End Credits: Jumanji – Welcome to the Jungle

Plus: Pitch Perfect 3

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Two surprisingly good offerings come to cinemas this week. First up, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. When announced in 2015, news of the remake of the beloved Robin Williams movie so soon after his death did not go down too well. Thankfully, by updating the source material to a video game and acknowledging the original, the new version has been well received thus far. With a strong action and comedy cast including Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Karen Gillan, Kevin Hart and Jack Black, Jumanji is a fun, undemanding adventure that plays into video game tropes, pokes fun at its own ridiculousness and doesn’t rely on nostalgia.

In 2012 if you’d have told me that the success of Glee would spawn a franchise of films based on an acapella singing group I’d have reached for the ear defenders. Fast forward a few years and I’m guiltily looking forward to the return of Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Anna Camp, et al for Pitch Perfect 3. With the Bellas all graduated and trying to make it in the real world they get one last chance to reunite and perform at a USO show. Queue catchy mashups of popular songs, cameos, awkward situations, crude laughs and choices over friends or career. Sure, it’s more of the same but just think of it as one last encore.

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