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The Maid’s Room Movie Review

Posted by juliana On August - 17 - 2014 0 Comment
The Maids Room Movie

Title: The Maid’s Room Director: Michael Walker Starring: Philip Ettinger, Paula Garces, Bill Camp, Annabella Sciorra, John Brodsky, Stefanie Brown, Herman Chavez, Bonnie Dennision, Remy Auberjonois Running time: 94 minutes, Rated R, In theaters August 8th and on iTunes/VOD Drina (Paula Garces of the Harold & Kumar trilogy) is a Colombian immigrant who lands a job as a live-in maid in the Hamptons. Her employers are the Crawford’s- Alcoholic wife (Annabella Sciorra) and her elitist husband (Bill Camp). Their son Brandon (Philip Ettinger) arrives home from college unexpectedly and Drina is forced to clean up his disgusting leftover food that attracts hordes of ants.  Unbeknownst to Drina, Brandon has developed  [ Read More ]

Categories: Drama, MOVIES, RELEASES, REVIEWS

Jealousy Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On August - 17 - 2014 0 Comment
Philippe Garrel

JEALOUSY (La Jalousie) Distrib Films Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes Grade:  B Director:  Philippe Garrel Screenplay:  Philippe Garrel, Caroline Deruas, Arlette Langmann, Marc Cholodenko Cast:  Louis Garrel, Anna Mouglalis, Rebecca Convenant, Olga Milshtein, Esther Garrel, Manon Kneuse, Julien Lucas Screened at:    Review 1, NYC, 8/11/14 Opens:  August 15, 2014 In the Broadway musical “My Fair Lady,” Henry Higgins notes, “The French don’t care what they do, actually, so long as they pronounce it properly.”  We do, in fact, have the impression that what’s taken with some seriousness here in the States is treated more casually across the Atlantic.  Bar pickups, for example.  We may think  [ Read More ]

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The Notebook Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On August - 17 - 2014 0 Comment
The Notebook Movie

THE NOTEBOOK (Le grand cahier) (A nagy füzet) Sony Pictures Classics Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes Grade:  A- Director:  János Szász Screenplay:  Agota Kristof, András Szekér, Tom Abrams – adapted from Agota Kristof’s novel (see below) Cast:  András Gyémánt, Gyöngyvér Bognár, László Gyémánt, Piroska Molnár, András Réthelyi, Ulrich Matthes Screened at:  Sony, NYC, 8/13/14 Opens:  August 29, 2014 In his 1954 dystopian novel “Lord of the Flies,” William Golding creates a world of British boys as sole inhabitants of an island without adult authorities. They try to govern themselves but end up with disaster.  Simply put, the youngsters become barbarians.  In “The Notebook,” we discover  [ Read More ]

Categories: MOVIES, REVIEWS

Found Movie Review

Posted by juliana On August - 17 - 2014 0 Comment
Found Movie

Title: Found Director: Scott Schirmer Starring: Gavin Brown, Ethan Philbeck, Phyllis Munro, Louie Lawless Running time: 103 min, Unrated IN THEATERS, on VOD and iTunes: August 15, 2014 Marty (Gavin Brown) has a secret. His older brother Steve (Ethan Philbeck) keeps human heads in a bowling bag, stashed in his closet. Each time Marty opens it, there’s a new head. He never questions his brother, because he knows Steve will get mad at him for going into his room. Marty just likes to keep their love for horror movies the main subject of their interaction. Marty is an ideal fifth grader who gets good grades and never gets in trouble.  [ Read More ]

Categories: Horror, MOVIES, RELEASES, REVIEWS

Ida Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On August - 17 - 2014 0 Comment
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IDA Music Box Films Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes Grade:  B Director:  Pawel Pawlikowski Screenplay:  Pawel Pawlikowski, Rebecca Lenkiewicz Cast:  Agata Kulesza, Agata Trzebuchowska, Dawid Ogrodnik, Joanna Kulig Screened at:  Critics’ Link, NYC, 8/2/14 Opens:  September 9, 2014 on DVD and Blu-ray and VOD.  Theatrical opening May 2, 2014. Director Pawel Pawlikowski, is known to cineastes largely for his passionate “My Summer of Love,” which charts a meeting between women with opposite predilections; one a tomboy looking for an alternative to the emptiness of life, the other  cynical, spoiled and well-educated.  You can see that “Ida” is right up the director’s alley as now he  [ Read More ]

