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Poker Night Movie Review 2

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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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- Karen Benardello

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Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb Movie Review

19 December 2014 10:39 AM, PST

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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- Karen Benardello

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The Gambler Movie Review

18 December 2014 8:05 PM, PST

The Gambler Paramount Pictures Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade:  B Director:  Rupert Wyatt Screenwriter:  William Monahan based on the 1974 film “The Gambler” Cast:  Mark Wahlberg, John Goodman, Brie Larson, Michael Kenneth Williams, George Kennedy, Jessica Lange, Richard Schiff, Andre Braugher Screened at:  Paramount, NYC, 12/2/14 Opens:  December 19, 2014 (limited) Some say that compulsive gamblers who bet more money than they can afford are self-destructive, even suicidal. They actually want to lose, given their self-hate. This is doubtless true for some.  In “The Gambler,” however, scripter William Monahan finds Jim Bennett (Mark Wahlberg) as a guy who gambles despite a losing streak because  [ Read More ]

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- Harvey Karten

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Into the Woods Movie Review 2

18 December 2014 8:05 PM, PST

Into The Woods Walt Disney Pictures Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade:  C+ Director:  Rob Marshall Screenwriter:  James Lapine, music by Stephen Sondheim Cast:  Emily Blunt, Anna Kendrick, James Corden, Johnny Depp, Meryl Streep, Chris Pine, Emily Blunt, Christine Baranski Screened at:  Lighthouse, NYC, 11/27/14 Opens:  December 25, 2014 The tagline for the movie is “Be careful what you wish for…” the implication being that you may get your wish but that you are worse off than ever.  In fact, the four people who make wishes right at the opening of the fairy tale all wish for the things that mean the most to them,  [ Read More ]

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- Harvey Karten

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New Trailer for American Sniper Released

18 December 2014 4:39 PM, PST

American Sniper” is shaping up to possibly be one of Bradley Cooper’s defining roles. The film, which also stars Sienna Miller and is directed by Clint Eastwood, now has a new trailer detailing more of the drama that will make this film a possible Oscar contender. The film is based on the real story of Chris Kyle, “the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history.” “U.S. Navy Seal Chris Kyle is sent to Iraq with only one mission: to protect his brothers-in-arms. His pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield and, as stories of his courageous exploits spread, he earns the nickname “Legend.” However, his reputation is also growing  [ Read More ]

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- monique

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Poker Night Movie Review

18 December 2014 8:32 AM, PST

Title: Poker Night XLrator Media Director: Greg Francis Writer: Greg Francis Cast: Ron Perlman, Giancarlo Esposito, Beau Mirchoff, Titus Welliver, Michael Eklund, Ron Eldard, Corey Large, Halston Sage Running time: 1hr 44 min, Unrated (Language, Violence, Rape) In Theaters, VOD And iTUNES: December 20, 2014 Detective Stan Jeter (Beau Mirchoff) of Warsaw Indiana is welcomed to a poker game by a few of the city’s best detectives – Calabrese (Ron Perlman), Bernard (Giancarlo Esposito), Cunningham (Ron Eldard),  and Maxwell (Titus Welliver).  The rules of the poker game is that once the rookie wins, he can start asking questions. The guys meanwhile tell him tales of their most memorable cases in  [ Read More ]

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- juliana

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The Device DVD Review

18 December 2014 8:27 AM, PST

Title: The Device Rlj Entertainment Director: Jeremy Berg Writers: Jeremy Berg & John Portanova Cast: Angela Dimarco, David S. Hogan, Kate Alden Running time: 90 min, Unrated (Language, Violence, Sexuality) Special Features: 3 audio commentary tracks with writers & director, cast, Tracy Torme – screenwriter of Fire in the Sky and Intruders Available on DVD and Digital Download: December 16, 2014 Abby and Calvin (real-life spouses Angela Dimarco & David S. Hogan) are at the airport to pick up Rebecca (Kate Alden), Abby’s sister that they haven’t seen in over a decade.  They are reuniting to spread their mother’s ashes at a secluded lake.  During their visit together, something strange  [ Read More ]

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- juliana

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Cake Movie Review

18 December 2014 8:26 AM, PST

Title: Cake Director: Daniel Barnz Starring: Jennifer Anniston, Adriana Barraza, Felicity Huffman, William H. Macy, Anna Kendrick, Sam Worthington. Alfred Hitchcock once said that “Cinema is not a slice of life, but a piece of cake,” and snotty moviegoers will surely drool in seeing Jennifer Aniston finally committing to a challenging role with a raw interpretation. ‘Cake’ is the first low-budget, indie-style film since 2006’s ‘Friends with Money,’ where the comedic actress takes on a dramatic role, portraying a woman suffering from chronic pain, both mental and physical. The film opens at a support group where the acquaintances of Nina, a suicide victim (Anna Kendrick), are asked to share what  [ Read More ]

