John Delia has been on all sides of the movie business from publications to film making. He has worked as a film critic with ACED Magazine for 10 years and earned a Bachelors degree in communications from the University of Florida. John is a member of the Southeastern Film Critics Association. He serves as the film editor/critic of Aced Magazine. Follow John on Twitter @staragent1 or send him a message at firstname.lastname@example.org
The true story Once in a Lifetime offers a sincere look into the lives of a classroom of teens who get to tackle one of the most challenging assignments of their life. The opening scene however, shows a discord between a Muslim student and a faculty member regarding the wearing of a hijab (Muslim head covering). While this incident never gets fleshed out, according to the press notes supplied, producer Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar includes the scene to show freedom of expression and the principle of secularism. The scene has the power to suggest a whole new plot for a different film on the subject yet does not take away from the production that follows. Read more
Where I was not too fond of the first Jack Reacher film that came out in 2012, the sequel “Never Go Back” delivers much more energy. The action sequences are quite good even though they are not on par with Tom Cruise’s Mission Impossible series. In addition the storyline has pangs of déjà vu from other action films within the past years. All that said, if you are a big fan of Cruise or just want to escape to a movie where you can forget a bad day, then this military crime thriller should do the trick. Read more
Just for kids Peppa Pig Sun, Sea and Snow takes them on a journey to places they will enjoy and want to talk about. It’s a very cool TV animated series with lovable animal characters and lots of adventure. A family friendly and educational video for youngsters, the episodes each point out values that are good and proper. Read more
Edge of your seat intriguing, the HBO series The Night Of provides excellent drama for crime fans. Not exactly an original storyline giving it a “CSI” vibe, but the point of view makes it different and gripping. With acts of terrorism in the world and growing in America, suspicions have escalated. This mini-series takes you into the world of bias and bigotry as seen by one trapped in a vicious crime. It’s just a story after all, yet if it hadn’t been a Muslim caught up in the crime it may have not been as powerful. Read more
Horror and action films abound starting in October on DVD/Blu-ray and 4K. Most of the releases are of films that were released in theaters and should include some of the most wanted. Most of the films may also be available on VOD so check with your favorite download site. We will be reviewing select titles so check back to get opinions from our writing staff. You might also discover a gem that you didn’t know existed or a hilarious comedy to brighten your day. Whether you’re on the lookout for horror, action-adventure, drama, comedy, crime or lifestyles— the list below has a lot to offer. Read more
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hosts Star-Studded Opening Night Event For 31st Annual Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival at Hard Rock Live
Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (September 26, 2016) – Hard Rock Live, located at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, will host the 31st Annual Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival’s opening night premiere of Dreamland on Friday, Nov. 4, 2016 and a post-screening reception for festival attendees. Joining the festivities are celebrity guests from the film, director Robert Schwartzman, a member of the filmmaking Coppola clan and stars Talia Shire (Rocky, Godfather I, II and III), Beverly D’Angelo (National Lampoon’s Vacation) and Johnny Simmons (Perks of Being A Wallflower).
Just beyond the Hard Rock Live box office doors, the arena that has played host to millions will become an intimate movie house. Couples, families and friends will enjoy an exclusive soiree where a movie ticket gets you more than a seat in the theater. Following the Dreamlandscreening, movie-goers will come together for a cinematic after-party experience, anchored by the area’s premier destination for fun and entertainment.
“We’re thrilled to return to Hard Rock Live and Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino again this year for the opening night of the festival. The venue is tremendous and the projection and sound is unbelievably perfect. Their team has an aptitude for making an opening night stylish and fun that is sheer genius. The night will undeniably be one to remember,” commented Gregory von Hausch, president and CEO of Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival.
Dreamland, a bittersweet comedy mixed with fantasy, humor and music will remind you of the 1967 classic The Graduate. Johnny Simmons stars as an LA musician who is going through a rough patch and dreams of opening a piano bar but, suffers from an extreme case of insufficient funds. Things take an interesting turn when Monty gets the chance to fill in as the pianist in a swanky hotel bar. There, he meets an older, wealthy woman (Amy Landecker) and begins a May-December romance that upends his home life. The film also stars Jason Schwartzman (The Darjeeling Limited, The Grand Budapest Hotel).
The 31st Annual Fort Lauderdale International Film premieres over 100 top American Indie and World Cinema features, documentaries and shorts over the 17-day event and rolls out the red carpet for celebrities and filmmaker guests attending the coveted event.
Venue location: Hard Rock Live is located at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood, FL 33314.
Ticket Prices: For the film only tickets are $11 general admission, $8 seniors and students and $6 for FLiFF Members. For the Post Premiere Reception tickets are $25 general admission and $20 FLiFF Members. Tickets are available in advance at www.FLiFF.com
About Hard Rock Live
Hard Rock Live, a spectacular state-of-the-art facility, further expands the ultimate entertainment experience at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. This 5,500-seat indoor arena has attracted more than 3 million people since its opening in 2005 and has regularly hosted South Florida’s greatest variety of musical acts such as Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, Marc Anthony, Billy Joel, Andrea Bocelli, Tim McGraw and Carlos Santana; top comedians including Chris Rock, Robin Williams, Kathy Griffin and George Lopez; as well as major sporting events and events of major sports stars, from UFC matches to charity galas for Jason Taylor, Alonzo Mourning, Dwyane Wade and more. For additional information, please visit www.hardrocklivehollywoodfl.com or www.myhrl.com.
