Thriller

THE DARK TOWER Family Movie Review

THE DARK TOWER Family Movie Review

By Moriya Porter WHAT’S THE DARK TOWER ABOUT? The Dark Tower stars Idris Elba (Thor, The Avengers) as Roland, the last Gunslinger, and Matthew McConaughey (How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, We Are Marshall) as Walter AKA “The Man in Black”. The story begins with young protagonist Jake (Tom Taylor) who has a bad home life and constantly dreams of a place that no one believes exists. But when Jake ...[Read More]

mummy

THE MUMMY Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) Buy The Mummy on Bluray/DVD here or rent/buy it on Instant Video here. WHAT’S THE MUMMY ABOUT? A soldier-of-fortune unearths a cursed mummy, unleashing evil and drawing the attention of an agency that fights monsters. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: C+) Expectation is everything. By the time I saw The Mummy it was sitting ugly at 15% on Rotten Tomatoes. I ...[Read More]

47 meters down

47 METERS DOWN Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) WHAT’S IT ABOUT? Thriller finds two sisters running out of oxygen and surrounded by man-eaters when their shark cage sinks to the bottom of the ocean. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: B-) If you can embrace that this film has more in common with fictional monster movies than actual shark behavior (or scuba diving, for that matter), it’s a real nail-biter. ...[Read More]

source code

SOURCE CODE Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) (GRADE: A-) Two films come to mind when watching Source Code, the pleasantly unpredictable new thriller starring Jake Gyllenhaal (October Sky, The Day After Tomorrow) and Michelle Monaghan (Mission Impossible 3). The first is the father/son murder mystery Frequency and the second is the Denzel Washington thriller Deja Vu. If you enjoyed those film ...[Read More]

limitless

LIMITLESS Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) I once read someone’s take on The Dark Knight, describing it as a disgusting film; I thought, on the other hand, that it was a brilliant and ultimately uplifting film about the importance of not making moral compromises and not backing down in the face of overwhelming evil. We saw the same film, but had a completely different experience from ...[Read More]

unknown

UNKNOWN Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) A blatant attempt to cash in on the success of 2009’s Taken, this silly action-mystery once again places Liam Neeson as a butt-kicking American in Europe. Sadly, Unknown lacks the emotional hook that made Taken such a disturbingly enjoyable exercise in vigilante wish-fulfillment. Neeson stars as Dr. Martin Harris who awakens after a car acci ...[Read More]

THE NEXT THREE DAYS Family Movie Review

THE NEXT THREE DAYS Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) Russel Crowe is one of the best actors of this generation, elevating even substandard material to “watchable” status (case in point: 2010’s dismal Robin Hood). His performance drives The Next Three Days, a never boring but frequently ridiculous prison-break thriller that finds Crowe’s college professor planning to “bu ...[Read More]

angels and demons

ANGELS AND DEMONS Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) This is being unfairly maligned by critics. This is at once more thrilling and more involving than The Da Vinci Code was, and Ron Howard’s direction is more surefooted and fast-paced here. Visually gorgeous. By streamlining the novel’s narrative, the film loses much (but not all) of the science vs. faith dichotomy that gave the book it ...[Read More]

mummy

THE MUMMY: TOMB OF THE DRAGON EMPEROR Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) Rent The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor here or buy the entire Brendan Frasier Mummy trilogy here. New director. New locale (China). Jet Li as the villain. Michelle Yeoh helping the heroes. New actress playing Brendan Fraser’s wife. Abominable snowman. And yet, this all feels so familiar. We’ve seen it done before (and better) in th ...[Read More]

x-files

THE X-FILES: I WANT TO BELIEVE Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) Rent or buy The X-Files: I Want to Believe here. OR purchase the entire set of nine TV seasons and two films here.  I don’t know why this was so poorly reviewed by critics generally. Perhaps people were expecting this to finally tie up all the loose plot threads the show left undone. Instead, this is a standalone suspense mystery that plays ...[Read More]