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Wiener-Dog Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On June - 19 - 2016 0 Comment
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WIENER-DOG     Amazon Studios Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: B Director:  Todd Solondz Written by: Todd Solondz Cast: Ellen Burstyn, Kieran Culkin, Julie Delpy, Danny DeVito, Greta Gerwig, Tracy Letts, Zosia Mamet Screened at: Dolby 88, NYC, 5/31/16 Opens: June 24, 2016 There’s this Yiddish proverb Mann Traoch, Gott Lauch, meaning, loosely, “If you want God to laugh, tell him your plans.”  Todd Solondz, best known for “Welcome to the Dollhouse” (an unpopular seventh-grade girl finds her life miserable, taunted by the world), this time looks into several individuals and families whose plans may call for a happy future.  But life intervenes and dismay and depression follow.  Solondz’s picture  [ Read More ]

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Germans & Jews Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On June - 19 - 2016 0 Comment
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GERMANS & JEWS First Run Features Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: B Director:  Janina Quint Written by: Janina Quint Cast: Paul Kogan, Abigail Pogrebin, Wendy Grabel, Margaret Mintz, Tal Recanati, Janina Quint Screened at: Critics’ link, NYC, 6/13/16 Opens: June 10, 2016 through June 23, 2016 In 1942 the Nazi government in Germany announced that the country was “free of Jews.”  Presumably all had either left when the leaving was good or deported to the camps where most were murdered.  Would a single German citizen, part of the mobs raising their arms in the obscene salute and pictured by Janina Quint in her documentary “Germans & Jews,” have guessed  [ Read More ]

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SakkieFTW’s Experiment 1.3.2 EP Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On June - 19 - 2016 0 Comment
SakkieFTW's Experiment 1.3.2 EP Review

Artist: SakkieFTW EP: Experiment 1.3.2 Production: Written by SakkieFTW on Reason 8; Mixed and Mastered by Adam Veenendaal Honoring cherished beats that help make intense genre music thrive, while also incorporating your own intriguing instrumentals, can be a challenge that not all musicians can conquer. But Vancouver-based Dubstep-DnB artist, SakkieFTW, is proving that mixing classical and uniquely modern sounds can ultimately form one of the most pulsating and captivating EPs of the year. The musician has released the memorable and defining five-track EP, ‘Experiment 1.3.2,’ which isn’t afraid to push boundaries and appeal to a variety of listeners. The stunning EP beings with the intense track ‘Spiral,’ which features the  [ Read More ]

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Kabukicho Love Hotel Movie Review

Posted by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi On June - 18 - 2016 0 Comment
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Title: Kabukicho Love Hotel Director: Hiroki Ryuichi Starring: Sometani Shota, Maeda Atsuko, Lee Eun-woo, Son II-kwon, Minami Kaho, Matsushige Yutaka, Mori Nao, Murakami Jun, Taguchi Tomorowo, Oshinari Shugo, Wagatsuma Miwako, Kawai Aoba, Miyazaki Tomu, Hinoi Asuka. Sex, humour, melancholy, discouragement, hope, destiny. These are Hiroki Ryuichi’s ingredients, sprinkled upon the lives of the diverse couples that populate ‘Kabukicho Love Hotel’. The story is set in Tokyo’s red-light district — Kabukicho — prevalently in a motel, that allows couples privacy for sexual activities. The bad boy of Nippon cinema, returns to his indie pink film roots, by portraying twenty-four hours in the life of the young director of the love hotel,  [ Read More ]

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Time To Choose Movie Review

Posted by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi On June - 16 - 2016 0 Comment
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Title: Time To Choose Director: Charles Ferguson  Genre: Documentary Oscar-winning documentary director Charles Ferguson addresses global climate change in his third feature. He portrays the breadth of the environmental challenge, the power of solutions already available, and the remarkable people working to save our planet. Ferguson has a gift for dissecting, blatantly and concisely, the issues of our time, as he demonstrated with ‘No End in Sight,’ that examined the U.S. occupation of Iraq, and ‘Inside Job,’ which grasped the economic meltdown of 2008. In ‘Time To Choose’ we are presented with doomsday scenarios, as the narrative ponders on three main chapters that are the most detrimental drivers to climate  [ Read More ]

