AUTHOR: Chris Bumbray

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Review: The Trip to Spain

PLOT: Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon , once again set off on a culinary adventure, with their travels, this time, taking them to Spain. There, they take in the sights, sample local cuisine, and debate important subjects, such as who does a better Mick Jagger impression. REVIEW: THE TRIP TO SPAIN is director Michael WInterbottom’s third go-round in this series, which...

Review: What Happened to Monday

PLOT: In a future where couples are limited to one child per family due to overpopulation, seven identical twin sisters ( Noomi Rapace ) must all share the same, single, identity. When one of the sisters goes missing, the other six must find her before their secret is exposed. REVIEW: Tommy Wirkola is a director that I always underestimate. Whenever I hear about a movie...

Review: Logan Lucky

PLOT: An unemployed family man ( Channing Tatum ) living in West Tennessee recruits his brother ( Adam Driver ) and sister ( Riley Keough ) to help him rob the Charlotte Motor Speedway during a major NASCAR race. REVIEW: LOGAN LUCKY is a comfortably familiar return behind the camera for director Steven Soderbergh . His first film since HBO’s BEHIND THE CANDELEBRA, and...

Review: Shot Caller

PLOT: After causing a deadly accident while driving drunk, a family man ( Nikolaj Coster-Waldau ) is sent to a maximum security penitentiary. There, he’s recruited by the Aryan Brotherhood, and coerced into acts of violence that threaten to erase any trace of the man he once was. REVIEW: A movie like SHOT CALLER is why I review so many direct-to-VOD titles. They usually...

The Best Movie You Never Saw: Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins

Welcome to The Best Movie You NEVER Saw, a column dedicated to examining films that have flown under the radar or gained traction throughout the years, earning them a place as a cult classic or underrated gem that was either before it’s time and/or has aged like a fine wine. This week we’ll be looking at REMO WILLIAMS: THE ADVENTURE BEGINS! THE STORY:...

Review: Pilgrimage

PLOT: In 13th century Ireland, a group of monks, led by a young novice ( Tom Holland ) must escort a sacred relic through deadly territory, with only a mute servant ( Jon Bernthal ) with a past to protect them from soldiers seeking to claim their prize. REVIEW: PILGRIMAGE is probably destined for some notoriety as the movie Tom Holland and Jon Bernthal were making when...

Review: The Hitman's Bodyguard

PLOT: The world’s top bodyguard ( Ryan Reynolds ) is blackmailed into protecting his worst enemy, the world’s greatest assassin ( Samuel L. Jackson ), when the latter comes forward with evidence that could end a brutal dictator’s ( Gary Oldman ) reign of terror. REVIEW: Once upon a time, THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD would have been a modest programmer,...

Review: Planetarium

PLOT: Two American sisters ( Natalie Portman & Lily-Rose Depp) living in Paris pre-WW2, and posing as spiritualists, get involved with a French film magnate, who wants to put them on film, hoping he’ll be able to capture images of the dead. REVIEW: It’s rare these days that a Natalie Portman movie comes out with very little buzz, but that’s exactly...

Review: The Glass Castle

PLOT: Writer Jeannette Walls ( Brie Larson ) reflects on her turbulent childhood as the daughter of squatters ( Woody Harrelson & Naomi Watts ) while preparing to marry a Wall Street exec. REVIEW: Based on the much-loved memoir by Jeannette Walls, THE GLASS CASTLE is director Destin Daniel Cretton’s first film since SHORT TERM 12, reuniting him with that...

Review: Ingrid Goes West

PLOT: Fresh off a stay in a mental hospital, Ingrid ( Aubrey Plaza ), a dangerously unhinged social media addict, moves to Los Angeles in order to embed herself in the life of her favorite online personality ( Elizabeth Olsen ). REVIEW: INGRID GOES WEST feels very much like a companion piece to the “Black Mirror” episode, “Nosedive.” While that warned...

Review: Good Time

PLOT: After a bank robbery gone wrong, a man ( Robert Pattinson ) desperately tries to raise $10,000 in bail money to free his mentally handicapped brother (Ben Safdie). REVIEW: GOOD TIME is the latest film from The Safdie Brothers, whose last outing, HEAVEN KNOWS WHAT, earned raves and made them a cult item. With their next feature apparently being backed by Martin Scorsese...

The Good, The Bad & The Badass: Sam Shepard

Sam Shepard Sam Shepard ’s death was a major blow. His struggle with ALS was fought outside the public eye, and most of his fans never knew he was sick. In fact, Shepard’s career seemed to be going better than ever, thanks to a fruitful series of collaborations with Jeff Nichols (including MUD and MIDNIGHT SPECIAL). It’s a shame as Shepard was one...

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