jonathan

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

Healing from Betrayal Trauma in Your Marriage

Healing from Betrayal Trauma in Your Marriage

By Jonathan Decker, LMFT This is the third of a four-article series on How to Heal From Infidelity. To reserve a spot in my free online class of the same name, click here. Can a spouse’s affair lead to post-traumatic stress disorder? For some, the question seems overly-dramatic. “Surely it’s heartbreaking,” they say, “but PTSD is for cops, assault victims, firefighters, and war veterans.” However, ...[Read More]

REVIEW: The Upside is a Beautiful Tale of Compassion; Earns the PG-13

REVIEW: The Upside is a Beautiful Tale of Compassion; Earns the PG-13

By Trina Boice WHAT’S IT ABOUT? Kevin Hart plays an ex-con who gets hired by Bryan Cranston’s character, who is a rich quadriplegic needing assistance. The unlikely pair have much to learn from one another and develop a lasting friendship and respect that still exists today…in other words, it’s based on a heart-warming true story! It’s also a remake of a French movie called Intouchables, which was ...[Read More]

AQUAMAN Family Movie Review

Dear readers I was up until 2:30 in the morning tending to a sick child. This review will be posted later today. Thank you Jonathan

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Family Review: BUMBLEBEE is Light PG-13, has Heart and Fun

By Tim Wilde WHAT’S BUMBLEBEE ABOUT? Rewinding the story of the Transformers movie franchise, Bumblebee is the story of the first arrival of the beloved Bumblebee (hence the title Bumblebee). Evacuating the Transformer homeworld, Cybertron, during the final battles between the Autobots and the Decepticons, Bumblebee flees to Earth on a mission to secure our world as a rendezvous point for hi ...[Read More]

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SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDERVERSE Family Movie Review

By Tim Wilde What’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse About? Miles Morales, the new kid in a prestigious New York High School, is going through the natural challenges that face the average teenager struggling to find his place and identity. As he is adjusting to new dynamics in his domestic and living situations he is abruptly faced with heightened challenges and opportunities when he is bit ...[Read More]

FREE SOLO Family Movie Review

Review coming later today

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RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET Family Movie Review

By Tim Wilde What’s Ralph Breaks the Internet About? On his journey to become true hero, Wreck-It Ralph first broke the young Princess Vanellope’s heart and then he saved her game by breaking Diet Cola Mountain (I cried in both scenes). Now, Ralph and Vanellope are back in their sequel to once again save the arcade game Sugar Rush… by breaking stuff; Hence the title, Ralph Breaks the Interne ...[Read More]

MARY POPPINS RETURNS Family Movie Review

MARY POPPINS RETURNS Family Movie Review

By Trina Boice WHAT’S IT ABOUT?    Based on the stories by P. L. Travers, this lovely family-friendly film is, as Mary Poppins would say, “practically perfect in every way.”  It has the magic, wonder, fun, style, and spirit of the original movie while providing new talent and new musical numbers.  It is not a remake, but a sequel. The 1964 Disney movie Mary Poppins became a classic and has warmed ...[Read More]

Mortal Engines

MORTAL ENGINES Family Movie Review

By Trina Boice WHAT’S IT ABOUT?    Based on the book Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve, the movie features a young woman who has to survive in a post-apocalyptic age of predator cities.  It feels like a Steampunk version of Mad Mad Max: Fury Road or Waterworld. The title Mortal Engines is actually from Shakespeare’s Othello when he writes,”O you mortal engines, whose rude throats the immo ...[Read More]

CREED II Family Movie Review

CREED II Family Movie Review

By Justin Lozada WHAT’S CREED II ABOUT? Adonis Creed finds himself in the biggest fight in his young boxing career as he squares up against the offspring of a familiar figure. Order it here. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: A-) The previous film, Creed, had the difficult task of bridging the past to the future. The Rocky franchise is 42 years running and finding ways to keep it fresh and new, while m ...[Read More]