From left, Odeya Rush, Jack Black, Ryan Lee and Dylan Minnette star in "Goosebumps."
Aristophanes’ sex boycott satire “Lysistrata,” going on 2,500 years old, gets a bustling 21st-century adaptation in Mr. Lee's "Chi-Raq." After the murder of a child by a stray bullet, a group of women organize against the ongoing violence in Chicago’s South Side, creating a movement challenging the nature of race, sex and violence. Playful and piteous, touching and tragic, full of sound moral judgment and thigh-slapping wit, it's a film of sharp intelligence examining social ills that will, one fears, never entirely change. R for strong sexual content including dialogue, nudity, language, some violence and drug use.
— Star Tribune
Jack Black stars as a fictional version of R.L. Stine, whose “Goosebumps” books have sold 400 million copies since 1992. In this tale, two teenagers (Dylan Minnette and Ryan Lee) accidentally unleash the contents of Stine’s locked manuscripts and the monsters therein. Soon, the town is under siege from creatures as diabolically diverse as the Abominable Snowman, a supersized praying mantis, evil gnomes and the ringmaster, Slappy, a ventriloquist’s dummy. Rated PG for scary and intense creature action and images, and for some rude humor.
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