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The Man Who Knew Infinity Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On April - 30 - 2016 0 Comment
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THE MAN WHO KNEW INFINITY IFC Films Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: B+ Director:  Matthew Brown Written by: Matthew Brown from Robert Kanigel’s book Cast: Jeremy Irons, Dev Patel, Devika Bhise, Stephen Fry, Toby Jones Screened at: Review, NYC, 4/25/16 Opens: April 29, 2016 Despite the universal numeracy requirement that students may plod through from pre-school to kindergarten, it’s safe to assume that most people have no idea what pure math is all about.  This is true as well for the people in India that form one subject of writer-director Matthew Brown in “The Man Who Knew Infinity,” based on Robert Kanigel’s book, The Man Who Knew Infinity: A  [ Read More ]

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Pandemic Movie Review

Posted by juliana On April - 30 - 2016 0 Comment
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Title: Pandemic XLrator Media DIRECTOR: John Suits WRITER: Dustin T. Benson CAST: Rachel Nichols, Alfie Allen with Missi Pyle and Mekhi Phifer Running Time: 91min Rated: Unrated (language, violence, gore) In Theaters on April 1st and on VOD and iTunes on April 5th In the near future, a virus that causes brain swelling and insane violence has taken over the planet. Dr Lauren Chase (Rachel Nichols, Chicago Fire) is separated from her husband and teenage daughter after the fall of New York. She goes to Los Angeles to rescue the few remaining uninfected survivors, and also find a way back to her daughter.  She leads a team with Gunner (Mekhi  [ Read More ]

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The Hoarder DVD Review

Posted by juliana On April - 30 - 2016 0 Comment
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Title: The Hoarder RLJ ENTERTAINMENT Director: Matt Winn Writer: James Handel, Matt Winn Cast: Mischa Barton, Robert Knepper, Valene Kane, Emily Atack, Andrew Buckley, Richard Sumitro, John Sackville, Charlotte Salt, Philip Philmar Running Time: 86 minutes Rated: Unrated (language, violence, gore) Special Features: Featurette – Making of “THE HOARDER.” Available on DVD and Digital Video April 5, 2016 Ella (Mischa Barton, The OC) and her best friend Molly (Emily Atack, BBC’s The Inbetweeners) decide to break into Ella’s fiancee Brad’s (Ed Cooper Clarke, Downton Abbey) storage unit to look for a diary; one thing that Ella must obtain right then in the dark of night to make or break her  [ Read More ]

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Alexandra Criminal Music Video Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On April - 26 - 2016 0 Comment
Alexandra Criminal Music Video Review

Artist: Alexandra Music Video: Criminal Production: Keith Olsen of Pogologo Productions and Stuart Epps The most passionate people often muster an unparalleled and pure commitment to a gripping stance in life, as their all-consuming devotion infiltrates every aspect of their being. Australian-based singer-songwriter, Alexandra, is one such fierce person, as she has developed an increasingly unprecedented fervor for expressing her true emotions through her music. The alternative pop rock vocalist and lyricist has released the official music video for her latest single, ‘Criminal,’ which relentlessly emphasizes her intense outrage over being hurt by a former significant other. As a uniquely intriguing musician who clings to unconventionality in life, and whose  [ Read More ]

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The Family Fang Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On April - 24 - 2016 0 Comment
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THE FAMILY FANG Starz Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: B Director:  Jason Bateman Written by: David Lindsay-Abaire based on Kevin Wilson novel of the same name Cast: Jason Bateman, Nicole Kidman, Christopher Walken, Maryann Plunkett Screened at: Review 1, NYC, 4/7/16 Opens: April 29, 2016 in NY.  May 6, 2016 wider. How many of us would like to have parents like those who produced Anne Fang (Nicole Kidman) and her brother Baxter Fang (Jason Bateman)?  The parents, Caleb Fang (Christopher Walken) and his wife Camille (Maryann Plunkett) are performance artists who regularly state that the purpose of art is to shake up the audience, not to soothe them.  In  [ Read More ]

