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In the Blood Movie Review

Posted by bsimon On April - 7 - 2014 0 Comment
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Title: In the Blood Director: John Stockwell Starring: Gina Carano, Cam Gigandet, Treat Williams, Danny Trejo, Luiz Guzman, Amaury Nolasco, Ismael Cruz Cordova, Stephen Lang If we’re keeping tabs on the evolving filmography of ex-mixed martial arts fighter and future “The Expendabelles” centerpiece Gina Carano, “In the Blood,” from director John Stockwell, slots considerably below “Haywire,” her at once lithe and bruising collaboration with Stephen Soderbergh. And yet there’s still a certain ramshackle appeal to the film, a starchy, “Taken”-meets-”Turistas” revenge picture which could just as easily be titled “Woman on Fire.” “In the Blood” centers around Ava (Carano) and Derek Grant (Cam Gigandet), a newly married couple who head to the Caribbean  [ Read More ]

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Cuban Fury Movie Review

Posted by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi On April - 7 - 2014 0 Comment
Cuban Fury Movie Review

Title: Cuban Fury Director: James Griffiths Starring: Nick Frost, Rashida Jones, Chris O’Dowd, Olivia Colman Dancing is the best therapy for melancholia, and director James Griffiths wisely picked the caliente-latino moves to help the main character face his childhood fears.   Former teen salsa champion Bruce Garrett (Nick Frost) is now a sad-sack engineer. But his passion for dancing – repressed as a child because of a bullying incident – is reignited by his crush on his bewitching new boss Julia (Rashida Jones) and the only way he can win her over is by mastering the art of dance.   This British romantic comedy sure has promise, with the brilliant  [ Read More ]

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Michael Cullen Love Transmitter Album Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On April - 6 - 2014 0 Comment
Michael Cullen Love Transmitter Album Review

Artist: Michael Cullen Album: Love Transmitter Producer: Tim Powles Being sincere while passionately expressing your thoughts and feelings about life and love isn’t always an easy process, but when you hold the powerful musical versatility and talent as Australian musician Michael Cullen, the method becomes more genuine and authentic. The multi-talented and resourceful singer-songwriter-instrumentalist, who fronted such 90′s bands as The Hardheads and Watershed, is proving his enchanting grip of the randomness and sincerity of relationships with his solo debut album, ‘Love Transmitter.’ The record, which was originally released in his native country in 2002, has been enthrallingly remastered for its recent American release. The performer, whose musical styles have  [ Read More ]

Categories: MUSIC, MUSIC REVIEWS, REVIEWS

Oculus Movie Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On April - 5 - 2014 0 Comment
Oculus Movie Review

Title: Oculus Director: Mike Flanagan (‘Absentia’) Starring: Karen Gillan (‘Doctor Who’), Brenton Thwaites (‘Home and Away’), Katee Sackhoff (‘Battlestar Galactica’), Rory Chochrane (‘Argo’) and James Lafferty (TV’s ‘One Tree Hill’) The most frightening and influential moments and inspirations can often come from the most unexpected and surprising places, and once they’re uncovered, they can leave both lasting and positive effects. Not only do the two main characters in the new horror film, ‘Oculus,’ have differing opinions about whether a malevolent spirit drastically altered their lives by causing their parents’ brutal deaths, but director Mike Flanagan also created a career-defining work with the movie. The helmer, who also co-wrote the script  [ Read More ]

Flex is Kings Movie Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On April - 4 - 2014 0 Comment
Flex is King Movie Review

Title: Flex is Kings Directors: Michael Beach Nichols and Deidre Schoo Starring: Jermaine ‘Flizzo’ Clement and Jay Donn Bravely and captivatingly taking a stand to memorably make a statement and prove your abilities and worthiness to your audience can be a challenge for many people. The new movie ‘Flex Is Kings,’ from documentarian filmmakers Michael Beach Nichols and Deidre School, made an admirable attempt to showcase how the importance of having a talent you excel in can not only enrich your future, but society as a whole. While the helmers did successfully prove that having confidence and a support system can help in achieving your goals, the movie unfortunately failed  [ Read More ]

