Movie review: ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’ a surprisingly fun action comedy – The ESO Network

As a kid, I remember watching the original “Jumanji” for the first time at a friend’s slumber party. I was awed (and a bit terrified) of this tale about a cursed board game that comes to life and causes dangerous events to happen in the real world — like carnivorous plants and stampeding animals. It’s probably been about 15+ years since I last watched this movie, so I can’t really comment on how well it has held up over time, but I do have fond memories of it. Initially I didn’t think releasing a sequel more than 20 years later […]

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Movie review: Great characters can’t quite save ‘Justice League’s’ messy story – The ESO Network

This weekend, “Justice League” brought in $96 million at the box office. In most cases, that’s a perfectly respectable number, and one that many films would be envious of. However, for a marquee superhero event film, starring three of the most iconic superheroes of all time — Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman — that number is far less than “super.” Marvel’s own team-up film, “The Avengers,” brought in $207 million its opening weekend in 2012, and “Thor: Ragnarok” just pulled in $122 million a couple weeks ago — an impressive number for a superhero solo film three-quel. Even “Batman v. […]

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Movie review: ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ a star-studded whodunit – The ESO Network

A group of strangers board the luxurious Orient Express for what appears to be an uneventful train ride to Istanbul. Then, a storm creates an avalanche that traps all these passengers in the mountains. In the middle of the night one of these passengers is murdered. With the train stuck in the snow and a killer on the loose, no one on board the train is safe. This is just the sort of mystery for Hercule Poirot, novelist Agatha Christie’s famous Belgian detective, played this time by Kenneth Branagh. The brilliant but eccentric detective must solve the case by the […]

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It’s time to Ragna-rok and roll! Thor goes cosmic in latest MCU film – The ESO Network

For better or worse, the Marvel Cinematic Universe films always follow a certain template. They have a similar look and feel, and a similar style of humor. I happen to really like this formula, and I think it still leaves plenty of room for variety (i.e. the heist feel of “Ant-Man,” the trippy, psychedelic elements of “Doctor Strange,” etc.). While the latest, “Thor: Ragnarok” (out in theaters now), is still very much an MCU movie, it is the film that perhaps veers the farthest from the Marvel template that we’ve seen before (perhaps even farther than “Guardians”!) With a lot […]

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‘Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate’s life for me!’ Is Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean franchise still relevant? – The ESO Network

October has already been a busy month for movie/entertainment geeks: buzzworthy new trailers for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” and Marvel’s “Black Panther”; a highly praised sequel to a sci-fi classic, “Blade Runner 2049”; “Spider-Man: Homecoming” coming to home video; and the ongoing debate about what we think of the new Star Trek series, “Discovery,” as well as the new streaming service we have to watch it on, CBS All Access. So it’s perfectly understandable that some may have missed the latest Pirates of the Caribbean movie, “Dead Men Tell No Tales,” which slipped out on DVD on Oct. 3. […]

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