6 things we’ll likely see in ‘Jurassic World 3,’ the 6th ‘Jurassic Park’ film (Movie commentary)

So far, the “Jurassic World” trilogy has mirrored the original “Jurassic Park” trilogy’s plots and themes on a grander scale. The first entries – “Jurassic Park” and “Jurassic World” – chronicle theme parks where dinosaurs overcome the safeguards and run amok, destroying the state-of-the-art parks. The second installments – “The Lost World” and “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” – feature islands going back to nature and groups of bad guys looking to steal the dinosaurs for profit; good guys challenge them on behalf of the dinosaurs.

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‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ finds a way to be the franchise’s best sequel (Movie review)

In the 1990s, as we marveled at the revelation that dinosaurs could look real in movies, there was still a sense that filmmakers couldn’t do everything they wanted to do. As I’ve said in previous posts, I think 2017 marked the year when we reached a point where anything a filmmaker dreams up is possible to portray on screen (except removing Superman’s mustache). It shouldn’t be surprising, then, that “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” is the first utterly unshackled “Jurassic Park” film. It opens with the franchise’s first underwater sequence, and ultimately fills the screen with a wider variety of dinosaurs than we’ve seen before.

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All 15 ‘Jurassic Park’ stories, ranked (Movie, book and comic book commentary)

“Jurassic Park” might not seem like a candidate for lots of spinoff material – and indeed, the franchise has contented itself with blockbuster films as of late. (The latest, “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” lands Friday, June 22.) But there have been enough comics released through the years to pad out a list of 15 distinct “JP” yarns. Here’s a ranking of every “Jurassic Park” story, from the worst comic books to the best of Steven Spielberg and Michael Crichton.

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‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ and 9 other movies John wouldn’t mind seeing in Summer 2018

The idea of “summer movies” is already past its time, as “Black Panther” and “Avengers: Infinity War” prove that “summer” is now year-round in the movie business. Still, old habits die hard – such as my annual Summer Movie Preview post. Here are one blatantly obvious and nine not-so-obvious films on the summer schedule that I wouldn’t mind seeing:

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John’s top 10 movies of 2015

These were my 10 favorite movies of 2015:

1. “Spotlight” — This chronicle of the Boston Globe’s 2001-02 probe of rape allegations in the Catholic Church is a thank-you letter to the dying art of investigative journalism. An all-star cast of actors including Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams and Liev Schreiber does a marvelous job of capturing the small details of how reporters live and behave – particularly Ruffalo, whether he’s boiling hot dogs for dinner of scrounging through his bag for a pen. Meanwhile, the case itself works as a meat-and-potatoes procedural potboiler. (Full review.)

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Why aren’t the ‘Jurassic Park’ movies scary anymore? (Movie commentary)

In my review of “Jurassic World,” I mentioned that these movies aren’t scary anymore, but I didn’t theorize about the reason beyond noting that I’ve outgrown being scared of dinosaurs. But there’s more to it. In the ensuing days of discussing the film with fellow movie fans – some of whom loved “JW,” some of whom loathed it – I’ve formulated five theories of why the “Jurassic Park” films are no longer scary. (Spoiler warning: Plot points from “JW” will be discussed.)

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‘Jurassic World’ is ‘Jurassic Park’ on steroids (and that’s mostly a good thing) (Movie review)

“Jurassic World” — the franchise’s fourth film but first in 14 years – follows pretty much the exact same plot as the original “Jurassic Park” but does everything bigger and better (at least in a technical sense). While I wouldn’t have cared if any of the characters got eaten by an Indominus rex, it is unmatched by any previous “JP” film – and very few blockbusters overall – in terms of utter spectacle.

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10 movies John wouldn’t mind seeing this summer (Commentary)

Here are my picks for 10 movies to check out this summer:

“Maggie” (May 8) – This could be what “Cop Land” was to Sylvester Stallone years ago: The movie where critics respect Arnold Schwarzenegger’s acting performance. Or maybe not, but I already give the filmmakers credit for trying. In this mood piece, Arnold plays the father of Abigail Breslin, who seems to be slowly turning into a zombie.

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