‘Jumanji’ sequel serves up stars, good hearted fun

Dwayne Johnson and Lauren Hashian arrive at the Los Angeles premiere of "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" on Monday, Dec. 11, 2017 in Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

More than two decades after Robin Williams conquered that pesky board game, “Jumanji” has been resurrected with more and glossier stars (Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart and Jack Black), a comedy director and a “modern” twist. The result, “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle ,” is a very sweet, and generally entertaining body swap lark with some nice messages about being, and believing in, yourself.

The Last Jedi-Backlash

This image released by Lucasfilm shows Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker in "Star Wars: The Last Jedi." (John Wilson/Lucasfilm via AP)

NEW YORK — With glowing reviews from critics and $450.8 million of worldwide box office in the first three days of release of “The Last Jedi,” all would seem to be right in the “Star Wars” universe.

Taking Center Stage

Lindsey Stirling Courtesy BYU-Idaho

Lindsey Stirling and David Archuleta highlight Brigham Young University-Idaho’s 2018 winter semester Center Stage lineup, the school announced earlier this week.

Spielberg, Streep and Hanks deliver in ‘The Post’

In this image released by 20th Century Fox, Tom Hanks portrays Ben Bradlee in a scene from "The Post." (Niko Tavernise/20th Century Fox via AP)

“The Post ” is kind of like the Yankees of movies. A Steven Spielberg directed film about the Pentagon Papers starring Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep and a murderer’s row of all your favorite television character actors (Jesse Plemons! Bob Odenkirk! Carrie Coon! Sarah Paulson!)? It doesn’t even seem fair. Is there any way it wouldn’t be great or least very good?

‘Three Billboards’ tops SAG nominations

This image released by Fox Searchlight shows Frances McDormand in a scene from "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri." "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" landed a leading four Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations, including best ensemble. (Fox Searchlight via AP)

NEW YORK — In nominations announced Wednesday, the 24th Screen Actors Guild Awards heartily endorsed the Frances McDormand-led revenge drama “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” offered swift redemption for the Golden Globes-overlooked romantic comedy “The Big Sick” and left many Oscar favorites empty handed.

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