AUTHOR: Chris Bumbray

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Review: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

PLOT: Young Henry Turner’s ( Brenton Thwaites ) quest to save his cursed father, Will ( Orlando Bloom ), by finding the mythical trident of Poseidon, brings him face-to-face with Captain Jack Sparrow ( Johnny Depp ), who’s being pursued by the vengeful Captain Salazar ( Javier Bardem ) and his undead crew. Along the way, they encounter a head-strong astronomer ( Kaya...

Review: Black Butterfly

PLOT: A reclusive writer ( Antonio Banderas ) suffering from writers block, takes in a mysterious drifter ( Jonathan Rhys Meyers ) who saved him from a local bully. REVIEW: BLACK BUTTERFLY is highly reminiscent of William Monahan ’s recent MOJAVE, which shared the same essential premise: a reclusive artist finds himself in a violent collision course with a drifter who...

Review: War Machine

PLOT: A four-star General ( Brad Pitt ) is brought to Afghanistan in order to finally end the war, only to find his personal ambitions do not mesh with the reality of the conflict, or the administration’s goals in that area. REVIEW: At long last, Netflix has got themselves a bona fide, big budget feature that one wouldn't hesitate to call an actual film. While some...

TV Review: Twin Peaks 2017, Episode 1 & 2 SPOILERS

This recap/review of Twin Peaks is written with the expectation that everyone who reads this and comments below will have seen the episode already. Thus, if you've yet to see the episode in question, DO NOT GO ANY FURTHER. SPOILERS! PLOT: Twenty-five years after the murder of Laura Palmer, another murder somehow ties into the ongoing evil in Twin Peaks. REVIEW:...

The Best Movie You Never Saw: Extreme Prejudice

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 EXTREME PREJUDICE! THE STORY: A covert army unit...

Review: Alien: Covenant

Read Paul Shirey's review HERE PLOT: After a disastrous deep space accident, the crew of a ship carrying thousands of colonists, lands on a mysterious, habitable planet. Soon they discover this hidden paradise contains a deadly secret related to the disappearance of the Prometheus a decade earlier. REVIEW: The ALIEN saga has truly run the gamut of quality. There...

The Good, The Bad & The Badass: Michael Parks

Michael Parks I was very sad to hear, last week, that veteran character actor Michael Parks had died (and don’t even get me started on Powers Boothe , who’ll be this column’s next subject). I actually saw Parks once, at a screening of RED STATE at Sundance, where he did a Q&A for the audience with director Kevin Smith , and he seemed very...

Review: Snatched

PLOT: After being dumped, a woman ( Amy Schumer ) takes her paranoid mother ( Goldie Hawn ) along with her on a trip to Ecuador, only for the pair to fall-in with the wrong man, and wind-up kidnapped by a vicious kingpin. REVIEW: SNATCHED, which marks Amy Schumer ’s second starring turn, following her break-out two years ago in TRAINWRECK, is a solid vehicle for the...

The Best Movie You Never Saw: The Replacement Killers

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 THE REPLACEMENT KILLERS! THE STORY: A Chinese...

Review: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (Bumbray's take)

Read Eric Walkuski's review HERE PLOT: After a mission gone awry, the Guardians temporarily take refuge with Peter Quill's ( Chris Pratt ) biological father, Ego ( Kurt Russell ). Meanwhile, Yondu ( Michael Rooker ), now persona-non-grata among the Ravager community, has to deal with a space mutiny that brings him face-to-face with his former enemies. REVIEW:...

The Good, The Bad & The Badass: Jonathan Demme

Jonathan Demme Jonathan Demme ’s death is a huge loss – both to us film fans, as well as those who knew him personally. In the days since his death, former colleagues, assistants, friends, family, etc, all came forward with tales of how Demme was among the most gracious of Hollywood power players, with none uttering an unkind word about him. By all...

Review: It Comes at Night (Overlook Film Festival)

PLOT: Two families band together in the aftermath of a horrific plague, trying to survive day-to-day in a world where compassion can be the greatest weakness of all. REVIEW: IT COMES AT NIGHT is the movie that will put “The Overlook Film Festival” on the map. A secret screening, this much-anticipated film beat it’s upbeat, genre audience in a state of...

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