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“21 Bridges” A Powerful Thriller

November 21st, 2019 No comments

 

 

 

Review by John Delia

A high energy movie, 21 Bridges opens with a bang and never stops until the final curtain. Leading the reasons for its appeal for crime action films is the acting by Chadwick Boseman and the direction by Brian Kirk. The film has a lot of potential to take the box office by storm and probably will this weekend. It may be a little predictable, but if you need something to distract you from the daily routine, then take this wild ride. Read more…

“The Warrior Queen of Jhansi” A Symbol of Power

November 13th, 2019 No comments

 

 

 

 

Review by John Delia

In the 1600’s the East India Company was set up by royal charter to pursue trade with India. They traded in many goods including spices, textiles, salt, indigo and opium. In 1833 Rani of Jhansi was born on the banks of the Ganges and by then the company had expanded from trading into conquest using private armies. Their objective was to dethrone more and more of India’s rulers to take over India. Read more…

“Pain & Glory” Endearing and Touching

November 5th, 2019 No comments

 

 

 

Review by John Delia

Taking a lot of liberties while giving a cinematic interpretation of a time in his life, Pedro Almodovar movie Pain & Glory is as expressive as Roma. His directorial and screenwriting is by far some of the best I’ve seen by the famous director and yes there’s a spark of surprise in this one as in every one of his films. Taking extra liberties he even shocks his audience at one point. That said, if you are a fan of Almodovar’s films than you will not want to miss the amazing performances that bring the man’s film to the big screen. Read more…

“The Lighthouse” A Blistering Psychological Drama

October 23rd, 2019 No comments

 

 

 

 

Review by John Delia

Gripping, engaging, wicked and possessed the move The Lighthouse is one of the odds on favorites for an Oscar. The acting, directing and cinematography captivate the viewer with a story that so punishing you’ll leave the theater in a sweat. It’s one of those dramas that don’t come around too often and when they do they’re a must see. Bring your slicker and an umbrella as this film will blow you away. Read more…

“Joker” Evil is as Evil Does

October 4th, 2019 No comments

 

 

 

Review by John Delia

While other actors have come to the screen portraying the Joker in Batman movies, and they all have given excellent characters for the plot, the wait is over for one of the character’s most diabolical depictions ever. It’s equal to Heath Ledger’s reprehensible clown in The Dark Knight, but different. Enter the clown who scares, personifies, disrupts, enchants, and infuriates. Played by Joaquin Phoenix like no character he’s ever created in his career, it may be his door opener into the world of the DC Comics films. Read more…

“The Goldfinch” Reaching Out of the Ashes

September 13th, 2019 No comments

Review by John Delia

Another awards contender has come forward and is now at your local theaters. It’s called The Goldfinch and if you haven’t already heard, it’s one of the best of 2019 and a drama lover’s “cup of tea”. It has all the elements; excellent directing, amazing acting, perfect cinematography and a script that will haunt you way beyond the theatrical experience. It’s a difficult script to bring to the screen, but Director John Crowley who brought the Oscar nominated drama Brooklyn and the awesome performance of Andrew Garfield in A Boy, makes The Goldfinch a winner. Read more…

“Official Secrets” A Spy Blows the Whistle

September 11th, 2019 No comments

 

Review by John Delia

One more spy story emerges out of Britain and this one’s very interesting, but weak. Titled Official Secrets the Biography follows Katherine Theresa Gun, an employee with the British government who leaks a top secret memo to the press because she wants to try and stop the US Government from starting a war with Iraq. It reminded me of another movie titled Red Joan (2018), a UK film about Joan Stanley, who gave the plans to build the atomic bomb to the Russians. She said it was to equalize the strength of that country with the United States and prevent a world war. Read more…

“It Chapter Two” Pennywise Returns

September 5th, 2019 No comments

 

 

 

 

 

Review by John Delia

Coming to the screen this weekend is the movie It Chapter Two, a continuation of the iconic horror flick. The movie not only frightened the world, but added to the  damper put on the comical caricatures that were so loved back in the day. This episode, however is basically a remake of the 3 hour two part TV Mini-Series that was released in 1990. This release does have amazing production value that far outweighs the TV presentation of the same film. I wish I hadn’t seen the TV show as therefore it’s a bit of a downer. Read more…

“Tone-Deaf” a Hellish Nightmare

August 22nd, 2019 No comments

 

 

 

 

Review by John Delia

Very brutal, the horror flick Tone-Deaf takes you into the confines of a hellish nightmare. Like most slasher films, this one follows the same formula of trapping someone in a secluded place and taunting them until the final coup de grace. The twist does make the film a bit better than some, but still just a bit above average. Read more…

“Ready or Not” Blood Runs Red

August 21st, 2019 No comments

 

 

 

Review by John Delia

Just when you think you have seen every way a person can get killed in a horror flick, up pops Ready or Not. It’s one of the most diabolical blood baths that I’ve seen in several years. The movie’s a comedy however, and it does play out that way making the film one of the better of the genre. Nicely acted and directed, yet predictable, it’s how it gets to the end that’s the rollercoaster ride of ups and downs that entertains. Think the movie Get Out with lots more of the wicked craziness. Read more…