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“Arctic” Defying Death

February 21st, 2019 No comments

 

 

Review by John Delia

A frost biting  film with some magnificent cinematography, Arctic puts its audience into survival mode. The film has a very good lone performance by Mads Mikkelsen that certainly is up there with his best. The storyline, however, has been done in many different locations including the snowbound wilderness of the Andes (Alive 1993), stuck on an island (Cast Away 2000), lost in a dessert (Gerry 2002), a rocky canyon (127 Hours 2010), stranded at sea (All Is Lost 2013), deserted in a rainforest (Jungle 2017), and many more. That said, for those that like a lot of suspense and deathly challenges, it doesn’t matter if you have seen the aforementioned as this one really works. Read more…

“Fighting With My Family” Rings The Bell

February 21st, 2019 No comments

 

 

Review by John Delia

It’s one of those true stories that feature a lot of comedy due to the lifestyle and actions of a family that’s entrenched in the entertainment of wrestling. Nicely acted and directed, the cast of Fighting with My Family is very recognizable and take their roles seriously, making the film enjoyable to watch. The story may be a little over the top, but as far as the filmmakers are concerned it all really happened. It’s a fun movie and one I wouldn’t mind watching again. Read more…

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“Alita: Battle Angel” A Wild Ride

February 15th, 2019 No comments

 

 

Review by John Delia

If you are a fan of Manga, then you probably already know the character Alita. If you are just an action or superhero lover, then you’re covered as both genres take stage in Alita: Battle Angel. It’s a fast moving and furious action movie now in theaters. If you fall in love with Alita, I’ll remind you she’s just a figment of someone’s imagination, or is she? Read more…

“Heading Home” The Tale of Team Israel

February 7th, 2019 No comments

 

Review by John Delia

A great honor in sports is to get invited to a local, state, national or even an international tournament. It’s not an easy task as for some teams you have to win all your games in the season or win a state or national tournament. In the year 2017 Israel found itself in the unbelievable position of an invitation to an international baseball tournament that’s only held every four years. Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel is a documentary on that event and a tribute to all those who never say die. It’s a triumph for the underdog! Read more…

“Capernaum” Oscar Nominated

January 31st, 2019 No comments

 

 

Review by John Delia

A good choice as one of the five nominated films  for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Film, Capernaum, comes to theaters this Friday well before Oscar night. It’s definitely worthy of a win, but the competition is very stiff with other titles having already run the gamut for a Golden Globe. But, this film is very special with a lot of heart and involves the strife the middle-east has been experiencing. Released in the USA in its native language of Arabic with some Amharic and other mid-east dialects, the movie depicts the determination, defiance and struggle of one boy who represents a part of the downtrodden lifestyle in a challenging nation. Read more…

“They Shall Not Grow Old” A Gripping Documentary

January 31st, 2019 No comments

 

 

 

Review by John Delia

I’m sure many of you reading this review have seen documentaries about war that have run on cable TV. The most prevalent is World at War that covers World War II and other American conflicts. Digging through archives of war museums could be a very difficult task and one that would have to be approved by the powers that be. Most of you also know Peter Jackson for his films The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit trilogy. Read more…

“The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” Now on Blu-ray and 4K

January 29th, 2019 No comments

 

Review by John M. Delia, Jr.

Using the perfect amount of animation, special effects and CGI to create the necessary feel that makes the film lively and real The Nutcracker and the Four Realms comes to home video. The film is both delightful and adventurous as we follow a youngster that has suffered a loss and her challenging road to recovery. The family film is perfect, even though it may not be Christmas when you watch it at home on DVD, Blu-ray or even 4K. Read more…

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“Serenity” Mystery and Uncertanty

January 25th, 2019 No comments

 

 

 

Review by John Delia

It’s beautifully filmed, courageously acted, complicated, and twisted , so keep focused for the payoff as it’s a zinger. The movie Serenity opens this weekend with an interesting twist and some amazing scenery. While the cast makes their characters interesting and compelling, I found a couple of characters out of sync in their performances. That said, the film is worth the watch for those who like a story that involves mystery and uncertainty.
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‘Glass’ A Remarkable Trilogy

January 19th, 2019 No comments

 

 

 

By John M. Delia, Jr

What would the world be like if there were really super heroes? Their powers may not be so obvious for most to see. Like super human strength, amazing intelligence, and the ability to see the future. Would this be something we would all embrace? Remember if there is one special hero, there is always the opposite and that’s its villain. This third installment of the series will tie everything together. Read more…

“Stan & Ollie” Memorable and Heartfelt

January 16th, 2019 No comments

 

 

 

Review by John Delia

Back in the day when vaudeville was where most of the comic’s started out, two men rose up to be the funniest duo in the movie business. Billed as Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, they went on to make over a 180 short films and about two dozen full features. Most of their films were used as an add-on for a drama, western and even some comedies. Read more…