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In The Blood Movie Review

Posted by juliana On April - 4 - 2014 0 Comment
In The Blood Movie

Title: In the Blood Director: John Stockwell Starring: Gina Carano, Cam Gigandet, Luis Guzmán, Stephen Lang, Amaury Nolasco, Ismael Cruz Cordova, Treat Williams and Danny Trejo Running Time: 90 minutes, Rated R, Available on VOD, iTunes & Theaters April 4th Eva (Gina Carano) and her husband Derek (Cam Gigandet) are on their honeymoon in the Caribbean. While out to dinner they meet Manny (Ismael Cruz Cordova) a local who promises to show them around the island and take them to the hottest club. At the club they have a run-in with the notorious kingpin Big Biz (Danny Trejo), and Eva gets into an impressive fight with some goons at the  [ Read More ]

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Alien Abduction Movie Review

Posted by bsimon On April - 4 - 2014 0 Comment
Matty Beckerman Alien Abduction

Title: Alien Abduction Director: Matty Beckerman Starring: Peter Holden, Katherine Sigismund, Corey Eid, Jillian Clare, Jeff Bowser, Riley Polanski There will be a time when young, aspiring indie filmmakers return predominantly to shooting what they know, which will give us a surge in chatty, beer-soaked navel-gazing — a quality that would almost seem radical in today’s cinematic environment. This is not yet that time, however, as the extraordinarily derivative, forthrightly titled and essentially pointless “Alien Abduction” confirms. Eschewing more sophisticated and higher-degree-of-difficulty moodiness for lots of panicked thrashing about, this found-footage horror tale is an exercise in well-intentioned tedium. The story centers on a vacationing family in Western North Carolina, comprised  [ Read More ]

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Captain America: The Winter Solider Movie Review

Posted by Perri Nemiroff On April - 2 - 2014 0 Comment
Our review of Captain America: The Winter Solider.

Title: Captain America: The Winter Solider Directed By: Joe Russo, Anthony Russo Starring: Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Redford, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Cobie Smulders, Frank Grillo, Emily VanCamp, Hayley Atwell, Toby Jones We’re talking about a hero with superhuman powers and a weapon with the ability to pinpoint villains via satellites capable of reading DNA and identifying a propensity to attack. It’s a downright outrageous scenario, but, dare I say, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” still feels like one of the most grounded Marvel movies out there. After the destruction in New York in “The Avengers,” Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) is attempting to lay low to  [ Read More ]

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Big Men Movie Review

Posted by bsimon On April - 2 - 2014 0 Comment
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Title: Big Men Director: Rachel Boynton A kind of true-life, slow-motion disaster flick for the NPR set, director Rachel Boynton’s “Big Men” is an engaging documentary that roots down into the very human and relatable effects of the discovery of a huge African oil deposit upon a disparate variety of characters, from the penthouse to the pavement. Assaying the mores and motivations of all these dreamers and schemers, the film throws a spotlight on human fallibility, and all the shades of grey that color the geopolitical world. The movie opens in 2007, when a small, Dallas-based oil exploration firm, Kosmos Energy — working in concert with local partners and an American investment  [ Read More ]

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Happy Camp Movie Review

Posted by bsimon On April - 1 - 2014 0 Comment
Happy Camp Movie

Title: Happy Camp Director: Josh Anthony Starring: Michael Barbuto, Anne Taylor, Josh Anthony, Teddy Gilmore An indie horror movie that makes decent use of its outdoor, real-life setting, but otherwise runs aground fairly early in its already concise running time, unable to come up with enough incidents to generate any legitimate sustained suspense, ”Happy Camp” represents one of the particular perils of a low-budget, calling card-type film. Piecemeal, the scene-to-scene work of young multi-hyphenates Josh Anthony, Anne Taylor and Michael Barbuto is fine. But absent a story that generates any sort of clearly defined stakes or rooting audience interest, the movie elicits more of a yawn than any lasting impression. “Happy Camp”  [ Read More ]

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The Unknown Known Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On March - 31 - 2014 0 Comment

