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Fences Movie Review

2 December 2016 11:01 AM, PST

Fences Paramount Pictures Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: A- Director:  Denzel Washington Written by: August Wilson based on his play Cast: Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Mykelti Williamson, Russell Hornsby, Saniyya Sidney, Jovan Adepo Screened at: AMC Lincoln Sq., NYC, 11/19/16 Opens: December 25, 2016 Regular moviegoers may see no small irony relating to Donald Trump’s elevation to the presidency.  Just as movies are pouring out of Hollywood and the independent studios about the awful heritage of slavery and segregation, just as Americans are now regularly aware of the tragic fate of minorities in our democracy, and just when progressive officeholders and the courts have pushed back the artificial boundaries  [ Read More ]

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Steven Seagal Has a Contract to Kill in Action Film’s Exclusive Photo Gallery

2 December 2016 5:30 AM, PST

The war on terror needs reliable agents who are willing to take any extreme action deemed necessary to stop a country’s brutal enemies. Steven Seagal is one such dependable operative, as he will repeatedly put himself in harm’s way in order to block an extremist group’s plot to bring harm into America, in his new film, ‘Contract to Kill.’ The movie, which is the action star’s latest entry in the genre that helped make him famous, follows the actor as he plays a CIA operative who is hired to take out an elusive terrorist. In honor of the project’s upcoming release, Shockya is debuting an exclusive photo gallery from the  [ Read More ]

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- Karen Benardello

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New York Film Critics Circle Awards 12/1/16

1 December 2016 12:41 PM, PST

New York Film Critics Circle Awards  12/1/16 Film: La La Land Director: Barry Jenkins for Moonlight Screenplay: Kenneth Lonergan for Manchester by the Sea Actress: Isabelle Huppert for Elle and The Things to Come Actor: Casey Affleck for Manchester by the Sea Supporting Actress: Michelle Williams for Manchester by the Sea & Certain Women Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali for Moonlight Foreign Language Film: Toni Erdmann Cinematography: James Laxton for Moonlight Nonfiction Film: Oj: Made in America First Film: The Edge of Seventeen tied with Krisha Animated Film: Zootopia Special: Editor Thelma SchoonmakerJulie Dash’s Daughters of the Dust 25th Anniversary

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- Harvey Karten

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Tom Cruise Fighting Gods and Monsters in The Mummy’s Teaser Trailer and Poster

1 December 2016 8:02 AM, PST

Tom Cruise is unleashing a new version of the legend that has fascinated cultures all over the world since the dawn of civilization, as the first glimpse into his anticipated action-adventure film, ‘The Mummy,’ has been revealed. Universal Pictures, which will distribute the drama into theaters on June 9, 2017, has just unveiled the teaser trailer and a new poster for the reboot. The teaser clip serves as a precursor to the full length trailer, which will debut this Sunday, December 4. In addition to Cruise, ‘The Mummy’ also stars Sofia Boutella, Annabelle Wallis, Jake Johnson, Courtney B. Vance and Russell Crowe. The new action-adventure rebot was written by Jon  [ Read More ]

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- Karen Benardello

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The Brand New Testament Movie Review

30 November 2016 6:36 AM, PST

The Brand New Testament Music Box Films Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: B Director:  Jaco Van Dormael Written by: Jaco Van Dormael, Thomas Gunzig Cast: Pili Groyne, Benoît Poelvoorde, Yolande Moreau, Catherine Deneuve Screened at: Review 2, NYC, 11/21/16 Opens: December 9, 2016 Donald Trump called Brussels “a hell-hole,” so how could God possibly reside there?  Easy.  In the creative minds of director and co-writer Jaco Van Dormael and of co-scripter Thomas Gunzig, God may well reside in such a place as he is not a nice fella, but a jerk.  He is so bored (can’t blame him after having lived longer than today’s Okinawans) he dreams up ways  [ Read More ]

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- Harvey Karten

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Wgn America’s Salem Exclusive Clip Shows Mary Sibley Discovering the Innocence of Suspected Witches

29 November 2016 1:56 PM, PST

The lives of the innocent who couldn’t be saved won’t soon be forgotten. Reaffirming that sense of virtue is a key element for the survival of the characters on Wgn America’s acclaimed fantasy television series, ‘Salem.’ In honor of the cable network airing ‘Night’s Black Agents,’ the fourth episode of the drama’s current third season, tomorrow at 9:00 pm Et/Pt, Shockya is premiering an exclusive clip from the show, which is titled ‘Mary Sibley.’ In ‘Mary Sibley,’ the troubled protagonist, who’s played by the series’ lead actress, Janet Montgomery, is being plagued by the ghost of Rebecca Nurse, who was wrongfully executed for witchcraft. As Rebecca reaffirms that she isn’t  [ Read More ]

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- Karen Benardello

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Twitter Announces Live Streaming Event for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story #RogueOne

29 November 2016 6:24 AM, PST

San Francisco, November 29, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Twitter today announced it is collaborating with Disney and People to live stream exclusively a special Rogue One: A Star Wars Story event. The live stream, hosted by People, will feature the debut of never-before-seen content from Rogue One followed by a Q&A with the director and cast members from the film. Live coverage will start on Friday, December 2nd at 10am Pt, streaming from a surprise location. The live stream will be available worldwide to Twitter’s logged-in and logged-out audience on Twitter and connected devices and can be found at RogueOne.twitter.com, in Twitter Moments and through @StarWars and @people. The experience will  [ Read More ]

