Jumanji: The Next Level (***1/2) keeps getting better

This is perhaps the first trilogy in my memory where each of the sequels has improved on the previous entry. This could be even bigger than either of those films, and it deserves more chances to entertain.

Venom (***1/2) has some juice

#venom Somewhere between the drawing board and the actuality of the screen a great film was lost. What is left is a good film that has enough pieces on the cutting room floor, the home release should be interesting...Venom could surprise at the box office. It's better than the standard is for hero films these days, even if it's not all that great. It makes its viewer want more. 

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.