John Delia

Film Editor 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 more than 10 years and earned a Bachelors degree in communications from the University of Florida. John is a member of the Southeastern Film Critics Association. Follow John on Twitter @staragent1 or send John a message at jdelia@acedmagazine.com

“Split” A Tight Coiled Chiller

 

Very disturbing and frightening at times, the film Split puts director M. Night Shyamalan back in movie theaters. Coming off the sinister shocker The Visit, which earned over $98 million in 2015, he’s chosen a good weekend for his new horror thriller with its only competition xXx sequel and The Founder. The trailer should drive all the thrill seekers and especially mature pre-teens to 20’s horror fans into seats this weekend, making it the top box-office winner. But except for a few of Shyamalan’s movies, it has his signature weak “how did that just happen” finale. Read more

“Patriot’s Day” a Must See Docudrama

 

An edge of your seat thriller, the true story Patriot’s Day left me breathless. The movie takes you through the steps following the heinous and senseless bombing at the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013. Filmed with of tight hand, director Peter Berg grabs you by the collar and glues you to the screen for two plus hours of the incredible action packed reenactment. The planned cowardice act is a wake-up call for all adults and students that need to be alert that America is vulnerable to terrorism. Read more

“Silence” a Strong Testimony of Christianity

 

The movie Silence gets its story from Japanese novelist Shusaku Endo who wrote the book. His novel has a connection with real life Catholic Father Cristóvão Ferreira who was sent to Japan as a missionary to convert the Japanese people to Christianity. Director/Filmmaker Martin Scorsese has spent many years developing the film from the novel and it’s terrific. If you like historical films that are poignant and powerful with excellent production value, then do not miss Silence now in theaters. Read more

Video Releases For January, February, March 2017

Drama, comedy and action films 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.  The most notable Homeland: Season Five in January, Doctor Strange in February and Disney’s Moana in March. 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, thriller, crime or lifestyles— the list below has a lot to offer. Read more

“A Monster Calls” Dealing with Life’s Challenges

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The drama A Monster Calls has a story that becomes magical as it works on your heartstrings. Entering the mind of a young boy we explore his feelings, fears and desperate attempt to save his mom. Excellent acting, solid direction and a story that will be remembered well after you leave the movie theater. It’s a heartfelt experience for you and your mature children. Read more

SEFCA Chooses “Moonlight” as Best Picture 2016

The Southeastern Film Critics Association (SEFCA) has named ‘Moonlight’ the Best Film of 2016.

 

Mahershala Ali in "Moonlight"
Mahershala Ali in “Moonlight”

Writer/director Barry Jenkins’ poetic depiction of a gay black man as a child, teenager and adult earned multiple awards, including Best Supporting Actor for Mahershala Ali, Best Ensemble, Best Adapted Screenplay and a tie for Best Director with Damien Chazelle of ‘La La Land.’ ‘Moonlight’ was also the runner-up in the categories for Best Supporting Actress (for Naomie Harris), Best Cinematography and the Wyatt Award for the Spirit of the South. [Complete list of winners at end of story.] Read more

“Hidden Figures” a Revealing True Story about the Space Race

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Review by John M. Delia, Jr.

The important true and historic film Hidden Figures reveals the many African American women behind America’s success in space exploration during the 1960’s. The struggles with racial equality during that period was at a high point, yet it took a specialized group of African American women to make huge strides in our countries ability to send a man into space. The movie opens yet another significant window in the continuous struggle for equality in America. Read more

Miami Film Fest to Premiere Actor/Writer Blake Jenner’s New Film

miami-film-fest-logoMiami, FL. (January, 04, 2017) — Native Miami, Floridian Blake Jenner, who rose to fame for his winning a role as Ryder Lynn in the Fox hit TV  series “Glee”, will present his first film Billy Boy as a world premiere at the Miami International Film Festival in March of this year. Jenner wrote the screenplay and produced the film while acting in it as well.Billy Boy is one of 8 films nominated for the Festival’s annual Jordan Ressler Screenwriting Award.

Born and raised in Miami with Cuban roots, Jenner honed his skills as a performer as a member of the Miami improv group “Impromedy” and in stage productions at The Roxy Theatre Group in Miami. Once he relocated to LA, Jenner won the second season of the Oxygen reality competition series “The Glee Project” and landed the role of Ryder Lynn, star football player/lead vocalist on the FOX hit series “Glee” from 2012 to 2015.

Jenner’s profile in the independent film world is rising sharply. In 2016, he starred in both Richard Linklater’s comedy Everybody Wants Some!! and Kelly Fremon Craig’s acclaimed The Edge of Seventeen. He will next be seen in the upcoming drama Sidney Hall, which makes its world premiere at Sundance Film Festival 2017. Read more

“Assassin’s Creed” A Gamer’s Delight

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By John M. Delia, Jr.

There’s a creed that protects the world from evil. This creed is defended by assassins who will stop at nothing to guard us from things we do not understand. Throughout the generations theses assassins roam this earth in search of their identities so that one day they’ll find their self-worth. They are the Assassin’s Creed. Read more

“Jackie” The First Lady of Camelot

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Review by John M. Delia, Jr.

A heartfelt account through the eyes of Jackie Kennedy following the assassination of her husband John Fitzgerald Kennedy, this mini biography Jackie opens this weekend. The film includes her televised White House tour and her interview with American political journalist and historian Theodore Harold White. The film documents the emotional struggles she endured and how she was able to withstand the smothering sympathy. Read more

“Lion” A Courageous True Story with a lot of Heart

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Most foreign films are sidestepped in the United States for various reasons especially due to having to read subtitles. Because of this some excellent films are avoided by many and they lose the experience of outstanding stories. I am hoping that this will not be the case for the movie Lion that will be in theaters around America starting on December 21.

The film outshines many of the movies made here in USA and the heartfelt true story of Lion delivers amazing acting, direction and cinematography. It’s not about the jungle animal, but refers to the strength of a young boy who tries to survive alone in a threatening world. Read more

“Sing” it’s a Stitch!

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Probably the most silly of animated films this year, and that’s good thing for  Sing. Enjoyable, very funny, touching and oh incredibly wacky the family film targets children, but the adults will enjoy it a lot more than the average toon. I’m surprised the filmmakers waited so long to put the film in theaters, but with no children’s anime to stop it from becoming a blockbuster, it’s a very possible chance it will. Read more

“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” an Exciting Prequel

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Filling in with a prequel to Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, the first in a series by Lucas Films that started the Star Wars franchise, comes Disney’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The set-up starts a new series for Star Wars that brings new adventures in between continuing episodes that follow Star Wars the Force Awakens. It’s quite a challenge for the team at Disney/Lucas and I’m very glad they came up with the idea. Read more

“Morgan” Genetics Gone Wild

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The sci-fi horror thriller Morgan turns brutal when a scientific experiment goes awry turning a lab into a blood fest. Now on Blu-ray and DVD in a combo pack that includes an HD download, the film has all the trappings for a nighttime couple’s shocker. You will not want to see this one alone, especially if you want to get the best out of your video choice. So turn the lights down, get the popcorn ready, maybe your favorite beverage and expect the unexpected. Read more