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“Ben is Back” A Compelling Story

December 19th, 2018 No comments

 

 

 

Review by John Delia

Very deep and disturbing, the movie Ben is Back takes you into the life of a boy who deals with his drug addiction with lies and deceit. Although it’s a work of fiction, it could easily be a true story in today’s addictive world. Excellent acting by the main characters and a script worthy of award, it’s a film you don’t want to miss. If you like a good compelling drama that presses on your heartstrings, this film’s perfect. Ladies, bring a few tissues. Read more…

“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…

“Suspiria” Dancing with Evil

October 31st, 2018 No comments

 

 

 

Review by John Delia

Weird and disturbing the movie Suspiria takes you into the realm of evil. Although it could have been a good film for horror fans, the film lags to extremes and movies so slow you may nod off from the droning music and repetitious modern ballet. When you do finally get to the terror, for horror fans it’s a good presentation of typical gore and extreme evil violence. Not for the squeamish or fearful the film does achieve points of cruel depravity, pernicious nudity and bone snapping body parts. Bring a pillow, you’ll be there for a while. Read more…

“Colette” Seductive and Baroque

October 11th, 2018 No comments

 

 

 

Review by John Delia

One of the most alluring period pieces in recent years the biography Colette comes to the screen with a sordid story that should entertain and raise a few eyebrows. The audience target here is women 25 and older, but mostly over 50. Nicely directed with 1800’s French costuming, sets and locations, the film delves into a pair of novelists’ romance, decadence, duplicity and sex. Sounds like a winner to me, however it’s a bit too drawn out. Read more…

“A Star Is Born” written review & Trailer

October 4th, 2018 No comments

 

 

 

Review by John Delia

Enjoyable and compelling, the movie A Star is Born fills the screen with song and story. It’s like being in the front row of a concert, but with the feel you are part of the drama and romance as well. It’s a kick-off to the Oscars and the Golden Globes and those films before and later to be released will have an uphill climb to surpass what you’ll see in this film. If you can find a movie theater in your city that has Dolby Cinema (Dolby Atmos) you will not regret the up-charge for the special feeling you will get from A Star is Born. Bring tissues as it’s both inspiring and heartbreaking. 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…

“The Predator” Slicing and Dicing

September 13th, 2018 No comments

 

 

 

Review by John Delia

Director Shane Black turns The Predator franchise on its ear and makes a down right raucous comedy out of it. But, I’m loving it. It’s something the Horror flick needed and Shane Black wouldn’t stand for the same ole, same ole cookie cutter movie. If you are a fan you remember the series started out with Arnold Schwarzenegger in a serious tone back in 1987 and had a rebirth just as dark in 2010 called Predators. While most of the Predator films can be considered standalone’s, the thread that holds them all together is the Alien’s ugly face with its snapping jaws and glowing eyes. Read more…

“Juliet, Naked” A Sweet Film

August 31st, 2018 No comments

 

Review by John Delia, Sr.

A work of art and a story about music that fills the void between dreams and reality, the movie Juliet, Naked opens in Florida this weekend. Nicely written for the screen from a novel by Nick Hornby, the movie takes a comedic look at a weird turn of events. It’s a heartfelt story that punctuates the screen with excellent acting and direction. It’s the perfect movie for couples who would like to do a dinner and film as it will keep you talking hours after you have left the theater. And if you are fans of late 80”s and early 90”s Alternative Rock music it’s a big plus. Read more…

“The Little Stranger” an Ominous Mystery

August 30th, 2018 No comments

 

 

 

Review by John Delia, Sr.

The mystery The Little Stranger will have you fooled throughout, but that may not be a good thing. Fueled by an ominous musical score, the film keeps the audience mesmerized as the play develops into a devilish turn of events. Twists and turns aplenty you would think you were on a carousel waiting for the next bend, listening to tidbits from the people passing by and a wash of a dismal life in a house in slow decay. While you are treated to excellent acting by the whole cast, it’s not enough for the mediocre payoff. Read more…