Escape Academy is a fun co-op experience that accurately captures both the frustration and giddy satisfaction of real-life escape rooms. With a runtime of four or five hours, it manages not to overstay its welcome.
The coastal marshlands of North Carolina take on a mythic quality in Delia Owens’ “Where the Crawdads Sing.” It is a character as important as any in the book, and the filmmakers behind the big screen adaptation, which opens in theaters nationwide Friday, were not going to take any chances recreating that environment on a soundstage.
Rather than try to reboot the series like more recent film and television offerings, the studios instead took influences not only from decades-old Nintendo games but long discontinued '80s and '90s toys, wanting the game to have the charming, family-friendly appeal of spending time in a digital playset.
The Quarry, which Supermassive Games bills as the spiritual successor to Until Dawn, is a commendable effort to tap into that same winning formula. It nails the aesthetic and writing of classic slasher films, and its characters are some of the studio's most compelling and memorable yet. But it's not without its problems.
For almost three decades, off and on, Jeff Goldblum has played Dr. Ian Malcolm with particular Goldblumian panache. As the stylish chaos theorist of the “Jurassic Park” and “Jurassic World” films, Goldblum is the voice of reason and comedy relief in one.