CINEMA: TOY SCARY

KEEP THE KIDS (AND GROWNUPS) FROM THE BRASH, RASH JUMANJI

THIS IS THE WAY HOLLYWOOD wants it: before long, all movies will be made by guys sitting at computers or playing with giant mechanical toys. The lions and raptors and aliens will go Boo! as they are programmed to do, and audiences will go Eek! as they are programmed to do. Occasionally, the films will require actors, listed in the credits as "Special Human Effects," but they won't need viewers with minds of their own. These movies will be ideal for the cybergeneration: machines playing to machines.

If Jumanji finds an audience, our point will be proved. Director Joe Johnston's elaborately...

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