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“The Poison Rose” a Cunning Film Noir

May 23rd, 2019 No comments

 

 

 

Review by John Delia, Sr.

If you are familiar with the term Film-Noir, then you will like the movie The Poison Rose. The film follows the same formula as the classic Chinatown (1974) and even an older film that you may have heard of called The Maltise Falcon (1941). The three things they have in common are a private eye investigating, a beautiful woman and a murder. The Poison Rose many not be at the caliber of the other two, but it does keep you in suspense throughout, has an intriguing storyline and the acting isn’t half bad. Read more…

“All Is True” To Be or Not To Be

May 23rd, 2019 No comments

 

 

 

 

Review by John Delia, Sr.

The year is only one quarter gone and we have had several biography movies come to theaters. The film All Is True features a drama on the last three years of William Shakespeare and it’s good. The film follows the Bard as he closes family doors tackling the project of bringing his family together after a long absence. It’s as true as could be told with information available and stretched as if one of Shakespeare’s plays. Read more…

“A Dog’s Journey” A Heartwarming Adventure

May 17th, 2019 No comments

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review by John M. Delia, Jr.

The life of a dog can be very short, but the dog’s purpose can last you a lifetime. A Dog’s Journey is a wonderful sequel and extends the story even further and grabing your heart making it spill over with emotions.

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“Trial by Fire” Based on a True Story

May 15th, 2019 No comments

 

 

 

Review by John Delia

Based on an article that ran in “The New Yorker” and the letters from an inmate on Texas’s death row, the film Trial by Fire opens this weekend in wide release. Based on a true story, the film has an edge to it that makes a case against the death penalty. While it’s a narrative and a good production, the subject of the film Cameron Todd Willingham, who denied his guilt of intentionally killing his three toddlers, has been debated in a documentary of the same title that aired in 2010 on PBS’s “Frontline”. Read more…

“American Exit” Fleeing the Mob

May 13th, 2019 No comments

 

 

 

 

Review by John Delia

Writing a road trip movie these days is very tricky since most every subject, situation, and condition have been transferred by film to screens big and small. However, American Exit’s a drama that sneaks through the cracks and gives fans of the genre an interesting, although a bit mundane, ride to nowhere. Read more…

“Tolkien” A Journey to Fellowship

May 10th, 2019 No comments

 

 

 

Review by John Delia, Sr.

It would be interesting to see how many teens and twenty-something’s will be going to see the film Tolkien that opens this weekend everywhere. Reason being, it’s the action/adventure audience that dominated the box office during the release of the Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit trilogy. The trailer for Tolkien tends to push the war with images of creatures from those two masterpieces and not the romance and friendships of the author, that’s the basis for 70 percent of the film. That said, it may just be a chance for that crowd to see a real masterwork without all the CGI violence. Read more…

“The White Crow” Dramatic and Heartfelt

May 9th, 2019 No comments

 

 

 

 

 

Review by John Delia

A moving dramatic biography, The White Crow, opens this weekend and it’s not only a magnificent production, but a reminder of one of the most remarkable events in history. If you have heard of Rudolf Nureyev than you have a good idea of why he was a spark that helped to melt the cold war. If not then you are in for an enlightening of the extraordinary dancer’s challenging life. Read more…

“Sunset” A Period Piece Mystery

May 2nd, 2019 No comments

 

 

 

 

Review by John Delia

With a huge cast of fine actors, nice cinematography, amazing period costumes, perfect locations and dynamic direction the drama Sunset enters this weekend’s theatrical releases. Although a bit long and drawn out, the movie, laced with history that complements the storyline, becomes a showy drama that plays out seamlessly for lovers of mystery period pieces. Read more…

“The Chaperone” An Alluring Period Piece

April 17th, 2019 No comments

 

 

 

 

Review by John Delia

An alluring period piece, the biography/drama The Chaperone makes for good viewing for its target audience females 35 plus. It’s just a snippet on the seductive actress Louise Brooks with the real story going to her companion Norma Carlisle. The film has some of the best cinematography I’ve seen in a drama in recent past and combined with perfect retro costume, sets, locations and make-up the film’s a winner. Read more…

“Teen Spirit” Uplifting and Entertaining

April 16th, 2019 No comments

 

 

 

Review by John Delia

A tribute to teen singers who have taken the plunge into a career that could bring them greatness, the film Teen Spirit is uplifting and entertaining. Directed at the teen crowd with the ladies being the target, the film certainly will be a big hit with them. But, don’t be surprised if it becomes a bit hit with the men and the 20 something market as well. I like Elle Fanning in this role and she nails the main character with every song and movement of her on the screen. Read more…