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 11 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

“The Bye Bye Man” Demonic Possession Runs Rampant

 

What saves The Bye Bye Man from being a complete ho hum horror flick is the special effects/makeup and the acting. It’s too bad because the movie, especially the beginning, promises to really knock your socks off. Many possessed stories have circulated via movies with some of the most famous being The Amityville Horror (1979), The Exorcist (1973), The Shinning (1980), and The Ring (2002). Those being dated and sometimes hard to find, opens the door to movies like this one that goes after some cheap thrills and chills, but never being truly original. Still however, if they make it horror film fans will seek it out as with this one that has made over $22 million theatrically on an $8 million budget. The film has been released in a Blu-ray/DVD + Digital HD combo pack for the first time since its original theatrical release in January.

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“Going in Style” a Modern Twist on an Old Favorite

Putting a twist on the original movie Going in Style, director Zach Braff does a good job of reviving the comedy for modern day audiences. He turns up the laughter with memorable situation comedy and actors who can deliver some of the best one liners. It’s a lot of fun for a date night or just a chance to get away from the hum drum to laugh a little. Read more

“Rogue One: A Star War’s Story” Blasts Onto Your Home Screen

 

Disney’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story blasts onto your home entertainment center in a Blu-ray/DVD box set. You are in control of all the action and a long list of Bonus Extras that continue to delight sci-fi space fans. The movie sets-up a new series for Disney/Lucas Films that brings exciting adventures in between continuing episodes of the Star Wars franchise. It’s quite a challenge for the team at the Mouse House and I’m very glad they came up with the idea. Read more

Video Releases For April, May, June 2017

On the list are Romance. drama, comedy and action films on DVD/Blu-ray and 4K.  The releases are of titles that were released in theaters and TV as well as direct to video.  The most notable are  Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Lion and the Killjoys in April and May has A Dog’s Purpose and The Space Between Us. The films may also be available on VOD so check with your favorite download site.  We will be reviewing select titles so check back to get opinions from our writing staff.  You might also discover a gem that you didn’t know existed or a hilarious comedy to brighten your day. Whether you’re on the lookout for horror, action-adventure, drama, comedy, thriller, romance, crime, foreign or lifestyles— the list below has a lot to offer. Read more

“The Blackcoat’s Daughter”, Avoiding the Daemon Inside

 

This gruesome horror thriller The Blackcoat’s Daughter has more suspense than most and that’s a good thing for those that like to try and figure things out before they happen. But, you’ll have a tough time figuring this chiller out as Director and Writer Osgood Perkins knows how to set up a story without giving it all away. Dark and sinister the acting crew works their magic with performances that are chilling, daemonic and entrancing. Great for men, but better for the ladies, it’s a ladies night out for those that like a grisly shocker. Read more

“Frantz”, a Story of Heartbreak and Atonement

 

Filled with mixed emotions the movie Frantz takes to art houses this weekend in the South Florida area. Nicely directed and co-written by Francois Ozon noted French filmmaker the movie entrances as it slowly spools out the big screen. Heartwarming and heartbreaking the story gives the feel of what many families experienced following the end of World War I. Read more

“Why Him?”, Contagiously Funny on Blu-ray

 

It’s contagiously funny, silly and ill-mannered, but Why Him? tops this year for comedy lovers. Especially if you like a lot of rude and crude with your movie entertainment, because this one has a lot and its non-stop. Now on home video in a Blu-ray/DVD and Digital HD combo pack, the hysterical film shows nicely on your in home entertainment center. If you like situation comedies that are totally over the top delivering big laughs like The Interview, Knocked Up, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates or even TV’s “Workaholics” than this film is right up your ally. Read more

Victorious Life Church and Cobb Theatres Grove 16 Team Up for Double the Fun

VICTORIOUS LIFE CHURCH

And COBB THEATRES 16 at the GROVE MALL in Wesley Chapel, FL

PRESENT A FUN FILLED “EASTER EGG HUNT” and “UR POWERFUL” EVENT

 

SATURDAY, APRIL 8

You are invited to the Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Wesley Chapel, Florida. The Free event is sponsored by the Victorious Life Church and the egg hunt will be fun for all children.  The Easter Bunny will be on hand to join in the fun with prizes and much more.    Special this year will be three egg hunts at 11:00 AM, 12:00 Noon and 1:00 PM.