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My Love, Don’t Cross That River Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On June - 13 - 2016 0 Comment
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My Love, Don’t Cross That River Reviewed by: Tami Smith, Guest Reviewer for Shockya Grade: B Director: Moyoung Jin Written by: Moyoung Jin Cast: Kang Gye-Yeol, Byong-man Jo Release Date: June 17, 2016 Eighty-nine-year old Gye-yeul Kang and ninety-eight-year old Byong-man Jo have lived together for seventy-six years in South Korea. Moyoung Jin directing his first feature-length documentary, was given permission to follow them during the last year of their married life. We get a chance to see their modest house located in a small town in Hoengseong County in Gangwon Province; their dogs: a white nameless one and a black pregnant mixed terrier named Freebee; their sleeping arrangements, which  [ Read More ]

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Me Before You Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On June - 12 - 2016 0 Comment
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ME BEFORE YOU Warner Bros. Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Showbiz Grade: B Director:  Thea Sharrock Written by: Jojo Moyes from Jojo Moyes’ novel Cast: Emilia Clarke, Sam Claflin, Janet McTeer, Charles Dance, Vanessa Kirby, Jenna Coleman Screened at: Warner, NYC, 5/24/16 Opens: June 3, 2016 Though “Me Before You” will take its place among more or less saccharine romantic dramas, Thea Sharrock’s movie is thoroughly watchable thanks to two central social-class-related performances.  Sharrock, whose film debut was filmed by Remi Adefarasin in Pembrokeshire, Wales—which unknown to many here in the U.S. has an abundance of castles—tackles the theme of social-class politics between a fabulously rich Traynor family and a down-and-out  [ Read More ]

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Argentina Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On June - 12 - 2016 0 Comment
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ARGENTINA Barakacine Producciones Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: B+ Director: Carlos Saura Written by: Carlos Saura Cast: Liliana Herrero, Soledad Pastorutti, El Chaqueño Palaveci, Jairo, Luis Salinas Screened at: Critics’ link, NYC, 5/28/16 Opens: June 17, 2016 If you expect this look at the music and dance of Argentina to be a plethora of tangos, you’re mistaken, because Carlos Saura does not do clichés.  The eighty-four year old Saura is one of Spain’s most prolific documentarians, having covered topics of Spanish interest including his 2010 “Flamenco, Flamenco,” which covers what I consider the world’s most passionate dance, and “Bodas de sangre, which is a great tragedy written by Federico  [ Read More ]

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Troublemakers The Story of Land Art Review

Posted by juliana On June - 11 - 2016 0 Comment
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TITLE: Troublemakers The Story of Land Art FIRST RUN FEATURES DIRECTOR: James Crump WRITER: James Crump CAST: Michael Heizer, Walter De Maria, Robert Smithson, Dennis Oppenheim, Nancy Holt, Willoughby Sharp, Carl Andre, Vito Acconci RUNNING TIME: 72 min RATED: Unrated (Language) SPECIAL FEATURES: Discussion with director James Crump and Philipp Vergne (45mn); The Artist Bios; Director Bio AVAILABLE ON DVD & VOD 05/17 The life of artists in the late 1960s and early 1970s was apparently quite difficult. This documentary features a handful of New York artists that were tired of being boxed into a gallery, and sought out larger venues to showcase their creativity and came up with “land  [ Read More ]

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Genius Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On June - 10 - 2016 0 Comment
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GENIUS Lionsgate/ Roadside Attractions Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: B Director:  Michael Grandage Written by: John Logan, based on the book Max Perkins: Editor of Genius Cast: Colin Firth, Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, Laura Linney, Guy Pearce, Dominic West Screened at: Review 1, NYC, 6/1/16 Opens: June 10, 2016 After you see this film, if you do not go right to Amazon and spend fourteen bucks for Look Homeward Angel (Thomas Wolfe’s autobiographical novel about a young man’s wanderlust and passion to leave his small town and tumultuous family life for a more intellectual experience), you either dozed off during part of “Genius” or have given over your reading  [ Read More ]

