We’ve been seeing the previews for months now with an overweight Dwayne Johnson dancing in the shower to En Vogue’s “My Loving (You’re Never Gonna Get It)” and his transformation into the Johnson we know and love. And now we finally get to see the how and why of that transformation as Central Intelligence finally hits the big screen.
Thirteen years ago (yes, 13!), Pixar touched hearts and made a boatload of money with its family adventure tale Finding Nemo, the story of a child clown fish separated from his father and the lengths his dad and fish friends went to to find him. One of the characters introduced that became a fan favorite was blue tang fish Dory, voiced perfectly by Ellen DeGeneres. Dory’s addled forgetfulness was offset by a constantly cheerful personality that won over audiences young and old.
LGBT film festival favorite Henry Gamble’s Birthday Party (Wolfe) utilizes the titular shindig as the turning point for most of the characters, particularly Henry (Cole Doman), who is 16 going on 17. The film opens with a “how big are you?” discussion between Henry and classmate Gabe (Joe Keery), which then leads to a masturbation session, supposedly centered around sex with a girl.
Director James Wan knows how to do horror films. After his big break with the original Saw, he followed that up with the not-well-received Dead Silence, the pretty good Insidious, and the excellent The Conjuring which hearkened back to the classic haunted house movies where visual scares were more important than overly loud music cues and sound effects. Wan applied what he learned to Insidious 2, and made a sequel superior to the original. Wanting to expand his horizons, Wan took a detour with Furious 7 in 2015, and is now back with Ed and Lorraine Warren in The Conjuring 2.
It’s not very often that a movie comes along that warrants repeat viewing, but Shane Black’s newest, The Nice Guys, is a film that demands repeat viewing. And that’s a good thing, because the film is so densely packed with good stuff that you are certain to have missed little things here and there.
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