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Family Review: TOLKIEN is Simultaneously Fascinating and Boring

By Trina Boice Republished with permission from The Movie Review Mom.  GRADE:  B IN A NUTSHELL:   I was excited to learn more about Tolkien and really hoped this movie would be good.   As an author of 29 books, I’m always fascinated to learn more about other authors. I loved learning some of the small details of Tolkien’s early life that influenced his work.  Personally, I couldn’t get through his ...[Read More]

fighting with my family

Family Review: FIGHTING WITH MY FAMILY Is Empowering Fun

By Trina Boice Republished with permission from The Movie Review Mom.  WHAT’S IT ABOUT?      Based on the true story of Raya Knight (also known as “Paige”) who became the youngest World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Divas’ Champion in history, this movie combines an underdog sports story with humor and emotion.  Raya Knight’s popularity and influence helped usher in the “women’s revolution” in pro ...[Read More]

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By Lindsi Neilson WHAT'S BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY ABOUT? A rock biopic exploring the life of Freddie Mercury, this film attempts to trace the meteoric rise of one of the most iconic rock bands ever: Queen. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: C) “We're four misfits who don't belong together, we're playing for the other misfits…. We belong to them.”  Freddie Mercury says when explaining what makes Queen special and di ...[Read More]


ADRIFT Family Movie Review

By Trina Boice WHAT’S ADRIFT ABOUT? Based on a true story and adapted from the book by Tami Oldham, the movie reveals the romance and survival drama of a young couple whose boat is left to drift in the middle of the ocean after one of the worst hurricanes in recorded history. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: B+) Don’t read the book yet or research this true story so that you can enjoy the dramatic journey ...[Read More]

the post

THE POST Family Movie Review

By Lindsi Neilson WHAT’S THE POST ABOUT? Risking their careers and their freedom, Katharine Graham (the first female publisher of a major American newspaper) and colleague Ben Bradlee race to keep up with The New York Times to expose a massive government cover-up. Rent or buy it here. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: A) The Post may be set in the early 1970’s but don’t let that fool you into believing that ...[Read More]

INSTRUMENT OF WAR Family Movie Review

INSTRUMENT OF WAR Family Movie Review

By Rachel Wagner At first glance, a gritty war movie seems like an odd choice for BYUTV, and an even stranger choice for a Christmas movie, but that’s what we get in the new film Instrument of War and surprisingly it really works. Instrument of War is the inspirational true story of WWII bomber pilot, Clair Cline, who is captured by the German Army and placed in a prisoner of war camp called Stala ...[Read More]



By Lindsi Neilson WHAT’S IT ABOUT? Rejected by publishers following the failure of his last three books, Charles Dickens sets out to write and self-publish a book that will revive his career in time for Christmas. Written and published in only 6 weeks, this movie tells the story of the creation of one of Dicken’s most popular books: A Christmas Carol. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: A) With the countless ...[Read More]

ONLY THE BRAVE Family Movie Review

ONLY THE BRAVE Family Movie Review

By Chris Loumeau WHAT’S ONLY THE BRAVE ABOUT? The compelling true story of how the Prescott (AZ) Volunteer Fire Department became the Granite Mountain Hotshots, the camaraderie of their brotherhood, and the harrowing fires they fought together. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: A-) Without a doubt the best-directed effort of Joseph Kosinski (Oblivion, Tron: Legacy), Only the Brave succeeds at creating authe ...[Read More]


DUNKIRK Family Movie Review

Review by Thomas Olsen WHAT'S DUNKIRK ABOUT? Allied soldiers in Europe are surrounded by the German army with little hope of surviving.  IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE A) Dunkirk is an unconventional but striking war film. It’s both inspiring and horrific. While other war films tend to depict the gore and violence of war, Dunkirk goes the route of letting you feel what it’s like to be stuck in the hopeles ...[Read More]

the 33

THE 33 Family Movie Review

WHAT'S THE 33 ABOUT? In 2010 a mine in Chile collapsed, trapping 33 men two thousand feet beneath the surface for several months. This is their tale of survival, as well as those who labored to rescue them. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: A-) As someone who spent two years of his life in Chile, I can tell you that The 33 is powerfully authentic, despite there being only one Chilean in the main cast (Cote ...[Read More]