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“A GHOST STORY” (Written Review & Trailer)

July 27th, 2017 No comments

 

 

 

 

 

Review by guest writer Brent Lorentson

It’s difficult to be original and innovative when it comes to tackling a haunted house film. Ghost stories have been around for ages and told just about every way you can imagine. So what do you do to give the audience something they have never seen before? After coming back from directing Pete’s Dragon, writer/director David Lowery delivers a small intimate film that manages to take A Ghost Story and makes it something unique from all the rest. Though when I say unique, and when I say innovative, this may not be a positive for some. Read more…

“DUNKIRK” (Written Review & Trailer)

July 20th, 2017 No comments

 

 

 

Review by John M. Delia, Jr.

During World War II prior to the Americans joining the European part of the War the French and English were pushed back to the sea near the city of Dunkirk. Their only conclusion was to evacuate across the channel quickly and try to avoid the onslaught of the German aerial warfare (Luftwaffe). Dunkirk depicts the struggle the English had trying to get back across the channel. The true story is considered one of the bloodiest and most tragic part of the war for the allies. Read more…

“VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS” (Written Review & Trailer)

July 19th, 2017 No comments

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review by John Delia, Sr

It would be a challenge to give this film a pass especially for the terrific special visual effects, designs of the many creatures and for the many hours the two main characters must have labored in their roles, but Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets drags and drones through nearly 2 and a half hours. Even as I write this review, I am tempted to alter my opinion, but it wouldn’t help the awful music moaning in the background in nearly every “exciting” scene, plot holes that are beyond fantasy, and negative attempts at virtual reality. Adults looking for adventure will be hard pressed to find it to their liking, much like John Carter fell on its face with the over 25-year-olds. Read more…

“WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES” (Written Review & Trailer)

July 12th, 2017 No comments

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review By Gino Sassani

“All of human history has led to this moment. The irony is we created you. And nature has been punishing us ever since. This is our last stand. And if we lose… it will be a Planet of Apes.”

I was always a fan of the original Planet of the Apes series of films. While they often flirted with a camp style, I was impressed with John Chambers’ makeup effects and the performances of Roddy McDowall as both Cornelius and Caesar. Then came the television show and I remained just as enchanted because of McDowall’s appearance as a third ape, Galen. The show didn’t last a season however, and before long the Apes franchise was left in some kind of limbo. Read more…

“LOST IN PARIS” (Written Film Review & Trailer)

July 12th, 2017 No comments

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review by John Delia, Sr.

In a very funny display of French comedy, the movie Lost in Paris shines with a delightful story of unavoidable romance. The film is drenched in Marcel Marceau’s mime comedy, Jerry Lewis’s wit and a bit of Charlie Chaplin collectively performed by a delightful cast. Read more…

“SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING” (Written Review & Trailer)

July 5th, 2017 No comments

 

 

 

 

Review by John Delia, Sr.

In Spider-Man: Homecoming, it’s not how Peter Parker became Spider-Man, but what he did to become part of The Avengers. Other series attempts beginning with the original big screen Spider-Man starring Tobey McGuire in 2002 and followed by The Amazing Spider-Man starring Andrew Garfield in 2012 unleashed a cartoonish character. In this new release of the web casting warrior you’ll see how he’s being “reinvented” as a superhero and where he fits into the grand scheme of Marvel Comics Universe. Read more…

“DESPICABLE ME 3” (Written Flim Review & Trailer)

June 29th, 2017 No comments

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review by John Delia, Sr.

The “Despicable Me” series that includes “Minions” never seems to get tiring as they extend their comedy one more time with Despicable Me 3 opening this weekend. The key to the filmmaker’s success is the handling of the characters and inserting them into the animated movie with a plan in mind. Read more…

“THE HERO” (Written Review & Trailer)

June 22nd, 2017 No comments

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review by John Delia, Sr.

Another touching and sincere indie film, The Hero reaches out and grabs you while it plays to your heartstrings. Star of the film, Sam Elliott is such a good actor his performance alone has enough worth for a trip to a theater to watch him perform on the big screen. But you will get far more in the direction and writing of Brett Haley who paces the film in a way that intrigues while it entertains. Read more…

“PAST LIFE” (Written Review & Trailer)

June 14th, 2017 No comments

 

 

 

 

Review by John Delia, Sr.

Intriguing and Compelling the movie Past Life adds another true event story to the long list of films on the Holocaust. This one is based one of the survivors of the never to forget heinous act of genocide during World War II by Nazi Germany. The drama has a different twist that involves a family caught up in the aftermath leading to a confrontation in modern day. The acting is very good and direction commendable giving Past Life a high rating. Read more…

“BEATRIZ AT DINNER” (Written Review & Trailer)

June 14th, 2017 No comments

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review by John Delia, Sr.

Admittedly I adore Salma Hayek, but before I say another word, let me say that if you are not a diehard indie fan that must see every movie she has made, you can pass up Beatriz at Dinner. The movie starts out like a winner and fails to provide anything more than a boring hour and 23 minutes of yesterday’s news. Read more…