Animated

hotel transylvania

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]

early man

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]

MY LITTLE PONY Family Movie Review

MY LITTLE PONY Family Movie Review

By Joel Hilton WHAT’S MY LITTLE PONY: THE MOVIE ABOUT? When Tempest Shadow (Emily Blunt) and her dark army attack Canterlot, ponies Twilight Sparkle, Pinkie Pie, Rainbow Dash, Rarity, Applejack and Fluttershy go on a quest to save their friends. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: C+) Despite the larger budget and star-studded cast, My Little Pony: The Movie comes off as little more than an extended epi ...[Read More]

despicable me 3

DESPICABLE ME 3 Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) WHAT’S IT ABOUT? Reformed supervillain Gru is tempted by his long-lost brother to return to a life of crime. (Buy it here). IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: B+) While not the surprise that the original film was, Despicable Me 3 reclaims the biting wit that launched the franchise. That wit was largely missing from the second film and the Minions spinoff, bo ...[Read More]

CARS 3 Family Movie Review

CARS 3 Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) Rent or buy  Cars 3 here. WHAT’S CARS 3 ABOUT? After finding himself outpaced by younger racers, Lightning McQueen stages a comeback. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: B) Rebounding from the abysmal Cars 2, this finale bring the story full circle to the things that made the underrated first film so meaningful: charm, heart, and inspiration. A few laugh-out- ...[Read More]

captain underpants

CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) Rent or buy Captain Underpants here. WHAT’S CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS ABOUT? Two boys hypnotize their surly principal into acting like a made-up superhero. Based on the popular book series. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: B) For its first 20 minutes, Captain Underpants is exceptional. High-spirited and surprisingly witty, the film brilliantly captures and spoofs ...[Read More]

batman

THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE Family Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) WHAT’S THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE ABOUT? Batman’s fear of connection and family is tested by The Joker’s grandest scheme yet. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: A) As a loving and clever deconstruction of the Batman mythos and a surprisingly moving tale of loss, loneliness, and finding family again, The Lego Batman Movie is one of the best Dark ...[Read More]