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

Sleeping with Other People, Wrong Side of the Bed

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Opening this weekend is a romantic comedy with a twist called Sleeping with Other People. The film has a big cast of notable actors and a director/writer who knows how to dish out romance from more than one perspective. The film should attract couples and females, but beware of the message as it may tantalize and titillate those seductive areas of your psyche. Nevertheless it’s a fun film and doesn’t get dull. Read more

Rosenwald, a Tribute and a Victory

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A two fold documentary called Rosenwald gets released this weekend telling two historical and enlightening stories of Americana. Connected by philanthropy and concern for the welfare of African Americans in the South following the Civil War, the film documents the life of Julius Rosenwald and his legacy that includes being instrumental in their education. Not preachy or over sentimental, the straight forward biographical presentation makes for intelligent understanding of the plight of both immigration and social development. Read more

A Plague so Pleasant, Living with the Undead

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Finally a different kind of Zombie movie that, although low budget, really has a different kind of plot. It’s called A Plague so Pleasant and tells a wild and weird tale of surviving in a different kind of setting than the usual. Nicely acted and directed the movie treats the viewer to all the guts and gore, but adds a twist. The horror thriller is only available on DVD starting today. Read more

Queen Crab, Killer Claws

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Taking a loony trip to horror flicks of the past, the movie Queen Crab comes to home video. The campy little film uses similar techniques as 50’s monster movies like Attack of the 50ft Woman and The Blob. Although there has been success in the not too distant past with the genre, the cost of making any movie now days can be a huge deterrent and it shows here. If you are a connoisseur of old fashion horror or even the recent crop of low budget zombie movies, then you’ll find your crown in Queen Crab. Read more

Return to Sender, a Compelling Thriller

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The taut thriller, Return to Sender spins a wicked tale of rape, revenge and redemption. Very good acting, direction and cinematography, the movie raises tension levels with each chapter. If you like your drama suspenseful and compelling then this film should keep you on the edge of your seat. The edgy Return to Sender is now available on Blu-ray and DVD for home viewing. Read more

Cop Car, an Incredibly Twisted Tale

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An exciting little film with a lot of drama from an enjoyable cast Cop Car stands toe to toe with the outstanding Indies released this year. At first I thought that it was another episode of “Fargo” with that kind of sick humor, but on its own the movie plays with surprising spirit that sometimes overshadows the hit TV show. Nicely written and excellent direction, if you like movies that get more twisted as they play out, then Cop Car’s for you. Now on Blu-ray and DVD for home viewing. Read more

Pawn Sacrifice, Tense and Powerful

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One of the tensest films this year Pawn Sacrifice takes the prize for egoism, stare downs, insanity and arrogance. Although the acting in the film far outweighs any drama I’ve seen this year, it’s really not enough reason to see the biography of a man who single handedly faced off against a superpower using the game of chess. Only if you have an IQ of over 121 would you even care how the game is played or what move wins, the filmmakers want you to feel the pressure and the madness of it all. It’s not all about the game you see, but the man and his quest. Read more

The Second Mother, Heartfelt and Charming

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Told from the point of view of writer and director Anna Muylaert the movie The Second Mother (Que Horas Ela Volta?) shows the heartrending plight of a woman who gives up personal happiness for her daughter. Now in select theaters in America the movie shows the lengths a mother will go just to provide a modest life for their child. Fascinating yet compassionate the fictional light drama mirrors a good portion of real life in Brazil. The film won the “Audience Award” at the Berlin Film Festival. Read more

The New Girlfriend, Titillating and Provocative

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Captivating and compelling the film The New Girlfriend opens this weekend at select theaters around the nation. Filled with surprises that reveal an alternate lifestyle the movie can be as much challenging as it is acceptable reality. Although it may be a bit cliched and predictable, it still entertains with a story that’s both titillating and provocative. Read more

The Journey Home, a Thrilling Family Adventure

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A very cool film for older kids that has a lot of adventure and a nature theme comes to DVD. It’s called The Journey Home (originally Midnight Sun when it was in theaters) and features a very good performance by Dakota Goyo. In conjunction with an equally good acting bear cub named Nanuk and his bear trainers Kyle Doig and Dawn Dumas the movie plays out featuring a good bit of movie magic. It’s a good film for the whole family that shows well under the guidance of a parent. The cinematography of the Canadian wilderness gets kudos as well. The film opens with a quick animation presentation by the World Wildlife Federation to set the tone. Read more

Monkey Kingdom, A Romp in the Jungle with Primates

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Going into the jungle of Shri Lanka, Disneynature captures the emotional,  fun loving and complicated world of Monkey Kingdom. Now on Blu-ray and DVD the excellently written and narrated the film is a treat for families and nature lovers. If you are a follower of Disneynature then you know what you are in for, a complete visual live documentary of the subject matter and a fun romp around the habitat of primates. It’s a family event and a chance to view it with your youngsters for a learning experience they will never forget.

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Black Mass a Disturbing True Story

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A very violent and disturbing true story Black Mass takes you into the world of one of Boston’s infamous criminals James “Whitey” Bulger. Played out superbly by Johnny Depp as Bulger and for his performance alone this film should not be missed. Well-acted by a superior support cast and directed by Scott Cooper the movie should be considered for the short list of Oscar contenders. While the story gets very brutal and alarming, there’s no other way to tell it. Read more

Everest, Challenging a Slippery Slope

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The breathtaking beauty and the intense visuals combine to give you the thriller Everest, in IMAX. The movie tells the true story of climbers trying to reach the highest point on Earth above sea level and the tragedy that encompasses their dissent. Amazingly photographed, the movie is an artistic production of thrills and chills. Although the heartrending story provides the drama for the film, it’s the mountain and the climb that delivers the punch. Read more

Cinderella Dances onto Blu-ray

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Every child and the child within you, especially females teens on up, will feel the romance and the special family values within Cinderella.  The live action feature now on Blu-ray and DVD turns the original animated movie into a spectacular home entertainment show with a perfect cast and pin point direction by Kenneth Branagh. And there’s enough comedy and adventure to treat the boys as well.  What’s missing however, are the songs that made the original animated version back in the 1950’s memorable.  There is very little opportunity for toe tapping and humming that we’ve come to expect from a Disney film. Read more