Review: Jungle Cruise

Director: Jaume Collet-Serra Stars: Emily Blunt, Jack Whitehall, Dwayne Johnson Now, ordinarily, you'd have to drag me to see a Disney picture based on an extant IP that also happens to be a theme park ride, but Jungle Cruise got me voluntarily. Why? Jaume Collet-Serra. Sure, he's better known these days as the for-hire guy …

Review: Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw

Director: David Leitch Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Vanessa Kirby The promotional materials for Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw are something else. Cheaply green-screened face-offs to camera in which Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and Shaw (Jason Statham) shit-talk one another while a whole load of rapidly cut nonsense explodes all around them. These promos said one …

Review: Skyscraper

Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Neve Campbell, Chin Han Around the time that Arnold Schwarzenegger hung up his spurs as the most gigantic action hero in the world in order to play governor, Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson was amping up his transition from the sports world to our movie theatres. It took him …

Review: Rampage

Director: Brad Peyton Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Naomie Harris, Jeffrey Dean Morgan Why did the gargantuan albino gorilla, the armor-plated alligator and the spiny bat-wolf cross the road? To get to the evil-frequency-emitting beacon atop the corporate assholes' skyscraper of course. Bless Dwayne Johnson. He's become Hollywood's official Most Charming Man. When he's not sticking up for …

Review: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle 

Director: Jake Kasdan Stars: Karen Gillan, Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black 21 years after Joe Johnston's crowd-pleasing family film, was anybody actually asking for this? Belated sequels can be desperate cash-cows, especially those targeted to festive markets (Bad Santa 2 anyone?). Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle is set at Christmas, though you wouldn't know it for approximately …

Review: Moana

Directors: Ron Clements, Don Hall Stars: Auli'i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Rachel House It's been a rather good year for Walt Disney Animation Studios. Back in spring they broke formula with the much-loved Zootopitropolis(whatever), ditching the princess angle so often leaned upon in favour of something more progressive, delivering a great message of inclusivity right along with it. And …