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Viva Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On April - 24 - 2016 0 Comment
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VIVA Magnolia Pictures Reviewed by: Harvey Karten for CompuServe ShowBiz. Databased on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade: A- Director:  Paddy Breathnach Written by:  Mark O’Halloran Cast: Héctor Medina, Jorge Perugorría, Luis Alberto García, Renata Maikel Machin Blanco, Luis Manuel Alvarez Screened at: Review 1, NYC, 1/26/16 Opens:  April 29, 2016 Fathers want what’s best for their sons, but sometimes, while they mean well, they cannot accept what their boys are really like.  Such is the case in Paddy Breathnah’s “Viva,” which boasts a sensational performance for Cuban actor Héctor Medina in the title role.  If you doubt that his dad, a former boxer who served jail time for killing a man, would  [ Read More ]

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PORT OF Est.’s Clash Single Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On April - 24 - 2016 0 Comment
PORT OF Est.'s Clash Single Review

Artist: PORT OF Est.; Hannah Tarkinson – Vocals; Todd Kitchens – Producer; Joined by Chandler Rentz – Drums; Tim Watts – Bass Guitar and Vibes Single: Clash Production: Mixed by Jonathan Wyman at The Halo and Mastered by Grammy Award winner Adam Ayan at Gateway Mastering The most tantalizing and provocative thoughts and sentiments that people keep buried deep within their subconscious can often times powerfully surface at the most unexpected moments. But those gripping emotions can often strongly influence the way people react to the most important situations in their lives, and how they interact in their significant relationships. The electronic pop-experimental band, PORT OF Est., is effortlessly commanding  [ Read More ]

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Flaunt’s Rave Noir Album Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On April - 22 - 2016 0 Comment
Flaunt's Rave Noir Album Review

Artist: Flaunt, featuring Justin Jennings and Joseph Vitterito Album: Rave Noir Fearlessly exposing your distinct and authentic feelings can often times leave you emotionally vulnerable and susceptible to being hurt by the people who supposedly care about you the most. But passionately chronicling and freely sharing those sentiments with the world can powerfully allow you to move past your pain. Justin Jennings and Joseph Vitterito, the duo who makes up the indie-alt pop-rock band, Flaunt, are inspirationally doing just that with their latest album, ‘Rave Noir.’ The Independent Music Award-winning synth group has effortlessly created an eclectic selection of songs that alluringly detail the relatable pain and joy that equally  [ Read More ]

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Le Confessioni (The Confessions) Movie Review

Posted by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi On April - 21 - 2016 0 Comment
Le Confessioni (The Confessions) Movie Review

Title: Le Confessioni (The Confessions) Director: Roberto Andò Starring: Toni Servillo, Daniel Auteuil, Connie Nielson, Pierfrancesco Favino, Marie-Josée Croze, Moritz Bleibtreau, Lambert Wilson. The story takes place in Germany in a luxury hotel where the Italian monk, Roberto Salus (Toni Servillo), is invited to the European G8 summit. The unexpected invitation is done by the powerful Daniel Roché (Daniel Auteuil), chief of the International Monetary Fund, who asks him to confess him during a mysterious night that leads to Roché’s suicide. Consequently the international legislators start to wonder: Was the conversation between the two men about the scheme that is about to be approved? Getting an answer from the holy  [ Read More ]

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Truman Movie Review

Posted by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi On April - 21 - 2016 0 Comment
Truman Movie Review

Title: Truman Director: Cesc Gay Starring: Ricardo Darin, Javier Camara, Eduard Fernandez, Javier Gutierrez, Jose Luis Gomez, Elvira Minguez, Oriol Pla, Dolores Fonzi. Spanish filmmaker Cesc Gay with wistful delicacy tells the story of Julian (Ricardo Darin), affected by a terminal cancer, as he prepares to face his final curtain. ‘Truman’ begins with Julian meeting his old time friend Tomas (Javier Camara), who comes to visit him from Canada to enjoy a final reunion. Tomas accompanies Julian to all the “errands” that a departing person should be doing, from choosing the urn where his ashes will rest, to visiting his son in Amsterdam for his birthday, and most importantly seek  [ Read More ]

