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despicable me 3

DESPICABLE ME 3 Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) WHAT’S IT ABOUT? Reformed supervillain Gru is tempted by his long-lost brother to return to a life of crime. (Pre-order it here). IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: B+) While not the surprise that the original film was, Despicable Me 3 reclaims the biting wit that launched the franchise. That wit was largely missing from the second film and the Minions spino ...[Read More]

CARS 3 Family Movie Review

CARS 3 Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) Rent or buy Cars 3 here. WHAT’S CARS 3 ABOUT? After finding himself outpaced by younger racers, Lightning McQueen stages a comeback. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: B) Rebounding from the abysmal Cars 2, this finale bring the story full circle to the things that made the underrated first film so meaningful: charm, heart, and inspiration. A few laugh-out-l ...[Read More]

captain underpants

CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) Rent Captain Underpants here or buy it from our store! WHAT’S CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS ABOUT? Two boys hypnotize their surly principal into acting like a made-up superhero. Based on the popular book series. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: B) For its first 20 minutes, Captain Underpants is exceptional. High-spirited and surprisingly witty, the film brilliantly c ...[Read More]

rio

RIO Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) GRADE: B+ Boasting eye-catchingly colorful animation, terrific music, and first-rate vocal work by the likes of Jessie Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway, Tracy Morgan, Leslie Mann, Jaime Fox, Will i. Am, Jermaine Clement, and George Lopez, Rio will provide laughs and enjoyment for adults and children alike. It follows a rare blue macaw, domesticated and ra ...[Read More]

rango

RANGO Review

By Jonathan Decker (family therapist, film critic) Don’t let the ads fool you: Rango is a Western first and a family film second. The film is almost entirely devoid of cuteness; in its place is a gritty and psuedo-realistic portrayal of the American West. The landscapes are desolate and harsh, yet beautiful, and the same can be said of the characters. Like True Grit a few months ago, Rango r ...[Read More]

TANGLED Family Movie Review

TANGLED Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) Easily the best non-Pixar Disney animated film of the past decade, Tangled instantly joins the ranks (alongside The Lion King, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, Tarzan, and The Emperor’s New Groove) of modern animated classics from the studio and represents a return to form for the Mouse House. This update of the Rapunzel story is sentimental ( ...[Read More]

megamind

MEGAMIND Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) Equal parts witty and delightfully silly, Megamind was, for me, a welcome surprise. I passed on it in theatres; the “aspiring super-villain with a heart of gold” premise had already been recently explored to memorable effect in Despicable Me and Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, and this didn’t seem to add anything new. Good word of mouth led me to ...[Read More]

toy story 3

TOY STORY 3 Family Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) While there’s plenty to say about this third (and apparently final) film in the groundbreaking Toy Story series, if you at all enjoy movies, you’ve likely seen it or are planning to see it. Toy Story 3 continues the franchise tradition of tapping into the sense of wonder and imagination shared by adults and children. Like all of Pixar’s movies, th ...[Read More]

how to train your dragon

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) Now that’s more like it! Last July, after I heralded Inception and Toy Story 3 as rescuing 2010 moviegoers from a year otherwise bereft of great storytelling, I received an email from a DreamWorks animator pointing me in the direction of How to Train Your Dragon. Word of mouth had been positive, but I had yet to check it out. Dreamworks Animation ...[Read More]

princess and the frog family movie review

THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) After TIME magazine called The Princess and the Frog “the best film of 2009” and my folks sang its praises, perhaps it was only natural that the bar would be set too high. Then again, it’s possible that I have been spoiled for so long by the brilliant originality displayed year after year by Pixar that a princess tale by Disney Animation Studios w ...[Read More]