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

Furious 7, a Rip Roaring Thrill Ride

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Giving very good performances all around, able direction and an edge of your seat storyline, Furious 7 takes the “summer” lead with an awesome action theatrical entry. The high energy franchise proves again that there’s always another story for the team of actors that has carried the car crime thriller for seven big hits. The edges are getting a little frayed, but that doesn’t mean I’m not ready for another fast ride. Rev it up Diesel, I want more! Read more

A Solemn Farewell to Paul Walker

Paul Walker as Brian in Furious 7 "Born to Ride"
Paul Walker as Brian in Furious 7 “Born to Ride”

In his final appearance for the screen Paul Walker gives a lasting performance in Furious 7 as the tough ex LAPD officer turned rogue. From the beginning of the franchise as Dom Toretto’s main man to the heartwarming finish looking out the side window of his car and delivering his last line “I knew you wouldn’t leave without saying goodbye” Walker has entertained fans worldwide.

In Furious 7 he shows the grit that had brought him the fame he deserved on his way to accomplishing the dream he sought. Walker has over 41 film credits to his name starting in 1986 with a small horror movie calledMonster in the Closet. Along the way Walker picked up parts that included playing Lance Harbor inVarsity Blues (1999), Caleb Mandrake in The Skulls (2000) costarring Joshua Jackson, then the very next year landed the role of Brian O’Connor in Fast and Furious (2001). The Fast and Furious franchise had been his mainstay, although appearing in such films as Joy Ride (2001) with Steve Zahn, Into the Blue (2005) opposite costar Jessica Alba, getting a solo starring role as Joey Gazelle in Running Scared (2006) and an inspirational role starring in the indie Hours (2014).

Although we were not personal friends, I will miss him greatly having spent a day with the nice man when he was a young 25-year-old while promoting the film Meet the Deedles. I was fortunate to accompanying him on behalf of Disney for a day at Disney World. Along with going on the “tower of terror” 5 times and cajoling with Steve Van Wormer and A.J. Langer their hands and feet were imprinted in cement during a special ceremony.   


April and May are offering comedy, terror, family animation, Sci-fi, drama, adult, and documentary home entertainment releases.  Most are being released on DVD, Blu-ray,even in Blu-ray Combo Packs as well as Video on Demand.  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 hilarous 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

Harlock Space Pirate, an Exciting Anime Thriller



Featuring captivating motion-capture animation the film Harlock Space Pirate kicks sci-fi up a notch with serious action, manga characters and beyond imagination space craft. The thriller establishes a whole new world for those who are not already fans of the dark story lines and the space traveling counter hero. If you are a gamer, like anime or just want to take a ride on the wild side, then check out Harlock Space Pirate. Read more

The Sondheim Collection comes to home video


      Into the Woods, Company, Sunday in the Park With George, Follies in Concert, Sweeney Todd and Sondheim: The Birthday 

On April 14th the home video market will be treated to some of the most popular concerts and musicals that were only available on stage and in the legitimate theatre.  Coming to DVD the collection will feature the following selections of one America’s foremost composers and lyricists.

THE BIRTHDAY CONCERT will feature musical stars Bernadette Peters, Carol Burnett, Neil Patrick Harris, David Hyde Pierce, Jon Cryer, Stephen Colbert, Patti LuPone, Adolph Green, Anika Noni Rose, Audra McDonald, Barbara Bryne, Barbara Cook, Charles Kimbrough, Chip Zien, Christina Hendricks, Craig Bierko, Dana Ivey and many more.

INTO THE WOODS  A baker and his wife journey into the woods in search of a cow, a red cape, a pair of golden slippers and some magic beans to lift a curse that has kept them childless. The filming of the original play with feature Tony Award winners Bernadette Peters, Joanna Gleason and the rest of the original Broadway cast.

COMPANY  The 1970 musical comedy is set firmly in, and often about, New York,  follows five married, once married, or soon to be married couples and their mutual friend, Robert, a 35 year old bachelor who has been unable to connect in a long-term relationship. The original Broadway play received a record setting 14 nominations for a Tony Award and won 6.

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SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE The Pulitzer Prize winning musical drama centers on famous painter George Seurat and the people in his famous painting “Sunday in the Park”. While the painting depicts people gathered on an island in the Seine, the musical goes beyond simply describing their lives. It is an exploration of art, of love, of commitment.

FOLLIES IN CONCERT  The incomparable Stephen Sondheim brought his sensational Follies to the stage in 1971 where it was hailed as “monumental theater” by The New York Times. Fourteen years later, the magic was recreated by an unparalleled gathering of stage and screen luminaries performing with the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center for a wildly enthusiastic audience. This one-night-only performance became a legendary event in Broadway history!

SWEENEY TODD: THE DAEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET  a musical thriller of revenge and romance set in Victorian England, features Broadway diva Patti LuPone as Mrs. Lovett and veteran stage actor George Hearn in the title role. It won the Tony Award for Best Musical on Broadway in 1979.

