AUTHOR: Chris Bumbray

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Review: Trespass Against Us

PLOT: The heir ( Michael Fassbender ) to a close-knit community of small-time criminals, tries to break free from the influence of his father ( Brendan Gleeson ). REVIEW: TRESPASS AGAINST US is unusual for a crime drama. Despite some familiar trappings of the genre, most notably a series of kinetic car chases, the emphasis of the film is significantly weighed towards...

The Best Movie You Never Saw: Innerspace

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 INNERSPACE! THE STORY: Tuck Pendleton ( Dennis Quaid...

Review: Patriots Day

PLOT: A docudrama based on the Boston Marathon Bombings, from the event itself to the the manhunt for the terrorists responsible. REVIEW: This has been a terrific year for director Peter Berg . Just a few months ago, his DEEPWATER HORIZON blew audiences away at the Toronto International Film Festival, and now, his other fact-based drama, PATRIOTS DAY, is getting an...

Review: Monster Trucks

PLOT: A troubled teen ( Lucas Till ) befriends a strange subterranean creature that’s been displaced from his home by the unethical drilling of a sinister oil company. Learning his new friend has a taste for oil and a talent for manipulating monster trucks, the two team up in an effort to reunite the creature with his lost family and get him home. REVIEW: Just as we...

The Good, The Bad & The Badass: Ben Affleck

In our last column , we examined the career of actor Brian Cox . This week’s subject is one of the biggest actor/directors of our era, but a controversial figure to be sure...   Ben Affleck For some reason, people seem to hold major grudge against Ben Affleck , and around the time his career as a young, twenty-something lead went kaput, people...

Review: Live By Night

PLOT: A war-vet ( Ben Affleck ) rises through the ranks to becomes a notorious bootlegger and gangster during prohibition. REVIEW: Part of me wishes Ben Affleck had started off LIVE BY NIGHT with the old Warner Bros. logo from the thirties and forties. It would have been highly appropriate given how much of a throwback this feels to the old-time gangster melodramas the...

Review: Silence

PLOT: Two 17th century Jesuit priests ( Andrew Garfield & Adam Driver ) travel to Japan to find their former mentor, a priest ( Liam Neeson ) who has apparently renounced his faith. REVIEW: SILENCE is a film only Martin Scorsese could have made and, to read this history behind it, one he was compelled to make. A companion piece to his THE LAST TEMPTATION OF CHRIST,...

Review: Arsenal

PLOT: A straight-laced entrepreneur ( Adrian Grenier ) tries to rescue his older, ex-con brother ( Johnathon Schaech ) from the clutches of a deranged Southern mob boss ( Nicolas Cage ). REVIEW: I’ve long been fascinated by the series of B-action yarns churned out with regularity by Grindstone Entertainment and Lionsgate Premiere - usually produced by Randal Emmett...

The Best Movie You Never Saw: Black Rain

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 BLACK RAIN THE STORY: ; A corrupt American cop ( Michael...

Chris Bumbray's Best Movies of 2016!

And so ends another year… In retrospect, I have to say, 2016 started off with a real bang as far as movies are concerned, with a superlative Sundance selection and some solid arthouse and mainstream releases. For the first time in as long as I remember, more than half of my top ten comes from movies that premiered in the first six months of the year, which is unusual as most of my list...

The Good, The Bad & The Badass: Brian Cox

  Last week, we took a look at the career of character actor Brendan Gleeson , so this week, we owe it to another of his prolific peers to highlight his mighty accomplishments in front of the camera...   Brian Cox Brian Cox is probably my favorite working character actor. Never a huge presence on the silver screen until he reached middle age, his work...

Review: Fences

PLOT: A former baseball player-turned-garbage man ( Denzel Washington ) tries to reconcile his lost dreams of glory while raising a family in 1950’s Pittsburgh. REVIEW: For those of you not in the know, FENCES is based on the 1987 Tony Award-winning play by playwright August Wilson . During the original run, stars James Earl Jones and Mary Alice won Tony’s,...

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