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A Treacherous Journey “A Bag of Marbles”

April 18th, 2018 No comments

 

 

 

 

 

Review by John Delia, Sr.

Very compelling and heartfelt, the true story A Bag of Marbles (Un sac de billes) shows the determination and courage of one family in France during World War II. While other films deal with combat with the enemy on foreign shores, this movie conveys one of many untold stories of the people caught up in it. This one becomes a journey so perilous that just a hint that you’re a Jew can send you to certain death. Seek out A Bag of Marbles at a local theater when it comes to your city, it’s truly astounding. Read more…

“Truth or Dare” The Evil Lies Within

April 13th, 2018 No comments

 

 

 

 

Review by John Delia, Sr.

Captivating, creepy, and chilling the supernatural thriller Truth or Dare takes you on a never ending journey of death. Much like other horror filmmakers that have perfected the formula for surprise and contagious emotional terror, this film has it all bundled tightly and calculating to transfix the audience into believing. If you saw the films It Follows, The Ring and the Final Destination series, you’ll relive the sensations those films made way beyond leaving the theater. Read more…

Surviving Exile on the “Isle of Dogs”

April 13th, 2018 No comments

 

 

 

Review by John Delia, Sr.

Offbeat, heavy-handed characters, bleak outcast situations, and moody, it’s a marvelous adventure for those who like Wes Anderson movies. This one however shows his range with an animated film that’s worthy of most Japanese greats. From the opening drum introduction of Isle of Dogs to the heartfelt finale, Anderson captures a cold disturbing environment from which his characters can rise up. If you like offbeat stories produced in stop motion animation in the vein of Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride and Frankenweenie then this film should not be missed. Read more…

“Rampage” Teen View

April 13th, 2018 No comments

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review by Ian Delia

Another one of Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson’s movies is now raising the bar. This new motion picture is filled with intense action. There isn’t only shooting and fighting, but also new and unusual, animals. From smaller, slightly lethal ones the develop into giants of terror with their mission to take over the world to please their master. Read more…

“Puppy Dog Pals: Season 1” the Adventure Begins

April 12th, 2018 No comments

 

 

 

 

 

Review by John Delia, Sr.

Cute and charming the fun loving Puppy Dog Pals: Season One has come to DVD with adventures for youngsters. The Disney Junior TV animated show features some good family values, important lessons and themes that expand the imagination. It is family oriented, but the target audience ranges from tykes to pre-teens. The stars are two Pugs that are cuddly and courageous with a feline that finds herself on her toes most of the time. Read more…

“Beirut” a Roller Coaster Ride

April 10th, 2018 No comments

 

 

 

 

 

Review by John Delia, Sr.

This rollercoaster ride through war torn Lebanon in the movie Beirut, takes a few twists before getting to the meat of the story. Although a fictional narrative, the movie gives a somewhat realistic look at the challenges the country had faced during the 1970’s and early 1980. It’s not the heart of the movie however, but it gives you the lay of the land so the script makes more sense. Not the most convincing effort on film out there, but certainly a reminder of what went on in the Mideast in that period of time. Read more…

“Chappaquiddick” the End of a Dynasty

April 9th, 2018 No comments

 

 

 

 

Review by John Delia, Sr.

Bold and incredibly compelling the movie Chappaquiddick is a “tell all” with a lot of authority. Much like last year’s The Post, it tells its’ story pulling no punches, playing out the characters and holding nothing back. Although I’m familiar with the incident, much of the facts were clouded, squashed or were lost due to current events at the time. If you liked The Post, then here’s a film that will enlighten and make you cringe. Read more…

Get in Step With “Finding Your Feet”

April 5th, 2018 No comments

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review by John Delia, Sr.

One of the most memorable films you’ll see this year, Finding Your Feet turns romance upside down and sideways. Targeted for couples and ladies the film not only entertains, but inspires those who have searched for love and had to get sidetracked to find it. Ladies, bring three Kleenex; one for the sad parts, one for the joyful scenes and one for the inspiring ending that will lead you to evaluating your own woes. Read more…

Get “Ready Player One”

April 1st, 2018 No comments

 

 

Review by Brent Lorentson

Like so many others, when I read the book “Ready Player One” by Ernest Cline I simply fell in love with the nostalgic ride through the 80’s, all thanks to the virtual reality world called The Oasis. From start to finish it is a book filled with pop culture references that would make film and video game geeks squeal with delight. It was no surprise that the book was a hit and would be turned into a film. There were only two names I could think of that could ever come close to making this film a reality: Robert Zemeckis and Steven Spielberg. With Spielberg involved, he is the only person I could imagine that has the clout to get all the licensing rights needed to pull off this adaption. But still the biggest question I had was, does Spielberg still have it in him? I’m not questioning the man’s talent, but instead it’s the magic and wonder he would have to bring to his films. Would it be another Close Encounters of the Third Kind, ET, or Jurassic Park, where he was able get us to believe the fantastic and impossible is real while we sit in a dark auditorium watching his film? Read more…

“The Death of Stalin” Satirical and Irreverent

April 1st, 2018 No comments

 

 

 

 

 

Review by John Delia, Sr.

Irreverent, totally off the wall, and exaggerated are the good things about the dark comedy The Death of Stalin. The film goes bonkers on the Russian regime lead by Stalin as they picture the death of their leader in 1953. In actuality when the Soviet Leader died rumors were rampant on whether it was ordinary or murder, well this film isn’t going to answer that question, but it’ll lay to rest the madness of it all. You don’t have to be a historian to enjoy the film, just be able sit back and laugh at what may or may not have taken place. Read more…