If you are ready to test your strength and have some fun join us at Cobb Theatres Grove 16 for the U R Powerful event. It includes interactive games, bubble fun and an edible craft.  Don’t miss out on all the fun.

6333 Wesley Grove Blvd.

Wesley Chapel, Florida 33544 | 813.948.5445

And Mark Your Calendars for AUGUST 12, 2017 for the “BACK TO SCHOOL BASH” to be Held at Cobb Theatres Grove 16

“CHIPS” Rude, Crude and Unglued

 

Rude, crude, extremely silly and violent the movie CHIPS has all of this and more. But, what you would expect from this parody of a TV series that won the hearts of millions in the mid 1970’s to early 80’s? A lot more than a lame remake. Billed as a crime drama, it’s more of a comedy with messy direction and over the top ridiculousness. I can go one step further; “CHIPS” was never a campy offensive show that relied on sex gags and stupidity to get laughs. That said, only go see it if you crave movies like Hot Tub Time Machine, Get Him to the Greek or Sex Drive to name a few. Read more

“I, Olga Hepnarova” Powerfully Poignant and Tragic

 

 

One of the strangest biographies ever to be made into a film, I, Olga (Já, Olga Hepnarová) tells the true tale of revenge. Nicely paced and presented, the movie plays out like a diary told from Olga’s letters and notes. Sometimes humans are calling for help and no one is listening. This is a story of one of those times. Not to be missed, it powerfully poignant.

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“Dig Two Graves” a Bizarre Suspense Thriller

 

Turning a simple plot into a dramatic thunderstorm, Director Hunter Adams makes his supernatural thriller Dig Two Graves wicked, suspenseful and compelling. Having very few film credits under his belt doesn’t show with this professional production that targets the adult teens to twenties. What makes it different from other films of the genre is the storytelling using seamless weaving of the past into present. If you are a fan of the preternatural and occult than this film should be on your list for the weekend. Read more

Video Releases For March, April, May 2017

Drama, comedy and action films on DVD/Blu-ray and 4K.  Most of the releases are of films that were released in theaters and should include some of the most wanted.  The most notable are Disney’s Moana, Patriot’s Day, and Why Him? in March and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Lion and the Killjoys in April. Most of the films may also be available on VOD so check with your favorite download site.  We will be reviewing select titles so check back to get opinions from our writing staff.  You might also discover a gem that you didn’t know existed or a hilarious comedy to brighten your day. Whether you’re on the lookout for horror, action-adventure, drama, comedy, thriller, crime, foreign or lifestyles— the list below has a lot to offer. Read more

Walt Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast”, an Instant Live Action Classic

 

 

Review by John M. Delia, Jr.

Can Beauty tame the Beast once more? This beautiful fairy tale of Walt Disney’s Beauty and the Beast has now been turned into a live action motion picture that delivers a more detailed story. What once was animation that provided the story of romance and power, with this release it’s the actors that have to reach out to the audience and make them believe. And they nail it! Much like the recent Walt Disney’s Cinderella (2015) and The Jungle Book (2016), I’m predicting Beauty and the Beast will be another worldwide blockbuster. Read more

“Bloodrunners” and “Slasher.com” now on home video

Two wicked films were released on DVD and Blu-ray this past week and if you are into vampires and serial killers than read on. The first one called Slasher.com is available on DVD only and most retailers should have enough copies to go around. The film has some very good acting, but the low budget does show through. The story has a few twists that you won’t see coming and the director opens a crack in the door of online dating before putting you in the forest for a visit to a backwoods family. Read more

“Ghost in the Shell” Still Exciting, Now with Steel Packaging

 

Collectors of Manga graphic novels and lovers of Japanese anime, the Mondo Steelbook blu-ray of Ghost in the Shell has been released for home video in a special steel case with a sheath. Awesome looking and perfect sized to fit easily on your shelf, the film itself features 1080p widescreen with a 1:78:1 aspect ratio. Those of you who know how special the title is will probably have already seen the film. But those who are just getting into it, Ghost in the Shell started a wave of futuristic films with high intense action and memorable characters back in 1995. Read more