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Fast & Furious discovers their presents: Hobbs & Shaw (***1/2)

If you miss the buddy movies of the 80’s and 90’s, wait no more. The trope is back and it’s winning again.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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, the gang is on their […]

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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 it.  To date, the most […]

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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 […]

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Fast Five. Duh.

Fast Five – 2011 Directed by Justin Lin Starring Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster, Ludacris, Tyrese Gibson, Dwayne Johnson, Gal Gadot, Joaquim de Almeida, Matt Schulze, Sung Kang Written […]