Rock Bland: Hercules, Reviewed

What makes Dwayne Johnson such an appealing movie star is that he's never seemed hung up on being a movie star. Not unlike Jason Statham, he has a twinkle in his eye that suggests he's having way more fun at his job than most of his action-hero brethren. That sense of fun (self-effacing without being campy or ironic)… » 7/24/14 4:26pm 7/24/14 4:26pm

Michael Bay's Ode To Meatheads: Pain & Gain, Reviewed.

There are many movies that could have been made from the raw materials of Pain & Gain, which is based on a series of outrageous Miami New Times articles about three dimwit Florida bodybuilders who in 1994 kidnapped a rich local businessman and stripped him of all his assets. Some filmmakers, for example, might have… » 4/24/13 5:30pm 4/24/13 5:30pm

The Eight Most Groan-Worthy Lines In GI Joe: Retaliation

GI Joe: Retaliation is pretty bad. You don't need me to tell you that. It's not completely horrible: There's a cool sequence involving ninjas fighting each other during an avalanche, one special effects scene has London blowing up real awesome-like, and The Rock continues to be the one consistent action star presence… » 3/29/13 5:00pm 3/29/13 5:00pm

The Rock Saves The Day. Snitch, Reviewed.

Snitch isn't great, but if you're like me and have enjoyed Dwayne Johnson more than his movies, his latest helps justify our faith in the guy. This is a B-movie thriller built around a real incident that's meant to show us the lunacy of our government's drug policy—and yet the movie's not preachy or sanctimonious.… » 2/21/13 5:45pm 2/21/13 5:45pm

"This Is Live, Isn't It?" Asks The Rock Just After Dropping A…

Once again, John Buccigross is in the middle of daytime SportsCenter antics, this time with Dwayne Johnson, who may or may not still be using "The Rock" professionally. Johnson was on ESPN to promote some lame-ass Jurassic Park ripoff titled Journey 2, which sounds more like the name of Steve Perry's backup band than… » 2/09/12 1:12pm 2/09/12 1:12pm