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The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death Movie Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On January - 1 - 2015 0 Comment
The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death Movie Review

Title: The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death Director: Tom Harper Starring: Phoebe Fox, Jeremy Irvine, Helen McCrory, Oaklee Pendergast and Leanne Best Reflecting on painful past experiences to powerfully mature and learn to appreciate life’s value is a gripping and inspiring challenge for even one person to take on. But when those daunting experiences and painful agony are actually attached to a sinister home, that torment ends up threatening everyone who’s occupying it. That menacing emotional journey is the harrowing main focus in director Tom Harper’s new horror thriller, ‘The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death,’ the sequel to the hit 2012 film, ‘The Woman in Black,’  [ Read More ]

A Most Violent Year Movie Review 2

Posted by Karen Benardello On December - 29 - 2014 0 Comment
A Most Violent Year Movie Review 2

Title: A Most Violent Year Director: JC Chandor (‘Margin Call,’ ‘All Is Lost’) Starring: Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, David Oyelowo and Albert Brooks People who achieve their professional and personal goals after years of hard work and determination can appear to have the best and most exhilarating lives. But there are times when even the most moral and upstanding leaders in the community, who superficially appears to have the ideal life that everyone else aspires to emulate, can have the most unnerving problems they must contend with in order to maintain their true happiness. That insightful exploration into how far someone will go in order to protect their seemingly cherished  [ Read More ]

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A Most Violent Year Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On December - 26 - 2014 0 Comment
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A MOST VIOLENT YEAR A24 Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade:  A- Director:  J.C. Chandor Screenwriter:  J.C. Chandor Cast:  Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, David Oyelowo, Alessandro Nivola Screened at:  Dolby88, NYC, 11/24/14 Opens:  December 31, 2014 New York City remains the world’s most exciting metropolis, but not so far back, it was also a dangerous one.  Murders and rapes approached an all-time high in the early 1980s, and if you were in a dog-eat-dog business, you faced not only the wrath of your competitors but you enemies’ determination to finish off your company with methods that would not be unfamiliar in the movie “The Godfather.”  [ Read More ]

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The Interview: Movie Review

Posted by Melissa Molina On December - 25 - 2014 0 Comment
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Title: The Interview Directors: Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen Cast: Seth Rogen, James Franco, Randall Park, Lizzy Caplan, Diana Bang Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen’s ‘The Interview’ has been gaining continual popularity ever since the project began due to the obvious controversy, but Sony never dissuaded the filmmakers from creating their satire comedy. There’s been a number of movies in the same vein that have been in theaters before, but nobody ever imagined the impending release of ‘The Interview’ would turn into a potentially dangerous situation. After some of the craziness subsided, Sony found an alternate route in order to show the movie off to the public. Lots of movie-goers are  [ Read More ]

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Selma Movie Review 2

Posted by Karen Benardello On December - 23 - 2014 0 Comment
Selma Movie Review

Title: Selma Director: Ava DuVernay Cast: David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo, Tim Roth, Oprah Winfrey, Common, Cuba Gooding Jr., Dylan Baker, Trai Byers, Stephan James, Andre Holland and Tom Wilkinson Tirelessly and continuously working to finally capture and realize a hard-won moment of long-awaited justice and recognition is a captivating message that not only defines the determined nature of the lauded protagonists in the new historical drama, ‘Selma,’ but also the film’s dedicated filmmakers. Ava DuVernay, who recently made history for becoming the first black female director to be nominated for a Golden Globe Award, is deservingly receiving praise for her years of research and dedication in filming a dramatized version  [ Read More ]

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Into the Woods Movie Review 2

Posted by Karen Benardello On December - 22 - 2014 0 Comment
Into The Woods Movie Review

Title: Into the Woods Director: Rob Marshall Starring: James Corden, Emily Blunt, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Tracey Ullman, Daniel Huttlestone, Lilla Crawford, Billy Magnussen, MacKenzie Mauzy, Christine Baranski, Tammy Blanchard, Lucy Punch, Frances De La Tour, Simon Russell Beale, Annette Crosbie, with Meryl Streep and Johnny Depp Fairy tales are often passed down to young children as an enthralling and captivating source of amusing entertainment, but rarely do they passionately explore what truly happens to the characters once they achieve their happily ever after. So acclaimed film and Broadway director Rob Marshall, who has brilliantly chronicled the human condition and motivations in his previous projects, including the Academy Award-winning 2002  [ Read More ]

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Still Alice Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On December - 21 - 2014 0 Comment
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STILL ALICE Sony Pictures Classics Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade:  B Director:  Richard Glatzer, Wash Westmoreland Screenwriter:  Richard Glatzer, Wash Wesmoreland, from Lisa Genova’s book Cast:  Julianne Moore, Kristen Stewart, Alec Baldwin, Kate Bosworth, Hunter Parrish Screened at:  Sony, NYC, 11/7/14 Opens:  January 16, 2015 As they say, old age is better than the alternative.  Still, young people have an inordinate fear of going gray but really, it’s not as bad as they think.  Sure, you won’t be able to play even junior-high level football at age 60 and after 40, forget full-court basketball.  And the longer you live, the more chance some disease  [ Read More ]

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Blunda Surrender Single Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On December - 21 - 2014 0 Comment
Blunda Surrender Single Review

