Skyscraper (***) lacks nuance, but not acting energy

Skyscraper - 2018 Written and Directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber Starring Dwayne Johnson, Neve Campbell, Chin Han, Roland Møller, Noah Taylor, Byron Mann, Pablo Schreiber, Hannah Quinlivan Rawson Marshall Thurber has maybe two half decent films on his resume. Dodgeball is an offbeat star vehicle that works for Vaughan and Stiller. Central Intelligence does the same in a more or less comedy action way … Continue reading Skyscraper (***) lacks nuance, but not acting energy

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Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (***) is late on purpose

Even if I never watch it again, this wasn't a waste of my time. It's not enough to make me see the next one in theaters, but it's definitely not the overwrought mess we saw the first time.

Rampage (***1/2) shouldn’t be this good

#rampage "Can you do without this film? Surely. In the age of Moviepass, why should you?  It's really a fun waste of time with effects that make it worth your time, up until they start blowing stuff up and tearing it down. If you're not worn out by the senseless and consequence-less destruction of major metropolitan areas, and you like Johnson, give this a shot. You definitely could do worse."

The Fate of the Furious (***): Don’t think. It’s Meat

Don't think. It will all be better that way.

Moana (****1/2) continues to change the game for Princesses

There is a recipe out there somewhere to make a valiant woman's story without sacrificing her male counterpart. They almost made it here, but the "let me clean up your mess" feeling of the story doesn't quite make it. Still, it's message is good enough to accompany it's remarkable visuals. I am going to assume no one will need to say "she persisted" someday. They will just say the protagonist persisted.

Central Intelligence (**1/2): A measure of the Rock’s comedic flexing ability

Let's be serious though. This isn't mensa material. It's a big dumb action comedy. There is nothing here as funny as Thurber's Terry Tate, Office Linebacker and thank goodness there is nothing nearly as bad as We're The Millers. It might get a few sequels, and that's fine. I'm pretty sure I won't remember one joke in 5 years, but I will smile when I think about it, just the same.

Furious 7 (***1/2): Meatball Hallmark Card

Furious 7 - 2015 Director James Wan Starring Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris Bridges, Kurt Russell, Jason Statham Screenplay Chris Morgan If one could sum up the entire Furious franchise in 3 phrases, it would be: I don't have friends. I got family. I live life a quarter-mile at a time. One last ride. At this point, … Continue reading Furious 7 (***1/2): Meatball Hallmark Card

Fast & Furious 6: High Tech Lemonade

Fast & Furious 6 - 2013 Director Justin Lin Starring Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson,Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris Bridges, Sung Kang, Luke Evans, Gina Carano, John Ortiz Screenplay Chris Morgan Into the void of PG-13 summer action sprang forth the 6th film in the Fast & Furious franchise.  There is a point to all of this speed and fury, I am sure of … Continue reading Fast & Furious 6: High Tech Lemonade

Pain & Gain: Meat

Pain & Gain - 2013 Director Michael Bay Starring Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie, Tony Shalhoub, Ed Harris Screenplay Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely based on the book by Pete Collins Let's not get down to the nitty-gritty on this.  No one will benefit from knowing whether the events in the movie are true or not.  What is remarkable is the … Continue reading Pain & Gain: Meat

G.I. Joe: Retaliation: Caricatures will die…

G.I. Joe: Retaliation - 2013 Director John M. Chu Starring Dwayne Johnson, Bruce Willis, D.J. Cotrona, Byung-hun Lee, Adrianne Palicki, Ray Park, Jonathan Pryce, Ray Stevenson, Channing Tatum, Luke Bracey, Walton Goggins, Joseph Mazzello, Robert Baker, James Carville, RZA Screenplay Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick Probably on video.  Definitely.  One had every reason to look forward to the second installment of G.I. Joe, and almost as … Continue reading G.I. Joe: Retaliation: Caricatures will die…