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FATE OF THE FURIOUS Family Movie Review

FATE OF THE FURIOUS Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) Rent The Fate of the Furious here or buy it from our store! WHAT’S THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS ABOUT? The government-sanctioned team of street-racing thieves and mercenaries is thrown into turmoil when their leader, Dom, appears to throw in his lot with a villainess. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: C+) The Fast and the Furious is a franchise based on bi ...[Read More]

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FAST FIVE Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (family therapist, film critic) REVIEW (GRADE: C+)  As a loud and speedy “switch-off the brain” type of movie, Fast Five (the fifth in The Fast and the Furious series) is entertaining. It has charismatic characters, gunfights, parkour foot-chases, daring heists, insane driving, car crashes, and big stunts. The biggest draw for me, though, was a promised brawl between macho titan ...[Read More]

salt family movie review

SALT Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (family therapist, film critic) Salt, the female answer to the James Bond and Jason Bourne franchises, is an entertainingly absurd espionage film starring Angelina Jolie as a CIA agent who may or may not be doubling as a Russian spy. Jolie displays a nice range of emotion here and does most of her own impressive stunt-work in the film’s many chase and fight scenes. The num ...[Read More]

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KNIGHT AND DAY Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz star in this romantic action-comedy about an unfailingly polite (and somewhat crazy) spy and the girl next door he falls for. No matter your opinion on Tom Cruise, he is a hoot here as he spoofs his own “invincible action hero” screen image as well as his own eccentric real-life persona. In no other film has he made me ...[Read More]

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THE A-TEAM Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) WHAT’S THE A-TEAM ABOUT? Based on the hit 80’s TV show of the same name, The A-Team finds a group of top-notch mercenaries working to clear their name from a wrongful charge and bring down the corrupt spies and military officials who put them in prison. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: C) This is a film that had true potential: the casting is s ...[Read More]

robin hood family movie review

ROBIN HOOD Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) I’m really on the fence with this one. On the one hand, Russell Crowe is an excellent Robin Hood, compassionate, courageous, and he looks fierce firing a bow and arrow. On the other hand, this prequel to the classic tale barely scratches the surface of the things that make this story timeless. It plays more like any other medieval war film, with R ...[Read More]

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SHERLOCK HOLMES Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic crime-solver has been portrayed on film more than any other literary figure. The new version, starring Robert Downey Jr. as Holmes and Jude Law as Watson, has marketed the sleuth as an action hero instead of an intellectual. To my pleasant surprise, the film itself is true to its source material and Holmes’ legenda ...[Read More]

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INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) Rent Kingdom of the Crystal Skull here or buy the series on Bluray and DVD here. Jonathan’s note: this film has not aged well for me. This review, written in the fervor of having a new Indy movie, is more favorable than what I would write today. I think Harrison Ford is great in this, but almost everything else in the movie doesn’t wor ...[Read More]

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THE FORBIDDEN KINGDOM Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) Rent or buy The Forbidden Kingdom here.  If you expect me to hold a predisposed favorable bias toward a movie pairing Jackie Chan and Jet Li, you’d be right. Knowing that this film had a 7-minute brawl between these two icons, I was prepared to pay full admission for that one scene alone, even if the rest of the movie were total crap. To my ...[Read More]