About Seminole Hard Rock
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida, located minutes from Fort Lauderdale’s world-famous beach, features a AAA Four Diamond resort with 469 luxury rooms and suites, award-winning restaurants, high-energy nightlife, a lagoon-style pool and Beach Club, a Hard Rock-inspired spa, and premium meeting and convention space. As South Florida’s premier entertainment destination, Seminole Hard Rock hosts top-name acts at its 5,500–seat Hard Rock Live concert arena and offers more than 100 table games, 2,000 of the most popular slots and a stand-alone poker room. Fine dining options include Council Oak Steaks & Seafood, the resort’s signature steakhouse, and Kuro, a luxe and socially vibrant restaurant offering new-style Japanese cuisine. The resort also features contemporary and casual eateries, including Blue Plate, the hotel’s 24-hour diner-inspired restaurant; Constant Grind, a gourmet coffee and pastry shop; and the ever-famous Hard Rock Cafe – Hollywood, part of Hard Rock’s 167 globally recognized rock ‘n’ roll restaurants.
About Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival
Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLiFF) is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to bringing premieres of American Independent and World Cinema films and introducing talent to Broward County as well as through outreach programs throughout Florida. Over the years FLiFF has premiered many films that have become Oscar winners and nominees including: Volver, Black Swan, The Artist and The Great Beauty.
The most electrifying and suspense-filled film this year, The Accountant has opened nationwide and it’s a thriller. From opening act to the closing credits it keeps you glued to your seat waiting for the exciting scene. Under the keen direction of Gavin O’Connor who brought Miracle and Warrior to the screen, the cast makes The Accountant a winner. If you thought that Ben Affleck was good in movies like Gone Girl, Argo or The Town, witness the actor at his level best. Read more
Here’s a quirky little film that could sneak in for an Oscar if the wind blows their way. It’s called American Honey and works its magic with a strong appeal to mature teens through 20’s. The film has a radical edge that takes a stab at the wealthy and also preys on the goodness of middle class America. That said, it’s also an eye opener of America’s failure to influence the young toward important social values and the danger of negative ones. Read more
Get ready for the powerful lizard returning to attack Tokyo in Shin Godzilla or as he’s loving called by the monster’s fans, Gojira. It’s been awhile since the huge prehistoric dinosaur, a cross between a Stegosaurus and a Tyrannosaurus, has starred in a movie. The last one to my knowledge, that was Japanese made like this one, served up Godzilla vs Biollante where the huge reptile fought against a mutated rose bush. Read more
Kind of an off-beat comedy the film Silver Skies brings a little more nostalgia to the screen with a cool blast from the past cast. Much like the recent review on the film Wild Oats, this little movie delivers a warmhearted memory of actors that show their stuff even in their senior years. It’s mainly targeted to the older set, but 35 and up should get a kick out of it. Read more
Captivating and suspenseful the movie The Girl on the Train takes you into the mind of a witness to murder. The intriguing film hooks you from the beginning, tantalizes with possible suspects and then leads you down a path to a deadly finale. Taken from a bestselling novel by Paula Hawkins, the movie gets a Hollywood make over true to the book. Be forewarned the story gets a little contrived, but it doesn’t ruin the overall melodramatic experience. Read more
I enjoyed watching two of my favorite actresses icons Shirley MacLaine and Jessica Lange in the ditsy comedy Wild Oats. Now on DVD and Digital HD the two were perfect as the twilight of their lives characters and brought back many fond memories of films in the 50’s and 60’s for MacLaine and the 70’s and 80’s for Lange. Still going strong they make the comedy escapade work dishing out a style that filmmakers have left behind, but with Wild Oats, not forgotten. Read more
Just in time for starting off the Halloween season the horror film ClownTown comes to DVD and VOD. While the movie states that it has a base in fact, that’s questionable and I’ll believe it when they find real facts in The Blair Witch Project. The recent release of Clown that featured its review on our website a month ago and a real sicko it is, goes steps above ClownTown for the horror factor, but not by much. The guts and gore are about equal, but the clown faces don’t out do the scare factor of Kent McCoy’s distorted look in Clown. That said, if you love the horror genre, then put on your polka dot pajamas, slap on a red nose, wear huge shoes and grab a copy of ClownTown at your local video outlet or store. But don’t watch it alone, only if you dare. Read more
“The German offensive of May 10, 1940 drove almost 8 million people from their homes, one of the largest displacements of people in the twentieth century. To my mother, a young girl among those who took to the roads”– Director Christian Carion
With many World War II films out there on video, another foreign made movie has entered local theaters with a different take. It’s a heart ‘tuger’ based on a true life happening titled Come What May. It features the French people and two German refugees fleeing their home country. The war drama shows how large numbers of innocent people had to flee the murderous onslaught by the Nazis. Read more