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 email@example.com
Sometimes you come across a cherry of a film from a small studio that entertains more than the majors. This one is called The Squeeze, a fun well-made movie with some familiar faces and performances from good upcoming stars as well. The movie based on a real person gets you engrossed from its cool beginning to a surprise twist ending that satisfies. If you like films that give more than the same old story, than check out The Squeeze now on DVD. Read more
Intriguing and sinister the film Debug takes you into the sci-fi world in outer space with this well-made terror flick. Although the film does have somewhat of a feel similar to 2001: A Space Odyssey, but truly a movie that survives on its own with a horror sensation. The acting, direction, sets and cinematography are all good making the film worth seeing. Now on DVD Debug is a great watch-at-home treat for science fiction lovers that like action, suspense and evil. Read more
Combining two iconic stars into one songwriting dynamo, the film Love & Mercy delves into the life of The Beach Boys lead singer. The film depicts Paul Dano as the younger vibrant Brian Wilson and John Cusack as the older troubled musician who tries to come to terms with his past of glory, a troubling mental illness and conflicted advice. Whether you are a fan of the famous The Beach Boys or just like good dramatic performances, Love & Mercy should be at the top of your list this weekend.
There’s always a good size audience for an inspirational film and McFarland USA has all the trappings of one of the best. The film features a very good cast lead by Kevin Costner and aptly directed by Niki Caro. Now on Blu-ray and DVD, the film is made for family audiences. This underdog story is based on true events in the small town of McFarland, California. Read more
Just when you think you’ve seen the funniest comedy of 2015 up pops Spy a hilarious silly movie that entertains big time. The scrappy little film with a lot of raunchy dialogue had me in stitches from the outlandish beginning to the very last scene during the credits. Since it stars Melissa McCarthy, you may think I’m referring to her as she most always provides a good laugh, but how about pairing her up with the likes of Jason Statham. No way you say because he’s an action star and why would he be in a comedy? Well, it’s genius that he’s cast in Spy as his performance gets so off-the-wall that it takes the film to another comedic level.
June and July feature releases of major films 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. Read more
Taking the HBO winner and bringing Entourage to the screen, writer and director Doug Ellin takes a big chance on finding an audience. While HBO is paid television for those who spend the bucks for their programming, followers tend to be those who subscribed have watched the comedy over the years. The campy, silly and often ridiculous satire on filmmaking tries to convince its audience that sex, pervasive language, drugs and nudity are all you need to make a film a hit, but unless you are hooked from the HBO series, you may find Entourage a waste of time.
One of the better films depicting women’s rights, Free the Nipple shows how a group of young women can stand up for what they believe in, even being topless in public. The drama with comedy is loosely based on true events and has very good acting, direction and a positive storyline. It’s more than just entertainment, it’s a show of women’s rights that brings up fallacies in our government’s view of the Constitution’s first amendment. The film has been released on DVD and digital download. The main cast are committed activists to the cause. Read more
Delivering an excellent performance doesn’t save this view into the cells at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba Detention Center. The sympathetic story of long held dissidents tied into 9/11 has no basis for truth giving the premise a cold shoulder. The insubordination depicted in Camp X-Ray without consequences makes it even more bizarre. That said, if you look at the content as pure fiction without provocation, then those who like a good drama may find the acting by Kristen Stewart and Peyman Maadi extremely good. Read more
Surprisingly the low budget mystery thriller Private Number hits the mark in all three categories, directing, acting and storyline. The film had a brief theatrical bow a month ago, but the crowded box-office with several blockbusters must have taken its toll on this cunning little film. But now it has been released on DVD and I highly recommend it for those who like a good compelling plot that twists and turns to the closing credits.
Lack of a bigger budget to make Poltergeist of Borley Forest hurts the production value and turns a good idea into a ho hum recycle of other ghostly films. Now on DVD, the movie has some creative value, but not enough to make it a hit. Suffering from lack of good photography, lighting and sound efficiency, the movie just doesn’t frighten enough to deliver the impact from the storyline. If you are a horror fan and just have to see every scary flick that comes down the pike, then gather a few friends and rent this DVD.
JOIN COBB THEATRES FOR THEIR ANNUAL BACK TO SCHOOL EVENT
Plans are underway for our 7th Annual Back to School Bash. Our event hopes to combine the efforts of dozens of community businesses and organizations like yours’ to aid in providing students with school supplies. Over the past few years our efforts have grown from 250 students to over 500 students and climbing. Our program includes both fun activities like face painting and games, to hair-cuts, health screens, and of course, school supplies. This year promises to be even bigger! The 2015 Back to School Bash has been themed after this year’s summer release movie: “Fantastic Four”, and is scheduled for Saturday, August 15th, 2015 from 10:30am-12:30pm.
We would appreciate your partnership in this community service event. Please note that space is limited and your quick reply is appreciated. We are also hoping you will help us get the word out. If you have business partners and friends who own their own business, send them the information as well.
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SUFFRAGETTE is a powerful drama about the women who were willing to lose everything in their fight for equality in early-20th-century Britain. The stirring story centers on Maud (played by Carey Mulligan), a working wife and mother whose life is forever changed when she is secretly recruited to join the U.K.’s growing suffragette movement. Galvanized by the outlaw fugitive Emmeline Pankhurst (Meryl Streep), Maud becomes an activist for the cause alongside women from all walks of life. Inspired by true events, SUFFRAGETTE is a moving drama exploring the passion and heartbreak of those who risked all they had for women’s right to vote – their jobs, their homes, their children, and even their lives.
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.
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.