jonathan

Licensed marriage and family therapist. Husband. Father. Film critic.

Why Do Some Spouses Cheat (Even When They Say “I Love You?”)

Why Do Some Spouses Cheat (Even When They Say “I Love You?”)

By Jonathan Decker, LMFT If your marriage has been rocked by an affair, join me for my free online Healing From Infidelity course. Few things are more devastating than learning that a partner’s been unfaithful. You commit yourself, your life, your time, your energy, and your heart to someone, and they betray all of it. How could they do this? Especially when they say they're sorry and that they lo ...[Read More]

Family Review: A DOG’S WAY HOME

By Trina Boice WHAT’S A DOG’S WAY HOME ABOUT?      A Dog’s Way Home is based on the heartwarming novel by W. Bruce Cameron. There were quite a few things that were left out of the movie, but if you haven’t read the book, you certainly won’t miss them.  This feel-good drama is NOT a sequel to A Dog’s Purpose.  There actually will be a sequel to that film, but it hasn’t come out yet. It’s not a uniq ...[Read More]

Family Review: FIVE FEET APART

By Trina Boice WHAT’S FIVE FEET APART ABOUT?      She has Cystic Fibrosis. So does he. That’s why they have to stay five feet apart.  What happens if they’re three or four feet apart?  Yes, this is another one of those sick-teens-in-love movies we’ve seen many times before and is based on the book by Rachael Lippincott.  IS IT ANY GOOD?   B- If you’ve seen the trailer, you have pretty much seen th ...[Read More]

Family Review: WONDER PARK

By Trina Boice WHAT’S WONDER PARK ABOUT?      Wonder Park is an animated film about a young girl who is encouraged to be very creative.  She and her mother build an imaginary theme park until her mother becomes ill and has to leave for unexplained medical help.  The girl falls into depression until something magical happens to her theme park. IS IT ANY GOOD?   C Wonder or blunder?  Well, it’s very ...[Read More]

captain marvel

Family Review: CAPTAIN MARVEL is Thrilling But Lacks Depth

By Trina Boice WHAT’S IT ABOUT?   Captain Marvel is meant as a prequel to The Avengers in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and is the 21st film in the franchise.  It’s not exactly an origin story, as Carol Danvers (Captain Marvel) begins the movie already possessing powers.  It does, however, show us how the idea for the Avengers began. If you’ve never seen a superhero film before, this probably won’ ...[Read More]

Family Movie Review: FREE SOLO is a Breathtaking, Thrilling Documentary

run the race

Family Review: RUN THE RACE is Cliched, But Well-Acted, Christian Drama

By Trina Boice WHAT’S IT ABOUT?      This faith-based football drama (produced by NFL superstar Tim Tebow) takes a look at the importance of family and faith in the midst of challenges. The metaphor of running a race is compared to the spiritual challenge of earning faith, especially during obstacles in life.  In the New Testament of the Bible, the apostle Paul compares keeping the faith as fighti ...[Read More]

fighting with my family

Family Review: FIGHTING WITH MY FAMILY Is Empowering Fun

By Trina Boice WHAT’S IT ABOUT?      Based on the true story of Raya Knight (also known as “Paige”) who became the youngest World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Divas’ Champion in history, this movie combines an underdog sports story with humor and emotion.  Raya Knight’s popularity and influence helped usher in the “women’s revolution” in professional wrestling. Comedian/writer/director Stephen Me ...[Read More]

how to train your dragon

Family Review: HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON- HIDDEN WORLD is a Grand Finale

By Dallin Curtis WHAT’S IT ABOUT? In this third and final entry of DreamWorks Animation’s popular franchise, Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) must lead and defend his village from a ruthless villain who wants to eradicate all dragons. Meanwhile, Hiccup’s best friend, a dragon named Toothless, meets and develops a romantic relationship with a Light Fury. IS IT ANY GOOD? Similar to the two previous films, The ...[Read More]

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

By Trina Boice 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 originality of the first one better.  What this one has mor ...[Read More]