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FATE OF THE FURIOUS Family Movie Review

FATE OF THE FURIOUS Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) Rent The Fate of the Furious here or buy it from our store! WHAT’S THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS ABOUT? The government-sanctioned team of street-racing thieves and mercenaries is thrown into turmoil when their leader, Dom, appears to throw in his lot with a villainess. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: C+) The Fast and the Furious is a franchise based on bi ...[Read More]

THE BOURNE LEGACY Family Movie Review

THE BOURNE LEGACY Family Movie Review

THE BOURNE LEGACY (GRADE: C) Not so much a bad movie as it is an unnecessary and unoriginal one, The Bourne Legacy is to the magnificent original trilogy what microwaved leftovers are to a home-cooked meal: the ingredients are still there, but it’s not nearly as enjoyable as it was when it was fresh. It’s a real shame, too, because the first hour of the film is very promising, expandin ...[Read More]

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MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: GHOST PROTOCOL Family Movie Review

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE- GHOST PROTOCOL review (Grade: B+ ) I’ll just say it: with Jackie Chan arthritic and far past his prime and Tony Jaa retired and living in solitude as a monk, Tom Cruise is the world’s greatest stuntman-actor. The commitment and athleticism shown by the soon to be 50-year-old over the course of his career, and the Mission Impossible films in particular, is truly ast ...[Read More]

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SHERLOCK HOLMES: GAME OF SHADOWS Family Movie Review

SHERLOCK HOLMES- A GAME OF SHADOWS review (Grade: A-) Director Guy Ritchie’s second foray into the world of Sherlock Holmes is mostly more of the same, which is fine by me because I greatly enjoyed the first one. Led by Robert Downey Jr and Jude Law’s portrayals of Holmes and Watson, Ritchie maintained the core of Arthur Conan Doyle’s short stories (Holmes’ brilliantly anal ...[Read More]

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COLOMBIANA Family Movie Review

COLOMBIANA review (Grade: F) Mindless. Heartless. Soulless. Colombiana is the worst kind of action film, one that revels in vengeance and bloodshed without remorse (truly great action films, on the other hand, are about fighting for justice and protecting the innocent). Colombiana, with its terrible dialogue, boring characters, huge plot holes, cliched storytelling, and by-the-numbers filmmaking,  ...[Read More]

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FAST FIVE Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (family therapist, film critic) REVIEW (GRADE: C+)  As a loud and speedy “switch-off the brain” type of movie, Fast Five (the fifth in The Fast and the Furious series) is entertaining. It has charismatic characters, gunfights, parkour foot-chases, daring heists, insane driving, car crashes, and big stunts. The biggest draw for me, though, was a promised brawl between macho titan ...[Read More]

salt family movie review

SALT Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (family therapist, film critic) Salt, the female answer to the James Bond and Jason Bourne franchises, is an entertainingly absurd espionage film starring Angelina Jolie as a CIA agent who may or may not be doubling as a Russian spy. Jolie displays a nice range of emotion here and does most of her own impressive stunt-work in the film’s many chase and fight scenes. The num ...[Read More]

knight and day family movie review

KNIGHT AND DAY Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz star in this romantic action-comedy about an unfailingly polite (and somewhat crazy) spy and the girl next door he falls for. No matter your opinion on Tom Cruise, he is a hoot here as he spoofs his own “invincible action hero” screen image as well as his own eccentric real-life persona. In no other film has he made me ...[Read More]

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THE A-TEAM Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) WHAT’S THE A-TEAM ABOUT? Based on the hit 80’s TV show of the same name, The A-Team finds a group of top-notch mercenaries working to clear their name from a wrongful charge and bring down the corrupt spies and military officials who put them in prison. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: C) This is a film that had true potential: the casting is s ...[Read More]

robin hood family movie review

ROBIN HOOD Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) I’m really on the fence with this one. On the one hand, Russell Crowe is an excellent Robin Hood, compassionate, courageous, and he looks fierce firing a bow and arrow. On the other hand, this prequel to the classic tale barely scratches the surface of the things that make this story timeless. It plays more like any other medieval war film, with R ...[Read More]