AUTHOR: Chris Bumbray

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Review: Alice Through the Looking Glass

PLOT: Alice ( Mia Wasikowska ) returns to Wonderland only to discover that her friend, The Mad Hatter ( Johnny Depp ), is ailing. In order to save him, Alice must travel back-in-time to rescue his presumed dead family, but she’s pursued by a vengeful Red Queen ( Helena Bonham Carter ) and Time-itself ( Sacha Baron Cohen ) throughout her dangerous quest. REVIEW: Was...

Review: X-Men: Apocalypse

Read Eric Walkuski's review HERE PLOT: When an ancient, powerful mutant - Apocalypse ( Oscar Isaac ) - is reawakened circa-1983, it’s up to a new group of X-Men led by Charles Xavier ( James McAvoy ), including Jean Grey ( Sophie Turner ), Cyclops ( Tye Sheridan ), Quicksilver ( Evan Peters ), Beast ( Nicholas Hoult ) and the ambiguous Mystique ( Jennifer Lawrence...

The Good, The Bad & the Badass: Richard Donner

Last week , we took a look at the career of character actor Keith David – a tough guy in many eighties and nineties classics. This week, we go behind the camera to examine a director who gave us some of the best action cinema of that era... Richard Donner Richard Donner has had one of the best careers in Hollywood history. While never a household name...

Review: The Angry Birds Movie

PLOT: A moderately angry bird named Red ( Jason Sudeikis ) finds himself forced to take anger management classes. But, when an army of seemingly friendly pigs invade Bird Island, Red winds up being the only bird to get his feathers ruffled by the newcomers – and maybe the only one who can save Bird Island from extinction! REVIEW: It’s confession time folks....

Review: The Nice Guys

PLOT: A down-on-his-luck private eye ( Ryan Gosling ) and a hired enforcer ( Russell Crowe ) team-up to track down the runaway daughter of the L.A District attorney ( Kim Basinger ), whose disappearance is somehow tied-in to the violent demise of a porn star. REVIEW: THE NICE GUYS is exactly what the old time Warner Bros-Silver Pictures logos promise at the start. An...

The Good, The Bad & The Badass: Keith David

Last week, we took a look at the career of eighties legend Tom Selleck . This week's badass is someone who rarely gets his due, but has made a massive impression in a variety of genres and remains an icon in his own right... Keith David Keith David has one of the most recognizable voices in the world. Having narrated dozens of documentaries (he’s...

Review: I Am Wrath

PLOT: A former mercenary-turned-family man ( John Travolta ) returns to his deadly trade after his wife (Rebecca De Mornay) is killed in an attack with links to the explosion of gang violence in his city. REVIEW: It’s really a shame that such powerhouse nineties icons as Nicolas Cage and John Travolta have been reduced to doing DTV-actioners they wouldn’t have...

Review: The Trust

PLOT: Two bored Las Vegas cops ( Nicolas Cage & Elijah Wood ) think they can score some easy cash when a drug dealer installs a sophisticated safe in one of his cover businesses. Little do they know exactly what the safe contains and who it’s connected to… REVIEW: Say what you will about Nicolas Cage , but despite the many (many) films he takes-on...

Review: Money Monster

  PLOT: An obnoxious TV financial guru ( George Clooney ) is taken hostage live on-air, by a young man (Jack O’Connell) financially ruined by one of his stock tips. REVIEW: When it comes to being a film critic, there’s absolutely nothing worse than giving a bad review to someone you admire. I adore Jodie Foster . I think she’s one of the great role...

Review: A Bigger Splash

PLOT: A rock star ( Tilda Swinton ) recovering from an operation finds her idyllic holiday with her documentarian lover ( Matthias Schoenaerts ) disturbed by the arrival of another former lover – a brash rock producer ( Ralph Fiennes ) with his daughter ( Dakota Johnson ) in tow. REVIEW: One of the casualties of cinema culture over the last decade or so has been the...

Review: Last Days in the Desert

  This was previously reviewed as part of our Sundance 2015 coverage.   PLOT: Towards the end of his forty-day exile in the desert, Jesus Christ ( Ewan McGregor ) finds himself locked in a battle of wits over the souls of a family of desert dwellers with the devil (also McGregor). REVIEW: A film like LAST DAYS IN THE DESERT is a curious thing. Walking out of...

Review: Love & Friendship

PLOT: Newly widowed and destitute, Lady Susan Vernon ( Kate Beckinsale ) enlists the aid of her American friend, Alicia (Chloe Sevigny) in a scheme designed to net her a rich new husband. REVIEW: In a way, Jane Austen adaptations are basically tent-pole event movies for the Masterpiece Theater set. They're handsomely mounted, usually well-acted, and often quite witty....

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