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AUTHOR: Chris Bumbray

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Review: Den of Thieves

PLOT: A hard-edged L.A cop( Gerard Butler ) becomes hell-bent on taking down an elite crew of bank-robbers, led by the elusive Merrimen ( Pablo Schreiber ), a former special ops soldier-turned-criminal. All the while, the groupís young getaway driver (OíShea Jackson Jr.) finds himself in way over his head when the crew opts to take down the Federal Reserve. REVIEW: Clearly,...

Sundance 2018 preview!

Itís Sundance time again! I really love this fest, and believe it or not, this will be the eighth year in a row Iíve covered it for JoBlo.com, so I guess you could say Iím a vet at this point. Every year, I see at least a dozen good-to-great movies, and some of them wind up getting nominated (and sometimes winning) Oscars. Last year I saw WIND RIVER, CALL ME BY YOUR NAME, GET OUT and THE BIG...

Review: The Commuter

PLOT: Sixty years old, deep in debt and newly laid-off, a former cop-turned-insurance salesman ( Liam Neeson ) is approached on the commuter train by a mysterious woman ( Vera Farmiga ), who offers him a tidy sum of cash if he’ll help identify an unknown passenger with a secret. Before he can turn her down, it’s revealed that his family is in jeopardy and his only hope of...

JoBlo.com's Preview of 50 Movies we want to see in 2018

2017 was a damn good year for film, both in terms of tent-poles and the more sophisticated art house fare that's in the process of finding an audience as we go into awards season. With all of our top 10's done, now's the time to look ahead to what 2018 has in store for us, and the lineup is eclectic, diverse, bold, and sure to pay off in another exciting year of film going. Think of it - we've...

The Best Movie You Never Saw: Running Scared (1986)

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 RUNNING SCARED (1986)! THE STORY: Two Chicago...

Review: Stratton

PLOT: When his Navy SEAL best friend is killed, British Special Boat Service operative Stratton ( Dominic Cooper ) becomes hell-bent on taking apart the terrorist cell responsible, even if he may have a mole within his own support staff. REVIEW: STRATTON sat on the shelf for a while before making its way to North America. Originally planned as a big budget Henry Cavill...

The 10 Best Films of 2017 (Bumbray)

A lot of folks have been complaining about the steady decline of film versus the ascendance of TV, but 2017 is distinctly not a year that could give them any ammunition. From a better-than-average Sundance in January, that saw the debuts of THE BIG SICK, GET OUT and CALL ME BY YOUR NAME, all of which connected to mainstream audiences, through a solid spring that saw the release of smart...

Review: Father Figures

PLOT: Two middle aged men ( Owen Wilson & Ed Helms ) discover that their father isn’t dead like their mother ( Glenn Close ) told them. The only problem – she’s not quite sure who he is. REVIEW: While familiar, FATHER FIGURES has a nice hook. A similar story from the point of view of the dads, LES COMPRÈRES was done in French and adapted into...

Review: All The Money In The World

PLOT: When his grandson is kidnapped by terrorists demanding a $17 million dollar ransom, billionaire John Paul Getty ( Christopher Plummer ) refuses to pay, instead assigning his negotiator ( Mark Wahlberg ) to help the boy’s mother ( Michelle Williams ) recover him. REVIEW: One has to admire the sheer resourcefulness director Ridley Scott showed throughout ALL THE...

Review: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

PLOT: Four teens stuck in detention dig up an old console videogame, Jumanji, and find themselves sucked into an adventure where each gets an all-new avatar, and must work together in order to return home lest they be stuck in the game forever – or die. REVIEW: JUMANJI is one of those nineties movies that, I’m sure, is one many of our readers are nostalgic about....

The 15 Best TV Shows of 2017!

People have been saying it for a long time now, but we're truly in the Golden Age of television. Earlier this year, I had the pleasure of attending a lecture given by The New Yorker TV critic Emily Nussbaum (at my alma-mater Concordia University in Montreal), where she complained that there was too much good TV to keep up with. Boy was she ever right! There's so much good stuff out there...

Review: Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Bumbray)

PLOT: With the Rebellion in tatters, Rey ( Daisy Ridley ) travels to a remote planet to find Luke Skywalker ( Mark Hamill ), the last of the Jedi Knights. In the meantime, a brutal battle with The First Order threatens to do away with the Resistance once and for all. REVIEW: STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI is easily the best STAR WARS movie since RETURN OF THE JEDI - everyone will...

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