Posts Tagged ‘Violence’

Timbuktu, Intense and Compelling (Foreign Film Review)

February 5th, 2015 No comments





The movie opens with a young gazelle running in the sand dunes of Timbuktu. Chasing the beautiful docile animal in a pickup truck are members of the Jihadists shooting their rifles in its direction. “Do not shoot the animal, we just want to tire it out” says their leader. It’s an act of domination repeated throughout the film, but instead of animals with humans living in fear. The film Timbuktu has been selected as one of the five foreign films in line for an Oscar. Read more…

The Boy Next Door, an Adult Thriller (Film Review)

January 22nd, 2015 No comments



Review by John Delia

No surprise here, Jennifer Lopez is still good to look at on the big screen. Glowing and gorgeous the actress brightens up the screen in most of her scenes. However, that’s all that’s good about The Boy Next Door.  There’s sloppy acting, off standard direction, choppy editing and a story so predictable I couldn’t wait till the credits rolled. Actually, being released in January during the roll-out of the Oscar Nominated movies gives the biggest clue that The Boy Next Door has no guts to be a contender. If you guys have a crush on Lopez or the over 17-year-young ladies want their fill of rippling abs, then you may want to duck into this empty headed claptrap, but you’ll be the only ones watching. Read more…

Selma, a Flashback to a Landmark for Equal Rights (Film Review)

January 8th, 2015 No comments

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Review by John Delia

Bold, poignant and triumphant, the movie Selma shows the determination of a leader who guides his devoted followers to equal rights. Not just for them, but all races who have been denied the right to choose the leader of this country. Teeming with a core of fine actors under the direction of Ava DuVernay, the film gives insight into Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s valiant campaign and the shock that brought a country to its knees. Read more…

Battle of the Five Armies, the Awesome Finale of The Hobbit Trilogy (Film Review)

December 15th, 2014 No comments

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Review by John Delia

All good things must come to an end and for The Hobbit the finale is amazing. Titled The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, the film delivers action packed sequences of total devastation putting the film up there with The  Lord of the Rings: Return of the King. The cast continues to amaze with their fine acting, Peter Jackson lays the story to rest with a solemn, but captivating finish and the production crew dishes out a heaping helping of awesome cinematography/CGI and special effects. Read more…

‘Babadook’ director Jennifer Kent talks about women making horror movies

December 12th, 2014 No comments

First-time filmmaker talks about her affinity for ? and finicky taste in

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The Homesman, a Captivating Drama of the Old West (Film Review)

December 5th, 2014 No comments


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Review by John Delia

So you’re not into the western genre? How about calling this movie a very compelling drama that takes place in the 1800’s west. Still not excited about seeing the film? Top it off with a stellar cast, an original story line and actors that give Oscar worthy performances. Titled The Homesman, it’s Tommy Lee Jones’ first attempt at directing and he makes the film an excellent story of early Americana.

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Kenneth Turan's DVD picks: The joy of sets

October 23rd, 2014 No comments

Whether they are obvious pairings or something cleverly put together, two recent examples make clear that there's something extremely satisfying about DVDs packaged as sets.

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Kenneth Turan's DVD picks: The joy of sets

“John Wick” Runs a Vicious Gauntlet (Film Review)

October 22nd, 2014 No comments

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Review by John Delia

Taking a shot as a hitman in his latest film John Wick, Keanu Reeves delivers his character with authority in this explosive crime drama. The film turns out to be an ideal fit for the star and his former stunt double turned director as they move to one perfectly choreographed fight scene after another. It’s a fast action gauntlet that lasts nearly the whole 96 minutes. Read more…

Parents Desensitized to Sex and Violence in Movies, Study Finds

October 20th, 2014 No comments

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) – When it comes to sex and violence, the more parents see, the less they care.

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“Fury” War is Hell (Film Review)

October 17th, 2014 No comments

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Review by John Delia

Showing the violence, guts and destruction of WWII tank fighting, Fury punctuates the story with an explosive tale of death defying courage. Although fictional, the movie is based on the 2nd US Armored division and portrays extensive grisly combat using very realistic images. Explosive, gripping and pervasive the up close look is shattering and mind boggling. If you like war movies like Saving Private Ryan and Hamburger Hill, rush out to see this mind blowing war flick on the big screen. Read more…