Chris Bumbray

Agrees with the Tomatometer 74% of the time.

Publications:
DVD Clinic , JoBlo's Movie Emporium , rec.arts.movies.reviews
Total Reviews:
714

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
78% The One I Love (2014) " While it may not seem like it, in a way this is one of the most original sci-fi/drama hybrids of recent memory. " — JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Posted Jul 30, 2014
5/10 80% Creep " Occasionally inspired, but predictable and all-too familiar. " — JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Posted Jul 29, 2014
100% Predestination " One of the few truly thought-provoking science-fiction thrillers to emerge in the last few years. Snook and Hawke are excellent. " — JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Posted Jul 28, 2014
83% Kraftidioten (In Order of Disappearance) " Works simultaneously as both a straight-forward revenge tale and a deconstruction of the genre - thanks to heavy doses of typically Scandinavian gallows humor. " — JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Posted Jul 25, 2014
6/10 63% Hercules (2014) " Refreshing in that it never takes itself too seriously. Just a fun, ninety-minute action ride. Beautifully shot. " — JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Posted Jul 25, 2014
5/10 —— The Harvest " Excellent performances can't save The Harvest, which is riddled with too many plot holes. " — JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Posted Jul 24, 2014
7/10 59% Lucy (2014) " Truly eccentric. Imagine TREE OF LIFE (right down to the dinosaurs) re-imagined as an eighty-minute action movie and you've got an idea of what Besson is going for. It works better than you'd think. " — JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Posted Jul 24, 2014
—— Kite (2014) " Worse than any Uwe Boll movie. Just terrible. " — JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Posted Jul 22, 2014
6/10 53% The Zero Theorem (2014) " Not one of Terry Gilliam's better films, but his misfires are still nothing if not interesting. Waltz is excellent. " — JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Posted Jul 22, 2014
—— Faults " A terrific debut for director Riley Stearns. Amazing performances from Leland Orser and Mary Elizabeth Winstead. " — JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Posted Jul 21, 2014
9/10 50% I Origins (2014) " Smart, cerebral sci-fi. The perfect antidote to a mediocre summer of tentpoles. " — JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Posted Jul 21, 2014
6/10 57% The Purge: Anarchy (2014) " Probably the closest they could have made to a Punisher movie without getting sued. Much better than the first film. Frank Grillo makes for a cool hero. " — JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Posted Jul 17, 2014
91% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) " The rare summer blockbuster with both brains and brawn. The best APES movie since Charlton Heston first slapped on a loincloth. " — JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Posted Jul 10, 2014
7/10 30% Deliver Us from Evil (2014) " Elevated by strong production values and an excellent cast. " — JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Posted Jul 2, 2014
2/10 —— Drive Hard " Despite the name, there's very little hard driving in DRIVE HARD. A dull, amateurish wannabe buddy-comedy." — JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Posted Jun 25, 2014
8/10 65% The Rover (2014) " Bleak but beautiful. An arty, ultra-realistic take on the post-apocalyptic genre. " — JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Posted Jun 20, 2014
7/10 54% Jersey Boys (2014) " Not perfect, but still a fun ride through the Four Seasons' ups and downs. More of a straight biopic than a musical. " — JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Posted Jun 19, 2014
8/10 76% Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon (2014) " Like a nice-guy version of The Kid Stays in the Picture. Proves that you don't have to be a jerk to get ahead in showbiz. " — JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Posted Jun 13, 2014
8/10 90% Edge of Tomorrow (2014) " The perfect summer blockbuster. Funnier than you'd think. Cruise's image is both satirized and celebrated. Blunt is terrific." — JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Posted Jun 5, 2014
7/10 50% Trust Me (2014) " A surprisingly tough little movie about the reality of child actors in Hollywood. " — JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Posted Jun 5, 2014
8/10 80% The Fault In Our Stars (2014) " The date movie of the summer. Should do for a generation of kids what GHOST did for their parents. " — JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Posted Jun 5, 2014
4/10 33% A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014) " Feels antiquated - like a Bob Hope comedy from the forties." — JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Posted May 30, 2014
6/10 63% The Grand Seduction (2014) " Charming, but not up to the Quebec original." — JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Posted May 27, 2014
6/10 50% Age of the Uprising (2014) " A little dull, but beautifully shot and acted. " — JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Posted May 27, 2014
7/10 63% Filth (2014) " Darkly funny. The best Irvine Welsh has been done on-screen since Trainspotting. James McAvoy is terrific." — JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Posted May 26, 2014
