley, Reese Hartwig, Ella Wahlestedt “Earth to Echo” doesn’t come close to being the next “E.T.,” but it does pack enough spirit and fun to make it a worthwhile knockoff. Teo Halm, Brian “Astro” Bradley (yes, the kid from “The X Factor”) and Reese Hartwig lead as Alex, Tuck and Munch, three best friends who never really fit in until they found each other. However, with plans to build a highway straight through their Nevada suburb, their families are left with no choice, but to pack up and move away. In an effort to make their very  [ Read More ]

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Aug’s Be Careful What You Wish For Album Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On June - 30 - 2014 0 Comment
Aug's Be Careful What You Wish For Album Review

Artist: Aug Album: Be Careful What You Wish For Production: Recorded at David Bendeth’s studio, House Of Loud; Produced by veteran producer/engineer, Max Caselnova Powerfully exceeding the public’s expectations on not only how you maturely view and approach life’s difficult challenges, but also on how you skillfully revitalize an intriguing but somewhat forgotten art form can be an obstacle not everyone can gracefully embrace and overcome. But the New Jersey-based band, Aug, a spellbinding hard driving, metal-fused group composed of four veteran musicians, is once again proving their natural ability to revive the hard rock genre with their new album, ‘Be Care What You Wish For,’ which is now available.  [ Read More ]

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A Long Way Down Movie Review

Posted by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi On June - 29 - 2014 0 Comment
A Long Way Down Movie

Title: A Long Way Down Director: Pascal Chaumeil Starring: Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette, Imogen Poots, Aaron Paul, Sam Neil. The director of ‘Heartbreaker’ comes back with a heartfelt and heart-moving story of lost souls, who find each other for healing, adapting with mastery the novel by Nick Hornby ‘A Long Way Down.’ The story is written in the first-person narrative from the points of view of the four main characters, Martin (Pierce Brosnan), Maureen (Toni Collette), Jess  (Imogen Poots)and JJ aka John Julius (Aaron Paul). These four strangers happen to meet on the roof of a high building called Toppers’ House in London on New Year’s Eve, each with the  [ Read More ]

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I Am Big Bird The Caroll Spinney Story

Title: I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story Directors: Dave LaMattina, Chad Walker A warm-hearted documentary look at the man behind one of the most beloved and iconic “Sesame Street” characters of all time, “I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story” is an interesting and enlightening biopic that delves down into the unique array of talents one might not immediately peg when they first look at the titular gangly, yellow-feathered, eight-foot-tall puppet. A recent premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival, co-directors Dave LaMattina and Chad Walker’s movie trades on an abundance of goodwill — for the character of Big Bird, for “Sesame Street” and adolescent horizons more generally, for  [ Read More ]

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Transformers: Age of Extinction Movie Review

Posted by Perri Nemiroff On June - 27 - 2014 0 Comment
Transformers: Age of Extinction

Title: Transformers: Age of Extinction Directed By: Michael Bay Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer, Titus Welliver, Sophia Myles, Bingbing Li, TJ Miller, James Bachman At one point, a “Transformers: Age of Extinction” character delivers this gem – “I also have a saying; I don’t care.” Why isn’t that the tagline of this movie? Or the whole “Transformers” film franchise for that matter? “Age of Extinction” takes place five years after “Dark of the Moon.” Even though the Autobots helped save mankind in Chicago, the US government classifies all Transformers as dangerous fugitives, forcing the Autobots to go into hiding. Meanwhile, Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg)  [ Read More ]

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Snowpiercer Movie Review

Posted by Perri Nemiroff On June - 27 - 2014 0 Comment
Tilda Swinton in Snowpiercer

Title: Snowpiercer Directed By: Joon-ho Bong Starring: Chris Evans, Kang-ho Song, John Hurt, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, Octavia Spencer, Ewen Bremner, Ah-sung Ko, Alison Pill, Luke Pasqualino, Ed Harris Joon-ho Bong’s unprecedented combination of stunning combat, stylistic eccentricities and dramatic poignancy is so rich and enthralling, there’s no way one viewing of “Snowpiercer” will ever be enough. In an effort to thwart global warming, a chemical called CW-7 is released into the Earth’s atmosphere in 2014. Soon thereafter, the temperature plummets and the world is consumed by snow and ice. “Snowpiercer” begins in 2031, 17 years after the only survivors entered Wilford’s self-contained safe haven, a train that circles the  [ Read More ]

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Me & You (Io e Te) Movie Review

Posted by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi On June - 25 - 2014 0 Comment
Io e Te

Title: Me & You (Io e Te) Director: Bernardo Bertolucci Starring: Jacopo Olmo Antinori, Tea Falco, Sonia Bergamasco, Veronica Lazar, Tommaso Ragno, Pippo Delbono. When it comes to Bernardo Bertolucci, undoubtably the expectations are very high: he shocked with ‘Last Tango In Paris,’ enchanted with ‘The Last Emperor’ and had a great come back with ‘The Dreamers’ in 2003. Now the Italian Maestro returns with a story on borderline siblings. Lorenzo (Jacopo Olmo Antinori), a quirky 14-year-old loner who has difficult relationships with his parents and peers, decides to take a break from it all by hiding in his building’s neglected basement, when everyone thinks he’s skiing with his classmates  [ Read More ]

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