Artist: Blunda Single: Surrender Production: Written, Played, Recorded and Mixed by Andy Blunda; Mastered by Hans Dekline at Sound Bites Dog Mastering Reflecting on your most gratifying and agonizing experiences can be a powerful motivator as you not only strive to achieve your most enthralling life-long desires, as well as prove your sincere genuineness in your goals, but to also reestablish important connections, and show your determination in improving yourself. Acclaimed guitarist Andy Blunda, who first garnered attention when he played with Fastball during their height of fame in the late 1990s, is proving his storied history touring with various bands throughout his career has powerfully prepared him for his  [ Read More ]

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American Sniper Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On December - 20 - 2014 0 Comment
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AMERICAN SNIPER Warner Bros. Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade:  B+ Director:  Clint Eastwood Screenwriter:  Jason Dean Hall, from Chris Kyle’s book Cast:  Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Luke Grimes, Max Charles, Jake McDorman Screened at:  Warner Bros, NYC, 11/21/14 Opens:  December 25, 2014 When you go to a war movie, you want to root wholeheartedly for the Americans.  Fighting Hitler?  USA! USA!  But when you’re dealing with controversial fights such as our role in Vietnam, you can’t be blamed for being conflicted.  Remember that our armed forces are in a foreign land and are being resisted by the local people.  We’d do the same if  [ Read More ]

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Selma Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On December - 20 - 2014 0 Comment
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SELMA Paramount Pictures Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade:  B+ Director:  Ava DuVernay Screenwriter:  Ava DuVernay, Paul Webb Cast:  David Oyelowo, Tim Roth, Giovanni Ribisi, Cuba Gooding Jr., Lorraine Toussaint, Alessandro Nivola, Tom Wilkinson, Carmen Ejogo, Oprah Winfrey Screened at:  Tribeca, NYC, 12/3/14 Opens:  December 25, 2014 If you think that the federal holiday in mid-January honoring the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was easy to come by, you’ll think differently if you see Ava DuVernay’s “Selma.”  When you consider how Dr. King was despised in the southern states from the grass roots on up through the governors, you’ll think that Lyndon Baines Johnson must  [ Read More ]

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Two Days, One Night Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On December - 20 - 2014 0 Comment
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TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT (Deux jours, une nuit) IFC Films Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade:  C Director:  Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne Screenwriter:  Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne Cast:  Marion Cotillard, Fabrizio Rongione, Pili Groyne, Simon Caudry Screened at:  Review 2, NYC, 12/8/14 Opens:  December 24, 2014 There’s a reason that the aphorism “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you” is called the golden rule, and that is because the statement is the gold standard, representing the most basic rule of civilized conduct among people.  If you put yourself into another person’s shoes, and thereby really get to know what makes the  [ Read More ]

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Big Eyes Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On December - 20 - 2014 0 Comment
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BIG EYES The Weinstein Company Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade:  B+ Director:  Tim Burton Screenwriter:  Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski Cast:  Amy Adams, Krysten Ritter, Christoph Waltz, Jason Schwartzman, Danny Huston, Terence Stamp Screened at:  Review 1, NYC, 12/1/14 Opens:  December 25, 2014 I remember standing in line at a bank in Madrid during the 1970s, during the bad old days of Franco’s government.  A woman in front of me was cashing her own travelers’ checks.  The bank teller asked her for a document from her husband allowing her to take money out of the bank.  She insisted that the checks were her own in  [ Read More ]

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Leviathan Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On December - 20 - 2014 0 Comment

LEVIATHAN Sony Pictures Classics Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade:  B Director:  Andrey Zvyangintsev Screenwriter:  Andrey Zyvagintsev, Oleg Negin Cast:  Alexey Serebryakov, Elena Lyadova, Vladimir Vdovichenkov, Sergey Pokhodaev Screened at:  Sony, NYC, 11/25/14 Opens:  December 25, 2014 The principal character in Andrey Zvyangintsev’s “Leviathan” is one who during the two hours plus running time of the film becomes completely depleted.  He is a lost soul not just metaphorically but a man who has literally lost his two wives, his son, his home, his spirit, his freedom.  If that sounds similar to the fate of the biblical Job, which addresses the theme of God’s justice in  [ Read More ]

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Poker Night Movie Review 2

Posted by Karen Benardello On December - 20 - 2014 0 Comment
Poker Night Movie Review

Title: Poker Night Director: Greg Francis Starring: Beau Mirchoff, Michael Eklund, Ron Perlman, Ron Eldard, Titus Welliver, Giancarlo Esposito, Corey Large and Halston Sage Engaging in numerous and versatile attempts to emulate the success of respected professionals in your field, as you try to achieve your own accomplishments in your newly launched career, is a major key element in prevailing in your job. But following in their triumphs can also help in protecting your life in dire situations. The protagonist in Greg Francis’ feature film writing and directorial debuts, the action crime thriller, ‘Poker Night,’ creatively and determinately relied on the powerful advice he garnered from his new colleagues. He  [ Read More ]

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Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb Movie Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On December - 19 - 2014 0 Comment
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Title: Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb Director: Shawn Levy Starring: Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Owen Wilson, Steve Coogan, Ricky Gervais, Rebel Wilson, Ben Kingsley, Skyler Gisondo and Dan Stevens People often easily embrace the natural and intriguing relationships in their lives, and can start taking advantage of the belief that their connections will never be affected by anything in the world around them. It’s not until their beliefs and ideals change, due to their natural maturing and reactions to challenges around them, that they are finally forced to contend with the knowledge that everyone has to let go of those they love at some point. That relatable  [ Read More ]

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