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“SOMETIMES ALWAYS NEVER” A Sweet Film with Heart

July 10th, 2020 No comments

 

 

Review by John Delia

A British humor film titled Sometimes Always Never is a bit dull for us Americans for about the first 15 minutes until you get used to their dry banter and silly antics. It’s the type of comedy that may seem uninviting, but as this drama plays out the wisdom, warmth of family and heartfelt feeling, it grabs hold and never lets go to the final curtain. Some may see themselves in the characters and maybe wish they had made a few different decisions in life, while others could see the error in their ways when dealing with their children. Read more…

“MIGHTY OAK” Rocks

July 6th, 2020 No comments

 

 

Review by John Delia

Mostly an inspirational film, the musical drama Mighty Oak involves a rock band and an opportunity for a pre-teen to show off his talent. More than that however, the movie has a very good musical score, some very good actors and a fine director that leads you through the very touching and compelling film. Although rated PG-13 for some adult substance abuse and brief off color language, it reaches out to youngsters who want to develop their musical abilities at an early age. Read more…

“STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER” Now on Video

March 28th, 2020 No comments

 

Review by John M. Delia Jr.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is the last chapter of one of the greatest Sci-fi space sagas of all time. After 42 years Disney/Lucas Films brings the series to a conclusion in this nicely wrapped finale. And like in 1977 when it all began, the exploits and realistic special effects still amaze. The space adventure continues with the same credo, “everyone seeks the belief that good will always triumph over evil” that’s been carried on since the beginning to the final chapter. Bringing in a new set of heroes in this finale, that are fighting for the same causes as their predecessors, the film comes to a brilliant end. Now released on various formats from DVD to 4K for home or travel it fits nicely into your video library. Read more…

“THE BANKER” Transforming America

March 4th, 2020 No comments

 

 

 

 

 

Review by John Delia

An interesting view of segregation and discrimination, the film The Banker opens this weekend. The acting superb, direction pin point and the story line one of the better this year. It’s a part of history where bold chances by the black community paid off leading to an era of change for the better. Take a chance on this one and you will be astounded by its compelling look into those that gave their all to start a transformation in America. Read more…

“ESCAPE FROM PRETORIA” A Taught Prison Drama

March 4th, 2020 No comments

 

 

 

Review by John Delia

Back on the big screen, Daniel Radcliffe takes on the leading role in Escape from Pretoria. However, while his performance is very good, the film loses some momentum with a lot of repetitious scenes. Even though many prison movies tend to drag out the inmate to inmate drama, this one lags a bit too much. Also, apartheid, the event from where the story stems gets minimized in the storyline. Still, for the thriller escape part of the true story, it’s well worth watching. Read more…

“THE PHOTOGRAPH” An Emotional Romance

February 15th, 2020 No comments

 

 

 

Review by John Delia

This little romance, The Photograph, tugs at the heart strings and should work well with a female audience. Lost love and missed opportunities set the tone for this storyline and the complications resonate with today’s social values. The film plays out like a Saturday Matinee where a release on Lifetime would have been a better choice. While the theater experience is the norm, the budget for the movie would have fared better had they chose a more apt venue. The acting is very good, direction pinpoint, but the storyline is ordinary to timeworn. Read more…

“The Song of Names” A Powerful Tribute

January 10th, 2020 No comments

 

 

 

Review by John Delia

A brilliant film that delves into the life of a man who brought music into the lives of people who were caught up in the most intolerable time in history. Set in London during World War II not everyone was afraid to help those who found themselves in danger of being persecuted. Not like most views of the Nazi scourge, this one turns the camera on a Jewish prodigy that was born to bring a message of hope and remembrance to his disrupted world.
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“Underwater” A Deep Disturbing Encounter

January 10th, 2020 No comments

 

 

 

Review by John Delia

Not what I expected from the trailer, but the movie Underwater entertains. The cast does a very good job of delivering the excitement, the direction is right on the mark, but the story is somewhat worn-out from movies like Alien, Deepwater Horizon, The Poseidon Adventure, most of the shark attack films, San Andreas and especially The Meg to offer a few. However, that said the film is rated PG-13 and not a lot of the teens have seen the older disaster genre films. If you are into a lot of excitement that will have you gasping for air, then Underwater should do the trick. Read more…

“A Hidden Life” Fighting an Internal War

December 19th, 2019 No comments

 

 

 

Review by John Delia

Based on true events, the movie A Hidden Life takes you into Austria during the advent of WWII. It follows Franz Jägerstätter who became a martyr and later beatified by the Catholic Church for his deeds. The direction here is pinpoint, the acting extremely good and the cinematography exquisite. More than just a biography, the film shows the plight of the Austrians who were caught up in a conflict they had not beckoned. Read more…

“Midway” Unforgettable Patriotism

November 6th, 2019 No comments

 

 

 

Review by John Delia

Actually a lot better than Pearl Harbor and the first time the movie Midway was produced, this version by Roland Emmerich is sharp, compelling and an edge of your seat thriller. Even if you are not a fan of war movies, the film does have a lot of patriotic courage, determination and historical significance that honor’s our fallen heroes. The film pulls no punches as it plays out showing the choices that were made both good and bad, both in the heat of battle on the ships at sea and by aircraft pilots. Read more…