Monday, April 29, 2013

Who's On Top: Movies



This Week's Spotlight:
Pain& Gain

To describe “Pain & Gain” as a Michael Bay movie on steroids would be accurate but also redundant and a little misleading. Pumped-up, aggressive, muscle-headed entertainment is Mr. Bay’s specialty, after all, and while this grisly true-crime drama is partly about performance-enhancing drugs and the bulky men who love them, it is also, compared with “Armageddon” or the “Transformers” series, a stripped-down, modest enterprise in which no major American city is reduced to rubble. This is not to suggest that the film, written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely and based on a series of articles by Pete Collins (published in Miami New Times), is in any way subtle or restrained. The opening scene, a police chase from which the rest of the story flashes back, sets a tone of hectic excess. Mark Wahlberg, running from the heavily armed forces of law and order, dashes across rooftops and lumbers, sometimes in slow motion, through streets and alleys. The camera swirls around him, freezing as a glob of saliva pops out of his mouth, dropping down to allow us a peek up his nostrils and then tilting and sliding to register the impact of his face on the windshield of a car. — A. O. Scott

Top 10 List
1. Pain & Gain
2. Oblivion
3. 42
4. The Big Wedding
5. The Croods
6. G.I. Joe: Retaliation
7. Scary Movie V
8. Olympus Has Fallen
9. The Place Beyond the Pines
10. Jurassic Park

Disclaimer: All list and blurbs come from NYTimes.com.

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