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 12 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

“Hunt for the Wilderpeople” a Comedy About Growing Up

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The oddball film Hunt for the Wilderpeople has a couple of attributes that make it very special. First, it has a story that charms, captivates and compels viewers to watch a young boy come of age in a strange environment under the most unusual circumstances. Second, the perfect cast treats the audience with performances that work their way into your heart and never let go. If you enjoy movies that fascinate with characters changing for better or worse, than this is your cup of Zealong tea. Read more

“The Innocents” a Disturbing True Story of Dignity

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The atrocities of WWII were not only the work of the Nazis, but the Russian troops made Polish Christians pay a price for life as well. The film The Innocents (“Les Innocentes”) tells a true story so appalling that it’s hard to watch. But, you will not want to miss a frame for this true account that took place toward the end of WWII in Poland. Read more

“The Secret Life of Pets” a Wild Adventure in the Big Apple

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Very funny and creative The Secret Life of Pets puts together a raucous little ditty filled with some very cute characters. The story idea may not be original as it takes a premise much like that of Toy Story, but this animated film delivers a lot of twists for the more mature children. From the gang that gave us Despicable Me and Minions, the art style works here as does the similar sometimes dark comedy. Safe for most of the family, especially those that have matured, the movie spools out nicely for teens to twenties as well. Read more

Video Releases For July, August, September

Dramas and some good comedies are on the list for titles released on DVD/Blu-ray.  Most of the releases are of films that came out in the months starting this year with a smattering of Oscar nominated films. Hot blockbusters like The Boss and The Finest Hours with a mix of some wild and wicked films like Hardcore Harry. 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

“The Family Fang”, a Wacky Heartfelt Film

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Ditsy, a little wacky, but mostly heartfelt the film The Family Fang has been released on DVD. With a very fine cast, a very kooky premise and able direction by actor/director and producer Jason Batemen make the film an instant winner. Fitting into the mold of Indie comedies like Little Miss Sunshine, Mistress America and About a Boy, if you like any of the aforementioned titles then this is your cup of tea. Read more

“The Legend of Tarzan”, a Tall Tale of a Jungle Icon

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With a hefty $180 million dollar budget the film The Legend of Tarzan makes its bow this weekend looking for the PG-13 crowd to swing into action and make it a box office winner. The production used every bit of the budget with an adventure that takes you on a roller coaster ride; just taking time in between drops to catch your breath before moving on to the next exciting twist and turn. Read more

“Sofia the First: The Secret Library”, fun for the kiddies

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Cute, fun and safe for all the youngsters from 3 up, Sofia the First: The Secret Library is now available of on DVD. One of the most popular Disney series for lasses and ladies, the animated adventures continue with four new episodes. The smooth animation is family friendly and has easy to use guides to all the adventures. Each adventure has a theme associated with a moral or a good deed like creating friendships for instance. Included in the DVD box is a Sofia the First necklace and a Disney movie Rewards code. Read more

“Finding Dory”, an Underwater Adventure for Kids

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Following in the footsteps of an academy award winning animated film is a tough proposition, but Finding Dory shows it’s up to snuff. This spin-off of Finding Nemo takes families on another journey with this time looking for Dory’s parents. Although it can be considered a stand-alone film, the trip has many similarities to Nemo’s big adventure. While this shouldn’t be a problem for even the littlest tyke, parents may yawn a bit, get antsy, and even look at their glow in the dark watch once or twice or maybe even three times. Hopefully the new characters will keep the older folks amused, especially my favorite Hank the octopus. Read more

“The Other Side of the Door”, a Creepy Thriller

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Horrific, eerie, ghastly, grotesque, creepy, evil all the things that make a good horror film and The Other Side of the Door fits the mold. Nicely directed by Johannes Roberts who has several horror flicks under his belt, the film frightens with unique characters and a story that’s based on the mysticism of India. If you want to be entertained on a dark rainy night curled up with a loved one or popcorn and drinks for “friends” night, try this bloody tale on for size. Read more

“Star Trek”, Delivered in 4K Home Video

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The first two films in the reboot of the franchise Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness have been released on Blu-ray 4K Ultra HD. While the story here encompasses mostly about the new home viewing experience of Ultra High Definition (UHD), seeing both films through a special Blu-ray player on a 4K TV becomes a thrill in itself. With 4K looming on the horizon in every home, it’s the best thing since the Blu-ray disc. Read more

“Warcraft”, an Impressive Action Fantasy

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While I’m not a gamer and have never played the game associated with the movie Warcraft, I am a huge fan of the trilogies Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. So much so that I’ve had an empty feeling only filled with replays of the Blu-ray collection of the Rings and Hobbits. Then up pops Warcraft filled with orcs and dwarfs and humans battling it out on the IMAX screen. Not a complete substitute, but an impressive one that beyond gamers, those that love middle earth should enjoy the story, acting and battles galore. Read more

“Zootopia”, a Wild and Wonderful Animal Adventure on Blu-ray

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Arriving this week to home video Zootopia should make a big splash. So far the best animated film this year and it’s perfect for everyone. The family friendly characters are cute and cuddly and you’d even give a big hug to the plushy pushy bad guys. Kids are sure to attempt to try and wear out the disc, but with summer already here, that’s a good thing. Read more