AUTHOR: Chris Bumbray

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Review: Driven (TIFF 2018)

PLOT: The true story of auto industry giant John DeLorean ( Lee Pace ) who, in an effort to save his crumbling empire, gets caught up in a major coke deal orchestrated by an FBI informant ( Jason Sudeikis ). REVIEW: If all you know about the DeLorean is that itís the time machine Marty McFly drives in BACK TO THE FUTURE, fasten your seatbelts. DRIVEN has one whopper of...

Review: Hotel Mumbai (TIFF 2018)

PLOT: During the 2008 Mumbai attacks, a group of travellers staying at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel try to stay alive with the help of the hotel’s selfless staff. 
 REVIEW: HOTEL MUMBAI is one of the movies that was sold off when The Weinstein Company declared bankruptcy in the wake of Harvey Weinstein . I was surprised to see it included as part of TIFF’s...

Review: The Front Runner (TIFF 2018)

PLOT: In the lead-up to the Democratic Primary, †the leading candidate for the 1988 Democratic presidential nomination, Gary Hart ( Hugh Jackman ), sees his campaign wither when news of his extra-marital affairs hit the public. REVIEW: THE FRONT RUNNER marks a major return to form for director Jason Reitman , with him returning to issue-driven comedy-drama, a formula...

Review: Hold the Dark (TIFF 2018)

PLOT: A wolf expert ( Jeffrey Wright ) is recruited by a young mother ( Riley Keough ) to find the pack that dragged her son off into the Alaskan Wilderness. His findings soon put him at odds with the boyís father ( Alexander Skarsgard ) a soldier recently returned home after being injured. REVIEW: Letís give Netflix the credit it is due ó this is a gusty film for them...

Review: Widows (TIFF 2018)

PLOT: After her thief husband ( Liam Neeson ) is killed on a job, his widow ( Viola Davis ) tries to carry-out his final heist with the help of two other women ( Michelle Rodriguez & Elizabeth Debicki ) whose husbands were killed on the same job. REVIEW: WIDOWS was definitely not the film I expected from Steve McQueen , but I mean that in a good way. I admire him a...

Review: Roma (TIFF 2018)

PLOT: A year in the life of a middle class family living in Mexico City circa 1970. REVIEW: If any film that Iíve seen at this yearís Toronto International Film Festival has a chance to be taught in film schools for generations to come, itís Alfonso Cuaronís ROMA. A deeply human (and humane) slice of life loosely based on his childhood as the son of a well-to-do Mexican...

Exclusive Interviews: Matthew McConaughey and more talk White Boy Rick

As someone who rarely gets to interview celebrities, being based in Montreal (not exactly a hotbed of junkets), travelling to film festivals and occasionally sitting down to talk with actors I admire is a real treat. Over the last few years, Matthew McConaughey has really emerged as one of my favourite leading men, so when the chance emerged to talk to him and director Yann Demange...

Review: Mandy

This review was originally part of our Sundance 2018 coverage PLOT: 1983 A.D - the Shadow Mountains. Red Miller ( Nicolas Cage )’s idyllic life comes crashing down when his beloved girlfriend, Mandy Bloom ( Andrea Riseborough ) is kidnapped by a demented cult, sending him on a bone-chilling quest for revenge. REVIEW: MANDY is director Panos Cosmatos’s...

Review: Destroyer (TIFF 2018)

PLOT: A worn-out, alcoholic LA cop ( Nicole Kidman ) is forced to confront old demons when an enemy from her past reemerges. REVIEW: Karyn Kusama ’s DESTROYER is, for me, the big surprise of this year’s TIFF. Having been a big fan of her last film, THE INVITATION, as well as the under-appreciated JENNIFER’S BODY, I must admit that this is a huge leap...

Review: Mid90s (TIFF 2018)

† PLOT: A thirteen year old boy growing up with an abusive older brother and a somewhat absent mother finds himself drawn to a group of older skateboarders. REVIEW: As far as directorial debuts from A-list actors go, MID90s is an unusual one. Deliberately small scale, in some ways this eighty minute slice of life feels more like the film equivalent of a novella, but itís an...

Review: Boy Erased (TIFF 2018)

 center> PLOT: The son ( Lucas Hedges ) of a Baptist preacher ( Russell Crowe ) is sent to a gay conversion therapy program. REVIEW: I’ll say this for Joel Edgerton ’s BOY ERASED, it stirred up strong emotions in me. Undeniably provocative and well-acted, I nonetheless had issues with what I felt was ultimately too soft a take on a dangerous, despicable...

Ex. We talk to Thomas Jane, Keegan-Michael Key & more for The Predator!

What a difference a day makes! Thursday morning, prior to the world premiere, THE PREDATOR was highly anticipated in the fan community, and it looked like the Midnight Madness screening would be a victory lap for Shane Black's updated continuation of the saga. Then, as you all know, news dropped about Black hiring a sex offender for a small role, a part that was cut out after Olivia...

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