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The Measure of a Man Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On April - 20 - 2016 0 Comment
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THE MEASURE OF A MAN (La Loi du marché) Kino Lorber Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: B+ Director:  Stephán Brizé Written by: Stphan Brizé, Olivier Gorce Cast: Vincent Lindon, Yves Ory, Karine de Mirbeck, Matthieu Schaller, Xavier Mathieu Screened at: Review 2, NYC, 4/5/16 Opens: April 15, 2016 No matter what politicians tell you about what matters most, whether it be Donald Trump who recently cited the three biggest issues in America are “security, security, security,” most Americans, whether they admit it or not, will say, “It’s the economy,stupid.”  Political scientists regularly confirm that whether a President gets a second term depends on the health of the economy.  The  [ Read More ]

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The Program Movie Review

Posted by juliana On April - 20 - 2016 0 Comment
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Title: THE PROGRAM Momentum Picture Director: Stephen Frears Writer: John Hodge, Inspired by the book: Seven Deadly Sins: My Pursuit of Lance Armstrong by David Walsh Cast: Ben Foster, Chris O’Dowd, Guillaume Canet, Jesse Plemons, Lee Pace, Denis Menochet, Edward Hogg and Dustin Hoffman Running time: 1hr 43min Rated: R (Language) IN THEATERS, AVAILABLE ON VOD AND iTUNES: March 18, 2016 Lance Armstrong (Ben Foster, 3:10 To Yuma) was an American champion cyclist that won 7 consecutive Tour de France titles since 1999. He was followed by journalist David Walsh (Chris O’Dowd, Bridesmaids ) for most of his career. In 1996 Armstrong developed stage 3 testicular cancer and underwent some serious  [ Read More ]

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Sunset Song Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On April - 20 - 2016 0 Comment
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SUNSET SONG Magnolia Pictures Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: A- Director:  Terence Davies Written by: Terence Davies, adapting Lewis Grassic Gibbon’s novel Cast: Agyness Deyn, Peter Mullan, Kevin Guthrie, Ian Pirie Screened at: Review 2, NYC, 4/20/16 Opens: May 13, 2016 If you’re like me, more than occasionally tired of the New York rat race, disgusted with the slow train service and wondering why you’re even willing to be packed in like a sardine, then prepare to envy the topography of Terence Davies’s “Sunset Song.”  From the beginning, you’ll see areas of New Zealand, Scotland and Luxembourg, all standing in for a village in Aberdeenshire, in a simpler but  [ Read More ]

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The Sea of Trees Movie Review

Posted by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi On April - 20 - 2016 0 Comment
The Sea of Trees Movie Review

Title: The Sea of Trees Director: Gus Van Sant Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Naomi Watts, Ken Watanabe. If you google “the perfect place to die” your result will be the Aokigahara Forest, The Suicide Woods of Mount Fuji. This phrase, which is the title of Wataru Tsurumui’s bestselling book, has inspired director Gus Van Sant for a new film that explores a man’s introspection on the way he has lead his life as a husband. An American scientist, Arthur Brennan (Matthew McConaughey), travels to the “Suicide Forest” in Japan, the site of numerous suicides, to end his life. There he encounters a Japanese man, Takumi Nakamura (Ken Watanabe), who wants to  [ Read More ]

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Charlie Funk’s Give Me A Groove EP Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On April - 20 - 2016 0 Comment
Charlie Funk's Give Me A Groove EP Review

Artist: Charlie Funk EP: Give Me A Groove Produced by Tomás Doncker and James Dellatacoma, and Mastered by Michael Fossenkemper, for True Groove Records Supporting the progressively insightful ideas of your colleagues as they strive to influence their audiences can be a rewarding experience as you strive to help leave an influential mark on society’s ideals. But finally having the courage and drive to fully commit to sharing your own revolutionary ideas can be even more liberating and fulfilling. Longtime staff songwriter for True Groove Records, Charlie Funk, has finally stepped into the spotlight to showcase his own vocal range with his much anticipated solo debut EP, ‘Give Me A  [ Read More ]

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