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

Video Releases JULY & AUGUST

July and August releases are crammed with journey on Blu-ray and DVD.  Most of the films may also be out there on VOD. The style’s are everywhere in the board from comedy to motion with somewhat household in between. We may have evaluations on a lot of the titles so verify again typically and see what our critics need to say about them.  You might discover a gem that you simply by no means knew existed or a hilarious comedy to brighten your day. Whether you’re on the lookout for horror, action-adventure, drama, comedy, crime or various way of life— the subsequent months could have somewhat one thing for many everybody. Read more

Awaken, an Action Thriller

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An intriguing film with a lot of action, Awaken takes their idea from the pages of the news media and adds a Hollywood makeover and storyline. The movie has a good cast and the cameras offer a treat with panoramic views and close-ups of all the action. Turning up the energy, performances from Vinnie Jones, Jason London and Natalie Burn change the ordinary into exciting. The award winning film is now on DVD for home viewing. Read more

Echoes of War, a Compelling Drama

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The post-Civil War in America left a tragic legacy and one of the down falls became the subject of Echos of War, a compelling drama that takes place in Texas. In today’s world of PTSD the film uses the trauma to tell a fictional story about a family faced with a returning veteran of the Confederate Army. Now on DVD the movie features good performances by an able cast and outstanding cinematography. Read more

The Drop Box, Abandoning Children

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A touching look at a continuous problem in Seoul Korea fuels this important poignant documentary on saving the lives of abandoned children. Well written and directed The Drop Box explores an anomaly of society and one man who stood tall to help reduce the problem. Even with the huge burden it brought upon him Dr. Lee Jong-rak still sticks to it to this day. Nicely put together by director Brian Ivie, the film takes you up close and personal into the unenviable life of a great man.

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Town that Dreaded Sundown, the phantom returns

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Worn out and not very scary, the sequel to the classic horror flick The Town that Dreaded Sundown tries to piggyback off the original, but comes up lame. The original 1976 release, as campy as it is, follows the crimes that actually happened in 1946 in the City of Texarkana and gives an aura of fear. Making a remake of the original film would have been better as the fear factor would still radiate from the real serial crimes that was never solved. Read more

Interview with Natalie Burn on the movie Awaken

At the time of our telephone interview Natalie Burn was in Turkey making a film. I caught Natalie on her day off sightseeing like an ordinary tourist.

In the fictional action movie “Awaken” Natalie Burn stars as Billie Kope. She’s a woman hell bent on finding her sister, but ends up on an island where a black market organ dealer is harvesting body parts for the rich. The film demonstrates Natalie’s fine acting talent as an up and coming action actor. Read more

The Overnight, a Spirited Little Comedy

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The splendid little comedy The Overnight turns a friendly evening with the new neighbors into an over the top night of uninhibited sensuality. While the theme has been used before in other movies with the most famous being Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, this modern day soon to be a classic leaves nothing to the imagination. Daring, erotic and unabashed yet not a skin flick, the movie has a very good cast and script that bares it all for those who have pondered about kinking up their own relationships. Read more

Terminator Genisys, For Thrill Seekers

TERMINATOR GENISYS posterThe movie Terminator Genisys surprises with top quality special effects, continuous action scenes and a welcome return of Arnold. The storyline may be a little complicated if you are trying to piece together the previous four outings, but take a deep breath and just go to enjoy the shape shifting time traveling bots that deliver chaos wherever they appear. If you are an action junkie and want an adrenaline rush, go see the newest edition of John Connor’s attempt to take down the spy in the sky that lead to annihilation of billons on the planet.

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Magic Mike XXL, A Female Delight

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Brawny, Bold and bawdy the movie Magic Mike XXL (I guess they didn’t use a third X instead of an L because it doesn’t go that far) struts and dances its way across the screen at the delight of a female audience. The story gets sluggish, silly and wacky, but I’m positive not a woman in the theater will notice. Not much on plot, the road trip to Myrtle Beach does have its moments at stops along the way. There the film bangs out tunes while muscle bound men raise hell tearing their T-shirts and dropping their drawers in places like Tampa, Jacksonville, Savanna and Charleston. Read more

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, Endearing

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Directed toward a teen audience, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl easily appeals to a female audience and should even charm males through their late twenties. The film features excellent performances by a familiar cast, gets able guidance from director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon and delivers an appealing screenplay by the original novelist Jesse Andrews. Working against last year’s tearjerker The Fault in our Stars, I found this film to be more realistic and less maudlin. Not a love story per se, but the bond between the two main characters that goes deep to the bone. Read more

Farewell Party, a witty film on a grim topic

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There shouldn’t be a dry eye in the theater from the heartfelt movie The Farewell Party set in an Israeli retirement home. Courageous acting, script and directing, the touching dark comedy takes a look at old age with story characters nearing their passing. If you see one foreign film this year and don’t mind shedding a few tears, rush to see The Farewell Party. Read more

Survivor, A Cat and Mouse thriller

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The exciting thriller Survivor now on Blu-ray and DVD takes audiences on a wild ride through the streets of London. Starring Milla Jovovich as the hunted, Survivor has a good storyline, a solid well known supporting cast and able direction. While most of the film has edge of your seat action, the story may give you a hint of déjà vu if you have seen the movie SALT. That said the chase scenes in Survivor combined with Jovovich’s intensity are well worth the watch. Read more

Timbuktu, a powerful film

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The movie opens with a young gazelle running in the sand dunes of Timbuktu. Chasing the beautiful docile animal in a pickup truck are members of the Jihadists shooting their rifles in its direction. “Do not shoot the animal, we just want to tire it out” says their leader. It’s an act of domination repeated throughout the film, but instead of animals with humans living in fear. The film Timbuktu is now available on Blu-ray and DVD. Read more

HUNGER GAMES, THREE FINGER SALUTE

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Yesterday, in 18 countries around the globe, THE HUNGER GAMES iconic ‘3-Finger salute’ was unveiled on high profile buildings, billboards and locations, including Times Square in New York, Westfield Centre in London, Colonne di San Lorenzo in Milan and Novy Arbat Avenue in Moscow. The hands used in the synchronized global outdoor advertising campaign were created from 6 images of people ranging from ages 8 to 80, both men and women and from all nationalities.