Categories: MOVIES, REVIEWS

Jarhead 2: Field of Fire Blu-Ray Review

Posted by juliana On August - 17 - 2014 0 Comment
Jarhead 2 Field of Fire

Title: Jarhead 2: Field of Fire Director: Don Michael Paul Cast: Josh Kelly, Cole Hauser, Bookeem Woodbine, Esai Morales, Stephen Lang, Cassie Layton, Danielle Savre, Jesse Garcia, Ronny Jhutti, Jason Wong Running time: 1 hour 43 min, Rated R/Unrated Available: August 19th Special Features: 2 Deleted Scenes Cpl Chris Merrimette (Josh Kelly) is put in charge of a unit whose orders are to resupply an outpost dead center of Taliban controlled land.  The unit finds a Navy SEAL who engages them with the task of helping an Afghan woman who is infamous for causing uprising amongst civilians against the Taliban to escape the country.  Merrimette leads his team to complete  [ Read More ]

Categories: Action, DVD NEWS, RELEASES, REVIEWS

More Than the Rainbow DVD Review

Posted by juliana On August - 17 - 2014 0 Comment
More than a rainbow

Title: More Than the Rainbow Director: Dan Wechsler Featuring: Ralph Gibson, Zoe Strauss, and Eric Kroll, Todd Oldham Running time: 83 minutes, Not Rated, Available at firstrunfeatures.com Special Features: None Nobody wants to drive a cab forever. As a New York City cab driver, Matt Weber has seen a lot of the city and fortunately was able to capture the sweet and the sour on film. Long since retired from his driving gig, he devotes his time to his photography and has collaborated with designer Todd Oldham on a book showing off his travels on the subway.  He along with several other converted photographers share stories of how their lives  [ Read More ]

Categories: REVIEWS

Septic Man Movie Review

Posted by bsimon On August - 17 - 2014 0 Comment
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Title: Septic Man Director: Jesse Thomas Cook Starring: Jason David Brown, Molly Dunsworth, Julian Richings, Tim Burd, Robert Maillet, Stephen McHattie A film with a title as schlocky as “Septic Man” has… well, a certain potential, let’s be honest. And yet this willfully distasteful Canadian horror flick — which almost emits an unwholesome effluvia of human waste and other bodily fluids directly through the screen — is borderline incomprehensible and thoroughly unengaging throughout, lacking even in enough distinctive personality to make it worthwhile for self-flagellating fans of low-budget shock and gore. The film unfolds in a small town in Ontario, Canada, where an opening credits narration informs viewers that there’s something in the  [ Read More ]

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The November Man Movie Review

Posted by philip On August - 14 - 2014 0 Comment
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Title: The November Man Directed By: Roger Donaldson Starring: Pierce Brosnan, Olga Kurylenko, Luke Bracey, Eliza Taylor, Bill Smitrovich, Will Patton Welcome back Pierce Brosnan. After years of doing romantic comedies and dramas, Brosnan makes an explosive return with ‘The November Man,’ one of the most entertaining action films that 2014 has to offer. Brosnan reteams with director Roger Donaldson, who first worked with Brosnan in the superior volcano film of 1997, ‘Dante’s Peak.’ Donaldson has flown under the radar for many years, but looking at his resume, his films are well known. His experience is on display with ‘The November Man,’ navigating and guiding it’s various plot threads into  [ Read More ]

Categories: MOVIES, REVIEWS

The Trip to Italy Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On August - 11 - 2014 0 Comment
Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan

THE TRIP TO ITALY IFC Films Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes Grade:  C Director:  Michael Winterbottom Screenplay:  Michael Winterbottom, Rob Brydon, Steve Coogan Cast:  Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon Screened at:  Review, NYC, 7/17/14 Opens:  August 15, 2014 Gorgeous Italian scenery, exquisite food, cute convertible to see it all, even a few beautiful women. What could possibly go wrong?  Just one thing: the two principal performers, particularly Rob Brydon, never shut up and what they do almost throughout the picture’s almost two hours is perform impersonations of actors.  Sean Connery, Marlon Brando, Timothy Dalton, those are just a few of the celebrities that undergo satiric takes  [ Read More ]