SONDHEIM: THE BIRTHDAY For the master composer and lyricist’s 80th birthday, many of musical theater’s brightest stars gathered to perform more than two dozen sensational numbers from Sondheim’s illustrious career. Many of these enduring songs are rarely heard and several are performed by the original Broadway cast members. David Hyde Pierce hosts this magical event with Stephen Sondheim’s longtime collaborator Paul Gemignani conducting the New York Philharmonic.



Queen and Country, a Romantic Sequel



Spooling out his final film Writer/Director John Boorman makes it a sequel and a good one at that. His Queen and Country being released in the United States takes his characters into the 1950’s as a follow up to Hope and Glory set during WWII. He works his magic one more time with interesting characters, some comedy, military boot camp drama and a whole lot of romance. Beautifully filmed, it’s a masterpiece of a period gone by that saw England transfer the crown to Elizabeth II and turn boys into men. Read more

It Follows, a Daunting Teen Sex Chiller

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Very daunting, compelling, edgy and different the chiller It Follows takes you on a horror ride where sex is key and death the consequence. The disturbing film takes on a complex storyline and sorts it all out during the finale. Perfect for fans that like a good scare and staying with you for a long time after leaving the theater. The movie should do well at the box-office with the teens and twenties being target audience. Read more

’71, a Suspense Filled IRA War Thriller



One of the most brutal wars comes to the screen and it does not involve the United States. In this film we get to see one day during the Irish Revolution between the Protestants and the Catholics. Most of us watched the news as the war dragged on for years, but up until now I haven’t seen a movie about the war so compelling as ’71. Not knowing what side to take in this fight shouldn’t matter here, it’s just the inhumanity that counts and the eerie gut wrenching window to survival for one man. Read more

Into the Woods, a Fun Film for the Whole Family



The fun film Into the Woods has been released on Blu-ray and it’s dazzling. The fast moving musical comedy takes the audience on a fantasy trip with characters from the classic tales Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Cinderella. The fairytale characters collide on a fateful day when the Baker’s Wife decides to have a child. Based on the Steven Sondheim play, the live action with CGI film grossed just under $200 million worldwide theatrically. Read more

Wolfy, an Animated Film that’s ‘Sketchy’ for Kids



Disturbing, mostly violent, dark, spooky, use of rude language and very few redeeming qualities, the animated film Wolfy, The Incredible Secret is NOT for kids. The foreign made movie from France does a fair job aesthetically, provides some adventure yet loses the moral values that most animated family films in the United States are a mainstay. This is not Disney folks! And due to the elementary story should not even appeal to those that fit into the coming of age audience of over 13. Read more

Insurgent, an Installment of the Divergent Series



Taking the helm for this second installment in the Divergent series Robert Schwentke gives us a treat within a treatment. Not all fun and roses, Insurgent gives a reworking and a bird’s eye view of the various factions that were explained in the first film of the series. Whether Schwentke was instructed to stretch out the series or that it would be really cool to check out the locations of the Factions, the tactic waters down this installment.  That said, read on for some new innovating revelations. Read more

Mr. Kaplan, a Good Comedy with a Serious Plot



Direction, acting and a well written script are the three things that are needed to win over an audience with a comedy about a serious subject. With Mr. Kaplan the cast and crew connect in a big way taking the plot that involves Nazis on the run and turning it into a comical jaunt. It’s the personalities that make it a good show and this script has some doozies. Read more

Something Wicked, an Evil Tale



The compelling evil mystery Something Wicked comes out on DVD this week and it’s actually pretty good for the genre. The direction does get off kilter a bit, but the acting makes up for it. The twists tighten up in the finale so keep trying to figure it out, after all that’s the fun in it. The best way to watch the film is with a group of friends, late night with a loved one or just a few gal pals and a bottle of whatever. Read more

COBB THEATERS Grove 16 Announces Upcoming Events

Get ready for some extra fun at Cobb Theatres Grove 16 located at 6333 Wesley Grove Boulevard in Wesley Chapel, FL 33544.

Cobb Easter Egg HuntThe following is a list of events slated for the movie theater, most without a cost as a community service.

4/3- Furious 7 Car Show 6pm

4/4- Victorious Life Egg Hunt in conjunction with Cobb Theatres “Home” Event
The Egg Hunt begins at 11am. Join Victorious Life for Blow up rides, games and raffles! Make time to hop over to Grove 16 for Bubbles & Eggs. In celebration of the opening of Dreamworks’ Home, we are dying eggs and playing with bubbles. We also have a photo opportunity with a few of our character friends.

5/2- Avengers Character Breakfast
We will assemble once again! Heroes, protectors and hungry guest! Meet us at Cinebistro at 9:30am for activities, photo opportunities, food and more. Children are $5.00 and adults are $10.00.

8/15- The Fantastic Cobb Back to School Bash
Back to School Supplies & BoardThe FANTASTIC 7th Annual Back to School Bash is set for this August. We are currently seeking promotional partners for this event. If you would like to make a difference and be a part of an event that promotes fun, education, and family, please contact Demene Benjamin: (813) 948-5445 at Cobb Theatres Grove 16 located at 6333 Wesley Grove Boulevard in Wesley Chapel, FL 33544.
About Cobb Theatres

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