THE UNKNOWN KNOWN   Radius-TWC Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes Grade:  B Director:  Errol Morris Cast:  Donald Rumsfeld, Errol Morris Screened at:   Park Avenue, NYC, 1/31/14 Opens:  April 2, 2014   Based on the mistakes that Donald Rumsfeld made—and noting that he seems to offer no apology for them—perhaps the U.S. would have been served better if Don were a secretary to a middle manager of Walmart than U.S. Secretary of Defense.  In Errol Morris’s highly stylized documentary—punctuated by Danny Elfman’s original score, some snazzy editing and a wealth of special effects—Rumsfold smiles insincerely, is fond of using euphemisms like “stuff happens,” “heck,” and  [ Read More ]

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Finding Vivian Maier Movie Review

Posted by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi On March - 30 - 2014 0 Comment
Finding Vivian Maier Movie Review

Title: Finding Vivian Maier Director: John Maloof, Charlie Siskel This brilliant documentary unveils, posthumously, a virtuoso of photography. Vivian Maier, didn’t aspire to fame. She didn’t call herself an artist. She was a nanny. A traveller. A woman who went by many names. She was aloof. At times cynical. And with some terribly bizarre habits. ‘Finding Vivian Maier’ reveals the strange and riveting life and art of one the most accomplished street photographers of the 20th century, whose work was discovered by John Maloof, when he bought a box of her negatives at a local thrift auction house in Chicago. Maloof’s incredibly perseverance in his scavenger-hunt-quest, to find out who  [ Read More ]

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On My Way Movie Review

Posted by bsimon On March - 30 - 2014 0 Comment
On My Way Movie

Title: On My Way Director: Emmanuelle Bercot Starring: Catherine Deneuve, Nemo Schiffman, Gérard Garouste, Claude Gensac, Paul Hamy Cineastes the world over can readily agree that Catherine Deneuve, who came of age as the muse of a number of influential filmmakers in the 1960s and ’70s, is an enchanting screen presence. And they can presumably agree that quality, leading roles for women as they age — complex roles in which they drive the action and don’t stand as an accessory to the men in their characters’ lives — are at a premium. Reasonable minds can agree on these things and still not walk away thrilled and uplifted by ”On My Way,” the road  [ Read More ]

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Hide Your Smiling Faces Movie Review

Posted by bsimon On March - 30 - 2014 0 Comment
Hide Your Smiling Faces Movie

Title: Hide Your Smiling Faces Director: Daniel Patrick Carbone Starring: Nathan Varnson, Ryan Jones It’s possible for a movie to confirm the innate filmmaking gifts of its helmer while still not quite succeeding as a standalone film. Such is the case with the artful yet frustrating ”Hide Your Smiling Faces,” directed by Daniel Patrick Carbone. A coming-of-age drama that values tone over incident, the movie pays homage to the impressionistic moves and rhythms of Terrence Malick, but has trouble establishing a strong and memorable identity of its own. Reminiscent of films like David Gordon Green’s stirring debut, “George Washington,” and, more recently, ”Tchoupitoulas” and “Only the Young,” Carbone’s movie centers on a  [ Read More ]

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Cheap Thrills Movie Review

Posted by bsimon On March - 30 - 2014 0 Comment
Cheap Thrills Movie

Title: Cheap Thrills Director: E.L. Katz Starring: Pat Healy, Sara Paxton, Ethan Embry, Amanda Fuller, David Koechner A tense, knotty (in more ways than one) valentine of leaching amorality that evokes memories of the infamous Milgram Experiment, the darkly comedic psychological horror film ”Cheap Thrills” is a satisfyingly warped walk on the wild side. Playing puppet master to wonderful effect, director E.L. Katz oversees a superb, smartly constrained technical package and a rich quartet of gripping performances, resulting in a violent, emotionally charged romp with surprising undertones of social commentary. Los Angeleno and would-be writer Craig Daniels (Pat Healy, of “Compliance”) is feeling the pinch of his occupational failings, what with a 15-month-old  [ Read More ]

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