An unlikely gang of teenagers are determined to live the common adolescent dream, particularly by escaping their normal lives and embracing their favorite music at a celebrated festival. Actress Ella Purnell is leading that coming-of-age journey in the new British music-infused comedy-drama, ‘Access All Areas.’ The movie is now available in the U.S. on VOD […]

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Music fans can now experience the tour-driven whirlwind of misadventures, as well as the ultimate self-implosion, of veteran Chicago punk trio, Voice of Addiction. The musicians’ adventures are highlighted in their newly released documentary, ‘Punk Band.’ The movie’s Blu-ray is now available for $17.99 on the website for its production company, Madness Maker Films, and […]

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IN HARMONY (En équilibre) Icarus Films Reviewed by: Harvey Karten Director: Denis Dercourt Screenwriter: Denis Dercourt. Book by Bernard Sachsé. Cast: Albert Dupontel, Cécile De France, Marie Bäumer, Patrick Mille, Antonin Gabrielli, Carole Franck Screened at: Critics’ link, NYC, 6/14/18 Opened: July 13, 2018 in an Icarus DVD There are some things you’ll come away […]

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MAMMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN Universal Pictures Reviewed by: Harvey Karten Director: Ol Parker Screenwriter: Ol Parker, Richard Curtis from a story by Ol Parker, Richard Curtis, Catherine Johnson Cast: Lily James, Amanda Seyfried, Meryl Streep, Dominic Cooper, Cher, Christine Baranski, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Andy Garcia, Stellan Skarsgård Screened at: AMC Empire, NYC, […]

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DAMASCUS COVER Vertical Entertainment Reviewed by: Harvey Karten Director: Daniel Zelik Berk Screenwriter: Daniel Zelik Berk, Samantha Newton, from the novel by Howard Kaplan Cast: Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Olivia Thirlby, John Hurt, Jürgen Prochnow, Navid Negahban Screened at: Critics’ link, NYC, 6/8/18 Opens: July 20, 2018 Jonathan Rhys Meyers in the role of Ari Ben-sion […]

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GENERATION WEALTH Amazon Studios Reviewed by: Harvey Karten Director: Lauren Greenfield Screened at: Dolby24, NYC, 6/5/18 Opens: July 20, 2018 Laura Greenfield, a photographer who gets the lens turned on herself several times during “Generation Wealth,” indicts consumerism not only in the U.S. but also in countries that have been infected by the disease recently, […]

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Check out new photos from the premiere of “Siberia” in New York City above: The film tells the story of an American diamond merchant (Reeves), who travels to Russia to sell rare blue diamonds of questionable origin. As the deal begins to collapse he falls into an obsessive and passionate relationship with a Russian cafe […]

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Fearlessly taking on a seemingly terrifying task is a frightening situation for many people. The experience is even more alarming when it’s unprecedented, but courageous leaders are ultimately created by such daring encounters. That’s certainly the case for filmmaker Aislinn Clarke and the religious figureheads in her new horror movie, ‘The Devil’s Doorway.’ Clarke is […]

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This summer, actresses Chloe Traicos and Christelle Baguidy are taking a killer road trip to ‘Devil’s Cove.’ The stars’ trek as outlaws is set to begin on August 3, when the drama is released on in L.A theaters. In honor of the movie’s unveiling, Shockya is premiering an exclusive clip from the award-winning thriller. The […]

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Two unlikely heroes are set to help a young kidnapped girl survive her traumatic ordeal in the new thriller, ‘Abeyance.’ The sci-fi-driven movie has begun filming in Pontiac, Michigan, which was recently announced by Variety. The action filmm’s principal photography began late last month, and is set to conclude early next month. ‘Abeyance’s all-star ensemble […]

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Fearlessly fighting to capture and maintain an unwavering bond and sense of pride, no matter what adversities they face, is a powerful characteristic of the characters in, and filmmakers behind, many action movies. Such is the case for the protagonist and his family and foes, as well as the writer-director and main actor, of the […]

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SKYSCRAPER Universal Pictures Reviewed by: Harvey Karten Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber Screenwriter: Rawson Marshall Thurber Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Neve Campbell, Pablo Schreiber, Noah Taylor, Kevin Rankin, Roland Mueller, Byron Mann Screened at: Lincoln Square, NYC, 7/9/18 Opens: July 13, 2018 Here we have yet another expensive movie that fits into the template of summer spectaculars […]

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Musician: Steven Wheeler EP: ‘Terminal Velocity’ Always striving to explore new horizons and work with an expansive sonic palette is a valuable motivator for versatile musicians. Composer-producer Steve Wheeler is one such resourceful performer, whose eclectic vibes are rooted in such diverse styles as rock, jazz, hip-hop, concert band, metal, techno and musical theater. As […]

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Ryan Potter is ‘Running for Grace,’ both physically and emotionally, in the newly released official trailer and poster for the upcoming family drama. The film’s assets have been unveiled by its distributor, Blue Fox Entertainment, which is set to release the independent movie in theaters and on VOD on August 17. In addition to Potter, […]

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WHAT WILL PEOPLE SAY (Hva vil folk si) KINO LORBER Reviewed by: Harvey Karten Director: Iram Haq Screenwriter: Iram Haq Cast: Maria Mozhdah, Adil Hussain, Rohit Saraf, Ali Arfan, Sheeba Chaddha, Lalit Parimoo, Ekavali Khanna Screened at: Critics’ link, NYC, 6/26/18 Opens: July 13, 2018 It’s lucky that President Trump does not read movie subtitles […]

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EIGHTH GRADE A24 Reviewed by: Harvey Karten Director: Bo Burnham Screenwriter: Bo Burnham Cast: Elsie Fisher, Josh Hamilton, Emily Robinson, Jake Ryan, Daniel Zolghadri, Fred Hechinger Screened at: Dolby88, NYC, 6/21/18 Opens: July 13, 2018 In the Jewish religion a boy becomes a man at the age of thirteen. Fashionably enough, particularly in an age […]

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PATH OF BLOOD Paladin Reviewed by: Harvey Karten Director: Jonathan Hacker Screenwriter: Jonathan Hacker adapted from the book by Hacker and Thomas Small Cast: Samuel West, narrator. Tom Hollander as voices of the Jihad. Various members of Al-Qaeda plus government and security forces in Riyadh and environs Screened at: Critics’ link, NYC, 6/16/18 Opens: July […]

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SHOCK AND AWE Vertical Entertainment & Direct TV Reviewed by: Harvey Karten Director: Rob Reiner Screenwriter: Joey Hartstone Cast: Woody Harrelson, James Marsden, Rob Reiner, Milla Jovovich, Jessica Biel Tommy Lee Jones, Luke Tennie Screened at: Critics’ link, NYC 6/29/18 Opens: July 13, 2018 Our President lies so many times that each successive perseveration has […]

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Title: ‘Escape Plan 2: Hades’ Director: Steven C. Miller (‘Submerged‘) Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Dave Bautista, Huang Xiaoming, Jaime King, Jesse Metcalfe, Wes Chatham, Lydia Hull, Titus Welliver and Curtis ’50 Cent’ Jackson Contending with people who are so determined to succeed in their jobs, and prove that no one can stop them from accomplishing their […]

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Title: ‘The First Purge’ Director: Gerard McMurray (‘Burning Sands‘) Starring: Y’Lan Noel, Lex Scott Davis, Joivan Wade, Luna Lauren Velez and Marisa Tomei Behind every tradition lies a revolution. This Independence Day, Americans, as well as countries around the globe, can continue to witness how one of the planet’s most influential countries welcome a movement […]

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