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THE ODD LIFE OF TIMOTHY GREEN Family Movie Review

THE ODD LIFE OF TIMOTHY GREEN Family Movie Review

GRADE: C This is what happens when an otherwise decent film fails to provide character growth. Gorgeously shot with warm performances and lovely music, The Odd Life of Timothy Green (about an infertile couple to whom a miraculous child appears) falls flat because its characters are so static. As Timothy, young actor CJ Adams is cute and charming but his character is written as so unfailingly posit ...[Read More]

MIRROR, MIRROR Family Movie Review

MIRROR, MIRROR Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) GRADE: C Inconsistent in tone and occasionally boring, Tarsem Singh’s updated Snow White fable Mirror Mirror is redeemed somewhat by likable performances and occasional bursts of genuine creativity and humor. The largest problem with Mirror Mirror is that it can’t seem to decide what it is. At times it feels like a winking, self-aware, ...[Read More]

hugo

HUGO Family Movie Review

HUGO REVIEW (GRADE: A) Acclaimed filmmaker Martin Scorcese takes his first shot at family filmmaking with Hugo, an enchantingly imaginative, artistically dazzling, and emotionally involving work that stands among the very best movies of the year. I knew nothing about the story going in; I simply knew that word of mouth was strong. Allow me to do you a favor and not divulge anything about the plot ...[Read More]

THE MUPPETS Family Movie Review

THE MUPPETS Family Movie Review

THE MUPPETS REVIEW (GRADE: B+) Powered by fun music, a slew of celebrity cameos, and a clever script by star Jason Segel that taps into the essence of the old Muppet charm, this new film is a delightful return for the family entertainment icons, originally created by Jim Henson. Co-starring Amy Adams (channeling the wholesome earnestness that made her so likable in Enchanted), this new tale finds ...[Read More]

karate kid

THE KARATE KID Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) As others have noted, this remake should actually be called The Kung-Fu Kid, as it revolves around the Chinese, not Japanese, martial art. I’m not sure what’s more troubling: the implication that American audiences wouldn’t respond to anything less than a brand name or the fact that it’s true. Regardless, a film nobody aske ...[Read More]

where the wild things are family movie review

WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) For me, as for many small children, the cruelty of schoolmates, bickering between me and my siblings, and feeling misunderstood by adults were all sources of hurt, frustration, and genuine heartache. I remember putting on my Superman cape, my Ninja Turtle bandana, or my Batman mask and retreating to the backyard or, mother forbid, climbing onto th ...[Read More]

speed racer

SPEED RACER Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) Rent or buy Speed Racer here.  For such an silly, fluffy movie, Speed Racer needed more self-aware campy humor to be enjoyable. As it is, it bores in stretches and can’t decide whether to take itself too seriously or not seriously at all. Had it fully embraced the latter, it could have been a lot of fun. As it is, the visuals are inventive a ...[Read More]