Fantasy/Sci-fi

planet of the apes

WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) WHAT’S WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES ABOUT? After a human-engineered virus wipes out millions of people and makes apes super-intelligent, desperate soldiers rage war on peaceful primates who just want to be left alone. (You can pre-order the film and the trilogy box set now). IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: A) Making a compelling argument that what story ...[Read More]

TRANFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT Family Movie Review

TRANFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT Family Movie Review

By Thomas Olsen Rent or buy Transformers: The Last Knight here.  WHAT’S IT ABOUT? Autobots and Decepticons are once again trying to make Earth their home, this time by merging their world with ours (I think that’s what it was about?).  IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: D)  Over the years I have given the Transformers films a pass. I know they aren’t great movies but I always came out of them finding a ...[Read More]

dead men tell no tales

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) Rent Pirates of the Caribbean: Dean Men Tell No Tales here or buy it from our store! WHAT’S PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES ABOUT? Captain Jack Sparrow seeks the trident of Poseidon to keep a pirate-hunting ghost at bay. This is being marketed as the “final adventure.” IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: B-) There’s ba ...[Read More]

TOTAL RECALL Family Movie Review

TOTAL RECALL Family Movie Review

TOTAL RECALL REVIEW (GRADE: B-) Total Recall, a remake of a 1990 Arnold Schwarzenegger sci-fi film, is being savaged by a majority of critics who say it pales in comparison to the original. From what I can tell, however, the constant complaints are that the film follows the first version too closely while omitting its gory violence, a trip to the planet Mars, and cheesy “Ah-nuld” one-l ...[Read More]

SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN Family Movie Review

SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN Family Movie Review

SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN REVIEW (Grade: B) Visually stunning, action-packed, and driven by engaging performances, Snow White and the Huntsman needs a bit more humor and time developing some of its characters and plot points, but it stands as a very good fantasy adventure nonetheless. With a gritty and mature tone more reminiscent of The Lord of the Rings or Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves than th ...[Read More]

men in black 3

MEN IN BLACK 3 Family Movie Review

MEN IN BLACK 3 REVIEW (GRADE: B) Once again, a vile extraterrestrial threatens to destroy Earth and once again it’s up to Agent J (Will Smith) and Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones) to save the day. Thankfully, the 16 year-old franchise stays fresh in its third outing by cleverly taking audiences back in time to Neil Armstrong’s moon landing and by injecting some new blood into the cast. Emma T ...[Read More]

hunger games

THE HUNGER GAMES Family Movie Review

REVIEW (GRADE: A) The irony is not lost on me that The Hunger Games, a film about teenagers fighting to the death, may actually serve as an antidote to the glamorized violence so often found in media and aimed at youth. Raw and horrific as the film’s brutality is, it portrays with bittersweet clarity the difference between the perception of violence as entertainment and its heartbreaking con ...[Read More]

john carter

JOHN CARTER Family Movie Review

JOHN CARTER REVIEW (GRADE: C+) In 1912 the character of John Carter was created by famed novelist Edgar Rice Burroughs, author of Tarzan. The hero, a Civil War veteran transported to the planet Mars, has inspired everything from Superman to Buck Rogers to Star Wars. Modern audiences who have no knowledge of the character will find that this new Disney film feels more like a cocktail of Avatar, Sta ...[Read More]

Phantom Menace

THE PHANTOM MENACE 3D Family Movie Review

STAR WARS EPISODE 1: THE PHANTOM MENACE-3D REVIEW (Grade: C) Denial. Anger. Depression. Acceptance. I went through all the stages of grief when, in 1999, I was a mega-fan confronted with the terrible fact that The Phantom Menace, easily the most eagerly-anticipated movie 16 years, was a crushing dissappointment. The story was dull, the characters mostly uninvolving, the dialogue tepid, and everyon ...[Read More]

real steel

REAL STEEL Family Movie Review

REAL STEEL review (GRADE: B-) Like Rise of the Planet of the Apes earlier in the year, Real Steel is a film that, on paper, has no right to be any good. A father/son drama set in the near future against the backdrop of robot boxing is a ludicrous premise, one that seemed to signal the desperate death rattle of Hugh Jackman’s non-X-Men career. To the surprise of many, myself included, it̵ ...[Read More]