Archive for the ‘Written Reviews’ Category

KING RICHARD Engrossing and Inspiring

November 17th, 2021 No comments





Review by John Delia

You really don’t have to know anything about tennis to enjoy one of the best films of 2021. Opening this weekend is the compelling story of tennis greats Venus and Serena Williams and their domineering father Richard. Told from the perspective of the father played by Will Smith, the film takes you on their journey of fulfilling one’d dreams. King Richard is truly inspiring and transfixing. It’s so engrossing that it’ll feel like the fastest 2 hours you’ve spent at the cinema. Read more…

ANTLERS a Gruesome Tale of Horror

October 28th, 2021 No comments




Review By John Delia

A very good effort production wise, but the film Antlers helmed by Scott Cooper gets predictable in his gruesome tale of Mysterious Indigenous folklore. Most of the horror here is the transformations that the characters go through and for that the film is well played out. And his special effects make-up is as good as the characters of Gollum and Lurtz in Lord of the Rings, to give examples, and that’s a good thing for fans. But once you see the images, you’ll see they blend well into the storyline. The audience will be treated to some unexpected jump scares and the CGI of the gory violence should keep the target audience on the edge of their seats. Read more…


October 27th, 2021 No comments




Review by John Delia

If you like the works of Writer/Director Wes Anderson, you’ll love The French Dispatch a quirky, homage to writer’s everywhere. Beyond the reasons for writing the script, there is a lot of fun in store as he treats his audience to a three act play that captivates as it gets played out by an amazing cast. For those who are not into dead pan comedy, creative cinematography, make-up, sets and a lot of old fashioned storytelling, it may be a bit too much whimsy. But, hang in there as much like his The Grand Budapest Hotel that took 4 Oscars and a Golden Globe, this Wes Anderson film is as good for all the same reasons. Read more…

THE LAST DUEL The Historical Account

October 12th, 2021 No comments






Review by John Delia

Totally immersive, the movie The Last Duel takes you into 14th century France where it deals with wars, the plague and an economical decline for the Kingdom. Entwined, during that period, is a true story of misogyny, a power struggle and a rivalry between Squires. Powerful acting, direction and cinematography delivers a compelling story that makes the 2 and a half hours fly by. Read more…

THE GUILTY A Fast Paced Thriller

October 3rd, 2021 No comments




Review by John Delia

Exciting and edge of your seat compelling, the movie The Guilty starring Jake Gyllenhaal is available Netflix. A “one man show”, the film takes the audience on an explosive heart pounding ride that keeps on going at a fast pace. Helmed by “Training Day” director Antoine Fuqua, he puts as much energy and tension here as he did for that film. Read more…

“The Heritage Project” at Adrienne Arsht Center

September 3rd, 2021 No comments

The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County Presents


Free salon series returns with online and in-person discussions surrounding art and social justice in the Black community

Plus FREE Heritage Fest during Black History Month with in-person celebration of artists representing the African Diaspora in our community!


An exploration into the evolution of Afro-Latinx music from the 1990s through today

October 20, 2021

black hollywood: imagery and perspectives

Dissecting the narrative and portrayals of Black people in film

January 19, 2022


Exploring the intersectionality and overlapping identities of Black and indigenous dancers and choreographers who are part of the LGBTQAI+ community

February 5, 2022

caribbean dj: culture and influence

How DJs have influenced and shaped the music and party vibes of Caribbean culture

April 20, 2022

Miami, FL – The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County (@arshtcenter) is pleased to announce the return of THE HERITAGE PROJECT for the 2021-2022 season, including the return of the third-annual HERITAGE FEST to celebrate Black History Month in February 2022.

The Heritage Project was created by the Arsht Center with a commitment to promote social equality and amplify Black voices during an important time in our nation’s history. Beginning in September 2020, the Center hosted free monthly online discussions, with topics including Songs of Freedom, Afro-Latinx Music Experience, Black Perspectives on the Great White Way, Black Street Art + Black Lives Matter, Black Greek Step & Marching Band Traditions, The Business of Show and Songs of Freedom THE REMIX. All past salons can be viewed here.

The Heritage Project is presented with generous support by Bank of America and additional support by OutClique Magazine.

