jonathan

Licensed marriage and family therapist. Husband. Father. Film critic.

“The Defense Hits Hardest Near the End Zone- A Metaphor for Trials and Temptation

“The Defense Hits Hardest Near the End Zone- A Metaphor for Trials and Temptation

By Jonathan Decker (Clinical Director, LMFT) “The nearer a person approaches the Lord, a greater power will be manifested by the adversary to prevent the accomplishment of His purposes.” – Joseph Smith I’ve observed a phenomenon in my life and those of my clients. The nearer we get to blessings, the closer we are to achieving our potential, and the more positive influence w ...[Read More]

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LOGAN LUCKY Family Movie Review

By Thomas Olsen WHAT’S LOGAN LUCKY ABOUT?  Two brothers enlist the help of a convict to try and pull off a heist during a major NASCAR race.  IS IT ANY GOOD? (B+)  Director Steven Soderbergh (the Ocean’s 11 trilogy) is back in the business after taking a few years off, going back to his roots of directing a fun heist movie. Logan Lucky is the story about two brothers who have spent most of t ...[Read More]

THE DARK TOWER Family Movie Review

THE DARK TOWER Family Movie Review

By Moriya Porter WHAT’S THE DARK TOWER ABOUT? The Dark Tower stars Idris Elba (Thor, The Avengers) as Roland, the last Gunslinger, and Matthew McConaughey (How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, We Are Marshall) as Walter AKA “The Man in Black”. The story begins with young protagonist Jake (Tom Taylor) who has a bad home life and constantly dreams of a place that no one believes exists. But when Jake ...[Read More]

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What to See at Tuacahn: Family Reviews of SHREK, NEWSIES, and MAMMA MIA!

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, entertainment critic) Tuacahn Amphitheatre boasts one of the most gorgeously-unique theatre locations in the world. Nestled against red rock canyons just outside of St. George, Utah and boasting a newly expanded restaurant and gift shop, just being there is half of the experience. Fortunately, the other half is first-rate off-Broadway productions that never di ...[Read More]

White Privilege- A Latter-day Saint’s Perspective

White Privilege- A Latter-day Saint’s Perspective

By Jonathan Decker “For unto whomsoever much is given, of him much shall be required.” (Luke 12:48) You know in testimony meeting when a person says they didn’t want to stand up and speak but felt that they needed to? That’s me right now. I don’t want to court controversy. I’m not a “kick the hornet’s nest” type of person. I don’t want the inevitable flood of angry comments on social media because ...[Read More]

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DUNKIRK Family Movie Review (Thomas)

Review by Thomas Olsen WHAT’S DUNKIRK ABOUT? Allied soldiers in Europe are surrounded by the German army with little hope of surviving.  IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE A) Dunkirk is an unconventional but striking war film. It’s both inspiring and horrific. While other war films tend to depict the gore and violence of war, Dunkirk goes the route of letting you feel what it’s like to be stuck in the h ...[Read More]

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WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) WHAT’S WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES ABOUT? After a human-engineered virus wipes out millions of people and makes apes super-intelligent, desperate soldiers rage war on peaceful primates who just want to be left alone. (You can pre-order the film and the trilogy box set now). IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: A) Making a compelling argument that what story ...[Read More]

OKJA Family Movie Review

THE BABADOOK Family Movie Review

spider-man: homecoming

SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) WHAT’S SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING ABOUT? With the blessing of Tony Stark (Iron Man), Peter Parker tries to prove himself a hero while juggling a social and academic life. (Pre-order it here and get the previous five Spidey films here). IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: A) One would think rebooting Spider-Man for the third time in 15 years would lead to a stale, ...[Read More]