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- Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi

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The Skeleton Twins DVD Review

18 December 2014 8:24 AM, PST

Title: The Skeleton Twins Lionsgate Director: Craig Johnson Writers: Craig Johnson & Mark Heyman Cast: Bill Hader, Kristen Wiig, Luke Wilson, Ty Burrell Running time: 93 min, Rated R (Language, Sexuality, Drug Use) Special Features: Gag Reel; Outtakes; Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary with Director/Co-writer Craig Johnson; “To Whom it May Concern: Making the Skeleton Twins” Featurette; Sweet Moves (cast dancing); Feature Commentary with Director/Co-Writer Craig Johnson, Kristen Wiig and Billl Hader; Feature Commentary with Director/Co-Writer Craig Johnson, Co-writer Mark Heyman and Producer/ Editor Jennifer Lee Available on Blu-ray, DVD,  and On Demand on December 16th Maggie (Kristin Wiig) and Milo (Bill Hader) are estranged twins who haven’t seen each  [ Read More ]

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- juliana

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Watch Great Continental Railway Journeys for Free on FilmOn’s BBC Two Channel

18 December 2014 8:22 AM, PST

FilmOn viewers can watch travel documentary “Great Continental Railway Journeys” for free on FilmOn. The documentary, shown on BBC Two, features presenter Michael Portillo as he travels the same pathway Edwardian vacationers took while living the life of luxury. Here’s more about the program. Michael Portillo follows in the footsteps of Edwardian travellers to trace a route recommended in Bradshaw’s guide, journeying from the heart of France to the Mediterranean coast. He begins in the capital of cuisine, Lyon, where he finds out about the early 20th-century Meres Lyonnaises, to whom the city owes its gastronomic reputation. Ever keen to try his hand, Michael takes instruction from a top chef  [ Read More ]

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- monique

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Gang Related’s Cliff Curtis To Lead The Walking Dead Spinoff

18 December 2014 8:21 AM, PST

Gang Related star Cliff Curtis will lead the upcoming Walking Dead spinoff. Curtis will take on the role of a divorced teacher in the show from co-creator Robert Kirkman and Sons of Anarchy’s Dave Erickson. His character is a teacher named Sean Cabrera who is described as a morally sound individual who strives to do the right thing. The Walking Dead spinoff will chronicle Curtis’ lead character trying to live in a post-apocalyptic world – similar to the current AMC series’ story line. Curtis will be joined by a female guidance counselor and single mother. That role has yet to be cast by the showrunners. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood  [ Read More ]

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- Sarah Anne Luoma

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Christina Hendricks Joins Showtime’s Roadies With Luke Wilson

18 December 2014 8:19 AM, PST

Mad Men’s Christina Hendricks has found her next role following the end of the AMC drama. Hendricks has signed on to star in the Showtime comedy Roadies. The pilot will follow a road and tech crew on their travels during a music tour. Hendricks will play the part of a production manager opposite Luke Wilson who has been cast as the tour manager. Imogene Poots, Rafe Spall, Peter Cambor and Keisha Castle-Hughes have also been cast in the hour long drama. Roadies comes from Cameron Crowe, who is poised to both write and direct the pilot with Warner Bros. TV and Jj AbramsBad Robot set to produce. Winnie Holzman  [ Read More ]

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- Sarah Anne Luoma

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Tim Rice – A Life in Song now on FilmOn’s BBC Two Channel

18 December 2014 7:54 AM, PST

This Christmas, celebrate the life and musical achievements of legendary lyricist Tim Rice in the BBC Two special “Tim Rice – A Life in Song.” The special features moments from Rice’s 40 years in the music business, including many of his hit songs and movie moments including songs from “The Lion King” and “Evita.” Here’s more about the special. A celebration of one of our greatest musical lyricists. Tim Rice, in the company of Michael Grade, reminisces over 40 years of hit songs that conquered the world. Before each one is performed, hear the stories behind some of his best-loved work from Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Chess and The Lion  [ Read More ]

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- monique

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Exclusive: Clip from Poker Night Revels in Moodiness

17 December 2014 3:32 PM, PST

Poker becomes more than a game of skill and wit in the Xlrator Media thriller “Poker Night,” coming to theaters Dec. 20. The film, which is already available on iTunes and VOD, is directed by Greg Francis and stars fan favorites such as Ron Perlman, Giancarlo Esposito, Beau Mirchoff, Titus Welliver, Michael Eklund, Ron Eldard, Corey Large in a tense story of survival. “In this twisted thriller, a young detective is caught in a sadistic game of cat-and-mouse when he is kidnapped and tormented by a masked serial killer. In order to survive, the rookie must use the wisdom imparted to him by senior detectives on their regular poker night.”  [ Read More ]