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Hard Sell Movie Review

Posted by juliana On June - 10 - 2016 0 Comment
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TITLE: HARD SELL DISTRIBUTOR: Momentum Pictures DIRECTOR: Sean Nalaboff WRITER: Sean Nalaboff CAST: Katrina Bowden, Skyler Gisondo, Kristin Chenoweth RUNNING TIME: 120min RATED: Unrated (Language) IN THEATERS AND AVAILABLE ON VOD AND iTUNES: May 20, 2016 Hardy Buchanan (Skyler Gisondo, Vacation 2015) is a senior at an elite private school with a mentally unstable mother Lorna (Kristin Chenoweth, Pushing Daisies). He takes his mother’s sick dog Walter to the vet and finds out he’s dying. In order to pay for the surgery, he asks for help from Bo (Katrina Bowden, Tucker and Dale VS Evil), a mysterious girl Hardy found living in the homeless shelter where he volunteers.  Bo has  [ Read More ]

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It’s So Easy and Other Lies Movie Review

Posted by juliana On June - 10 - 2016 0 Comment
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TITLE: It’s So Easy and Other Lies XLrator Media DIRECTOR: Christopher Duddy WRITER: Christopher Duddy & Duff McKagan CAST: Duff McKagan, Slash, Nikki Sixx, Benny Urquidez, Mike McCready, Dave Kushner, Matt Sorum RATED: Unrated (Language) IN THEATERS: 06/03/16 You may know Duff McKagan from rock bands such as: Loaded, Guns ‘n Roses, Velvet Revolver, Janes Addiction, and Hollywood Vampires. Here he reads to the audience his New York Times best-selling memoir accompanied by an acoustic band playing covers of his past bands famous ditties. Along with interviews with former bandmates Slash, Matt Sorum, and Dave Kushner, there are also home movies of his family and life on the road. If you remember VH1′s Storytellers, this is basically the same  [ Read More ]

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Unlocking the Cage Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On June - 9 - 2016 0 Comment
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UNLOCKING THE CAGE First Run Features Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: B+ Director:  Chris Hegedus, D.A. Pennebacker Written by: Chris Hegedus Cast: Steven Wise, Natalie Prosin, Liddy Stein, Mary Lee Jensvold, Sue Savage-Rumbaugh,, David Favre Screened at: Critics’ link, NYC, 6/2/16 Opens: June 24, 2016 Did I hear correctly, that Steven Wise, a lawyer in his mid-60’s, stated that Peter Singer’s 1970s book Animal Liberation need be the only animal rights book in a home library?  I could almost agree, since it was Singer, arguably one this country’s foremost philosophers of ethics,who got me thinking about the brutality in which our meat animals are being treated.  Singer argued that  [ Read More ]

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The Curse of Sleeping Beauty Review

Posted by juliana On June - 9 - 2016 0 Comment
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TITLE: The Curse of Sleeping Beauty XLrator Media DIRECTOR: Pearry Teo WRITERS: Pearry Teo and Josh Nadler CAST: Ethan Peck, Natalie Hall, India Eisley, Bruce Davison RUNNING TIME: 1hr 29min RATED: Unrated (Language / Sensuality / Gore) THEATRICAL RELEASE DATE: May 13, 2016 VOD and iTUNES RELEASE DATE: May 17, 2016 Thomas Kaiser (Ethan Peck, In Time) has been having a reoccurring dream where he sees a beautiful sleeping girl, but something awakens him before he can kiss her. He receives a call telling him his uncle died and left him a mansion that has been in his family for generations. The house also holds a curse and is inhabited  [ Read More ]

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Queen Mimi Documentary Review

Posted by juliana On June - 9 - 2016 0 Comment
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Title: Queen Mimi XLrator Media Director: Yaniv Rokah CAST: Marie “Mimi” Haist with special appearance by Zack Galifianakis Running time: 75 min Rated: Unrated (language) IN THEATERS: May 13, 2016 Marie “Mimi” Haist was divorced in the 1970′s and forced to live on the streets in her 50′s.  In the past few decades she found her place at home in a laundromat in Santa Monica.  With her snappy attitude, she befriended many struggling actors whom found her endearing. Zack Galifianakis and Renee Zellweger both have made a mission to help Mimi get a place of her own, pay her rent and other living expenses. Galifianakis had taken Mimi to several red  [ Read More ]

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