AUTHOR: Chris Bumbray

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Review: The Hollars

THE HOLLARS was previously reviewed as part of JoBlo.com's Sundance 2016 coverage. PLOT: A man ( John Krasinski ) returns home to help his family through a difficult time after his mother ( Margo Martindale ) is diagnosed with a brain tumor. REVIEW: It’s very strange how many Sundance titles this year have been about men returning to their hometowns to come...

The Good, The Bad & The Badass: John Leguizamo

Last week, we took a look at the career of Winona Ryder , and this week, we look at the career of another perennially underrated talent… John Leguizamo John Leguizamo is one of those guys who’s such a great character actor that you forget you’re actually watching someone act – he just seems to authentically be the part he’s...

Review: Ben-Hur

PLOT: Judah Ben-Hur ( Jack Huston ), a Jewish prince, is betrayed by his adopted Roman brother, Messala ( Toby Kebbell ), who accuses him of treason against Rome. Sent to the galleys as a slave, after a dramatic escape he hatches a plan for vengeance involving a wealthy sheik ( Morgan Freeman ) and a grand chariot race. REVIEW: One can’t fault director TImur Bekmambetov...

Review: War Dogs

PLOT: Two twenty-something stoner buddies become arms dealers when they successfully bid on a government contract to supply arms to troops stationed in Iraq. REVIEW: THE HANGOVER 3 suggested that director Todd Phillips was eager to move away from zany comedy. How else can you justify the fact that the movie wound-up being so darn serious? It signaled that Philips was...

The Good, The Bad & The Badass: Winona Ryder

Last week, we took a look at the career of legendary badass Jeff Bridges . This week’s badass is a super underrated one who’s finally on the cusp of a major comeback… Winona Ryder One of the many great things about “Stranger Things” dominating the pop culture conversation this summer is that the Netflix show has, finally allowed...

Review: Blood Father

BLOOD FATHER was originally reviewed as part of the 2016 Fantasia Film Festival. PLOT: An ex-con ( Mel Gibson ), who ekes out a living as a tattoo artist, is dragged into a war with a violent gang when his estranged daughter (Erin Moriarty) re-enters his life. REVIEW: Damn right! That’s what I kept saying to myself over-and-over as I watched BLOOD FATHER on the...

The Best Movie You Never Saw: Michael Mann's Thief

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 THIEF. THE STORY: Frank ( James Caan ) is a...

Review: Florence Foster Jenkins

PLOT: The true story of eccentric socialite Florence Foster Jenkins ( Meryl Streep ), who’s deluded herself into thinking she’s one of the world’s great opera singers despite a total lack of talent. With the help of her indulgent husband ( Hugh Grant ) and a concert pianist (Simon Helberg) she tries to fulfill her lifelong dream of playing Carnegie Hall, but will...

The Good, The Bad & The Badass: Jeff Bridges

Last week , we took a look at the career of actor Colin Farrell . This week’s subject is Farrell’s co-star from 2009’s CRAZY HEART... Jeff Bridges A few weeks ago, I profiled the movie BLOWN AWAY as part of my new column, “ The Best Movie You Never Saw. ” Throughout the review, I kept going-on about how good Jeff Bridges was and...

Review: Nine Lives

PLOT: A busy tycoon ( Kevin Spacey ) is taught a lesson in family love when an eccentric pet shop owner ( Christopher Walken ) transforms him into a cat. His only hope is to mend fences with his estranged wife ( Jennifer Garner ) and young daughter (Malina Weissman). If he fails, he’ll have to stay a cat forever! REVIEW: Oh boy, here we go. It didn’t come as much...

Review: Suicide Squad

PLOT: With Superman dead and a possibly meta-human threat on the way, government agent Amanda Waller ( Viola Davis ) assembles a team of imprisoned supervillians to do her bidding, with the promise that each will have some of their sentence commuted. REVIEW: SUICIDE SQUAD comes along at an important time for the DC Cinematic Universe. With Marvel movies dominating the box...

The Good, The Bad & The Badass: Colin Farrell

Last week , we took a look at the career of actor Ethan Hawke . This week’s subject is another star who’s managed to navigate the tricky jump from heartthrob to character actor/leading man... Colin Farrell Hype is a dangerous thing. When the Hollywood taste-makers or the media prematurely crown a hot young celeb the new king or queen of Tinseltown,...

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