Film and Television Reviews

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Gangster Squad Theatrical Review
Gangster Squad Theatrical Review   Gangster Squad Theatrical Review
(John Delia)  1/10/2013 10:22 AM EDT
Los Angeles relives it's gritty past in this fictional account of a real mob boss in Gangster Squad.  The violent crime film has an exceptional A-list cast with creative sets, period costumes and props that resemble the era, but the lifeless storyline just doesn't do it for me. The script with its over indulgence in Tommy gun fire, explosions,... Read More

Promised Land Theatrical Review
Promised Land Theatrical Review   Promised Land Theatrical Review
(Chris Rebholz)  1/6/2013 8:00 PM EDT
Promised Land, Gus Van Sant's gentle but knowing natural gas drama, is concerned with the tension between long-term environmental costs and short-term financial gain. Set in small-town Pennsylvania and based on a story by Dave Eggers, the screenplay by co-stars Matt Damon and John Krasinski aims for a moral complexity that pays as much attentio... Read More

Zero Dark Thirty Theatrical Review
Zero Dark Thirty Theatrical Review   Zero Dark Thirty Theatrical Review
(John Delia)  1/3/2013 10:47 PM EDT
This step-by-step insight into how the CIA found Osama Bin Laden and then blew him away is nicely produced, directed and acted.  I found the film involving, intriguing and then startling, playing out like a news story happening before my eyes. Even though you know the story from the media, you will be shocked with the finale of this nearly 3-h... Read More

Les Miserables Theatrical Review
Les Miserables Theatrical Review   Les Miserables Theatrical Review
(John Delia)  12/25/2012 9:29 AM EDT
Not many musical plays get translated to screen with pleasing results and Les Miserables barely makes the cut.  The lavish film production of the heartfelt story wins with sets, music and cinematography, but not desirable enough in the acting development. While the strongest performances come from support characters the leads just couldn't mak... Read More

Django Unchained Theatrical Review
Django Unchained Theatrical Review   Django Unchained Theatrical Review
(John Delia)  12/24/2012 5:31 PM EDT
Taking a page out of history, Quentin Tarantino adds his version of the unsettling times in his newest film Django Unchained.  Much like his Inglourious Basterds this outrageous adventure generates tongue-in-cheek satire and raises eyebrows in it's nearly 3 hours of ‘creative' damnation. Taking the film with a grain of salt, the audience... Read More

Jack Reacher Theatrical Review
Jack Reacher Theatrical Review   Jack Reacher Theatrical Review
(Paul Kates)  12/21/2012 7:56 AM EDT
Tom Cruise, the somewhat diminutive movie star, brings to life the hulking figure of ex-military cop Jack Reacher, in Christopher McQuarrie's film adaptation of Lee Child's novel One Shot, and goes a long way in proving the point that size really does not matter. A somewhat disturbing opening scene that sees a sniper take out five random innocent u... Read More

Hyde Park on Hudson Theatrical Review
Hyde Park on Hudson Theatrical Review   Hyde Park on Hudson Theatrical Review
(John Delia)  12/13/2012 4:45 PM EDT
Our longest serving President has a heyday in Hyde Park on Hudson, an interesting look at Franklin Delano Roosevelt's affairs while in office. The historical, humorous and intriguing story puts our 32nd President in a rather awkward situation derived from an excerpt of the diary of his cousin Daisy. A questionable motive for the piece of entertainm... Read More

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Theatrical Review
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Theatrical Review   The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Theatrical Review
(Paul Kates)  12/11/2012 9:48 AM EDT
"In a hole in the ground there lived a Hobbit." That's how J.R.R.Tolkien introduced us to his first novel set within the realms of Middle Earth -- short, sharp, to the point.. It's a pity then, that in his film adaptation of the same novel, Peter Jackson did not think along such lines.An Unexpected Journey Begins on your iPhone wi... Read More

Smashed Theatrical Review
Smashed Theatrical Review   Smashed Theatrical Review
(John Delia)  12/5/2012 11:51 AM EDT
Nicely acted the film Smashed takes you on a journey of alcoholism and denial.  The movie does a good job of opening windows into the humiliating, demeaning and dire consequences of addiction to alcohol.  While not a Days of Wine and Roses, the film does make good grades as an educational tool. The movie centers on a young married co... Read More

Hitchcock Theatrical Review
Hitchcock Theatrical Review   Hitchcock Theatrical Review
(Chris Rebholz)  11/25/2012 6:41 PM EDT
"Hitchcock" arrives in theaters just a month after the airing of HBO's "The Girl," an unflattering portrait of Alfred Hitchcock's troubled dealings with star Tippi Hedren during production on "The Birds" and "Marnie." While it similarly references the helmer's attempts to manipulate the blonde lea... Read More