‘Pain & Gain’ doesn’t hurt… much… but is Michael Bay’s best since ‘The Rock’

Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson and Mark Wahlberg in 'Pain & Gain'
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Mark Wahlberg in ‘Pain & Gain’

[rating=3]Starring:  Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie, Tony Shalhoub, Ed Harris, Rob Corddry, Bar Paly, Rebel Wilson, Ken Jeong, Michael Rispoli and Kelli Lefkovitz
Writer(s):  Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely (screenplay), based on the articles written by Pete Collins
Director(s):  Michael Bay

The new film from director Michael Bay, Pain & Gain, is based on a true story involving kidnapping, torture and murder.  The criminals were bodybuilders who worked out at the same gym in Miami.  “Daniel Lugo” (Wahlberg) was a personal trainer at the gym, which was owned by “John Mese” (Corddry).  Lugo got himself hired by promising to triple the membership, which he did.  But he wanted more from life, especially after attending a success seminar put on by “Johnny Wu” (Jeong); who divided people into two groups.  Doers and Donters.  Lugo wanted to be a doer.

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‘G.I. Joe: Retaliation’ fires for effect and is on-target

Dwayne Johnson is 'Roadblock' in 'G.I. Joe Retaliation'
Dwayne Johnson is ‘Roadblock’ in ‘G.I. Joe Retaliation’

[rating=3]Starring:  Dwayne Johnson, D J Cotrona, Adrianne Palicki, Channing Tatum, Ray Park, Elodie Yung, Jonathan Pryce, Byung-hun Lee, Bruce Willis, Ray Stevenson, RZA, Luke Bracey and Arnold Vosloo
Director(s):  Jon M. Chu
Writer(s):  Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick

You don’t need to have seen the first G.I. Joe film to see G.I. Joe:  Retaliation, but it might help to understand what’s going on.

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Dwayne Johnson delivers his most vulnerable performance in ‘Snitch’

Dwayne Johnson shows his growth as an actor in 'Snitch'
Dwayne Johnson shows his growth as an actor in ‘Snitch’

Certs is a breath mint that was heavily advertised on television in the 1960s and 70s with the catchphrase,  “It’s two, two, two mints in one,” because it was a candy mint and a breath mint.   Now we have Snitch, which turns out to be “two, two, two films in one”.

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