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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]

WONDER WOMAN Family Movie Review

WONDER WOMAN Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) Rent Wonder Woman here, buy 4K here, or get the Bluray/DVD from our store! WHAT’S WONDER WOMAN ABOUT? An Amazon princess journeys to WWI-era Europe to help mankind in the fight for peace. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: A-) With Wonder Woman Warner Bros. (and the DC Comics Cinematic Universe) finally have a film to rival the humor, heart, heroism, a ...[Read More]

guardians of the galaxy

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) WHAT’S GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 ABOUT? Marvel’s intergalactic antiheroes battle new enemies (and old) when a being (Kurt Russell) introduces himself as Peter’s father. (PRE-ORDER IT HERE AND BUY THE ORIGINAL FROM OUR STORE) IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: A-) Everything a sequel should be, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 builds on n ...[Read More]

thor

THOR Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) REVIEW (GRADE: B+) Though I’ve been into superhero movies since I was a boy, I was never a comic-book guy. Knowing nothing of Thor’s story except that he was literally the god of thunder from Viking mythology, all I had to go on was glimpses I’d seen of his costume. I repeatedly thought: He looks ridiculous, even for a superhero. ...[Read More]

scott pilgrim

SCOTT PILGRIM vs. THE WORLD Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) WHAT’S SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD ABOUT? A geek must battle his girlfriend’s exes for her heart. Literally battles them. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: B) Director Edgar Wright has directed and co-written two of my all-time favorite comedies, Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. The appeal of his work lies in both the originality of his direction ...[Read More]

iron man 2 family movie review

IRON MAN 2 Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) Robert Downey Jr. reprises his star-making role from the first film, as a charmingly egotistical, but ultimately courageous superhero. The film has a terrific cast, some clever banter, and a handful of genuinely thrilling action sequences, but the story isn’t as focused or compelling as that of the first film. It feels as if the filmmakers are try ...[Read More]

wolverine

X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) Meh. I know my sisters loved it, so I won’t bad mouth it too much here, but the whole thing felt undercooked to me; plus, the inconsistency of Sabretooth being Wolverine’s intelligent brother, compared with the radically different conceptualization of the character in the first film of this same series, was jarring for me. It opens wel ...[Read More]

dark knight

THE DARK KNIGHT Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) Though this film deserves a very long review, as I have so much to say about it, what more needs to be said than has already been mentioned by the nation’s critics, who have contributed to The Dark Knight‘s whopping 94% rating on Rotten Tomatoes? Some are saying it’s better than Batman Begins, director Chris Nolan’s first f ...[Read More]

HELLBOY II: THE GOLDEN ARMY Family Movie Review

HELLBOY II: THE GOLDEN ARMY Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. 2004’s Hellboy was mostly a dull, plodding movie. Every once and a while there were flashes of potential from the creative team: a crackling one-liner, an iconic image, a piece of hard-hitting action, a great character moment. But on the whole, the whole thing felt watered-down, forced, an ...[Read More]

hancock

HANCOCK Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) Rent Hancock here or buy it from our store! In short… Hancock was good. Not great. Not even close to great. But entertaining. Any movie that has Will Smith playing off of Jason Bateman (Arrested Development) has something good going for it right off of the bat. Some decent story development, some unexpected drama, some solid action, quite a ...[Read More]