the party's just beginning review

Karen Gillan is still a relatively unknown quantity in the U.S. After shooting to cult success in Doctor Who, Gillan muddled through a few obscure comedy roles before getting her big break as Nebula in Guardians of the Galaxy. But her prosthetic-covered, blue painted face has hindered her chance at widespread recognition, though her performance in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle may have finally earned her the attention she deserves — if people could see beyond the Rock’s pecs.

She deserved to shoot to stardom with the unfortunately titled 2014 TV series Selfie, in which Gillan played a vain, selfish, and damaged heroine addicted to the instant gratification of social media. She gave a stunning performance in a show that was seen by too few and that was gone too soon. But Gillan’s directorial debut, The Party’s Just Beginning, takes that damaged, troubled character and runs with it — spawning an intriguing heroine for a dark, oddball film that deals with the lasting damages of grief.

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avengers infinity war spoiler review

(In our Spoiler Reviews, we take a deep dive into a new release and get to the heart of what makes it tick…and every story point is up for discussion. In this entry: Avengers: Infinity War.)

Everything dies, baby that’s a fact
But maybe everything that dies someday comes back.

– Bruce Springsteen, “Atlantic City”

Does Avengers: Infinity War live up to the hype? That depends. If you wanted nothing more than to see the majority of the Marvel Cinematic Universe characters up on the screen together, then yes, Infinity War delivers. If you were hoping for something deeper, you might find yourself wanting more. Ultimately, Infinity War is a magic trick of a movie, full of deception and misdirection. It entertains, sure – but when the smoke clears, we can’t help but see the obvious way the trick was designed.

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jumanji sequel

You knew it was coming. It was inevitable. Another Jumanji sequel is on its way. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, both a sequel and a reboot of the original Jumanji, was a massive hit for Sony, and they can’t say no to a good thing.

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infinity war tv spot

Avengers: Infinity War smashes into theaters next week (!), but if you can’t wait that long, here’s some exciting new a footage. A new international Infinity War TV spot just arrived online, and it has more of earth’s mightiest heroes in action.

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infinity war tv spot

If you’re craving even more new Avengers footage, this Infinity War TV spot is for you! We’re incredibly close to the release of Marvel’s magnum opus, and this latest spot ramps up the hype, shows off Black Panther‘s M’Baku, and throws in a funny Thor/Star-Lord scene for good measure.

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Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle Honest Trailer

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle surprised the hell out of everybody by not only being pretty damn good but also by being a blockbuster behemoth, pulling in nearly $946 million worldwide. That’s the kind of success that guarantees a sequel, but it doesn’t preclude you from being in the sights of the folks over at Honest Trailers. Read More »

Infinity War posters

Marvel has assembled a whole new line of Avengers: Infinity War posters, breaking the film’s many characters off into several teams. Like most Marvel posters, these leave a lot to be desired from an artistic standpoint, but there is still much for fans to enjoy here. See the Infinity War posters below.

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Jumanji Welcome to the Jungle Gag Reel

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this special Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle edition, we have several featurettes going behind the scenes of the making of the film, from the visual effects to the surprisingly real stunts. Plus, there are a couple quick clips from the gag reel featuring Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black and Karen Gillan having a hard time not cracking each other up. But beware of some spoilers for the movie if you haven’t seen it. Read More »

Jumanji Welcome to the Jungle Sequel

UPDATE: Since this story was published, The Wrap revealed that director Jake Kasdan is also in talks to get behind the camera for the sequel again. Our original story follows.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle became the surprise box office giant of 2017…and 2018. The sequel to the 1995 adaptation of Chris Van Allsburg’s children’s book has earned over $857.6 million at the global box office, making it Sony’s biggest non-Spider-Man movie, and it just took the #1 spot again this past weekend after being in theaters for a month and a half. So of course Sony Pictures is putting a sequel together.

Just last month, we heard that Sony Pictures head honcho Tom Rothman was looking at having a Jumanji Welcome to the Jungle sequel square off with Star Wars: Episode 9 in 2019, just as they did at the end of last year. Now, the studio has officially hired two writers to tackle the sequel: the same duo who wrote Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and followed it up with Sony’s comic book spin-off Venom. Read More »

Jumanji 3

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is a surprise hit with both critics and audiences, which means it’s only a matter of time before we get another entry in the Juamanji series. Thankfully, Welcome to the Jungle stars Jack Black and Nick Jonas already have an Jumanji 3 idea handy. Plus: Karen Gillan reveals an alternate Welcome to the Jungle ending that also could’ve tied into a potential sequel.

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