Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle Review

I may be speaking too much in haste, but I feel reasonably confident in saying that Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is the most pure fun I’ve had at a movie in 2017. I laughed to the point that I felt compelled to apologize to my seatmates once the credits rolled, I involuntarily gasped out loud at a plot twist I probably should have seen coming, and I wasn’t bored for even a minute of the movie’s two-hour runtime. In short: Jumanji is a blast. No, it isn’t in contention with, say, The Shape of Water or The Post, but does it have to be?

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Depp Beasts

In this edition of Sequel Bits:

  • Jumanji character posters
  • Fantastic Beasts sequel details and a new photo
  • A defense of Johnny Depp in The Crimes of Grindelwald
  • You could be in Pacific Rim: Uprising!
  • Ghost Dog: Way of the Samurai is getting a sequel
  • A new Mission: Impossible image
  • New Maze Runner: The Death Cure posters and a Maze Runner recap
  • The Crow director does not want The Crow reboot

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Jumanji Welcome to the JungleAmazon Prime Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle Early Screening Trailer

There are still three weeks until Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle hits theaters. The sequel to the original 1995 movie puts a more modern spin on the children’s book classic by Chris Van Allsburg by throwing four high school kids into the jungle as video game avatars brought to life by Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black and Karen Gillan. If the early buzz got you excited to see how the movie turned out, Amazon is offering you a chance to see it before all your friends.

Anyone with an Amazon Prime account can now purchase tickets to an early screening of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle happening two weeks early. There’s quite a wide array of theaters hosting the event which you can find out more about below. Read More »

jumanji welcome to the jungle early buzz

Nostalgia-infused remakes are a dime a dozen, but successful ones are another story. Surprisingly, it seems like Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is the latter.

It’s a huge burden to live up to a Robin Williams performance, and one that is beloved by every ’90s kid at that. (Yes, I hold his Jumanji performance to be up there with his heartfelt comedic turn in Mrs. Doubtfire. Fight me.) But it seems like Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, and Karen Gillan are up to the task, delivering the laughs and the love toward Williams’ character in Jake Kasdan‘s sorta-sequel to the 1995 Jumanji movie.

Below, check out some of the Jumanji Welcome to the Jungle early buzz.

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Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle Featurette

You might not expect a movie like Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle to fit in with the spirit of other holiday movies that usually get released around Christmas time, but that’s exactly what Dwayne Johnson hoped to accomplish.

In a new Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle featurette, the wrestler turned actor says, “We wanted to make a movie that encapsulates what the holiday spirit really means: the spirit of wonderment [and] discovering who you are.” Furthermore, Johnson wanted to sure that the spirit of the movie was in line with the original 1995 adaptation of Chris Van Allsburg’s beloved children’s book. Go behind the scenes to see how they tried to accomplish that by checking out the featurette below. Read More »

Jumanji Welcome to the Jungle Trailer

The first trailer for Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle introduced the core concept that is driving this combination of reboot and sequel. Yes, there is still a mystical game that puts children in harm’s way by plunging them into jungle-centric adventures. But while the original movie (and the original storybook) were based around a magical board game, the new film updates it to a video game…and goes a little Big on us by dropping the kids into adult-sized avatars shaped like Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, and Karen Gillan.

If you’re 12 years old, that probably sounds pretty rad. If you’re not…well, let’s watch the new Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle trailer before we say anything else.

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Every year in March, movie theater exhibitors gather in Las Vegas for CinemaCon, a convention spotlighting the newest advances in multiplex technologies and presentations from most of the major movie studios showcasing their film slates for the next year and beyond.

Tonight, CinemaCon kicked off with a presentation from Sony Pictures, showing off new footage and trailers for Spider-Man: Homecoming, Blade Runner 2049, The Dark Tower, Jumanji, Baby Driver, Flatliners, Cadavers and Rough Night. Read on for our Sony CinemaCon 2017 presentation recap to learn what was screened and to hear our first impressions and reactions.

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jurassic world trilogy

In this edition of Sequel Bits:

  • Producer Frank Marshall talks all about Jurassic World 2
  • …and doesn’t talk much at all about Indiana Jones 5.
  • J.A. Bayona promises to bring more animatronics to his Jurassic sequel.
  • Are Simon Pegg and Doug Jung writing Star Trek 4?
  • Ryan Gosling chats a little about Blade Runner 2049.
  • One of China’s biggest hits is getting a sequel.
  • Will Smith promises a new Bad Boys sequel every decade.
  • Dwayne Johnson teases an action scene on the Jumanji remake.

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pirates of the caribbean dead men tell no tales trailer breakdown

In this edition of Sequel Bits:

  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales has a new title in some territories.
  • Pacific Rim 2 adds a new cast member.
  • Charlie Sheen says a script for Major League 3 is good to go.
  • Star Trek Beyond‘s screenwriter wants more Star Trek movies.
  • No, James L. Brooks will not confirm a new Simpsons movie.
  • Underworld: Blood Wars reveals a new poster.
  • That Cube reboot has stalled.
  • And more!

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Sony is reorganizing its release calendar, and that means a few big titles are getting shifted around. First off, The Dark Tower has been postponed from February 2017 to summer 2017, as we reported earlier today… and it’s taking over Jumanji‘s slot, which means Jumanji is now getting pushed to Christmas 2017.

Meanwhile, Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver has gone from being a spring movie to being a summer movie, and The Equalizer 2 — the first sequel of Denzel Washington’s entire career — is getting delayed one year to fall 2018. Get full details on the Jumanji release date and more below.  Read More »