“Murder on the Orient Express” a Nifty Thriller

Murder mysteries are far and few between this year so Murder on the Orient Express should get a lot of attention at theaters this weekend. However, as with all Agatha Christie books, once you find out the ending it’s hard to forget. So unless you have not seen the original movie that was made in 1974 or read the book, you have a lot of fun in store for you. Read more

“The Mountain Between Us” a Slippery Slope

Sometimes it’s very hard to get it right, especially if you are filming under excruciating circumstances. That seems to be the fate of The Mountain Between Us a survival film that depends on getting the right shot and mood in order to create a chemistry between two opposites. The movie starts with a trite beginning, takes on a difficult situation and then tries to bring a couple together in spite of the ordeal they have to overcome. Read more

“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” Sails into Home Video

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. Now on Blu-ray, DVD, and Ultra 4K Blu-ray with oceans of Bonus Extras. Read more

“Dead Men Tell No Tales” A Wild Ride on the Seas

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

“The Vessel” a Daunting Look at Grief and Regret

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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

Bridge of Spies, an Intriguing True Story on Blu-ray

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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

Hunger Games: Mockingjay pt 1, the Rebellion Begins

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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

World War Z, A Spine Tingler on Blu-ray

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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

Fast & Furious 6, a High Speed Action Thriller (Film Review)

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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

No Place on Earth, an Awakening to Tyranny (Film Review)

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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

Admission, It’s About Rejection (Film Review)

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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

Beautiful Creatures, a Bewitching Teen Romance

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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

The Hobbit, a Magnificent Start to a Trilogy

 

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