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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 ]

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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 ]

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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 ]

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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 ]

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The Trip to Italy Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On August - 11 - 2014 0 Comment
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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 ]

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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 ]

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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 ]

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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 ]

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James Cameron’s Deepsea Challenge Movie Review

Posted by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi On August - 3 - 2014 0 Comment
James Camerons Deepsea Challenge Movie

Title: James Cameron’s Deepsea Challenge Director: John Bruno, Ray Quint, Andrew Wight Starring: James Cameron, Frank Lotito, Lachlan Woods, Paul Henri. ‘Deepsea Challenge 3D’ attests how human will is the key to discovery. Pushing ourselves beyond the boundaries that surround us, with cognition and sensibility, can lead to outstanding results. The expedition to make the first solo voyage to the deepest part of the ocean, is an inspiring metaphor on the fulfillment of lifelong dreams. ‘Deepsea Challenge 3D’ blends Cameron’s passions for filmmaking, science, technology and diving, along with his ability to wear multiple hats, such as executive producer, expedition leader, submersible co-designer and pilot. In fact this could also  [ Read More ]

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Get On Up Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On July - 30 - 2014 0 Comment
Get On Up Movie

GET ON UP Universal Pictures Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes Grade:  C+ Director:  Tate Taylor Screenplay:  Story by Steven Baigelman, screenplay by Jez Butterworth, John-Henry Butterworth Cast: Chadwick Boseman, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Nelsan Ellis, Lenni James, Tika Sumpter Screened at:  AMC Lincoln Square, NYC, 7/28/14 Opens:  August 1, 2014 It’s a fact that rap music has more white customers than black, so there is indeed a cross-over appeal of African-American music and dance.  It’s no secret that soul, with James Brown as its leading figure, has crossed over as well, making Tate Taylor’s “Get On Up” a potential box office blockbuster with audiences of  [ Read More ]

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Child of God Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On July - 28 - 2014 0 Comment
Child of God Movie

CHILD OF GOD     Wellgo Releasing Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes Grade:  B Director:  James Franco Screenplay:  James Franco, Vince Jolivette, based on the novel Child of God by Cormac McCarthy Cast:  Scott Haze, Tim Blake Nelson, Jim Parrack, Nina Ljeti, Brian Lally, James Franco Screened at:    Dolby88, NYC, 7/23/14 Opens:  August 1, 2014 Living close to nature is not what it’s cracked up to be.  Yeah, it’s fine for a week, if you’re into camping, but when you have to live like a feral animal in the hills of East Tennessee, virtually homeless with nary a shack within a mile, you could get mighty  [ Read More ]

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Lucy Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On July - 28 - 2014 0 Comment
Lucy Movie

LUCY Universal Pictures Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes Grade:  B Director:  Luc Besson Screenplay:  Luc Besson Cast:  Scarlett Johannson, Morgan Freeman, Pilou Asbaek,  Min-sik Choi, Clare Tran Screened at: NYC, 7/21/14 Opens:  July 25, 2014 At the movie’s conclusion, Lucy (Scarlett Johansson) states: “We’ve had life for a billion years.  Now we know what to do with it.”  What does she think we should do with our lives?  Presumably we should be able to stare at a gun and watch the bullets fall out harmlessly to the ground; look at a bunch of gangsters pointing AK-47s at us and have them drop their pieces and  [ Read More ]

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