“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” Gets Off to a Good Start

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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

“Arrival” a Sci-fi Mystery that Drags

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If you are looking to see an exciting film with a lot of creativity and adventure, then you may want to look elsewhere than Arrival. More of a mystery that spools out like Jodi Foster’s Contact that moves at a slow pace trying to fill in the blanks to the very end. With Arrival however, the film does take some twists that at least give the audience a measure of fun. Read more

“A Man Called Ove”, Tugs at the Heartstrings

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Heartfelt, touching, compassionate and tragic yet romantic, the film A Man Called Ove comes to America from Sweden. The country’s choice for their entry into the Academy Awards best foreign film, the movie should make the top 5 in that category. All around best in direction, acting, cinematography, music and script the film has the potential for a nomination in the top 10 for overall Best Picture. Read more

“Jack Reacher: Never Go Back”, a Military Crime Thriller

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Where I was not too fond of the first Jack Reacher film that came out in 2012, the sequel “Never Go Back” delivers much more energy. The action sequences are quite good even though they are not on par with Tom Cruise’s Mission Impossible series. In addition the storyline has pangs of déjà vu from other action films within the past years. All that said, if you are a big fan of Cruise or just want to escape to a movie where you can forget a bad day, then this military crime thriller should do the trick. Read more

“Wild Oats” a Ditsy Comedy with Charm

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I enjoyed watching two of my favorite actresses icons Shirley MacLaine and Jessica Lange in the ditsy comedy Wild Oats. Now on DVD and Digital HD the two were perfect as the twilight of their lives characters and brought back many fond memories of films in the 50’s and 60’s for MacLaine and the 70’s and 80’s for Lange. Still going strong they make the comedy escapade work dishing out a style that filmmakers have left behind, but with Wild Oats, not forgotten. Read more

“Captain America: Civil War” a Blast on Home Video

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Keeping the Marvel Comic franchise at the top of the charts Captain America: Civil War blasts from the big screen to home video. Available in various formats including Blu-ray 3D, the film delivers the excitement, drama and explosive action to make it an entertaining experience for teens through adults. The film has an incredible amount of extremely good CGI that it’s hard to distinguish between reality and fantasy. The production is so mind boggling, you will probably not take a break from watching the film. Read more

“Suicide Squad” Villains vs Supervillain

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Rivaling the dark comedy superhero movie Deadpool, the wacky Suicide Squad takes off with a blast and it will kickass this weekend. The sometimes hilarious action, adventure, science fiction thriller gets yanked from the DC comic books by super director David Ayer for the huge IMAX screen and other venues. It’s a monster of a film filled with, yup, a monstrous cast and tons of computer graphics to feed the audience targeted with an adrenaline rush. One of the better action releases this year, the film WILL make a ton of money at the box offices worldwide. Read more

“Nerve”, It’s a Game You Dare Not Play

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Targeted at teens the movie Nerve sets up a very dangerous game that involves taking huge chances and cheating death. The film has adequate acting and able direction, but the storyline does have elements of the impossible. While it’s just a movie to create thrills and suspense, it’s kind of fun to watch, especially the risky scenes involving the dares. Read more

LIN TAKES “STAR TREK” BEYOND THE BEYOND

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A very impressive, dramatic and exciting Star Trek Beyond opens this weekend and for trekkies, sci-fi enthusiasts and action film lovers it’s a perfect getaway. Overflowing with superb CGI effects, “fast and furious” explosiveness and settings beyond the beyond, the film should do very well in attendance at the box office. Best seen in the IMAX 3D format, the film jumps off the screen and drives you into the story as it gets played out in a galaxy of the future. Read more

“Hunt for the Wilderpeople” a Comedy About Growing Up

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The oddball film Hunt for the Wilderpeople has a couple of attributes that make it very special. First, it has a story that charms, captivates and compels viewers to watch a young boy come of age in a strange environment under the most unusual circumstances. Second, the perfect cast treats the audience with performances that work their way into your heart and never let go. If you enjoy movies that fascinate with characters changing for better or worse, than this is your cup of Zealong tea. Read more

“The Innocents” a Disturbing True Story of Dignity

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The atrocities of WWII were not only the work of the Nazis, but the Russian troops made Polish Christians pay a price for life as well. The film The Innocents (“Les Innocentes”) tells a true story so appalling that it’s hard to watch. But, you will not want to miss a frame for this true account that took place toward the end of WWII in Poland. Read more

“The Legend of Tarzan”, a Tall Tale of a Jungle Icon

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With a hefty $180 million dollar budget the film The Legend of Tarzan makes its bow this weekend looking for the PG-13 crowd to swing into action and make it a box office winner. The production used every bit of the budget with an adventure that takes you on a roller coaster ride; just taking time in between drops to catch your breath before moving on to the next exciting twist and turn. Read more

“X-Men: Apocalypse” Turns the Mutant World Upside Down

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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