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Family Review: TOY STORY 4 is Worthy of What Came Before

By Trina Boice Reprinted with permission from Movie Review Mom.  What's it about? Our favorite toys are back together again in Toy Story 4, 24 years after the original Toy Story hit theaters to instant, raving fans. How does this franchise consistently pump out one fantastic film after another? Disney and Pixar’s magical formula has done it again. Former Chief Creator Director of Disney John Lasse ...[Read More]

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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]

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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 bitten by ...[Read More]

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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 Internet. Six ...[Read More]

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The Grinch Family Movie Review

By Lindsi Neilson WHAT'S IT ABOUT? Based on the book by Dr. Suess, in this adaptation the Grinch lives a happily solitary life in his mountain home with his dog Max, wreaking passive aggressive havoc on the people of Whoville. When Christmas comes once again and the holiday cheer becomes too much for him to handle, he concocts a plan to take Christmas away for good. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: B+) A s ...[Read More]

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HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3 Family Movie Review

By Lindsi Neilson WHAT’S IT ABOUT? When Mavis believes Dracula is overworked from his time running the hotel, she takes the whole family on a monster cruise in the hopes that he’ll relax. Along the way, they’ll meet old enemies and new loves that no one expects. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: B-) This summer sequel will most likely please your younger children, and will probably even satisfy fans of the ...[Read More]

INCREDIBLES 2 Family Movie Review

INCREDIBLES 2 Family Movie Review

By Michael Stanley WHAT’S THE INCREDIBLES 2 ABOUT? Picking up right where the The Incredibles (2004) left off, the super-powered Parr family struggle to fulfill their duty as superheroes in a world where superheroism remains illegal. Given a chance to work as an advocate for a superhero legalization movement, the mother Helen Parr decides to don the mask and tights of Elastigirl once more in order ...[Read More]

ISLE OF DOGS Family Movie Review

ISLE OF DOGS Family Movie Review

By Michael Stanley Order Isle of Dogs here. Wes Anderson’s newest stop-motion animated film, Isle of Dogs, follows in the pawprints of his 2009 masterpiece Fantastic Mr. Fox taking his audience to Japan 20 years in the future. The cat-loving mayor of Megasaki City spreads fear about a viciously contagious canine disease through a propaganda campaign culminating in the exile of all dogs to Trash Is ...[Read More]

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EARLY MAN Family Movie Review

By Lindsi Neilson WHAT’S EARLY MAN ABOUT? When the peaceful lives of a group of cavemen is interrupted by a Bronze-age villain bent on turning the cavemen into slaves and their peaceful valley into an ore mine, an unexpected hero named Dug sets out to save his home and the people he loves. Rent or buy it here. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: B) Early Man, created and produced by the same people who brough ...[Read More]

COCO Family Movie Review

COCO Family Movie Review

By Lindsi Neilson WHAT’S COCO ABOUT?  Miguel, a young boy who wants nothing more than to be a musician, finds himself transported to the Land of the Dead and has to team up with his ancestors to find a way back to the Land of the Living.   IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: A) First thing about this movie: the animation will completely blow you away. Pixar goes above and beyond what they’ve already accomplis ...[Read More]