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My Italian Secret Movie Review

3 hours ago

Title: My Italian Secret – Forgotten Heroes Director: Oren Jacoby Starring: Andrea Bartali, Pietro Borromeo, Gaia Servadio, Charlotte Hauptman, Pietro  Terracina, Ursula Korn Selig. ‘My Italian Secret’ tells the story of sports idol Gino Bartali and other Italians who saved Jews and refugees fleeing the Nazis in WWII. Bartali, the Tour de France cycling champion, made hundreds of trips transporting fake documents in the frame of his bicycle for a secret underground organised by the Cardinal and the Rabbi of Florence. In the meantime doctor Giovanni Borromeo, who worked at the Fatebenefratelli Hospital in Rome, created a ward to treat the terribly contagious non-existent ‘K’ disease, that mocked Kappler and  [ Read More ]

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- Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi

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The Salt of The Earth Movie Review

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Title: The Salt of the Earth Director: Wim Wenders & Juliano Ribeiro Salgado Starring: Sebastião Salgado. The great Wim Wenders returns to documentary. ‘The Salt of the Earth’ is an ode to the social photographer Sebastião Salgado, co-directed with the photographer’s son Juliano Ribeiro Salgado. The Brazilian artist of the camera, who has traveled in over 100 countries for his photographic projects, is captured by a master of the film industry, through a subtle narrative overlap of storytelling and photographic material. The documentary’s cinematically exquisite journey is accompanied by Laurent Petitgand’s celestial music score. Wim Wenders chooses to name this documentary using the same title of the 1954 American drama,  [ Read More ]

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- Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi

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Foxcatcher Movie Review

7 hours ago

Foxcatcher Sony Pictures Classics Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade:  B+ Director:  Bennett Miller Screenwriter:  E. Max Frye, Dan Futterman Cast:  Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, Vanessa Redgrave, Sienna Miller Screened at:  Sony, NYC, 10/20/14 Opens:  November 14, 2014 If you had a few million dollars, make that a billion, what would you do?  Would you collect a garage-full of antique cars?  Buy some property in the South of France?  Set up a philanthropic foundation?  These are options that many of the super-rich commit to, but John Eleuthere du Pont had other ideas.  A bird-watching enthusiast, he had a coffee-table picture book published on  [ Read More ]

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- Harvey Karten

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The Avengers: Age of Ultron Gets A New Teaser Trailer

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It’s now only a matter of time! “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” started production today in South Africa. In a little more than a year, we’ll all be in a nice theater watching “The Avengers” sequel in May 2015. At the moment, the new Marvel movie will feature Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Cobie Smulders, Samuel L. Jackson, James Spader, Elizabeth Olsen, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Thomas Kretschmann, and Paul Bettany as J.A.R.V.I.S. and Vision. “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” will hit theaters everywhere on May 1, 2015, in 3D.

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- Rudie Obias

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Nothing Bad Can Happen Movie Review

10 hours ago

Title: Nothing Bad Can Happen ( “Tore tanzt”) Drafthouse Films Director: Katrin Gebbe Writer: Katrin Gebbe Cast: Julius Feldmeier, Sascha Alexander Gersak, Annika Kuhl, Swantje Kohlhof Running Time: 110 minutes, Special Features: “Tore Tanzt: A Conversation With Julius, Katrin and Verena”; interview with director Katrin Gebbe; 12-page booklet; theatrical trailer; digital download of the film. Available: 10.14.14 Disclaimer: Thar be spoilers. Inspired by true events. Tore (Julius Feldmeier) has recently joined a religious organization of punks called The Jesus Freaks.  After getting baptized, he and his friend Owl stop by a broken down van and a helpless family inside. Tore walks up to them and offers his help, by laying  [ Read More ]

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- juliana

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Last Summer Movie Review

10 hours ago

Title: Last Summer Director: Leonardo Guerra Seràgnoli Starring: Rinko Kikuchi, Yorick Van Wageningen, Lucy Griffiths, Laura Sofia Bach, Daniel Brady, Ken Brady. The Rome Film Festival – which has had a precipitous downfall over the years – opens with a mediocre film. ‘Last Summer’ directed by Leonardo Guerra Seràgnoli has a very simple and nerve-wracking plot: A Japanese mother is obliged to spend a few final days with her 4-year-old son, who’s been whisked away in a custody battle, though we never know why. The boy is initially aloof – also because he’s overprotected by the staff on board of the yacht – but eventually will open up to his  [ Read More ]

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- Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi

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The Tale of Princess Kaguya Movie Review

