Archive for the ‘John Delia’ Category

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“My Old Lady” a Poignant Love Story (Film Review)

  Writer and actor Israel Horovitz adds a second film to his directorial credits with My Old Lady. Originally written and produced for the stage, he has released the work as a film with brilliant cinematography and freedom to use a wider variety of settings. The movie stars Dame Maggie Smith, Kevin Kline and Kristin […]

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“The Drop” A Gripping Crime Drama (Film Review)

  Probably the darkest crime drama’s you’ll see this year and that’s a good thing.  The film The Drop takes you into the hazy world of crime that has only one way out, a body bag.  Stellar acting, fine executed direction and a suspense filled plot that will keep you glued to the screen.  The […]

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“Thunder and the House of Magic” An Enchanting Tale (Film Review)

  One of the better children’s animated films coming out this year Thunder and the House of Magic opens this weekend in theaters.  Family friendly the movie targets 5 through 10-year-olds, especially those who love animals.  The film has able direction by Ben Stassen and Jeremie Degruson and features the big eyed animation of movies […]

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“IF I STAY” a Matter of Choice (Film Review)

Directly targeted at teens and softhearted female romantics, for them the film If I Stay hits the sweet spot.  The screenplay taken from a young adult novel by Gayle Forman gets a sugar coating, works some magic and provides a vision most likely to be enamored by teen girls that are significantly worldly and have […]

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“What If” Romance with a Twist (Film Review)

Light and fun, the movie What If  opens in theaters as a whimsical tale of romance with comedy.  The theme has been used many times over the years, but this fresh new look at Daniel Radcliffe with Zoe Kazan is a reason to see the plot once more. Its Harry Potter meets Ruby Sparks and the chemistry […]

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“Magic in the Moonlight” Woody Returns to Romance (Film Review)

Returning to his romance formula, Woody Allen puts a little enchantment in his newest film, Magic in the Moonlight.  The film has a bewitching cast and the story to match.  Using some interesting twists, that just when you think that Allen has missed the mark and his film’s predictable, the door opens on another chapter.  Maybe […]

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“The Last Sentence” an Act of Selfless Bravery (Foreign Film Review)

The pen is mightier than the sword as proven in WWII when journalist Torgny Segerstedt stood up against the Nazis. The Swedish film, The Last Sentence, tells the true story of a man who defied Hitler and convinced Sweden’s prime minister to not cave in to the evil Nazi Empire that was taking over Scandinavia. Even […]

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“The Expendables 3″ an Explosive Sequel (Film Review)

Taking a chance on scoring another box office hit, Sylvester Stallone and his notable actors release The Expendables 3. The high energy, explosive action film takes no prisoners with this “no holds barred” battle thriller. Excitement from start to finish, the movie keeps you glued to your seat in this white knuckler that uses more […]

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“Bears” a Stunning Adventure on Blu-ray (Video Review)

  Breathtaking cinematography captures another Disney Nature feature that compels, mesmerizes and entertains.  Now on Blu-ray and DVD the new adventure Bears takes you on a journey that spans a year in the life of these huge animals in Alaska.  Nicely directed, amazingly captured on film, courageous and adorable it’s an entertaining film for the […]

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“Into the Storm” Tornado Terror (Film Review)

  Reminiscent of the 2011 tornadoes in America that wreaked havoc causing loss of life in many states the film Into the Storm puts the feel of the catastrophic events in your lap. The terrifying depiction of super tornadoes in the movie gets so realistic that I felt myself gasping for air during the height […]

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“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” it’s Just for Kids (Film Review)

  The newest reboot of a franchise Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is just for kids.  Dumbing down the story to work on a level of the current cartoon series on Nickelodeon, the characters, although on the dark side, are as goofy and silly as their cable TV counterparts.  Working on two levels, adults may enjoy […]

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“Need for Speed” an Exciting Transfer to Blu-ray (Video Review)

  Hot cars, hot women and hotheads cut loose in Need for Speed an action packed film that will make your head spin. It’s a little of Smokey and the Bandit, a measure of Fast and Furious and a lot of Cannonball Run, and that’s a good thing.  Much like those films, Need for Speed […]

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“GET ON UP” Pops and Rocks (Film Review)

Impressive, the film Get on Up has a fine cast, direction and a story that’s compelling.  It entertains on two levels, a heartrending biography and the music that changed America. The film is directed by Tate Taylor who brought The Help to the screen and here he tackles a difficult bio with an uplifting win […]

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“Guardians of the Galaxy” a MARVEL’ous Adventure (Film Review)

Flashy, perilous and action-packed, the movie, Guardians of the Galaxy, plows into theaters this weekend and it’s good.  Not even 10 minutes into the film and the roller coaster ride begins in this space adventure battleground for control of the universe.  Well-acted and directed, the movie laces eye-popping CGI with fine camerawork drawing the viewer […]

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“Lucy” A Non-stop Action-thriller (Film Review)

  Out of nowhere comes Lucy a wild ride of mind over matter from Writer/Director Luc Besson.  This cunning thriller opens with excitement and never stops the action to the very end. It’s my idea of a true Sci-Fi thriller that tantalizes your brain with possibilities beyond belief, and then takes you even further with […]

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“Boyhood” A Study of Growing Pains (Film Review)

Not many or any of the filmmakers that have made films in my lifetime have ever taken a chance on a production that would take 12 years in the making. No, Boyhood is not one of those blockbuster films that takes years of animation, or documentaries that have a lot of structure or even Mother […]

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“A Wolf at the Door” A Traumatic Nail-biter (Film Review)

Probably one of the best foreign films I’ve seen thus far this year, A Wolf at the Door tells a wicked story that boggles the mind and carries a nasty punch.  Delivering excellent performances all around, writer/director Fernando Coimbra puts his film at the level of City of God.  Working with a true incident so […]

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“Sex Tape” an Adults Only Comedy (Film Review)

It’s a wild romp of love making in the newest hard R film, Sex Tape.  The funny little comedy shows what can happen when you find yourself losing track of a personal filming of a bedroom escapade.  Strictly for adults, the voyeuristic adventure is nicely directed and acted. If you do not blush easily, are […]

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“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” a Fight for Justice (Film Review)

  If you are looking for action and drama this summer, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes has both.  The science fiction adventure does a terrific job of depicting the apes with realism and their ongoing battle with the humans a thrill ride.  Fine acting, CGI/Cinematography and directing make this one sequel you will […]

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TAMMY – A Wacky Road Trip (Film Review)

Totally askew, the new comedy starring and written by Melissa McCarthy and directed by her husband, Ben Falcone, plays out more like a YouTube video than a major motion picture.  Called Tammy, the film puts together a number of McCarthy sight gags that fall flat, very unlike The Heat in which she shines.  Maybe her shtick […]

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