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

“Suburbicon” a Quirky Murder Mystery

What starts out to be a regular 1950’s retro melodrama becomes a mystery crime drama that should set the audience back on their heels with one surprise after another. Although openly predictable, Suburbicon certainly entertains for the full nearly 2 hours. Much like a 2 hour episode of Fargo, the bungling characters add some dark comedy to the twisted script. Read more

“Bushwick” Exhilarating Edge of Your Seat Thriller

Being released on Blu-ray and DVD this week, Bushwick is an extreme roller coaster ride across Brooklyn.  The action adventure pits citizens against impossible odds as they find themselves in harm’s way.  Although a little far fetched the movie is exciting and exhilarating and will keep you on the edge of your seat. Think Red Dawn on “speed”. Read more

“The Foreigner” a Cat and Mouse Drama

Review by Gino Sassani

Action heroes are very much like sports superstars. So much of what they do is tied to their physical ability, and eventually time catches up to them. For sports figures they either try and accept it and go out on top, or they taint their legend by trying to hang on. The same can be said for action heroes, except there is a third alternative. Some action movie actors learn to adapt their material to their current skill level. Read more

“Only The Brave” An Emotional Hotbed

Review By Gino Sassani

Based on a true story. We see those words preceding a lot of films these days. It’s almost as if we’ve started to chronicle our big moments via the cinema. If a story is tragic enough or portrays outstanding bravery or courage, you can expect it to eventually get a feature film. I can almost predict the big films of 2020 or so just by looking at the headlines in 2017. It’s become a little overdone for my tastes and can often appear exploitative in nature. These films are often devoid of originality. Of course they are. They’re based on something that real life has already written. I’ve seen bumper stickers that say “God is my co-pilot”. I’m waiting for him to get some screenplay credit or a chair in the writer’s room. Of course, he’d be expected to start paying dues to the Writer’s Guild. There’s also the added problem that the audience already knows how the film is going to end. Ron Howard faced the same problem when he directed Apollo 13. He managed to keep us on the edge of our seats anyway. Only the Brave isn’t going to keep you on the edge of your seat. But it will sneak up on you. I knew how it was going to end, but that didn’t stop director Joseph Kosinski from finding a way to blindside me anyway. It’s a trick Houdini would have been proud of. How did he do that? Now, that would be telling. Read more

“Jungle” Devoured by Nature

Turning a trip into a life or death adventure, 4 men travel on a Bolivian excursion in the film Jungle. Where there was beauty comes a massive land of treacherous mountains, overgrown forest and wildlife looking for a meal, it’s that kind of journey. The true story stars Daniel Radcliff in the lead role and is directed by Greg McLean who brought Wolf Creek to the screen. Read more

“6 Below: Miracle on the Mountain” Breathless and Breath Taking

The true story of Eric LeMarque, called 6 Below: Miracle on the Mountain, opens this weekend and it’s more than the average survival film. Very compelling and with a timely message, the movie depicts a breath taking and breathless adventure of endurance and courage. Although the setting may be similar to the recent survival film The Mountains Between Us, this factual story makes that one look like a fairy tale. Read more

“Red Christmas” Terror, Bloody Terror

If you are just starting out the horror month, then you may want to make this terror film your first as it has all the elements of a gruesome ghoulish nightmare that you’ll remember beyond the big “H” day. A weird name for a film, Red Christmas certainly wreaks havoc on that holiday. Choosing Christmas for the film setting turns out the best way to get this family together so the goings could get bloody. Now on Blu-ray and DVD it’s a good choice for your opening season fright party. Read more

“RAT FILM” Fishing for a Solution

There’s many ways of telling a story and one of the best is the documentary where facts are provided and you become the judge of the content. This is the case of Rat Film a fact based film on the rat population in Baltimore, Maryland and the correlation between over population, lack of adequate housing, unemployment and opportunity. In many ways the film reveals the problem of inner-city unbalance and oppression. The film opens Sunday October 15th in Los Angeles at the Downtown Independent for a two week run with a national release to follow. Read more

“MARSHALL” Intriguing and Convincing

Review by guest writer Gino Sassani

Few names ring as powerfully through the halls of legal history as that of Thurgood Marshall. One of the best legal minds of the 20th century, he became the first African-American to be seated on the United States Supreme Court. He participated in landmark decisions both as a lawyer arguing in front of the highest court in the land and as one of its nine justices writing milestone opinions. Read more

“Happy Death Day” Again! and Again!

Up front I’ll tell you that the movie Happy Death Day has so many twists and turns that you would think you were on a wild ride at Universal Studios. The fun, but deadly storyline is a cross between Scary Movie and Groundhog Day and the maze of thrills will have you spooked out until the very end. Or what you think is the end, so don’t get up out of your seat until it’s ALL over. Again! and Again! Read more

32nd Annual Ft. Lauderdale Film Fest October 27 – November 19, 2017

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS, SPECIAL GUESTS & MUST-SEE FILMS AT  

  THE 32nd ANNUAL FORT LAUDERDALE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

October 27 – November 19, 2017  

Special Guest Honorees

Burt Reynolds, Graham Greene, Karen Allen

The 32nd Annual Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLiFF), October 27 through November 19, showcases 160 films from 48 countries, including American Independent, World Cinema and Florida features, documentary and short film premieres and special screenings. In addition to the films, celebrity appearances, visiting filmmakers, over-the-top parties and special events make FLiFF truly “A Vacation from Ordinary Film.”    Read more