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The Comedian Movie Review

29 November 2016 6:16 AM, PST

The Comedian Sony Pictures Classics Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: C+ Director:  Taylor Hackford Written by: Art Linson, Jeffrey Ross, Lewis Friedman, Richard Lagravenese Cast: Robert De Niro, Leslie Mann, Edie Falco, Harvey Keitel, Danny DeVito, Patti LuPone Screened at: Sony, NYC, 11/18/16 Opens: January 13, 2017 You may think that the new vulgarity in the U.S. makes its presence felt only in films produced by Judd Apatow and others of his ilk. Taylor Hackford thinks otherwise.  You get the impression by watching the jokes told by Jerry Burke (Robert De Niro) that comedy clubs need grossness to bring in a young audience.  For that matter, the old folks  [ Read More ]

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Interview: Steven Okazaki Talks Mifune: The Last Samurai (Exclusive)

28 November 2016 2:44 PM, PST

Being a revolutionary pioneer in a particular field of work should be an accomplishment that’s continuously celebrated. Unfortunately, not all visionaries receive the praise they deserve for launching an honored way of life into mainstream society. That’s regrettably the case with actor Toshiro Mifune, who began to garner fame in the late 1940s after he served in World War II. In Oscar-winning filmmaker Steven Okazaki’s new documentary, ‘Mifune: The Last Samurai,’ the performer is highlighted as not only being the first international Asian, but overall nonwhite, star who garnered worldwide attention in the action genre. While Mifune’s work has left lasting impressions on dedication genre fans, the majority of the  [ Read More ]

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- Karen Benardello

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Extended Look at Rogue One: A Star Wars Story on #BlackMonday

28 November 2016 6:37 AM, PST

Lucasfilm just sent us an extended look at “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” from director Gareth Edwards and starring Felicity Jones, Mads Mikkelsen and Alan Tudyk. From Lucasfilm comes the first of the Star Wars standalone films, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” an all-new epic adventure. In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves.

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The Eyes of My Mother Movie Review

28 November 2016 6:31 AM, PST

The Eyes Of My Mother Magnet Releasing Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: B Director:  Nicolas Pesce Written by: Nicolas Pesce Cast: Kika Magalhaes, Will Brill, Flora Diaz, Paul Nazak, Clara Wong Screened at: Critics’ DVD, NYC, 11/17/16 Opens: December 2, 2016 First-time writer-director Nicolas Pesce can look forward at age twenty-six to fairly original contributions to fans of horror who, at the same time, have the necessary patience to sit through a lyricism that makes a serial killer almost likable.  While you may compare parts of the plot to events in the “Saw” series, primarily the frequent use of chains to keep a psycho’s prey in place in the  [ Read More ]

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Interview: Olatz López Garmendia Talks Patria o Muerte: Cuba, Fatherland or Death (Exclusive)

28 November 2016 5:45 AM, PST

Inspiration to revolt against a government that’s not serving its citizens’ needs can often be sparked from a few people who voice their opposition to their leaders’ rulings. As seen with the Cuban Revolution in the 1950s, a coup that was meant to bring more freedom to the people ultimately turned the country into the current Unitary Marxist–Leninist one-party state, which isn’t helping its citizens. Filmmaker Olatz López Garmendia’s new documentary, ‘Patria o Muerte: Cuba, Fatherland or Death,’ powerfully highlights how the country’s current dictatorship is guiding more people today to rebel against their oppressive leaders. ‘Patria o Muerte: Cuba, Fatherland or Death’ marks the documentary film directorial debut of  [ Read More ]

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Kill Ratio Exclusive Clip Shows How Tom Hopper Has Put a Military’s Coup in Jeopardy

28 November 2016 5:30 AM, PST

Dedicated military officers are known for being willing to put their lives at risk in order to defend their ideals and the safety of their country. The intense dedication the soldiers willingly take on in order to complete their missions becomes even more extreme when their enemy is determined to put them in endanger. That fight between adversaries is compellingly showcased in the upcoming action film, ‘Kill Ratio.’ In honor of the movie being released by XLrator Media, Shockya is premiering an exclusive new clip. XLrator Media is set to distribute ‘Kill Ratio’ in theaters on December 9, before also releasing it on VOD and iTunes on December 13. The  [ Read More ]

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Interview: Fede Alvarez Talks Don’t Breathe (Exclusive)

28 November 2016 5:30 AM, PST

Immediately judging a person just on their appearance is an erroneous trait that many people take on, as they’re encouraged to follow society’s lead of not thinking they should appreciate others for their personalities more than anything else. Swiftly being placed in dangerous situations that reveal people’s character as they struggle to protect themselves ultimately proves whether or not those instant intuitions are indeed accurate. Director and producer Fede Alvarez, who wrote the script for the horror film, ‘Don’t Breathe,’ with his frequent co-scribe, Rodo Sayagues, stunningly proved that people’s natural reactions in times of despair offer the most accurate insight into their temperament. The crime drama, which is now  [ Read More ]

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Things to Come Movie Review

27 November 2016 8:05 PM, PST

Things To Come (L’avenir) Sundance Selects Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: B Director:  Mia Hansen-Løve Written by: Mia Hansen-Løve Cast: Isabelle Huppert, André Marcon, Roman Kolinka, Edith Scob, Sarah Le Picard, Solal Forte Screened at: Digital Arts, NYC, 11/9/16 Opens: December 2, 2016 When did you ever hear this in any film you’ve seen: “So long as we desire, we can do without happiness.”  Here’s a statement that hardly axiomatic, one that might come from the mind of a philosopher or one who teaches philosophy.  Generally, in materialistic societies we desire quite a lot, yet  Buddhists warn us that desire is the source of pain.  But Nathalie Chazeaux (Isabelle  [ Read More ]

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