It’s hard to believe that a sequel to Jumanji made over $950 million dollars just two years ago. With likable stars attached, including Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, and Karen Gillan, and a new concept that worked, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle became a box office smash. With word of mouth that helped keep its legs at the box office through the holidays, it was inevitable that a sequel would be fast-tracked. Like a video game sequel (which is what Jumanji is nowadays), Jumanji: The Next Level is here with a concept of being bigger in terms of scope and characters – just like most sequels to video games. Does it work as another entertaining action adventure? Yes, it does. But does it reach or surpass the score level of its predecessor? Not exactly, but that’s fine.
We have reached the pinnacle age of Hollywood, and by that I mean we have literally run out of ideas. Or so it seems anyways. Everything is about churning out the biggest blockbuster for box office profits, or quickly rushing a sequel within the next year or two. In the coming ages, the 2010s shall be known as the blockbuster reboot era. That was many peoples fears when the Jumanji reboot was announced a couple years ago. While not a full 100% reboot, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is a standalone sequel to the beloved 90s children film. It’s a fun watch and a good time if you don’t look too closely. Read more
This week I went to review The Circle, a suspenseful movie whose premise is an exploration of the whole ‘Privacy versus Security’ debate. I was not looking forward to this film; I thought it would be dry and boring but instead I found it terrifying. The Circle got me where I lived. It tapped directly into my fears of being watched and judged and and kept that up for almost two hours. I haven’t squirmed that much since ‘The Witch’. So when I saw it got 5.7 out of 10 on IMDB and 18% on Rotten Tomatoes, I was shocked. What happened? Then I figured it out…. Read more
From Marvel Studios and director James Gunn, comes the highly anticipated Guardians of The Galaxy Vol. 2. Starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Dave Bautista, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Sean Gunn, Elizabeth Debicki, Chris Sullivan, Sylvester Stallone and Kurt Russell. the movie is due for release May 5, 2017.
From director Adam Mckay (Anchorman) and based on the book from Moneyball/The Blind Side Author Michael Lewis, The Big Short stars Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Karen Gillan, Melissa Leo, Marisa Tomei and Brad Pitt. It hits theatres December 11th (limited) and December 23rd (wide).