Tag Archives: Jack Black

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

THE GAME HAS EVOLVED.  Four teenagers are sucked into a mysterious video game that transports them to a jungle where they are physically transformed into the avatars they chose; now they have a mission to complete. A belated sequel to Jumanji (1995) that initially makes a half-hearted stab at connecting with the original, but the … Continue reading Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

Demolition Man

THE FUTURE ISN’T BIG ENOUGH FOR THE BOTH OF THEM.  In 2032, violent criminal Simon Phoenix (Wesley Snipes) is thawed from his cryogenic sleep for a parole hearing, but escapes; desperate for help, the police also thaw John Spartan (Sylvester Stallone), Phoenix’s arch-nemesis, a cop sentenced for manslaughter. A futuristic action movie with a sense … Continue reading Demolition Man

Kung Fu Panda 3

THE WEIGHT IS OVER. At the same time as Po is trying to handle his new role as a teacher, he also meets his real father and has to battle a spirit warrior. Another 3D adventure with the panda whose most dangerous nemesis seems to be stairs. Po’s reunited with all the lovable supporting characters … Continue reading Kung Fu Panda 3

The Big Year

EVERYONE IS SEARCHING FOR SOMETHING. Three birders (Steve Martin, Jack Black, Owen Wilson) keep bumping into each other in remote places; initially reluctant to come clean, they are all secretly doing a Big Year. While Mark Obmascik’s book follows real-life birders who compete against each other, trying to spot as many species as possible all … Continue reading The Big Year

Dead Man Walking: Soul Food

  Actor Tim Robbins’s first film as a director was Bob Roberts (1992), a political satire that remains relevant to this day. The movie revealed a filmmaker who was passionate and outspoken about his beliefs, and when Dead Man Walking emerged as his second directorial effort there was reason to believe that he would use … Continue reading Dead Man Walking: Soul Food

The Muppets

THEY’RE CLOSER THAN YOU THINK. On a visit to Los Angeles, two brothers who are huge fans of the Muppets realize that the old studio closed down years ago… and now the showbiz gang are in danger of losing everything, including their name. The first Muppet movie in 12 years wisely, cleverly and disarmingly acknowledge … Continue reading The Muppets

Kung Fu Panda 2

PREPARE FOR THE RETURN OF AWESOMENESS.   When the evil lord of a peacock clan attempts to conquer China, Po and the Furious Five use all their powers to stop him… but the panda is also brutally reminded of his childhood. The first major animated release to be directed by a woman is a 3D … Continue reading Kung Fu Panda 2

Year One

MEET YOUR ANCESTORS. Zed and Oh (Jack Black, Michael Cera), a hunter and a gatherer, are banished from their tribe and embark on an adventure that leads them to the city of Sodom. With Judd Apatow serving as a co-producer, this ancient-times comedy naturally offers male buddies in the leads and various jokes about bodily functions. … Continue reading Year One

I Still Know What You Did Last Summer

SOME SECRETS WILL HAUNT YOU FOREVER. When her friend (Brandy) wins a trip to the Bahamas, Julie James (Jennifer Love Hewitt) decides to tag along… but the man with the hook is not as dead as she thinks. The sequel to I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997) was rushed into production and features not even one … Continue reading I Still Know What You Did Last Summer

Margot at the Wedding

ONE FAMILY. INFINITE DEGREES OF SEPARATION. Margot (Nicole Kidman) and her son (Zane Pais) go to Long Island where her sister (Jennifer Jason Leigh) is about to marry Malcolm (Jack Black), whom Margot finds unworthy. The Squid and the Whale director returns with another dysfunctional family drama. There’s a story somewhere in here about family … Continue reading Margot at the Wedding