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“THE NIGHT CLERK” Murder with a Twist

February 18th, 2020 No comments

 

 

 

 

Review by John Delia

The drama The Night Clerk takes aim at the box-office with a twisted tale that should have audiences engrossed from the very start to its surprise finale. While all the clues are laid out for you before midpoint, the writer/director holds back just enough in this mystery to make the movie a winner. Acting is sharp and pin point, the direction strong and impeccable, and the credible protagonist in the plot makes for the perfect character. Read more…

“THE ASSISTANT” Thought Provoking

February 18th, 2020 No comments

 

 

 

Review by John Delia

The motion picture The Assistant is a thought provoking look into being a film production house assistant. Making it dramatic as best she can, Director Kitty Green shows one day in the life of the person who has to put up with office chores, setting up trips for her boss and staff, running interference with the boss’s wife, and other menial jobs that fill her day in the movie business. While the film does lag a lot with her boring duties, it’s a set up for the predictable finale that makes it worth watching. Read more…

“BEANPOLE” Haunting and Powerful

February 15th, 2020 No comments

 

 

 

 

Review by John Delia

A film like Beanpole does not come around that often, but when it does it’s a must see for film buffs and indie lovers who like to wrap their brains around an amazing film that challenges the mind. It’s outstanding and powerful! Set in Russia, the movie tells a haunting story of two women that have to come to grips with life after WWII. It’s the perfect movie that has excellent direction, awesome acting and a daunting storyline. It was Russia’s entry for the 2020 Oscars and chosen in their top 10. It is available at select theaters and soon on VOD and other media. Read more…

“THE PHOTOGRAPH” An Emotional Romance

February 15th, 2020 No comments

 

 

 

Review by John Delia

This little romance, The Photograph, tugs at the heart strings and should work well with a female audience. Lost love and missed opportunities set the tone for this storyline and the complications resonate with today’s social values. The film plays out like a Saturday Matinee where a release on Lifetime would have been a better choice. While the theater experience is the norm, the budget for the movie would have fared better had they chose a more apt venue. The acting is very good, direction pinpoint, but the storyline is ordinary to timeworn. Read more…

“THOSE WHO REMAINED” Heartfelt and Compelling

February 13th, 2020 No comments

 

 

 

 

Review by John Delia

Compelling and disturbing due to the historical period in Hungary with the occupation of the Russians following WWII, the film Those Who Remained tells a story about coming of age. The acting, direction and production is very good, especially since not a lot has been featured in films about the country’s takeover and the people who came under a different system of government. Read more…

“HELL ON THE BORDER” A Western Thriller

February 10th, 2020 No comments

 

 

Review by John Delia

A pretty good indie, the exciting film Hell on the Border: The Chronicles of Bass Reeves has been released on Blu-ray, DVD, Ultra HD and Digital HD. Paced with excitement and drama it’s not an ordinary western, because with the fact that it’s based on the true story makes the slice of life more personal. Starring David Gyasi in the lead role, it’s a chance for him to shine and he does here. As a black man in the Wild West 1800’s the semi biography of Bass Reeves, who put his mark on America fighting the lawless, becomes an adventure to remember. Read more…

“Waiting for Anya” Self-Sacrificing and Courageous

February 6th, 2020 No comments

 

 

 

Review by John Delia

Having seen many true stories on the plight of the Jews in different lands, you would think there would be a lot of repetition. But the true stories are so many that filmmakers could fill theaters with unending peeks into the horrors of the Nazi’s and those that were afraid to help. This script based on a real happening called Waiting for Anya fits in the category of selflessness and courage. The film has a the elements of others that fit the mold of Waiting for Anya, but the way it is approached here by Ben Cookson, turns the story into a drama that so engrossing that its worth watching. Another thing that separates this film from the others is surprising historical content that Waiting for Anya reveals. Read more…

“TRAUMA CENTER” Action Thrills

February 1st, 2020 No comments

 

 

Review by John Delia

Not bad, but not great the Crime action thriller Trauma Center comes to Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD. It starts out slow, but then takes you on a ride from alleys to the trauma center of a local hospital where most of the film takes place. If you are into crime flicks that draw out the suspense to the very end, than this one should do the trick. Read more…

“QUEZON’S GAME” A ‘tell all’ Historical Drama

January 30th, 2020 No comments

 

 

 

Review by John Delia

The historical drama Quezon’s Game is so compelling that it’s hard to believe that it actually happened with little knowledge of the events until this film. We do know that there was a holocaust, that the Jews were persecuted, their property confiscated by the Nazi Regime, concentration camps were set up, millions were murdered and much more of the noted facts in movies and books. However, this story brings to light more than just the fact that the USA and Canada turned away people that were legitimately seeking asylum, but that our leadership and their ambassadors at the time added to the prejudice and denouncement of certain groups. Read more…

“INTRIGO: DEATH OF AN AUTHOR” a Puzzler

January 17th, 2020 No comments

 

 

Review by John Delia

A good mystery that has a lot of intriguing buildup, Intrigo: Death of an Author, is now in select theaters. Nicely directed and acted, the film digs deep into a relationship that is falling apart and puts the protagonist on a road to finding the remedy to correct the mistakes he made. Set in a background of beautiful vistas, the movie becomes a puzzle that challenges the viewer to take sides, then decide whether they were right or wrong at the very end. If you like your dramas with a lot of mystery and a few twists, then this one makes a good couples or girl’s night out. Read more…