Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (***) is late on purpose

Even if I never watch it again, this wasn't a waste of my time. It's not enough to make me see the next one in theaters, but it's definitely not the overwrought mess we saw the first time.

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The Secret Life of Pets (***1/2) and Sing (*1/2) shows Illumination is just pumping them out there regardless of quality

It's plain that Illumination is banking on a distinct visual flair while sacrificing originality of story (and, in Sing's case, distinct vocal talent). There are worse films out there, but it all makes me happy that my youngest one is 10 and I will likely be skipping more of the automatic animation viewing destinations in the future.

Central Intelligence (**1/2): A measure of the Rock’s comedic flexing ability

Let's be serious though. This isn't mensa material. It's a big dumb action comedy. There is nothing here as funny as Thurber's Terry Tate, Office Linebacker and thank goodness there is nothing nearly as bad as We're The Millers. It might get a few sequels, and that's fine. I'm pretty sure I won't remember one joke in 5 years, but I will smile when I think about it, just the same.

Grudge Match is as tired as it seems

Grudge Match - 2013 Director Peter Segal Starring Robert De Niro, Sylvester Stallone, Kevin Hart, Alan Arkin, Kim Basinger, Jon Bernthal Screenplay Tim Kelleher, Rodney Rothman It's been so long since Stallone has been in a film that seemed unguarded of actor's egos, one has difficulty picturing him going through the editing process with each of the actors, saying, "Do you think … Continue reading Grudge Match is as tired as it seems

Ride Along is what you call a vehicle

Ride Along - 2014 Director Tim Story Starring Ice Cube, Kevin Hart, John Leguizamo, Bruce McGill, Tika Sumpter, Laurence Fishburne Screenplay Greg Coolidge, Jason Mantzoukas, Phil Hay, Matt Manfredi Ice Cube is one of the most likable stars out there.  It must be the permanent scowl.  Ever since the movie BarberShop, the secret's been out, though.  The director of BarberShop, Tim Story, has had a consistent … Continue reading Ride Along is what you call a vehicle