Articles tagged dwayne johnson

Even the Rock Can’t Save ‘San Andreas’

What Dwayne Johnson does best, probably better than anyone else right now, is to draw attention to the absurdity and impossibility of himself.

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Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s 10 Best Film Roles

He may seem like nothing more than muscles and machismo, but this former WWE superstar is on path to be an equally popular player in feature films.

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Manning Up in ‘Pain & Gain’

The kidnappers are caught up in a mutual druggy, aspirational haze: when any one of them feels apprehensive, the nearest buddy encourages him to "get a pump", as they lose themselves in frenzy of bicep-curling and self-distraction.

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25 May 2011 // 10:00 PM

When Superheroes Die

The death of Randy Poffo, aka Macho Man Randy Savage, once again revealed the dark history of professional wrestling. A history replete with drug abuse, murder and suicide. In this essay a writer and fan explores the varied reactions to Savage's death; a death which created more questions than answers.

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Race to Witch Mountain

Race to Witch Mountain holds no surprises (even granting that it's a remake).

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12 Mar 2009 // 11:00 AM

Now that Dwayne Johnson is no longer billing himself as “The Rock,” he’s become a movie star in family-friendly films like “Race to Witch

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Best Complexities in 2008

The most remarkable films of 2008 were small, smart, and complicated. While they're surely worth seeking out for their own pleasures, they also represent the sort of movies that will find theatrical releases even harder to manage in the shrinking economy.

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Independent Lens: Operation Filmmaker

Operation Filmmaker brilliantly reveals how films, politics, and desires do their work.

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20 Jun 2008 // 5:40 AM

Get Smart

Get Smart makes rudimentary efforts to update, with passing references to terrorists, profiling, and inter-agency competition.

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19 Jun 2008 // 9:34 PM

‘Smart’ Sucks

By its very definition, something that’s “generic” is seen as “having no particularly distinctive quality or application”. This doesn’t make the object in

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4 Jun 2008 // 3:38 AM

Operation Filmmaker

Engaging, provocative, and often discomforting, Operation Filmmaker reveals increasing tensions between Muthana and his would-be benefactors, including filmmaker Nina Davenport.

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The Return of the Popcorn Circus: June 2008

If May almost tent-poled itself out of existence, June will be even worse. After all, are audiences really ready for 13 major release in less than two months -- with more to come?

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Accepting the Blame: The Top Guilty Pleasures of 2007

PopMatters proffers its collection of 2007's most notable defective faves. And it's okay to laugh. After all, we'd probably do the same to you and your uncomfortable fixations as well.

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13 Nov 2007 // 10:00 PM

Southland Tales

The very incoherence of Southland Tales is something like an argument, its many pieces and pronouncements a deconstructive challenge to world order.

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25 Sep 2003 // 1:00 AM

The Rundown (2003)

The Rock doesn't want to hurt 'em, but he just can't help it.

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

The Mummy Returns (2001)

Everything in 'The Mummy Returns' is bigger and more expensive, from its impressively enormous matte shots and massive armies composed of thousands of digitized soldiers, to its great swirling sand effects and outsized characters.

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Anderson East Ignites a Fire at Mercury Lounge

// Notes from the Road

"Hot off the release of his album Delilah Anderson East's performance was full of vim and vigor.

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