12 hours ago

The Tale Of Princess Kaguya Gkids Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade:    B+ Director:  Isao Takahata Screenwriter:  Isao Takahata Cast:  Dubbed version: Chloë Grace Moretz, James Caan, Mary Steenburgen, Darren Criss, Lucy Liu, Beau Bridges, James Marsden, Oliver Platt, Dean Cain. Subtitled version: Aki Asakura, Kengo Kora, Takeo Chii, Nobuko Miyamoto, Atsuko Takahata, Tomoko Tabata, Tatekawa, Takaya Kamikawa, Hikaru Ijuin, Ryudo Uzaki, Nakamura Shichinosuke II, Isao Hashizume, Yukiji Asaoka, Tatsuya Nakadai Screened at:  Review 2, NYC, 10/14/15 Opens:  October 17, 2014 If your high school World History course was like mine, you spent a little time on Greece and Rome, another few weeks on medieval  [ Read More ]

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- Harvey Karten

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CBS and HBO Join FilmOn By Adding Online Television Programming

14 hours ago

Two big networks have decided invest in the world of online television. According to TV Mix, HBO Go and CBS have announced that they will provide online use of their programming without a cable subscription. This move comes on the heels of the Supreme Court’s ruling that FilmOn Networks and Aereo aren’t different than traditional cable providers. At the time of the ruling, FilmOn CEO Alki David said that the decision was “the beginning of the death of the bundle.” CBS and HBO’s move to online programming reiterates something David has said. “Give the consumer what they want, when they want it, on the devices they love,” he said. In  [ Read More ]

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- monique

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Werewolf Rising DVD Review

14 hours ago

Title: Werewolf Rising Image Entertainment / Rlj Director: BC Furtney Writer: BC Furtney Cast: Bill Oberst Jr., Melissa Carnell, Matt Copko, Brian Berry Danielle Lozeau Running Time: 80 minutes, Not Rated Special Features: None Emma (Melissa Carnell) has moved back home to the Arkansas mountains, and she is battling with her sobriety. She just needs to get away from the pressures from the big city. Being the only single woman in the area, she catches the eye from Wayne (Brian Berry), an old friend of her dad’s whom is more like a father to her and Johnny Lee (Matt Copko) an overly friendly escaped convict that is squatting in a  [ Read More ]

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- juliana

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The Houses October Built Movie Review

14 hours ago

Title: The Houses October Built Image Entertainment Director: Bobby Roe Writer: Bobby Roe, Zack Andrews and Jason Zada Cast: Bobby Roe, Brandy Schaefer, Mikey Roe and Jeff Larson Running time: 88 minutes, Not Rated In Theaters, VOD And iTUNES: 10.10.14 The Houses October Built is a found footage horror film about a group of friends who tour the southern states in an Rv, seeking out the most extreme haunted houses. They hear rumors of an elusive underground haunt called “The Blue Skeleton” and interview volunteers at these haunted houses to maybe get a hint as to its whereabouts. One night at a haunt, they all get pretty drunk and pumped  [ Read More ]

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- juliana

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First ‘A Merry Friggin Christmas’ Trailer With Robin Williams And Joel McHale

14 hours ago

The first trailer for the comedy ‘A Merry Friggin Christmas’ starring the late Robin Williams and ‘The Soup’s Joel McHale has been released in time for the start of the holidays. In the Tristram Shapeero directed comedy, McHale plays a family man who is forced to spend the holidays with his dysfunctional relatives. After realizing he has left his son’s gifts at home, McHale’s character will take a last minute road trip with his own father (played by Williams) that is sure to be hell as they race against the clock. In the brief first clip for the November 7th release, Williams is seen helping his grandson get ready for  [ Read More ]

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- Sarah Anne Luoma

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Jennifer Jason Leigh For The Hateful Eight

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Jennifer Jason Leigh has secured the leading female role in Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight. The highly anticipated post Civil War western – that was almost ditched by Tarantino due to a script leak – will position Leigh in the role of a Wyoming prisoner Daisy Domergue. A role Michelle Williams, Hilary Swank, Robin Wright and Demi Moore were all said to be eyeing. Shackled and guarded during a cold wintry transport by the local sheriff, Domergue may secure freedom thanks to a storm and four men who show up with unclear motives. Whether they are out to help the murderer before she is set to be hung is a  [ Read More ]

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- Sarah Anne Luoma

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The Judge Movie Review

14 hours ago

The Judge Warner Bros Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes Grade:  B Director:  David Dobkin Screenplay:  Nick Schenk, Bill Dubuque, from David Dobkin and Nick Schenk’s story Cast:  Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall, Vera Farmiga, Billy Bob Thornton, Vincent D’Onofrio, David Krumholtz Screened at:  Warner, NYC, October 6, 2014 Opens:  October 10, 2014 Containing all the tension and some of the twists that make John Grisham novels best sellers, David Dobkin’s “The Judge” adds a Hallmark style reconciliation between a small-town crotchety judge and his estranged slick lawyer son.  Director Dobkin, whose 2005 movie “Wedding Crashers” deals with two fun guys who sneak into weddings, takes  [ Read More ]

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- Harvey Karten

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The Devil Incarnate DVD Review

