Entertainment

TRUMAN BROTHERS: Destined for Mainstream Stardom

TRUMAN BROTHERS: Destined for Mainstream Stardom

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, media critic) Fans of Michael Buble, John Legend, and other smooth-singers will want to give these guys a listen. Sons of Diamond Rio musician Dan Truman, brothers Ben and Chad are known to many as members of the Nashville Tribute Band, but their solo (duo?) efforts lean away from country and into first-class vocal pop albums, making for some of my favorite li ...[Read More]

LDS Film Festival Prepares to Inspire

LDS Film Festival Prepares to Inspire

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) For 16 years the LDS Film Festival has been a showcase for uplifting, powerful cinema from both Latter-day Saint filmmakers and others with shared values. There’s a truly phenomenal lineup for this year’s festival (March 1-4 at the Scera Theater in Orem) including a Studio C documentary, a film in which Donny Osmond plays a terrorist, a 24-hour fi ...[Read More]

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DONNY OSMOND, TERRORIST? Megastar Plays Villain at LDS Film Festival

Press Release Most directors don’t land an international superstar to appear in their first movie. Then again, most films don’t trigger an accidental “calling-all-units” manhunt by local police or require potentially fatal stunts of the lead actors. But CTU: Provo was hardly an average film shoot, and that’s just scratching the surface. BYU alum Alan Seawright directed and starred in the feature-l ...[Read More]

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Media, Morality, and Moderation

By Jonathan Decker, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Recently I was a guest on The HD Radio Show with Bryan Hyde, where we discussed the portrayal of believers in pop culture, how to use media to bond with your children and teach them values, how to find uplifting and wholesome movies, and more. Have a listen!

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20 Movies That’ll Strengthen Your Marriage

By Jonathan Decker, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Hollywood favors “falling in love” stories rather than “staying in love” stories. Healthy, long-lasting marriages are far too often viewed by Tinseltown as dramatically stale, but there are exceptions to this rule. Below are 20 of my favorite  cinematic depictions of what it takes to make love last. Click on the tit ...[Read More]

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Why I Like the STAR WARS Prequels (and Why I’ll Never Love Them)

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) Happy Star Wars Day, and May the 4th be with you! With The Force Awakens a big hit and plenty of exciting developments coming out of Disney/Lucasfilm, it’s a good time to be a Star Wars fan. Of course, everywhere one turns, people say things like “Hopefully this all redeems the franchise from the prequels,” or “Now we can p ...[Read More]

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FanX in Salt Lake: 4 Reasons to Take Your Family

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, entertainment critic) This originally ran in Meridian Magazine. In two short years the Salt Lake Comic Con has blossomed into one of Utah’s premier events and one of the most-attended fan conventions in America. It’s so popular, in fact, that an equally-popular second event, titled FanX, has been created to fill the time between the comic cons. This year’s Fan ...[Read More]

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Stream My Action-Comedies with Your Family!

By Jonathan Decker (Family Therapist, film critic, actor) Before becoming a therapist I dabbled in acting for a while. In high school and college, motivated by Jackie Chan movies and a desire to impress girls, my friends and I crafted our own stunt-filled extravaganzas. These family-friendly flicks are available on YouTube and Vimeo for your family to enjoy (and make fun of). Allow me to give you ...[Read More]

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Films for Fathers’ Day

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) Happy Father’s Day! Looking for a movie to celebrate with? Scroll on down for my suggestions. So make some wings and pizza, settle down on the couch with dad, and enjoy these touching tales of father-children relationships this week. Here are my favorite films for Father’s Day. BACK TO THE FUTURE (buy or rent here) A teenager travels b ...[Read More]

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15 Valentine’s Alternatives to Romantic Comedies

By Jonathan Decker (family therapist, film critic) It’s Valentine’s again, with many of us getting in the seasonal mood by cuddling up in front of a movie. Some will likely turn, year after year, to the work of Julia Roberts, Sandra Bullock, Meg Ryan, Kathryn Heigl, or Reese Witherspoon to sweep them away with good humor and charm. Now, I’m not one of those guys who dislikes roma ...[Read More]