It’s difficult to be original and innovative when it comes to tackling a haunted house film. Ghost stories have been around for ages and told just about every way you can imagine. So what do you do to give the audience something they have never seen before? After coming back from directing Pete’s Dragon, writer/director David Lowery delivers a small intimate film that manages to take A Ghost Story and makes it something unique from all the rest. Though when I say unique, and when I say innovative, this may not be a positive for some. Read more
It would be a challenge to give this film a pass especially for the terrific special visual effects, designs of the many creatures and for the many hours the two main characters must have labored in their roles, but Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets drags and drones through nearly 2 and a half hours. Even as I write this review, I am tempted to alter my opinion, but it wouldn’t help the awful music moaning in the background in nearly every “exciting” scene, plot holes that are beyond fantasy, and negative attempts at virtual reality. Adults looking for adventure will be hard pressed to find it to their liking, much like John Carter fell on its face with the over 25-year-olds. Read more
In ancient Egypt there is a princess, Ahmanet (Sofia Boutella), who will inherit the entire kingdom when her father dies. She has remarkable fighting skills, amazing beauty, and has the ability to lead the people. But, her father remarries and soon after his first born son is born changing her legacy. What soon follows will seal Ahmanet’s fate that’s worse than death. Read more
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, becomes reality with this release on Blu-ray combo pack that includes a DVD + Digital HD. It’s now the actors that have to reach out to home viewers and make them believe. And they nail it! Read more
Ladies get ready for your superhero and you’ll find her at the movie theater Wonder Woman. She’s been around for a long time entering the world of DC Comics back in 1941, yet has appeared only once in a live action film on the big screen according to my research. That first appearance was a little over a year ago in Batman vs. Superman and she surprised everyone with a lot of critical accolades. Smart, Warner Bros. had already been working on a film for the spunky and courageous lady for this release. Was it worth the challenge? You bet as this film is a ‘wonder’ in story and motion picture making. Read more
The “final installment” of Pirates of the Caribbean, Dead Men Tell No Tales starts with a rip roaring adventure and ends with a heartfelt reunion of sorts by the original main characters. When it first began the buzz was “how can you make a movie from an attraction in a Disney park” with some critics even going so far as saying “it will never sail”. Well that was 14 years ago and the franchise still continues with this last hurrah and it’s probably the best sequel yet. Read more
Marvel Studios continues to amaze with its use of astonishing computer graphic effects in the movie Doctor Strange now on DVD/Blu-ray and Digital HD. The film takes you into the realm of superheroes, this time a neurosurgeon who finds his body in ruin only to become a mystic with unusual powers. It’s a different kind of crusader, one that must rely on his own natural strengths in a world of antagonists with similar powers. It may be a detour from films like The Avengers and Thor, but one that keeps its main target audience enthralled throughout. Read more
Review by John M. Delia, Jr
Visually amazing and thrilling, the movie The Great Wall certainly has the best effects and story thus far in 2017. Even though most of the film makes the use of a massive amount of CGI, that’s not a bad thing here as the production certainly warrants it. If you are a fan of high impact movies like World War Z, then this film should be on your list to see this weekend. Read more
The drama A Monster Calls has a story that becomes magical as it works on your heartstrings. Entering the mind of a young boy we explore his feelings, fears and desperate attempt to save his mom. Excellent acting, solid direction and a story that will be remembered well after you leave the movie theater. It’s a heartfelt experience for you and your mature children. Read more
Have you ever wondered if fairy tales are real or if Giants actually exist? Who catches our dreams and delivers them to us or are supernatural forces out there? The BFG will have you asking yourself these interesting questions and you’ll feel like a child once more. Now on Home Video available in Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download or get all three in a combo pack. Read more
Nicely made the film Pete’s Dragon has reached home video. Now in Blu-ray/DVD and combo the film has a modern twist that should mesmerize the youngest of tykes that like exciting and family oriented films. Since it does have a quite unsettling beginning my advice to parents, run it ahead a bit for 5 and under until you are okay with what you are watching. It settles into a very adventurous fantasy with Elliot the Dragon and the orphaned Pete.
Review by John Delia, Jr.
Many years before Harry Potter’s birth there was another time where turmoil ran the wizard world. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is an interesting prequel to the Harry Potter series as it dives in deeper to the historical part of the JK Rowling magical franchise. Based on a book that appeared in one of the earlier Harry Potter stories, JK Rowling explores adventurously into her wizardry realm. Read more
Deliciously decadent, this live action sequel to Alice in Wonderland puts a lot of chaotic energy beyond the original abstract film. This adventure called Alice Through the Looking Glass is packed full of surprises and comedy within the world of fantasy. A little more daring a wonderland, this one takes on a darker shade that may be a bit trying for very young tykes.
Filmmaker Bryan Singer finally comes up with a very good movie starring the X-Men, but again it’s Team vs. Team in X-Men: Apocalypse. In a matter of months we’ve had Batman vs. Superman and Captain America: Civil War and his four superheroes vs. Iron Man’s select four. It’s been a year of class of the titans and it’s only May. But, let’s stick with the review of this weekend’s savers of mankind. Read more
While the special effects are very good in The Huntsman: Winter’s War, the story, direction and the acting leave a lot to be desired. CGI plays a big part in the film and for the most part it carries its own weight, so much so that it gets wasted. The romantic plot gets a lot of the screen time and tends to make the film drag with its repetitive drivel. And most of the film can be described as The Hobbit meets Frozen. That said, let’s take one objection at a time. Read more