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

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.

Dope, Geeks ‘n the Hood

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Dope is “dope”; a fast moving comedy crime drama that takes you into the hood of LA and treats you to a story of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. The nicely directed characters, equally good acting and satisfactory camera work combines indie magic with an exciting script. The movie won the audience award at Sundance and will delight moviegoers across the US. Other than a few flaws in production value you wouldn’t know the movie was made with a low budget. Read more

Inside Out, An Emotional PIXAR Comedy

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Just when you thought you knew what was going on in your child’s brain, up pops Inside Out a funny little film from Disney/PIXAR. The animation is PIXAR flawless, the direction pin point and the voice acting, well “pitch perfect”. The family film however is not without a downside as I feel it’s a bit too depressing. This little adventure is amusing, but let’s hope the sequel is a little more cheerful, adventurous, filled with fasciation and kindhearted next time. “Just saying.” Read more

Time Lapse, a Cool Snap Shot to Danger

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In the film Time Lapse a different kind of Sci-fi time travel takes center stage delivering a cool ride into danger. On target and compelling the filmmakers do more on a modest budget than some large production companies. The movie has some fine acting, directing and cinematography, but the story deals have a very tricky premise that can be puzzling. In my review I attempt to make the premise clear, so read on. Time Lapse entertains right up to the last twisted minute. Read more

Welcome to Me, Whimsically Bizarre

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The humorously amusing, provocative and depressing film Welcome to Me comes to home video featuring a daring performance by Kristen Wiig. With an offbeat script, incisive direction by Shira Piven and a support cast that comes through, the movie brazenly entertains. While the story may not appeal to all audiences, those that like an unusual comedy that holds nothing back should appreciate the film for its weird celebration of life.

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Jurassic World, a Playground Turned Vicious

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The world of dinosaurs continues with this fourth episode of the Jurassic Park franchise. This time however, we get to see a completed theme park that’s teeming with visitors from around the planet. Called Jurassic World the film takes you on an adventure into the prehistoric reptiles that roamed the earth most all docile from genetic cloning. It’s a playground that educates and entertains.

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Gemma Bovery, Fatally Romantic

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Looking for a very cool romantic comedy for a night out, then look no further. Gemma Bovery opens today in select theaters and has a very good plot that will keep you intrigued, romantically tangled and completely entertained. At first I thought “Madame Bovary” the novel by Gustave Flaubert, a steamy sexually charged book that titillates and sets minds in forbidden dreams. Actually as the film opens there’s a direct relationship to the winsome story, but only in the mind of a man who in the twilight of his life has romantic thoughts and an imagination as impetuous as Flaubert.

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The Squeeze, Golfing on the Edge

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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

Debug, Evil in Space

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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

Love & Mercy, Reflections of Brian Wilson

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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.

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McFarland USA, A Good Inspirational Family Film

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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

SPY, a Novice Undercover

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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.

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VIDEO RELEASES June & July

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

Entourage, a Wacky Film for its Fans

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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.

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