2018 Media in Review: New Movies

Last year, I saw so few movies at the theater, I just combined them with the movies I streamed or watched on disc. That was not the case this year. In 2018 I saw 15 movies, most of which fell under the action/adventure/superhero umbrella, but there were some dramas, comedies and even a documentary to round out the list.

Here are the five I enjoyed the most of all, followed by all the rest.

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Jumanji: Welcome to everything you didn’t know you wanted

Fulfills 2018 Movie Challenge No 8. RIPPED FROM THE PAGES:  A movie based on a book.  Progress: 1/26

If you think of a list of movies recent and pending that didn’t need remade, rebooted or sequelized…well, Overboard might top it, but that’s a topic for another post.  Regardless, it’s a pretty safe bet that Jumanji would be on that list.

The 1996 Robin Williams classic holds a lot of nostalgia for my generation and just about anything with Williams leaves big shoes to fill. And while keeping Jumanji a board game would surely lead to the most rehashed of rehashed plots, making it randomly a video game is a risky move for fans of the original. Right?

Turns out, not so much.

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Chris Hart, Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan and Jack Black in “Jumanji: Wecome to the Jungle.”

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