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 10 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

Southpaw, a Heart Pounding Winner

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You can hear a pin drop in the boxer’s dressing room as the feel of high tension begins. Here we see prize fighter Billy Hope (Jake Gyllenhaal) getting his hands meticulously taped for his championship boxing match against Darius Jones (Cedrick D. Jones). Still undefeated, Billy needs to win the fight to retain the Light Heavyweight Crown and the fame and money that goes with it. In the ring the battle between the two gets very brutal with each taking pounding blows to the body and cuts on their faces. Blood running from Hope’s eye has not stopped the man from his determination to last through round ten. The number of hits he’s taking from Jones has put Billy in a position of putting Jones down for a ten count or being unseated as champ. This is Southpaw. Read more

Cartel Land, a Sizzling Documentary

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A very compelling documentary Cartel Land takes you into Mexico for an up in your face look at the battles for a safe community. Pulling no punches and showing how the drug producing, kidnapping, border crossing, vicious cartels have hold on the people in areas of Mexico. It also delves and makes accusations about the government’s participation in the cartels with a policy of laissez-faire. Violent, emotional, informative the film makes its way into theaters for all to see and ponder. It’s not only Mexico, as the film reaches onto U.S. soil effecting all Americans. Read more

Trainwreck, an Amy Schumer Comedy

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The very funny Amy Schumer steps into her first film screen role and she nails it. The newcomer who has taken the boob tube by storm with her bawdy “Inside Amy Schumer”, moves to a film venue with ease. In Trainwreck she streaks into theaters all over America with a hilarious story and a support cast that keeps it all together to its predictable romantic ending. Much like her TV show the film uses many side vignettes that contribute to the central theme of trying to survive her screwed up life. It’s a lot of fun for the ladies, but for adults only.

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Ant-Man, Marvel Adds a Tiny Super Hero

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Introducing the smallest Marvel Comics character to the big screen, Ant-Man takes a turn at being a huge superhero. Aiming to equal his predecessors such as Iron Man and Captain America, this little giant comes in close to the pack. The comedy and drama are very good, but much like the movie introductory of the character Thor the opening story does drag somewhat. If you are a Marvel Comic addict, then the first paragraph here will be meaningless to you. I’m sure you’ll be one of the multitudes that are already lining up for a turn on seeing the Avengers newest freshman.

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Lila & Eve, A Woman Scorned

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Ladies make sure you see Lila & Eve, a crime drama that will take you into the depths of a mother’s despair. Starring Viola Davis and Jennifer Lopez, the compelling film deals with street crime like you’ve never seen before. While the target audience does lean toward women, the performances are amazing and the story convincing. It’s a thriller that speaks volumes so I believe that both sexes will take it to heart.

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Freedom, Escaping Slavery

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Bringing to light the importance of the Underground Railroad in American History, the movie Freedom delivers a captivating true account of slavery and those who would defy the oppressors. With good performances all around, the use of music to help tell the anguish and able direction, the film is a must see. Not a film with a political agenda, Freedom shows the cooperation between races as they try to right a terrible wrong. The film has been released on DVD.

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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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