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
Moody, brooding and mysterious the film The Vessel takes you on a journey to a town that has stood still. Nicely acted with a fine cast that includes Martin Sheen in a role that’s touching and bold, the movie prods at your heartstrings and digs into your soul. It’s the kind of rare film that offers a skewed look at tragic events. Read more
Probably the most intriguing film in sometime, Bridge of Spies takes on the Cold War with Russia in this compelling true story. Now on Blu-ray and DVD the film is well casted with Tom Hanks in the starring role, written by the ubiquitous Cohen Brothers who gave us No Country for Old Men, and directed by three time Oscar winner Steven Spielberg the film has all the makings of an Academy Award winner. And it is that good. Read more
It’s time for the rebellion to start and in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 the volatile story of Katniss Everdeen continues with able direction, adequate acting, but with the usual predictable storyline. The filming and CGI gets better than the last installment showing explosive battles that are more realistic looking than the games in Catching Fire. Characters are added and the rebel skirmishes become intense with Director Francis Lawrence cutting the film at a fairly reasonable intermission point. But most of the fan based audience will walk away empty with little more than a taste of what they hope will come in the finale. Read more
One of the best picks so far this year for the Action category World War Z has entered the home entertainment market and it comes in various formats including Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D and DVD. Packed with bonus features the Blu-ray has an unrated version that contains extra footage of the zombie onslaught. The movie will also be released on Video on Demand, but if you are a collector of action films grab a Blu-ray combo pack that includes the DVD and a digital copy. Read more
If you love action and adventure, with a taste of wit, then White House Down is for you. An interesting story that helps us wonder what could happen if our government was held hostage by a military group. Would we as people have the strength to save what we know from the evil that tries to break us? Read more
Flying off the line Fast & Furious 6, a high velocity crime thriller, starts in high gear and never slams on its brakes till mid final credits. Stacked with a returning cast, their seasoned director and an amazing film crew the movie continues on its road to victory lane with yet another top sequel. Whether you’re a fan of the Fast and Furious franchise or just like fast cars and unstoppable action, take this hot rod ride. Read more
We will probably never know all the stories connected to the WWII Holocaust, but this one shatters the heart and awakens the mind to the danger and heroism that came about during the Nazi regime. It’s called No Place On Earth a documentary with dramatic interpretation of what took place in 1942 when 38 Ukrainian Jews were forced to live in a dark cavern for 511 days to escape death. Taught, terrifying and unconscionable the well directed movie plays to all faiths and ethnic groups as are reminder that something like this should never happen again. Read more
The movie “42” hits a home run in acting, directing and cinematography. The storyline takes you on a journey of courageousness in the face of racial discrimination and a door opener for others that followed. It’s not just about baseball but of heroes and the right to play the game. Read more
Review by John Delia
An interesting film for the subject matter that’s shows the inner workings of a student Admissions Department of a major college and a spoof that dampens the credibility of that office plagues the film Admission, now in theaters. The film could have easily been an episode on a television show rather than a major release at the movies. Read more
Review by John Delia
Teen romance comes to the screen once more with the supernatural thriller Beautiful Creatures doing its best to break the mold switching from vampire lust to wooing witchery. It’s Twilight only better. The film takes you into the coven of some nasty people who want to preserve their species no matter the cost to their teenage daughter and local mortals. I found the film nicely acted and directed with brilliant cinematography and excellent retro costuming. Read more
Middle-earth returns to theaters with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and it’s a welcome home to J.R.R. Tolkien’s storytelling. I didn’t realize how much I missed Lord of the Rings on the big screen until seeing this beginning of another Peter Jackson trilogy. If you are a ‘Rings’ lover, then it’s time to put on that special pair of Hobbit feet you bought a few years back and sit yourself in a theater seat for nearly a three hour treat.
Its 60 years in the future when we see Bilbo Baggins (Ian Holm) writing the story of his past called “The Hobbit”. The time is somewhere between his return from his adventure to the introduction of Frodo as his nephew tying in the Lord of the Rings saga with his past. As he digresses the first of a new trilogy begins. Read more
No matter what I say about The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2, the fanatic female fans of The Twilight Saga will head to the theaters in droves. A flick for the chicks, the men may as well stay at home from this mushy romance that thinks it’s a fantasy yet panders to lust and a family affair. A far cry from Breaking Dawn Part 1 the film could have been and should have been more of a barn burner like Part 2 of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
The series finale centers on Bella (Kristin Stewart) working out the ticks of her new found powers, getting her father (Billy Burke ) to accept her and his new granddaughter and becoming the clan attraction that’s the key to staving off the inevitable conflict between Read more
The biopic film Lincoln provides a look at how politics changed the United States in the final months of the 16th President’s life. It’s a dark boding story that takes you into the heart of a historical political debate, a congress divided and a family being pulled apart. If you like films with educational substance, excellent acting and dark cinematography, then Lincoln should top your “must see” list.
The Civil War continues to drag on with over 600 thousand casualties and there doesn’t seem to be an end to the continental dispute. Republican President Lincoln (Daniel Day-Lewis) finds himself getting close to an amicable exit plan, but he wants to tack on an emancipation bill. It will take major Read more
One of the best James Bond pictures ever made, Skyfall makes its way into theaters this weekend for what I believe will be a box-office blowout. The action packed thriller starts with a bang and doesn’t disappoint in the finale. For all you 007 addicts it’s time to check it out on the 50th anniversary of a solid film franchise.
Bond (Daniel Craig) finds himself vanquished when a bullet meant for his foe takes him out atop a train. His mission was to retrieve a list of secret British agents before they got into the wrong hands. With a mission failed, M (Judi Dench) finds herself under the heat of the British Government when six of the spies on the list get targeted for death. When M gets a formal threat on her life and they find Sylva (Javier Bardem) an ex-spy is involved, Bond shows up to track him down. Read more