14 hours ago

Title: The Devil Incarnate (Original Title: Copiii: The 1st Entry) Image Entertainment Director: L. Gustavo Cooper Writer: Coe Douglas, Jon Bosworth and L. Gustavo Cooper Cast: Rod Luzzi, Graci Carli, Emily Rogers Running time: 76 minutes, Not Rated Special Features: None On DVD: 10.07.14 Trevor and Holly Davidson (Rod Luzzi and Graci Carli) are newlyweds on their way to Florida. They decide to stop at some tourist trap in Cassadaga where Holly wants to get a tarot reading. After a disappointing encounter with a palm reader, they are told by a mysterious homeless black man (insert cliche magical negro that we’ll see again) who tells the couple to seek out  [ Read More ]

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Keanu Reeves Answers Fan Questions During Live Global IMDb Event

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John Wick” is coming to theaters Oct. 24 and IMDb celebrated the film’s upcoming release by holding a live global Twitter event featuring the star of “John Wick,” Keanu Reeves. The multilingual event, which took place Wednesday, featured Reeves answering questions from fans from around the world. Some of the answers illuminated more about how Reeves prepared for his role. One fan, @summer0001, asked Reeves what steps he took to get in the mindset of John Wick. “On the action side I had [three] months of training. And I came up [with] a backstory for him & tried to personalize his emotions,” Reeves wrote. “And was supported by wonderful characters  [ Read More ]

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The Shoot, Starring John Dimaggio and Keith Allan, Coming to Theaters 2015

15 hours ago

Futurama” star John Dimaggio is starring in a brand new film coming to theaters in 2015. The film, “The Shoot,” gives a humorous and dark take on the music and fashion industries. Take a look at the synopsis: “Written and directed by John Adams and Toby Poser, the film is a dark, sometimes funny comment on American dreams and nightmares in the rock and roll and fashion industries. In the pic, a fashion shoot in the desert goes horribly wrong when two hard up rockers try their luck at robbing it.” The film seems to be a promising thriller/horror with dark comedy elements, so if you’re into off-kilter films, take  [ Read More ]

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The CW Secures American Reboot of The Town

15 hours ago

The recent show to come from Great Britain to American shores is “Broadchurch,” which was revamped into Fox’s “Gracepoint.” The show is currently not the big hit that Fox expected it would be, but that’s not stopping other networks from participating in the lure of bringing hard-hitting British dramas to the U.S. The CW is the latest network to reinterpret a British drama for American audienes. The Hollywood Reporter states that “Pretty Little Liars” co-showrunner Oliver Goldstick will write the adaptation of ITV’s “The Town” for The CW. Goldstick will also executive produce with the original series’ writer-creator Mike Bartlett. The original starred Andrew Scott (best known in America as  [ Read More ]

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- monique

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See if Horror Truly Exists in Ticket Giveaway For La Screening and Filmmaker Q&A

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See if horror truly ‘Exists’ in director Eduardo Sanchez’s upcoming film, which will released in select theaters and On Demand on Friday by Lionsgate. In honor of the new movie from the helmer, who helped shape the present tone and nature of the genre with his 1999 directorial debut, ‘The Blair Witch Project,’ the distributor is holding a special screening tomorrow night in Los Angeles. The event, which will start at 7pm, will be followed by a Q&A with Sanchez. Fans can experience the filmmaker’s latest movie by entering a ticket giveaway. To attend tomorrow night’s screening and Q&A with Sanchez in La, email existsgiveaway@gmail.com. Winners will be notified with  [ Read More ]

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- Karen Benardello

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Explore the ABCs of Death 2 in Frightening New Film Stills

21 October 2014 2:48 PM, PDT

Filmmakers from across the world are frighteningly showcasing how they interpret scares, one letter at a time, in the latest stills for the new horror comedy, ‘ABCs of Death 2.’ Horror fans are given a fresh look at the provocative alphabet sequel, which features 26 new directors and innovative ways to die. The follow-up to the 2012 anthology film, ‘ABCs of Death,’ will be distributed by Magnet Releasing and Drafthouse Films in select theaters on October 31. The second installment in the series is currently available on VOD. Magnet Releasing and Drafthouse Films have released the following synopsis for ‘ABCs of Death 2′ below. ‘ABCs of Death 2′ is the  [ Read More ]

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- Karen Benardello

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Win a Blu-ray Copy of Free Fall from ShockYa!

21 October 2014 2:19 PM, PDT

Free Fall,” the latest thriller from Anchor Bay Entertainment, is promising to make elevators your worst nightmare. The film, which comes from the producers of the “Halloween” and “Final Destination” franchises, stars D.B. Sweeney (“Taken 2,” “Fire in the Sky,” the upcoming “To Appomattox” miniseries), Sarah Butler (“I Spit On Your Grave,” “The Demented,” “Treachery”), Ian Gomez (“Cougar Town,” “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”) and screen legend Malcolm McDowell (“A Clockwork Orange,” “The Artist”). Here’s more about the film: “A top executive is killed in an apparent suicide leap from the skyscraper headquarters of Gault Capital. But when the dead man’s loyal protégé Jane Porter (Butler) uncovers some startling criminal  [ Read More ]

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