Day: February 21, 2019

Family Review: HAPPY DEATH DAY 2U is a Silly, Spooky Sequel

By Trina Boice Republished with permission from The Movie Review Mom.  WHAT’S IT ABOUT?      Happy Death Day 2U is a quasi-horror flick that is a sequel to the popular 2017 Happy Death Day movie where a time loop wreaks havoc on college students.  Some are saying that this sequel is even better than the original movie, calling it a sci-fi/slasher comedy mash-up. Personally, I think I liked the ori ...[Read More]

Family Review: THE LEGO MOVIE 2 is a Worthy Sequel

By Trina Boice WHAT’S IT ABOUT?     Fast-moving and quick-witted, this The Lego Movie sequel has plenty of laughs for kids and their parents.  It’s definitely helpful to have seen the first movie, but young kids won’t necessarily care.  Like the original, it includes plenty of references to pop culture, other movies, cartoon characters, famous athletes and celebrities, people in history, musicians ...[Read More]

Family Review: ALITA- BATTLE ANGEL is a Gorgeous Mess

By Trina Boice WHAT’S IT ABOUT?      Directed by Robert Rodriguez and produced by James Cameron, this highly artistic collaboration was inspired by Yukito Kishiro’s graphic novel manga books called Motorball and Gunnm. A teenage cybernetic girl searches for her true identity and capability. Those who are familiar with the source material Battle Angel Alita Vol. 1 are definitely going to hope certa ...[Read More]

Family Review: MISS BALA Fails to Meet its Potential

Family Review: MISS BALA Fails to Meet its Potential

By Trina Boice WHAT’S MISS BALA ABOUT? This is a PG-13 remake of a 2011 Mexican film also called Miss Bala. “Bala” means “bullet” in English. The award-winning Gina Rodriguez from Jane the Virgin stars as a Hispanic American citizen who crosses the border into Tijuana, Mexico to help her childhood friend win a beauty pageant. They both get kidnapped and caught up in a drug ring. She uses her wits ...[Read More]

Family Review: THE KID WHO WOULD BE KING is First-Rate Fun

Family Review: THE KID WHO WOULD BE KING is First-Rate Fun

By Trina Boice WHAT’S THE KID WHO WOULD BE KING ABOUT? Writer/director Joe Cornish presents a delightful family-friendly adventure that puts a modern spin on the legend of King Arthur and the Sword in the Stone.  The story takes place among British middle school kids where evil gets schooled and kids rule. IS IT ANY GOOD? (A-) Yes!  It’s both charming and cheesy and will remind you of the fun and ...[Read More]

holmes and watson

Review: HOLMES AND WATSON is Painfully Bad

By Trina Boice WHAT'S HOLMES AND WATSON ABOUT? This terrible comedy takes the old British “whodunit” characters of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson, and attempts to modernize them with slapstick humor.  The plot is very thin and, in fact, the audience is told at the beginning of the movie that none of it really matters.  They’re right. Sadly, it's just not funny.  I'm assuming that the writers ...[Read More]

Family Review: AQUAMAN is Big, Dumb Fun

Family Review: AQUAMAN is Big, Dumb Fun

By Tim Wilde What's Aquaman About? A year after the forgettable events of the movie Justice League, and barely acknowledging they even happened, Aquaman is another flashback/forth story that carries the audience through the origin of Arthur Curry (AKA Aquaman). Buy it here.  The film begins with the meeting and uniting of his parents, Atlanna (Nicole Kidman), the Princess of Atlantis, and a human ...[Read More]