The Arsht Center celebrates Black artists in our community through The Heritage Project’s salon series, annual festival and other special events throughout the season.

The Heritage Project is one of more than 10 ongoing Arsht Center programs committed to community engagement and deepening the experience of the performing arts for all Miami-Dade County residents. Having served more than 100,000 people throughout its 15-year history, the programs broaden community participation and open the sights, sounds and possibilities of the world through the performing arts. Programs include: Family Fest, a series of free performances for the whole family; Free Gospel Sundays, pairing Miami’s best gospel artists with nationally renowned gospel headliners; AileyCamp Miami, a full-scholarship, six-week summer dance camp which uses dance as a vehicle for the personal development of young people; CommuniTea Dance, an annual celebration honoring Miami’s LGBTQ+ community; Knight Masterworks Classical Conversations, a series of free lectures which give the audience insight into the musicians, composers and history of music presented in our Knight Masterworks Classical Music series; Camp Broadway, a weeklong musical theater camp for kids; Step Into Dance Master Classes, dance workshops for the community presented in conjunction with our Knight Masterworks Dance series; Accessing the Arts Residencies, art workshops for children and adults with disabilities;  Arsht on the Road, a new series of free pop-up performances that bring the arts into Miami-Dade County’s diverse neighborhoods; and Arsht@Work, free professional development workshops for all industries.

The 2021-2022 season of The Heritage Project includes the following:


Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at 5:30 p.m.


The second season of our Heritage Project series kicks off with The Afro-Latinx Music Experience – Parte Dos. Part 1 of the discussion took place during our inaugural season, and the conversation will continue in October with Parte Dos, an exploration into the evolution of Afro-Latinx music from the 1990s through today. This talk will unpack the challenges of navigating the Afro-Latinx experience within the music industry while spotlighting salsa, reggaeton and hip-hop.

Watch The Afro-Latinx Music Experience here and RSVP here to join us for The Afro-Latinx Music Experience Parte Dos.


Wednesday, January 19, 2022 at 5:30 p.m.


The Heritage Project’s Black Hollywood: Imagery & Perspectives will dissect the narrative and portrayals of Black people in films such as Birth of a Nation, Love Jones and Black Panther. Acclaimed panelists will look at a variety of tropes, clichés, themes and stereotypes from Black Hollywood’s beginnings through the present. RSVP for the virtual discussion will be available on October 18. Additional information here.


Saturday, February 5, 2022 from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.


Thomson Plaza for the Arts

Join us to uplift Black voices at our third annual Heritage Fest!

This free community event was designed to spotlight, celebrate and amplify artists representing the African Diaspora in our community. Heritage Fest 2022 presents an afternoon of free, fun-filled activities for the entire family. Enjoy performances by local artists, sample delicious bites from a variety of food vendors and jam to the beats pumping from the dance floor.

The full schedule for Heritage Fest 2022 will be announced soon. RSVP will be available on December 13. Additional information here.


Saturday, February 5, 2022 at 5 p.m.

In-person and online

The Heritage Project’s Race, Intimacy and Expression in Dance discussion will delve into the intersectionality and overlapping identities of Black and indigenous dancers and choreographers who are part of the LGBTQAI+ community. We will identify structural systems of oppression and examine how experiences of marginalization and social injustices have influenced iconic choreography, while exploring those who shattered societal norms.

This salon will be presented in person in our Peacock Foundation Studio and online via Zoom. RSVP for both formats will be available on December 13. This salon is part of Heritage Fest 2022. Additional information here.


Wednesday, April 20, 2022 at 5 p.m.

In-person and online

The Heritage Project closes out its salon series for the season with Caribbean DJ Culture & Influence. This salon will explore how DJs have influenced and shaped the music and party vibes of Caribbean culture. It will discuss the rise of minority talent within the DJ industry, and explore how various island music like reggae, calypso, soca and kompa have influenced the music community.

This salon will be presented in person in our Peacock Foundation Studio and online via Zoom. RSVP for both formats will be available on February 3. Additional information here.

Arsht Center Commitment to Health and Safety

The Arsht Center remains deeply committed to the health and peace of mind of our guests, artists and staff. Based on guidance from national and local health officials, in-person performances will be seated at full capacity. Face coverings are required. We are also maintaining enhanced cleaning, sanitation and air filtration procedures. Please visit here for more details and future updates.