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- monique

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Sony Cancels The Interview

17 December 2014 3:03 PM, PST

It’s been brewing for several weeks now, but it’s now official: Sony has decided to shelve “The Interview” from Christmas theatrical release. The film had been the center of a firestorm Sony has weathered in recent weeks; a hacking group known as the Guardians of Peace has taken control of the studio’s email accounts, releasing private correspondence that has revealed some harsh truths about how Sony does business. The hack has proven to be extremely thorough and the hackers promise a “Christmas gift,” not to mention threats to terrorize movie theaters who would show “The Interview.” The hackers invoked the tragedy of September 11 in their threats, which has led  [ Read More ]

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- monique

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Watch BBC Four’s Sex and Sensibility: The Allure of Art Nouveau for Free on FilmOn

16 December 2014 2:27 PM, PST

“Sex and Sensibility: The Allure of Art Nouveau,” a BBC Four documentary featuring the work of many of the fin-de-siecle artists, is available for free on FilmOn. The documentary is hosted by BBC’s Stephen Smith as he takes viewers through the lives of several female Art Nouveau artists. Here’s more about the documentary. “Britain’s art nouveau heritage is excavated as cultural correspondent Stephen Smith unearths the bright, controversial but brief career of Aubrey Beardsley. On a mission to uncover lesser known stars of Britain’s version of this continental fin-de-siecle-style, he explores the stunning work of Mary Watts and the massive influence of department store entrepreneur Arthur Liberty. In Scotland, he  [ Read More ]

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- monique

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Knight of Cups Gets A New Trailer

15 December 2014 1:56 PM, PST

“Once there was a young prince whose father, the king of the East, sent him down into Egypt to find a pearl. But when the prince arrived, the people poured him a cup. Drinking it, he forgot he was the son of a king, forgot about the pearl and fell into a deep sleep. Rick’s father used to read this story to him as a boy. The road to the East stretches out before him. Will he set forth?” The new movie stars Christian Bale, Natalie Portman, Cate Blanchett, Isabel Lucas, Teresa Palmer, and Frieda Pinto. Written & directed by Terrence Malick. “Knight of Cups” will be released sometime in  [ Read More ]

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- Rudie Obias

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Interview: Liv Ullmann Talks Miss Julie (Exclusive)

15 December 2014 9:29 AM, PST

Overcoming challenging adversities to fully realize and achieve your goals and find fulfillment can often become a daunting experience for many people to overcome. Academy Award-nominated actress Liv Ullmann made her triumphant return as a writer and director with the new drama, ‘Miss Julie,’ after last helming effort, the romantic drama, ‘Faithless,’ was released in 2000. ‘Miss Julie,’ which is based on August Strindberg’s 1888 play, captivatedly allowed Ullmann to fully infuse her adaptation with her relatable views about the ever-changing dynamics between classes in society in the independent film that was filmed entirely in 28 days. The drama also grippingly chronicles how both men and women can uninhibtedly capture  [ Read More ]

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- Karen Benardello

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The Online Film Critics Society Announce Winners For The 2014 Ofcs Awards

15 December 2014 8:31 AM, PST

While The Grand Budapest Hotel was released in February, it wins awards in December. Check out all the winners below (under Ralph Fiennes and Saoirse Ronan). Best Picture The Grand Budapest Hotel Best Animated Feature The Lego Movie Best Film Not in the English Language Two Days, One Night Best Documentary Life Itself Best Director Richard LinklaterBoyhood Best Actor Michael KeatonBirdman Best Actress Rosamund PikeGone Girl Best Supporting Actor Edward NortonBirdman Best Supporting Actress Patricia ArquetteBoyhood Best Original Screenplay The Grand Budapest Hotel Best Adapted Screenplay Gone Girl Best Editing Birdman Best Cinematography The Grand Budapest Hotel Best Non-u.S. Release  [ Read More ]

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- Rudie Obias

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Annie Movie Review

14 December 2014 6:47 PM, PST

Title: Annie Director: Will Gluck Starring: Quvenzhané Wallis, Jamie Foxx, Cameron Diaz, Bobby Cannavale, Rose Byrne, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, David Zayas. Director Will Gluckman, brings the musical ‘Annie’ back on screen, through the fourth film adaptation, following Columbia Pictures’ 1982 theatrical film, television sequel in 1995 and Disney’s 1999 television film – all based upon the 1924 comic strip ‘Little Orphan Annie’ by Harold Gray. The musical comedy-drama directed by Will Gluck is produced by Jaz-z and Will Smith. In this contemporary adaptation ten year old Annie Bennett (Quvenzhané Wallis) is a foster child living in Harlem, along with some other children, in the home of alcoholic Colleen Hannigan (Cameron Diaz).  [ Read More ]

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- Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi

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