Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is a nice simple popcorn movie to cap 2017.

It is not a deep thinking movie, but it is entertaining. I saw this movie and the theater was filled with groups of teens. It was nice hearing how much they enjoyed this movie. Probably made me like it more.

I can honestly say that if I am watching a movie with an audience that is having fun, it does make me like the movie more.

I would recommend you go see this. Especially if you have MoviePass.

Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Rhys Darby, Bobby Cannavale, Nick Jonas, Alex Wolff, Ser’Darius Blain, Madison Iseman, Morgan Turner

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Jigsaw

Jigsaw is the latest entry in the Saw series. A movie series that practically defines torture porn. The first Saw is still my favorite in the series. But Jigsaw was a fun romp in October.

We all know the plot. A group of people who are guilty of something are gathered and forced to play a game. Death, maiming and cussing follow. We have the authorities working to identify the killer as this is set after Jon Cramer’s “death”

You’ll get you 3rd act twists and turns. And an open end that will easily allow the series to continue.

And as much as I was not a fan of the latter sequels in the series, I want there to be a Saw movie every October (or every other). We need a horror franchise out there hitting theaters regularly. We had that with Friday the 13th, Nightmare on Elm Street and more recently the Paranormal Activity series.

Starring: Matt Passmore, Tobin Bell, Callum Keith Rennie, Hannah Emily Anderson, Clé Bennett, Laura Vandervoort, Paul Braunstein, Mandela Van Peebles, Brittany Allen, Josiah Black

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Cult of Chucky

I’m not sure how I feel about Cult of Chucky. Series took a turn. This is a direct sequel to Curse of Chucky (a favorite of mine).

Nica is in a high-security asylum. Getting shock treatment. Thanks to this, hypnosis, and a persuasive psychiatrist, Nica denounces the existence of Chucky and wants to atone for “her” murders. She gets transferred to a medium security asylum and chucky-ness ensues.

Just as Curse of Chucky expanded on the mythos of the series, so does Cult. In an odd direction. Admittedly, one that we should have seen coming. We have some returning characters, some blood and gore. Not as much wide-cracking Chucky as I would have liked.

Cult of Chucky is available on Netflix at the time of this review.

Starring: Brad Dourif, Fiona Dourif, Alex Vincent, Michael Therriault, Zak Santiago, Ali Tataryn, Marina Stephenson Kerr, Adam Hurtig, Grace Lynn Kung, Elisabeth Rosen, Jennifer Tilly

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Dark Tower 2017

The Dark Tower

The Dark Tower is an ok movie. Not great. But not demand a refund terrible either.

I would recommend waiting to catch this on video.

I have not read the Dark Tower series from Stephen King. So my perspective is solely based on this movie.

My friends have stressed how amazing the book series is. How it ties together different books. This movie did not give me any of that.

Just like Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, The Dark Tower tried to build a huge world in one movie that would have been better spent slowly building over a few movies or a Netflix/HBO series.

Starring: Idris Elba, Matthew McConaughey, Tom Taylor

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