3/10 14% Blended (2014) " Once upon a time I was a fan of his (Sandler), but alas you can't be sixteen forever." — JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Posted May 23, 2014
9/10 92% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) " The film X-Men fans have been waiting for. It lives up to their expectations and then some. A truly epic installment." — JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Posted May 22, 2014
8/10 87% The Immigrant (2014) " Often brilliant, with tremendous performances by Marion Cotillard and Joaquin Phoenix. " — JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Posted May 22, 2014
6/10 74% Godzilla (2014) " Worth seeing for the last half hour, but too much of the film is dull. Waiting to reveal Godzilla would have been fine if the characters had heart or if the film had tension. " — JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Posted May 15, 2014
6/10 53% The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) " The good outweighs the bad, but this is a frustratingly inconsistent sequel. The white-hot chemistry between Stone and Garfield saves the day, and the visuals are often striking." — JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Posted May 1, 2014
5/10 21% The Protector 2 (2014) " Suffers badly from comparison to THE RAID. The inept JAWS 3D style FX don't help. A back-to-basics approach would have been much better. " — JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Posted Apr 29, 2014
23% The Other Woman (2014) " An intriguing first half gives way to a really generic, dumb second half that all but eliminates any of the good will the film had going for it. " — JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Posted Apr 25, 2014
3/10 19% Transcendence (2014) " Depressingly inert. A sad waste of talent." — JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Posted Apr 18, 2014
7/10 62% Draft Day (2014) " A very solid MONEYBALL-esque sports drama, with the emphasis on the business side. Costner's best role in years. A major comeback part. " — JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Posted Apr 10, 2014
8/10 79% Afflicted (2014) " The best found-footage movie since CHRONICLE. Ambitious, and beautifully shot. " — JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Posted Apr 4, 2014
5/10 44% In the Blood (2014) " Fairly low rent, but the location photography is good, and Carano is fun to watch when she does her thing. " — JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Posted Apr 2, 2014
7/10 88% Alan Partridge (2014) " Even audiences who've never heard of Alan Partridge (although they should have) will get a lot of laughs out of this. " — JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Posted Apr 2, 2014
8/10 77% Noah (2014) " Challenging, thought-provoking, and always entertaining. " — JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Posted Mar 28, 2014
5/10 41% Divergent (2014) " While the tween and teen target audience will probably love it and make it a hit, it fails to measure up to THE HUNGER GAMES. That said, it's far better than any of the TWILIGHT's." — JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Posted Mar 20, 2014
8/10 78% Veronica Mars (2014) " Perfectly captures the magic of the show. A great follow-up. " — JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Posted Mar 14, 2014
4/10 42% 300: Rise of an Empire (2014) " A very dull sequel that cries our for the same kind of larger-than-life hero played by Butler in the original. Worth watching only for Eva Green. " — JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Posted Mar 6, 2014
7/10 47% Stalingrad (2014) " Melodramatic but often visually striking, One of the best uses of 3D in film since AVATAR. " — JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Posted Feb 28, 2014
6/10 60% Non-Stop (2014) " Very silly, but overall a fun B-level actioner. In the pantheon of Liam Neeson action-flicks, it's a notch below TAKEN, better than UNKNOWN, and way better than TAKEN 2." — JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Posted Feb 27, 2014
2/10 10% The Bag Man (2014) " Like a bad Tarantino clone from the mid-nineties. Just awful. " — JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Posted Feb 26, 2014
6/10 29% Pompeii (2014) " Silly but fun. No more, no less. " — JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Posted Feb 20, 2014
4/10 13% Winter's Tale (2014) " Hilariously ill-conceived. Works on a "so bad it's good" level. " — JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Posted Feb 14, 2014
3/10 53% Adult World (2014) " Cusack is pretty much the only reason to see this. " — JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Posted Feb 13, 2014
5/10 49% RoboCop (2014) " Good direction isn't able to overcome a really bad script that feels like it was written by committee. " — JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Posted Feb 11, 2014
2/10 9% Vampire Academy (2014) " Hard to believe the same Daniel Waters who wrote HEATHERS wrote this. The mythology here is hilariously convoluted. Also- the subtext about the Dhampirs being content servants (slaves even) is more than a little odd. " — JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Posted Feb 7, 2014
32% The Monuments Men (2014) " A deliberately old-fashioned WW2 adventure that shines a light on a little known chapter of the war and never ceases to entertain. " — JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Posted Feb 6, 2014
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