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princess and the frog family movie review

THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) Rent or buy The Princess and the Frog here.  After TIME magazine called The Princess and the Frog “the best film of 2009” and my folks sang its praises, perhaps it was only natural that the bar would be set too high. Then again, it’s possible that I have been spoiled for so long by the brilliant originality displayed year after year by Pixar that ...[Read More]

ICE AGE: DAWN OF THE DINOSAURS Family Movie Review

ICE AGE: DAWN OF THE DINOSAURS Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) Rent or buy Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs here.  The Ice Age films have never achieved (or aspired to) the greatness of Pixar or the better films in Dreamworks’ canon. That said, they've always had a light and easy charm that adults can enjoy right along with their kids. By now audiences know exactly what they're getting from an Ice Age film, and ...[Read More]

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UP Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) Rent or buy Up here.  At the time of this writing, Disney-Pixar's Up has received a 98% rating at Rotten Tomatoes. That means that 98% of the nation's movie critics have given it the “thumbs up.” Such a high rating almost never happens. That said, any movie, no matter how great, can be over-hyped, which can ruin the experience. For exa ...[Read More]

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MONSTERS vs. ALIENS Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) Monsters vs. Aliens (rent or buy it here) is a family-friendly Dreamworks Animation feature which pits classic sci-fi monsters vs. space aliens, in a 1950’s B-movie style showdown with modern humor and the visual flair available through today’s computer effects. For a special treat, the film is also available in 3D. The story is simple. A meteor c ...[Read More]

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CORALINE Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) Since the Brothers Grimm penned their morbid fairy tales (and probably before), children and adults have escaped into fantasy to safely explore the dangers of reality. Tales such as Hansel and Gretel, and in the last century The Wizard of Oz, have provided imaginative worlds with dangers at every turn. The purpose of such tales was always to warn, ...[Read More]

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MADAGASCAR 2: ESCAPE TO AFRICA Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) IS MADAGASCAR 2: ESCAPE TO AFRICA ANY GOOD? Rent or buy it here.  Superior sequel finds our heroes fleeing Madagascar and reuniting with Alex’s (Ben Stiller) family in Africa, where another lion threatens his family’s claim to lead the pride. Meanwhile, Melman (David Schwimmer) struggles to confess his feelings to Gloria (Jada Pinkett Smith) and M ...[Read More]

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STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) Buy Star Wars: The Clone Wars here.  WHAT'S STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS ABOUT? Anakin Skywalker takes on an apprentice and fights to rescue a kidnap victim in this animated film, taking place between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. This film launched the far-superior animated series. Both the film and the series are available to stream ...[Read More]

WALL-E Family Movie Review

WALL-E Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) Rent or buy Wall-E here.  I loved it, loved it, loved it. From the visuals to the characters to the story to the comedy to the surprisingly deep morality, this is a fantastic movie, even if you don't have any whippersnappers with you. Surprisingly touching, poignantly romantic (I know, it's about robots, but…you have to see it to understand) ...[Read More]

kung fu panda

KUNG FU PANDA Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) Rent or buy Kung Fu Panda here.  In short…it's awesome. Kung Fu Panda is the best CGI-animation movie since The Incredibles. Clever writing, gorgeous animation, fun action, and stellar vocal work by Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, Seth Rogen, and…(drumroll please)…Jackie Chan! The latter lends a feel of authenticity t ...[Read More]