Tag Archives: Mark Wahlberg

Transformers: The Last Knight

RETHINK YOUR HEROES. Optimus Prime and Megatron are long gone, but new Transformers keep coming back to Earth; Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg) finds new allies in his quest to learn why. The fifth and worst of the franchise (so far) relies on a lot of comedy that falls flat (including a butler bot voiced by … Continue reading Transformers: The Last Knight

Patriots Day

THE INSIDE STORY OF THE WORLD’S GREATEST MANHUNT.  When two bombs go off during the 2013 Boston Marathon, the whole city (including Police Sergeant Tommy Saunders (Mark Wahlberg)) become involved in the hunt for the terrorists, two brothers. The third time Peter Berg and Wahlberg collaborate on a reality-based drama about Men Surviving a Crisis … Continue reading Patriots Day

Deepwater Horizon

WHEN FACED WITH OUR DARKEST HOUR, HOPE IS NOT A TACTIC. In 2010, Mike Williams (Mark Wahlberg) and his crew end up fighting for their lives when an explosion blows through the oil rig Deepwater Horizon, stationed in the Gulf of Mexico. Based on a New York Times article that chronicled the oil rig’s final … Continue reading Deepwater Horizon

Three Kings

IN A WAR WITHOUT HEROES THEY ARE KINGS. After the Gulf War, a group of Army officers get their hands on a document showing the location of bunkers that might contain gold bullion that Iraqi soldiers stole from Kuwait… Director David O. Russell’s first major critical breakthrough may look like Kelly’s Heroes (1970) on paper, … Continue reading Three Kings

The Greatest Hits of 2016

It’s time for that annual list of next year’s highly anticipated Hollywood films. Here’s 2016 for ya. As always, premiere dates may change. JANUARY: * 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi – Michael Bay leaves his robots aside for a while, taking on a politically sensitive subject. Looks far from another Zero Dark Thirty (2012) though. * Kung … Continue reading The Greatest Hits of 2016

Entourage

THE RIDE AIN’T OVER. Ari Gold (Jeremy Piven), now a studio boss, agrees to let Vincent Chase (Adrian Grenier) direct his first movie, but when the project needs more money the Texas financiers start making awkward demands… This big-screen adaptation of the 2004-2011 TV series will satisfy die-hard fans, but not many others. Nothing much … Continue reading Entourage

A Kung Fury Movie? Say No

You are likely one of the 10 million people who have seen Kung Fury on YouTube, a 30-minute action-comedy made by David Sandberg, a Swedish former director of music videos. Sandberg had a thing for cheesy 1980s action movies, put his special-effects talents to use in a trailer that hit just the right parody tone, and asked … Continue reading A Kung Fury Movie? Say No

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

Transformers: Age of Extinction

PREPARE FOR EXTINCTION. Five years after the battle that almost destroyed Chicago, a CIA unit is hunting both Autobots and Decepticons; Optimus Prime finds refuge in a barn owned by an inventor (Mark Wahlberg). The fourth film in the franchise is a reboot in name only. Wahlberg and Stanley Tucci (as a Steve Jobs-type corporate … Continue reading Transformers: Age of Extinction

Broken City

PROOF CAN BE A POWERFUL WEAPON. Former NYC cop turned private eye Billy Taggart (Mark Wahlberg) is hired by Mayor Nicholas Hofstetler (Russell Crowe) to spy on his wife (Catherine Zeta-Jones); is she being unfaithful? As you might guess, there’s a lot more beneath the surface in the director’s first big picture without his brother … Continue reading Broken City

Lone Survivor

LIVE TO TELL THE STORY.  In June, 2005, four Navy SEALS are sent on a mission in Afghanistan’s Kunar province to kill a Taliban leader, but everything goes wrong… This fact-based account was made on the cheap, but director Peter Berg nevertheless paints a credible portrait of Navy SEALS and the claustrophobic, desperate battle that … Continue reading Lone Survivor