Categories: MOVIES, REVIEWS

The Hundred-Foot Journey Movie Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On August - 6 - 2014 0 Comment
The Hundred-Foot Journey Movie Review

The Hundred-Foot Journey’ Director: Lasse Hallström Actors: Helen Mirren, Manish Dayal, Om Puri and Charlotte Le Bon Recognizing your origins and remaining in touch with where you came from as you set out to embrace new experiences can be a challenging, yet rewarding, situation for many people. Not only did screenwriter Steven Knight recognize and appreciate the characters’ love of cooking and food from writer Richard C. Morais’ book in his film adaptation of ‘The Hundred-Foot Journey,’ the chefs in the movie also powerfully came to realize that accepting your competition is part of the way to achieve success. ‘The Hundred-Foot Journey,’ which was directed by Lasse Hallstrom, follows Hassan  [ Read More ]

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Behaving Badly Movie Review

Posted by juliana On August - 6 - 2014 0 Comment
Behaving Badly Movie

Title: Behaving Badly Director: Tim Garrick Starring: Nat Wolff, Selena Gomez, Mary-Louise Parker, Elisabeth Shue, Dylan McDermott, Heather Graham, Ashley Rickards, Cary Elwes, Patrick Warburton, Jason Lee Running time: 98 minutes, Rated R, In theaters August 1st Awkward teenager Rick (Nat Wolff) lives a somewhat crappy existence. His alcoholic mom (Mary-Louise Parker) just tried to commit suicide and left notes for everyone she knows, scattered around the dining room where the family confers. His older brother Steven (Mitch Hewer) is a typical jock in the closet. His older sister Kristen (Ashley Richards) strips to save money for a last ditch attempt to get into a university. His best friend Billy  [ Read More ]

Categories: Comedy, MOVIES, RELEASES, REVIEWS

The Hundred-Foot Journey Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On August - 6 - 2014 0 Comment
The Hundred-Foot Journey Movie

THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY Dreamworks Pictures/ Participant Media Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes Grade:  B Director:  Lasse Hallström Screenplay:  Steven Knight based on the novel “The Hundred-Foot Journey” by Richard C. Morais Cast:  Helen Mirren, Manish Dayal, Om Puri, Charlotte Le Bon Screened at: NYC, 8/5/14 Opens:  August 8, 2014 If good food could end the French and Indian War and lead to rapprochement—at least in the version given us by Lasse Hallström’s new movie—then surely the Palestinians and Israelis can get together. After all, French cooking and Indian cuisine are as different as Barack Obama and Sarah Palin, while both Palestinians and Israelis like falafel,  [ Read More ]

Categories: MOVIES, REVIEWS

Guardians of the Galaxy Review

Posted by Melissa Molina On August - 4 - 2014 0 Comment
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Guardians of the Galaxy Review Title: Guardians of the Galaxy Directed By: James Gunn Starring: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Dave Bautista, Lee Pace, Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin, Karen Gillan, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close Despite some minor bumps along the story road, James Gunn’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” provides to be the kind of entertaining summer flick audiences have been anxious to see. Marvel catapults viewers into the world of sci-fi with “Guardians” as we see a young Peter Quill get taken from his home planet of Earth. Twenty-six years have passed and Peter (Chris Pratt) is a man, a rather carefree individual whose simple  [ Read More ]

Categories: MOVIES, REVIEWS

The Maid’s Room Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On August - 4 - 2014 0 Comment

THE MAID’S ROOM Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes Grade:  B+ Director:  Michael Walker Screenplay:  Michael Walker Cast:  Bill Camp, Philip Ettinger, Paula Garcés, Annabella Sciorra Screened at: Critics’ link, NYC, 7/9/14 Opens:  August 8, 2014 Recall this recent news item.  A family in California hired a maid/nanny to take care of their house.   She was fine for a while, but soon she began to act like Herman Melville’s Bartleby the Scrivener, the guy whose boss asked why he stopped working and would not leave the firm and getting the reply “I prefer not to.”  This nanny, who scammed many people before, refused to leave the  [ Read More ]

Categories: MOVIES, REVIEWS

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