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“Widows” Just Short of a Masterpiece

November 18th, 2018 No comments

 

 

 

 

Review by Gino Sassani

Steve McQueen has established himself as a rather talented director. 12 Years A Slave was one of the better films of 2013 and one of the few times I happened to agree with the Oscars’ choice for Best Picture. When he tackled the heist format I expected something unique, and I wasn’t at all disappointed. McQueen managed to put a clever spin on a tired genre and provide us with a superior and inspired cast. It wasn’t all completely his idea, of course. The film is based on a Canadian miniseries that goes back to the 1980’s. That doesn’t mean he hasn’t found a way to imprint the material with his own style and bold choices. There’s a lot to love about Widows, but I have pretty low expectations for this film at the box office. More on that later. Let’s get down to it, shall we? Read more…

“The Girl in the Spider’s Web” High Energy

November 8th, 2018 No comments

 

 

 

 

Review by John Delia

If you have seen the American made trilogy of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, then you will be familiar with the characters in the fourth release called The Girl in the Spider’s Web. The actors may be different than in the previous three, but the names and their descriptions are the same. For newbies of the stories, they all take place in Sweden and the plots reach out into other countries as the crime drama plays out. It’s like watching Bourne Ultimatum with Jason Bourne, but with a women in the lead role. If you like high energy movies than this quick paced film is your Swedish cup of Filmjolk. Read more…

“The Old Man & The Gun” Fascinating & Revealing

October 18th, 2018 No comments

 

 

 

 

Review by John Delia

Fascinating and revealing the scriptwriters of The Old Man & the Gun take a chance on a true story, but it’s nothing more than a showcase rather than a compelling feature film. There have been quite a few films in the last decade that create vehicles offering audiences a chance to see a famous star in their twilight, light up the screen. While many have been used as support characters, this one serves as Robert Redford’s homage for an amazing contribution to the movie industry. Read more…

“White Boy Rick” a True Story

September 13th, 2018 No comments

 

 

 

 

Review by John Delia

Kind of a heart breaker, yet one can’t help thinking that it’s also self-deprecating. The movie White Boy Rick puts on a tour de force display of acting and directing in this unusual crime drama. Showing at least three sides to the true story, Director Yann Demange spreads the dialogue around involving family, gangs and the law. If it were a lesson to be learned, it would have been a welcomed script, but it’s not. Read more…

A Dash to Freedom “Papillon”

August 24th, 2018 No comments

 

 

Review by John Delia, Sr.

The grueling and daring motion picture Papillon survives the dreaded word “remake” with a stellar movie in glorious full color, a shorter storyline version and an R rating. The original that was released in 1974 earned a wow when it was released, but was only nominated for a Best Music (Original Dramatic Score) at the Oscars. Steve McQueen however, did get a Best Actor nomination for a Golden Globe. It kind of makes you think why it has kept it’s mojo as one of the best films ever made. Well maybe it wasn’t after all and I’ll expound on that latter in my review. Read more…

“Skyscraper” a High Rise Thriller

July 12th, 2018 No comments

 

 

 

 

 

Review by John Delia

Maybe you thought that San Andreas and the recent Rampage was wild and thrilling, well Dwayne Johnson is back and this time with Skyscraper he’s way off the chart nuts. From the surprising opening to the amazing finale, the film will have you holding onto your seat with action treats on every turn, it’s a phenomenal wild ride. Multiply everything you see in the trailer by 100 and that’s just the tip of the thrills. If you are into the genre, you’ll be going back to see it again. Read more…

“Siberia” Chills and Thrills

July 12th, 2018 No comments

 

 

 

 

 

Review by John Delia

It may be listed as a crime thriller, but Siberia has a love story that glues the script together. The film takes you to the top of the world Russia where deals are made on diamonds and a lovely woman is stuck in a small town waiting for a man who can take her away. It’s a nice plot that intertwines a violent deal for the most precious of stones and a daring scheme that impacts it. Read more…

“American Animals” A Senseless Crime

June 22nd, 2018 No comments

 

 

 

 

 

Review by John Delia

It’s a true story and a very disturbing one based on the motive, senselessness and outcome of the crime it depicts. Set in Lexington, Kentucky the film could have been anywhere in the world, and the result has the distinct possibility of ending upside down. Depicted in the artists own paintings, the animals therein show as much random viciousness for their prey as the subjects in the movie American Animals. Excellent direction, acting and portrayal of the crime however, makes it a must see. The unique thing about the film is that you get to see all four of the real perpetrators of the crime intermittently throughout the movie. Read more…

“Breaking In” Motherly Instincts

May 10th, 2018 No comments

 

 

 

 

Review by John Delia, Sr.

It’s an actioner with good special effects and the setting for the flick outstanding, but Breaking In is just another robbery gone bad film at the hands of a very upset mother. Much like Kidnap where Halle Berry goes berserk because her son gets taken when her car is stolen, here Gabrielle Union turns into a determined killer mom to get her children free from robbers. Unfortunately there’s been several movies with a similar plot, but in case you haven’t seen one, this movie should keep you on toes. Read more…

“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri ” (Written Review & Trailer)

November 20th, 2017 No comments

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review by John Delia, Sr.

A great assembling of actors, excellent control by director Martin McDonagh and a vicious script make Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri a winner. The crime drama, laced with cynical comedy puts the film up there with the movie Fargo and even TV’s “Fargo”. While I may like the film, it does have some racist tones that may offend. That said, McDonagh has a penchant for turning the tables on the offensive comments and actions, and here he does it big time. Read more…