New to Theatres This Weekend: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Pitch Perfect 3, Downsizing


Christmas is just a few short days away and the annual flurry of holiday releases has officially arrived in theatres. This year’s assortment of films seems a bit lacklustre in terms of quality, but there are are at least some interesting things in limited release and a couple of blockbusters that are poised to make a ton of money. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and Pitch Perfect 3 will most likely be battling for second place behind Star Wars: The Last Jedi, while The Greatest Showman starring Hugh Jackman could surprise as it tries to overcome mixed reviews. The other major releases are a couple of comedies as Alexander Payne’s Downsizing aims for the high brow crowd while the R-rated Father Figures aims a bit lower. In select theatres we also have Steven Spielberg’s The Post, Michael Haneke’s Happy End and Hostiles starring Christian Bale. On Christmas Day, Ridley Scott’s All the Money in the World also makes its debut while P.T. Anderson’s Phantom Thread and Aaron Sorkin’s Molly’s Game start in limited release. What will you be watching over the holidays?

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  • Lori Cerny

    Went with a group of seven family members to see Pitch Perfect 3 Saturday evening. Theater was maybe 1/4 full, both men and women in the audience, and I was pleasantly surprised that all the seats have lap trays now.

    Movie was silly, dragging a little before the final act when it tries to get more serious, but it was fun, definitely laughed out-loud a couple times, and we all enjoyed it.

    Hearing too many good reviews for Jumanji, so that’s next on my list.

  • KylG

    when is the next podcast and what will you be reviewing?

  • Sean

    Either Jan. 1st or 2nd and the main reviews will be All the Money in the World and The Killing of a Sacred Deer.

  • Dirk Gently

    Awesome. Finally a movie i’ve actually seen before hearing the filmjunk review! The Killing Of A Sacred Deer should get your juices flowing, all over us junkers!

  • Corey Pierce

    Jumanji is far better than I would have guessed. Galaxy Quest-ish.

  • Lori Cerny

    Saw Jumanji in a half-full theater and everyone was laughing throughout – so surprised. The plot was super obvious, but the actors made the characters endearing.

  • Lori Cerny

    Agreed. It was definitely engrossing, but I don’t know about the underlying meanings. Maybe I have to watch it a couple more times, but some things seem vague yet.

    Was the doc a pedophile? Was Martin a metaphorical religious figure?

    Oh, and kudos to the actress playing the daughter.

  • Dirk Gently

    I agree, she was great. The movie is based on a Greek Play by Euripides called Iphigenia in Aulis. Reading a little about the play gives some context for the movie. Very nice movie overall. It’s good to have something cerebral to digest once in a while.

    Blade Runner 2049 is still my top pick for 2017 though. I wonder what the Boys will pick in their end of year lists.

  • Yeah Jumanji was actually pretty great. Basically The Breakfast Club, the action adventure version.