To download high-resolutions versions of the photos above, click here.

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*All programs, artists, ticket prices, availability, dates and times are subject to change without notice. Visit arshtcenter.org for up-to-date information.

The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County is made possible by the public support of the Miami-Dade County Mayor and the Board of County Commissioners, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Tourist Development Council and the City of Miami Omni Community Redevelopment Agency, as well as the Florida Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture. The Adrienne Arsht Center also receives generous support from individuals, corporations and local, state and national foundations.


Set in the heart of downtown Miami, the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County is committed to welcoming and connecting ALL people to the arts, to the Arsht Center and to each other. Our stages are alive year-round with artists from around the world, innovative programming from our resident companies and local arts partners, free community events that reflect Miami’s unique identity and arts education experiences for thousands of Miami children each year.

 Since opening in 2006, the Arsht Center, a 501C3 non-profit organization, has been recognized as a catalyst for billions of dollars in new development in the downtown area, a leader in programming that mirrors South Florida’s diversity, a host venue for historic events and Miami’s hub for arts education.

Each year, we serve more than 60,000 young learners and offer more than 100 culturally diverse and inclusive education programs — many enhanced by the Arsht Center’s relationship with Miami-Dade County Public Schools, local teaching artists and Miami-based arts organizations.

The Arsht Center is also a home stage for three resident companies — Florida Grand Opera, Miami City Ballet and New World Symphony — and a launch pad for local artists to make their mark on the international stage. Our 300+ events each year include the Center’s Signature Series of classical, jazz, Broadway, local theater and much more. We present a robust series of touring Broadway musicals direct from New York, the largest jazz series in South Florida, a major annual Flamenco Festival and an award-winning Miami-based theater program. In addition, our Family Fest, Free Gospel Sundays, CommuniTEA LGBTQ+ celebration and Heritage Fest are among dozens of free events that bring together people from all corners of our community. For more information, visit arshtcenter.org.

‘The Water Man’ a Mystery Adventure

August 17th, 2021 No comments




Review By John Delia

The Water Man is a very good film for teens, pre-teens and even the older folks who love a well written story that involves a mystery adventure. This one has excellent direction, superb performances and a script that rivals similar tales of determination to achieve a different result in the face of a grave illness. Now on Blu-ray and DVD it’s well worth the watch. Read more…

“What If?” Animated Marvel Series on Disney+

August 10th, 2021 No comments




Review by John Delia, Sr.

“Time. Space. Reality. It’s more than a linear path. It’s a prism of endless possibility, where a single choice can branch out into infinite realities, creating alternate worlds from the ones you know. I am the Watcher. I am your guide through these vast new realities. Follow me and ponder the question…What If?” the Watcher

The series What If…? Season One, gets off to a big bang. Following a quick statement by the Watcher, he continues with an introduction of situations and characters starting June of 1943. With the superpowers banding together against the Nazi Armies a super soldier was needed and Captain America became a reality. After the world was saved a whole new hero was created in another age. It was a trying time as the story begins handing off the duties to a new possible superhero, Agent Carter. Read more…

“Free Guy” Trapped in a Game

August 9th, 2021 No comments




Review by Ian Delia

Ryan Reynolds says it himself, see this movie in theaters. We’ve all been waiting for a film to be worthy of the big screen since the beginning of the pandemic closed down movie theaters. Well, it’s has been delivered. Free Guy, is an action-packed videogame movie where it’s a NPC (Non-Playable-Character) living within a virtual loop. It’s his life versus the gamers (characters played by the video game players). Read more…

“The Suicide Squad” Wild and Crazy

August 7th, 2021 No comments





Review by John M. Delia, Jr.

The world has become a dangerous place and our protection needs super heroes that will perform any job that needs to be done, even those that may result in their extinction. Now, there is another mission that only one team can complete and that team must be made of warriors that have nothing to lose and everything to gain. They are The Suicide Squad! Some may call the film a bit silly, but then aren’t all of DC’s Squad films famous for that? Just sit back and enjoy the chaos. Read more…