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“THE BURNT ORANGE HERESY” A Gripping Thriller

August 21st, 2020 No comments

 

 

Review by John Delia

Very Alfred Hitchcockesque the movie The Burnt Orange Heresy enters movie houses around the country. The right venue for the film, the story is gripping and provides some unexpected action excitement. Much like Hitchcock the film has twists and a story that will have you spellbound.

Professed Art Critic James Figueras (Claes Bang) is living in Milan, Italy and gives lectures to budding writers and art lovers. At one such address Berenice Hollis (Elizabeth Debicki) introduces herself and the two hit it off. After an evening of sex James asks her to attend a meeting with him at the opulent home of Joseph Cassidy (Mick Jagger), an affluent art dealer. While there Cassidy takes a liking to the Berenice and then has a private conversation with James. Read more…

“PAY DIRT” Getting Retribution

August 7th, 2020 No comments

 

 

 

Review by John Delia

The crime thriller Pay Dirt puts you in the middle of a dispute between a major crime lord and an ex-con wanting to get retribution after serving a jail term. The storyline, while taking place in a different setting and time, will seem a lot like you’ve seen it before. This production, although low budget, does have some interesting characters and a bit of good comical relief, but in the end fails to entertain more than that. Read more…

“THE TAX COLLECTOR” Hell in a Handbasket

August 7th, 2020 No comments

 

 

 

 

 

Review by John Delia

As street gang films go, The Tax Collector is right alongside the most memorable films with a vicious story that should make you shudder. A high octane thriller, the early back story plays out with some nice drama and setup, before going into a hellish cacophony of bullets and explosions. In the middle of it all is the fine acting of Bobby Soto and Shia LaBeouf. Read more…

“STAR LIGHT” A Supernatural Thriller

August 3rd, 2020 No comments

 

 

 

Review by John Delia

Here’s a horror thriller that’s pretty cool for a younger crowd over the age of 17 to around 24 if they like the genre. With teens being the main focus in this supernatural film, it tends to lean towards their interest since the older movie goers may have already seen similar plot points. The build up to the characters takes up most of the first act of Star Light before the action takes hold and while we get a feel for the teens, that beginning tends to be superfluous to the thriller last act. Read more…

“THE SHADOW OF VIOLENCE” Tense and Brutal

July 30th, 2020 No comments

 

 

 

Review by John Delia

It may be a story plot that gets a bit familiar, but The Shadow of Violence has a different feel to it. A guy has had a tough life as a child and ends up in the home of a drug lord who wants revenge for a wrong doing. The main character finds that he can’t come to grips with carrying out a hit and everything goes south for him. However, this one has some excellent acting, directing and even the cinematography plays a nice part in the film. Read more…

“THE RENTAL” A Killer of a Thriller

July 23rd, 2020 No comments

 

 

Review by John Delia

A few days ago we posted a review of one of the best horror flicks this year and I hold to that opinion. However, The Rental that opens tomorrow is equally as good with all the trappings of being even a tad better. The film sets up its audience in a cunning way to hide any future happenings in a mystery that takes an odd twist as the credits roll. Two in a row shows the power of some independents that with a help of good directing can deliver excellent movies to their fan base. Read more…

“EASY DOES IT” Going for the Gold

July 15th, 2020 No comments

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review by John Delia

A screwy little film with some intermittent tongue in cheek laughs, Easy Does It attempts to revive the road show flick audience, but it doesn’t have all the right stuff. The script’s hackneyed with the same old goofs, the acting needs an upgrade, and the sets/locations ordinary. That said however, it you have nothing more on TV to watch, it’s a pretty good filler. You may have to have a few and some chips before turning it on.

 

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“VOLITION” Dying Again

July 9th, 2020 No comments

 

 

 

 

Review by John Delia

As each scenario plays out we get closer and closer to the reality in Volition. The film is a science fiction thriller that twists and turns to the final chapter. Well-acted and directed, once the storyline gets into your head you’ll be wanting more. It may be an indie, but the production value proves differently. If you like movies that create a mystery, has a lot of drama and maybe at least a smidgen of realism, check this one out on Digital and other streaming platforms. Read more…

“BROWSE” Searching for Love

July 6th, 2020 No comments

 

 

Review by John Delia

Very compelling, the movie Browse takes you into the world of a guy who looks for love on an online dating site and ends up facing the fury of a woman and puts his job in doubt. Although it’s a nicely produced and directed film, the movie tends to give off the vibes of déjà vu. I did like the acting by Lukas Haas as the victim and Sara Rafferty of his office assistant who both find themselves involved with each other. The film does get out of hand a bit, tries to make some twists that are predicable, but recovers well from both flaws just in time for the finale.
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“MR. JONES” Historical and Disturbing

July 3rd, 2020 No comments

 

 

 

Review by John Delia

Very enlightening and interesting, the movie Mr. Jones brings you back to sometime before the Germans invaded Russia taking them into WWII. The film gets deeply into Russian problems of feeding their country since the Communist run Parliament took over. It also involves Stalin’s draining the Ukraine of all their grain in order to feed the Russian people. It’s about the worst of time and the even darker times of being a vulnerable nation on the brink of war. Read more…