John Delia

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 jdelia@acedmagazine.com

San Andreas, a Wild Ride Through Disaster

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Especially for disaster movie fans, San Andreas delivers a thrilling feast for your eyes and ears. Brilliantly concocted with amazing visuals of destruction, the movie’s not much on storyline, but bold and brazen when it comes to explosive excitement. It may not be considered the disaster movie holy grail, but you’ll surly be entertained for the price of your admission. 3D is the choice you’ll want to take for an experience remembered way after leaving the theater. And for the ultimate rush, see it in IMAX 3D where available.

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Aloha, a Covert Mission and Romance

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There may be an upside to Aloha, but it’s not the storyline a contrived bundle of fiction that a novice writer could have scripted. In today’s scheme of things, moviegoers, especially romantics, are demanding a screenplay that could be at least realistic so they can emulate with the characters. The word trite or even tripe comes to mind with this imposter of a love story that’s laced with comedy to hide the improbable circumstances. Evan as a comedy Aloha has its shortcomings like Emma Stone’s stumbling in love character that gets too silly to be likable.

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VIDEO RELEASES May & June

May and June feature releases of major films from 2014 on Blu-ray and DVD.  Most of the movies will also be available on VOD. The genre’s are all over the board from comedy to action with a little family in between. We will have reviews on most of the titles so check back often and see what our critics have to say about them.  You may find a gem that you never knew existed or a hilarious comedy to brighten your day. Whether you are looking for horror, action-adventure, drama, comedy, crime or alternative lifestyle— the next months will have a little something for most everyone.

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Southpaw, Movie Soundtrack to be Released in July

Shady Records/Interscope Records will release Southpaw (Music from and Inspired by the Motion Picture), soundtrack to The Weinstein Company motion pictureSouthpaw, starring Jake Gyllenhaal.  The album- which will feature new songs created for and inspired by the film and more- will be released this July.

Jake Gyllenhaal as Billy Hope in Southpaw
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Check out the quick clip below

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Strange Magic, a Cool Animated Film

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Although the film Strange Magic, now on DVD, did not receive a huge theatrical box-office like most animated films, for me it’s a fun filled, artistically beautiful film that just missed its audience. The film actually works for most children 3 to 13, but should get more attention from females. I like the superb animation, very good voice acting and enjoyable soundtrack.

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The 100 Year-Old Man… a Very Comical Film

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The strange little film The 100 year-old man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared takes its audience on a wild and wacky journey. It’s a lot of fun in the vein of a Forrest Gump, but this guy has more of a trek with danger all around. The film has very good acting and is based a script taken from a work of fiction by Jonas Jonassan. The book was a 2010 best seller in Sweden that went on to sell over 3 million copies worldwide. Nicely filmed and orchestrated by director and screenwriter Felix Herngren, the movie is a hoot.

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Tomorrowland, Inspirational for Kids

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The kid-friendly Tomorrowland opens this weekend with a cool adventure that should entertain the 7 to 16 year old crowd. Those of all ages who just can’t miss a sci-fi movie may also be included in this group depending on whether they accept the mild to moderate conflicts and the somewhat realistic message the film presents. As for the production, it’s very good with fine directing, computer graphics and visuals that amaze. It’s the story that takes a hit leaving audiences with a feeling that it’s a little too contrived, predictable and a bit syrupy in the finale.

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Bordering on Bad Behavior, an Irreverent Look at the Mideast Conflict

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Lessons to be learned in this little film about the Middle East that captures the issues and points out the problems. The solution may not be possible, but getting to it looks like the filmmaker had a whole lot of fun. The dramedy features a fine cast, able direction and a pie-in-the-sky story that may not be too farfetched. Open up your mind and sit back while you watch a truly wicked Bordering on Bad Behavior. Read more

COPS: Wildest Chases, Crime Reality TV on DVD

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Spike TV has released a collection of what they call COPS: Wildest Chases on DVD. The series of cable episodes involves police units across the nation as they respond to calls involving various crimes and misdemeanors. From domestic issues to burglaries, the DVD runs around 2 hours and thirty minutes without commercial interruption.

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Tangerines, the Madness of War

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Bitter enemies face off in the film Tangerines, a war film set in Estonia. Set on a small scale the movie’s message gives it vast meaning. Extremely well-acted, directed and depicted, this heartfelt little production shows what other meaningful films do even better about the pointlessness of war. One of the five nominated Foreign Language Films at the 87th Academy Award a more than worthy to be among the best.

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Mad Max: Fury Road, a Blazing Action Film

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My job is to see movies and give my opinion so my readers will know the good, bad and ugly before plunking down the dough to see them. After seeing Mad Max: Fury Road, I’m ready to see it again. This time I’m headed for an IMAX theater so I can get all the sounds and visuals of this action packed film up close. Call me a movie nut, but when it comes to films that go over the edge for their audience, I’m there!

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The Cobbler, a Comedy Fantasy with Adam Sandler Charm

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Working with a simple plot and on an indie budget Adam Sandler gives a good performance in the fantasy comedy The Cobbler. Doing what he does best, the comedian turns on the charm making his character enjoyable to watch under the creative direction of Tom McCarthy who co-wrote the script. While the story follows a theme similar to Sandler’s Click, here however, he’s more of a champion than an opportunist.

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The D Train, an Offbeat Comedy

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Jack Black returns to the screen with a quirky comedy The D Train that turns on the charm before going into a tail spin that almost crashes.  The movie does have its moments showing a lot of off color humor with Black kicking up his character old style much like days of movies past.  However directors Andrew Mogel and Jarrad Paul depend on James Marsden to carry the heavy role to make the film work and there’s no doubt that his performance saves the day.

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Lionsgate Announces John Wick Sequel

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Keanu ReevesSANTA MONICA, Calif, May 4, 2015 – Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF) has confirmed plans to produce a sequel to 2014’s critically-acclaimed breakout hit “JOHN WICK,” it was announced today by Rob Friedman and  Patrick Wachsberger, Co-Chairmen of the Theatrical Motion Pictures Group.  Keanu Reeves along with directors David Leitch and Chad Stahelski as well as screenwriter, Derek Kolstad are set to return for the sequel. The film will be released through Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment and will be produced by Thunder Road’s Basil Iwanyk, who produced the first film.

In the follow up to last year’s adrenaline-fueled revenge and redemption thriller, legendary hit man John Wick is back.

“With such tremendous fan and critical support for ‘John Wick,’ we knew that there was still so much more of this story to tell,” said Jason Constantine, President of Acquisitions and Co-Productions. “We are thrilled that Keanu, David and Chad have re-teamed with us and promise to bring audiences even more excitement the second time around.”

Jason Constantine and Eda Kowan at Lionsgate will oversee the project on behalf of the studio.