Film and Television Reviews

Reviews By John Delia

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Draft Day Theatrical Review
Draft Day Theatrical Review   Draft Day Theatrical Review
(John Delia)  4/11/2014 3:18 PM EDT
With the NFL Draft a month away, the movie Draft Day will be hoping for a lengthy run at the box-office. The film takes you to the innards of high pressure picking and trading not seen during a real NFL draft.  We saw one side of the coin, player management, in the movie Jerry Maguire when it was released in 1996, but here we get a Hollywood l... Read More

Captain America: The Winter Soldier Theatrical Review
Captain America: The Winter Soldier Theatrical Review   Captain America: The Winter Soldier Theatrical Review
(John Delia)  4/3/2014 3:03 PM EDT
Next to the Iron Man series, Marvel's Captain America: The Winter Soldier comes in a close second.  The very compelling storyline, creative action, excellent direction and above all good acting combine to put this super hero in the forefront.  Not so sci-fi fantasy, the Captain works to protect and serve. He's an Ethan Hunt with more cour... Read More

The Grand Budapest Hotel Theatrical Review
The Grand Budapest Hotel Theatrical Review   The Grand Budapest Hotel Theatrical Review
(John Delia)  3/31/2014 11:48 AM EDT
Quirky and comical Wes Anderson's newest release The Grand Budapest Hotel follows the same pattern as several of his past work, but this one outdoes them all.  The sets, special computer graphics, costumes and other production values take you to a whimsical world of mystery and murder as only Anderson can depict.  If you are a fan of Wes ... Read More

Divergent Theatrical Review
Divergent Theatrical Review   Divergent Theatrical Review
(John Delia)  3/20/2014 12:22 PM EDT
Looking to take over where other young adult films have made big splashes, Divergent takes center stage at the box-office this weekend.  Taking aim at this very lucrative market the film features actors that are engaging, a story that's hip enough to garner their interest and a top notch production that envisions the tale very close to the pop... Read More

Need For Speed Theatrical Review
Need For Speed Theatrical Review   Need For Speed Theatrical Review
(John Delia)  3/14/2014 1:49 PM EDT
Hot cars, hot women and hotheads cut loose in Need for Speed an action packed film that will make your head spin. It's a little of Smokey and the Bandit, a measure of Fast and Furious and a lot of Cannonball Run, and that's a good thing.  Much like those films, Need for Speed hooks its audience from the very beginning with exciting str... Read More

300: Rise Of An Empire Theatrical Review
300: Rise Of An Empire Theatrical Review   300: Rise Of An Empire Theatrical Review
(John Delia)  3/5/2014 9:13 AM EDT
Not all sequels of movies work unless they were a blockbuster, had an unfinished story to tell and had characters that were likeable enough to warrant more screen time. In the case of 300: Rise of an Empire it had an uphill battle to capture all three of the justifications and it comes out on top.  With a graphic novelist like Frank Miller (Ro... Read More

Non-Stop Theatrical Review
Non-Stop Theatrical Review   Non-Stop Theatrical Review
(John Delia)  2/28/2014 9:02 AM EDT
Filled with suspense and edge of your seat thrills, Non-Stop does a good job of keeping the audience off balance to the very end.   Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra who helmed the horror thriller Orphan combined with notables in lead roles, the film has excellent potential for a good weekend run.  If you like your movies taut with twis... Read More

3 Days to Kill Theatrical Review
3 Days to Kill Theatrical Review   3 Days to Kill Theatrical Review
(John Delia)  2/20/2014 3:28 PM EDT
Emotionally and action charged 3 Days to Kill features a fine cast, direction by McG and top notch cinematography.  The CIA thriller follows a script by Luc Beeson who also oversaw the movie as producer.  Taught drama mixed with situation comedy makes for a cool secret agent film that should appeal to age 13 plus moviegoers.  Th... Read More

Winter's Tale Theatrical Review
Winter's Tale Theatrical Review   Winter's Tale Theatrical Review
(John Delia)  2/13/2014 9:25 AM EDT
Miracles and Mayhem cloud Winter's Tale, a romantic saga that's extremely predictable and falls short on acting.  The film tries to be a mystery of sorts and almost achieves its goal, until the devil comes into the picture and from there on the movie slowly falls apart.  Laughable at times, the story loses its passion and any possible emp... Read More

The Monuments Men Theatrical Review
The Monuments Men Theatrical Review   The Monuments Men Theatrical Review
(John Delia)  2/6/2014 11:22 AM EDT
If you are looking for a big action film from this weekend's Monuments Men, it's not.  More of a historical recreation of the true events, the movie tries very hard to open the window to an important part of WWII history, but barely achieves it.  Loading the movie with familiar faces of top actors, director George Clooney makes his film m... Read More