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The Greatest Hits of 2018

It’s time for that annual list of next year’s highly anticipated Hollywood films. Here’s 2018 for ya. As always, premiere dates may change. JANUARY: * Insidious: The Last Key – The fourth movie in this franchise once again stars Lin Shaye, Leigh Whannell and Angus Sampson. Low expectations though; the third chapter was a disappointment. * The … Continue reading The Greatest Hits of 2018

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

THE GAME HAS EVOLVED.  Four teenagers are sucked into a mysterious video game that transports them to a jungle where they are physically transformed into the avatars they chose; now they have a mission to complete. A belated sequel to Jumanji (1995) that initially makes a half-hearted stab at connecting with the original, but the … Continue reading Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

The Fate of the Furious

NEW ROADS AHEAD.  The old team is rounded up one more time for a top secret government mission, but they’re all seemingly betrayed by Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) who’s working with a new dangerous foe (Charlize Theron)… The eighth chapter in the Fast and the Furious saga has a razor-thin story for a movie as … Continue reading The Fate of the Furious

Moana

THE OCEAN IS CALLING.  The 16-year-old daughter of a chief leaves her tribe and Polynesian island to find the demigod Maui, bringing a mystical stone that was lost for a millennium. Inspired by Polynesian mythology and the stories about the shapeshifting Maui in particular, the legendary Disney directors delivered their first entirely computer-animated film in … Continue reading Moana

Central Intelligence

SAVING THE WORLD TAKES A LITTLE HART AND A BIG JOHNSON. Twenty years after graduating from high school, Calvin Joyner (Kevin Hart) is contacted on Facebook by a guy who was spectacularly humiliated by bullies – and he turns out to have changed a lot. An action-comedy that benefits from Dwayne Johnson’s enthusiastic performance as … Continue reading Central Intelligence

San Andreas

WHERE WILL YOU BE? WHO WILL YOU BE WITH? When a series of devastating earthquakes hits California, LAFD rescue pilot Ray Gaines (Dwayne Johnson) team up with his ex-wife (Carla Gugino) to track down their daughter (Alexandra Daddario) in San Francisco. The star and the director of Journey 2 (2012) reunited for another boisterous 3D … Continue reading San Andreas

FuriousSeven

VENGEANCE HITS HOME. Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his crew are targeted by the brother (Jason Statham) of their latest nemesis, who wants revenge. Horror director James Wan’s first action pic firmly takes this franchise into Mission: Impossible territory, but forgets basic rules. We have to believe that the good guys are actually in danger … Continue reading FuriousSeven

Furious 6

ALL ROADS LEAD TO THIS. Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) tracks down and hires Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his crew to go after a former British Special Forces soldier who destroyed a Russian military convoy. This jaw-droppingly popular franchise was cleverly rejuvenated in Fast Five (2011) and number six follows that template, mixing an international … Continue reading Furious 6

Pain & Gain

THEIR AMERICAN DREAM IS BIGGER THAN YOURS. In 1995, ex-con and personal trainer Daniel Lugo (Mark Wahlberg) talks two other bodybuilders (Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie) into helping him kidnap and extort a wealthy gym member. Michael Bay’s stab at a “simpler” film between his Transformers epics was based on a series of newspaper articles by … Continue reading Pain & Gain

Hercules

BEFORE HE WAS A LEGEND, HE WAS A MAN. After completing his twelve labors, Hercules (Dwayne Johnson) becomes the leader of a merry band of mercenaries and is hired by the King of Thrace (John Hurt) to defeat a warlord. A surprisingly entertaining action-adventure from Brett Ratner, released the same year as The Legend of … Continue reading Hercules

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island

BELIEVE THE IMPOSSIBLE. DISCOVER THE INCREDIBLE. In an attempt to bond with his stepson (Josh Hutcherson), Hank Parsons (Dwayne Johnson) joins him in the search for a mysterious island where the boy’s grandfather (Michael Caine) may be. This Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008) sequel has one returning character, Sean, and just as … Continue reading Journey 2: The Mysterious Island