AUTHOR: Chris Bumbray

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Review: The Promise

THE PROMISE was originally reviewed as part of our TIFF 2016 coverage.  PLOT: In the final days of the Ottoman Empire, an Armenian medical student ( Oscar Isaac ) falls in-love with a French-educated Armenian woman (Charlotte Le Bon) who’s the mistress of a cynical American journalist ( Christian Bale ). Already facing hardship due to his betrothal to another woman,...

The Best Movie You Never Saw: Nighthawks

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 NIGHTHAWKS! THE STORY: International terrorist...

Review: Free Fire

FREE FIRE was previously reviewed as part of our TIFF 2016 coverage. PLOT: A mob/IRA arms deal in a remote warehouse goes horribly awry when a beef between two thug foot soldiers erupts into an epic, no-holds-barred gunfight. REVIEW: For anyone who might have thought director Ben Wheatley ’s (underrated) HIGH RISE was a little too high-brow, his follow-up, FREE...

TV Review: Fargo, Season 3, Episode 1- SPOILERS

Season 3, Episode 1: The Law of Vacant Places SUMMARY: Emmit Stussy ( Ewan McGregor ) is the parking lot king of Minnesota, but all is not well in his kingdom. Almost bankrupted by the financial crisis, he took a loan from a shady outfit that, now that he’s out of the red, want to use his business as a front. Meanwhile, his younger brother, Ray (also Ewan...

Review: Sand Castle

PLOT: In 2003 Iraq, a young machine gunner ( Nicholas Hoult ) is part of a platoon tasked with repairing a broken water system in a dangerous village north of Baghdad. REVIEW: SAND CASTLE is another Netflix original film, meaning that it will be bypassing theaters entirely, opting for a day and date international release on the streaming service April 21st. One must give the...

The Good, The Bad & The Badass: Scott Glenn

Scott Glenn Scott Glenn has been in some pretty outstanding films. One of his earliest was Robert Altman ’s NASHVILLE, and he also turned up in a small (but important) part in Francis Ford Coppola’s APOCALYPSE NOW, leading to his break-out turn as John Travolta ’s rival in URBAN COWBOY. At this point, Glenn got the star build-up, but for...

Review: The Fate of the Furious

PLOT: Dom’s ( Vin Diesel ) honeymoon with Letty ( Michelle Rodriguez ) is interrupted by a cyber-terrorist, Cipher ( Charlize Theron ), who blackmails him into double-crossing Hobbs (Dwayne “ The Rock ” Johnson) and the rest of his team during a job. Now seemingly a rogue terrorist, the team re-groups in order to capture their former leader, even if they have to...

Review: Salt and Fire

PLOT: Three UN doctors investigating a man-made ecological disaster are kidnapped by the CEO ( Michael Shannon ) of the multi-national company responsible. He chooses one of the doctors ( Veronica Ferres ) to accompany him to a rapidly expanding salt flat harboring a nearby super volcano that, he believes, is ready to erupt and could be a world-ending event. REVIEW: Itís a...

The Best Movie You Never Saw: Silverado

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 SILVERADO! THE STORY: Fresh off a five year...

Review: Going in Style

PLOT: After their pensions are wiped out, three elderly men ( Michael Caine , Morgan Freeman & Alan Arkin ) hatch a scheme where theyíll rob a bank and use the funds to make up for the money that was stolen from them. REVIEW: For those unaware, GOING IN STYLE is actually a remake of one of director Martin Brest ís (BEVERLY HILLS COP, MIDNIGHT RUN) first movies, which...

Review: Aftermath

PLOT: After a devastating air collision results in the death of his wife and daughter, a man ( Arnold Schwarzenegger ) becomes dangerously obsessed with the air traffic controller ( Scoot McNairy ) who was on-duty during the accident . REVIEW: Arnold Schwarzenegger deserves a heck of a lot of credit. While his post-gubernatorial film career has never reached the heights he...

Review: Their Finest

This was originally reviewed as part of our TIFF 2016 coverage.  PLOT: During the London Blitz, a young woman ( Gemma Arterton ) takes a job as a script writer for women’s dialogue in morale-boosting films. When an idea of hers gets turned into a massive technicolor production, she finds herself on location with a sexist screen-writer ( Sam Claflin ) and an...

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