Starring: Dwayne "the Rock" Johnson, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, Tim Matheson, Colin Hanks, Nick Jonas, Bobby Cannavale, Rhys DarbyRuntime: 1h59mTrivia: The film is set in the same town as the original Jumanji.Plot: 4 people must put aside their differences to beat Jumanji... before it's too late!!Review: So I'd like to preface this entire review by saying I really loved the 1995 Jumanji. I love Robin Williams, am in love with Kirsten Dunst, thought it was a blast of a movie. So when I heard about this movie being made 22 years later I was angry. More than angry, I was like... livid. But that cooled off as I am trying to be a more mature human being with movies and not trying to hate a lot of things, so when I was sitting home one night and heard that it was really good and fun. Needless to say I was skeptical of the movie, but willing to give it a go.Man, this movie did not disappoint. While the acting was not overly great (save for Jack Black who absolutely crushes playing a 17 year old girl), everything else was super fun. I didn't even dislike Kevin Hart, which was shocking to me as I normally find him less than funny. The Rock is always a pretty fun actor and brings it, as The Rock does. Karen Gillan as the awkward nerdy girl was very fun as well and Rhys Darby from Flight of the Concords is the main helper in the game.So, as always, I'll do my best to not spoil anything, but will go into some parts of the movie:The movie starts in 1997 with someone finding Jumanji in the sand and bringing it home to their son, who immediately discards it as "no one plays board games anymore" and proceeds to pick up a video game. So the game, I assume some sort of sentient being, more or less watches the kid play video games and can alter its own form into being a video game instead of a board game. I wasn't really upset with the way that the movie makers did this, but I was a little upset with the fact that the game seemingly turns itself into what looks like a Atari 2600 game, which kids would likely being playing less than board games in 1997. But that's not really an issue, just a bit weird for me.From there we zip twenty years ahead and 4 teenagers have to go to detention for various things and in detention they find said video game and decide to play it rather than do their detention. That's where things go wrong... for them, not us. For us, that's where things go very right.They did some changing of what I know as Jumanji the place from the first movie, but that doesn't bother me. We don't really see any updated versions of the crappy monkeys or spiders from the first one, but we do see them in a massive, rain forest like jungle. It wasn't the dark, dank place from the 1995 version that had Robin Williams explain that there are things that will kill you that you can't even see, but it was a jungle.I thought they captured the video game concept pretty well, the Jumanji music would chime in when they had certain tasks ahead of them and it seemed very much so like an Uncharted type game, so that was kinda cool.There were a couple good throwbacks to the 1995 movie, though none too in your face... except the giant "Allan Parrish was here" scraped into the side of a wall, which was pretty funny. The villain of the movie is named Van Pelt and he's the hunter from the original as well. They didn't use the classic symbolism of having the villain be anyone's father or anything, just a guy in a video game, which was nice to be honest. No need for symbolism in a movie like this.While it's a very linear movie that can be predicted pretty easily and the video game seems like it would take them a matter of minutes, it's a really fun movie and I think people should see it. That's really all I've got for it. Give it a go and enjoy the Rock being somewhat of a baby and Karen Gillan being an awkward "unpretty" (I say that because the character that is being the avatar doesn't see herself as being pretty, though she is, in all accounts, kinda cute too) rather than exceptionally gorgeous.
Starring: Jack Black, Amy Ryan, Ken Marino, Jillian Bell, R.L. StinePlotline: A mother/son combo move to small-town U.S.A. and find out the town has something to hide. Something... Monstrous!Review: So it's a Monday night and nothing is really going on in my life. I ask my room mate if he wants to come see Goosebumps with me and he replies "Really? Goosebumps? What the hell, I'm in a good mood and if it's that bad it won't bother me, it'll be free, let's do it" (I paraphrase, I couldn't tell you exactly what he said). I expected it to be a dumb want of a movie that provided a laugh or two, but nothing major. Man was I wrong. I loved this movie! Maybe it was because I haven't seen Jack Black in anything for a while, maybe it was because this was a nostalgic movie made from things from my childhood, but hot damn was this great.The acting was all done decently well too, considering that it's mainly unknowns, Jack Black as the Hermetic R.L. Stine was a nice Jack Black on 8, but he ALSO voiced Slappy, the villainous puppet from "Night of the living Doll", and that gave us Jack Black on 12, so it evened out quite nicely. Ken Marino plays a bit part as a gym teacher, and I would have liked to see more of him, but I can never complain about seeing him in a movie.The best part of the movie was that it started super cheesy like a Goosebumps tv show from back in the day, but then evolved into so much more and made fun of itself, took itself seriously all the while providing good laughs.The effects were done pretty good too, from the Abominable Snowman to Slappy the ventriloquist doll (Who gets mad when you call him a dummy), to the wolf man that looked pretty impressive. The giant Praying Mantis was super fun too.Just an overall fun movie that I enjoyed a whole bunch and I think if you're a fan of horror comedy with a childish tinge, or a a fan of RL Stine in general you would enjoy it too.