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INSTRUMENT OF WAR Family Movie Review

INSTRUMENT OF WAR Family Movie Review

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THE MAN WHO INVENTED CHRISTMAS Family Movie Review

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ONLY THE BRAVE Family Movie Review

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dunkirk

DUNKIRK Family Movie Review (Thomas)

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 h ...[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 ...[Read More]

Bridge of spies

BRIDGE OF SPIES Family Movie Review

Review by Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) WHAT’S BRIDGE OF SPIES ABOUT? A New York attorney (Tom Hanks) is recruited to defend a Soviet spy, then to negotiate a prisoner exchange for an American POW during the Cold War. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: A+) Much as he did with 2012’s Lincoln, Steven Spielberg has taken a dialogue-heavy screenplay with very little action and turne ...[Read More]

Everest Movie

EVEREST Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) WHAT’S EVEREST ABOUT? Based on the true story of the fateful ascent in May of 1996, in which several climbers lost their lives while others made it back. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: A-) Equal parts majestic, exhilarating, and heartbreaking, Everest must be experienced in a theater, so immersive is the audio-visual experience. Of course it’ ...[Read More]

The Walk Movie

THE WALK Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) WHAT’S THE WALK ABOUT? In the 1970’s a Frenchman broke into the World Trade Center to walk a tightrope between the two towers. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: A-) The true story of daredevil Philippe Petit makes for an inspiring, gripping film with no need for embellishment. In making a film that’s part heist movie, part thriller, part biopic, part comedy ...[Read More]

McFARLAND USA Family Movie Review

McFARLAND USA Family Movie Review

WHAT’S IT ABOUT: A washed-up high school football coach moves his family to a poor Hispanic town. With no previous experience, he starts a cross-country team and learns from the local customs. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: A-) I ran cross-country in high school; it is not a sport that lends itself well to cinematic depiction, but McFarland USA pulls it off by making its characters, and a budding i ...[Read More]

SAVING MR. BANKS Family Movie Review

SAVING MR. BANKS Family Movie Review

SAVING MR. BANKS REVIEW (GRADE: A-) In Saving Mr. Banks, Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) bends over backwards to gain the favor of author P.L. Travers and acquire the film rights to her Mary Poppins book series. Emma Thompson (Nanny McPhee) initially portrays Travers as an almost one-dimensionally unlikable person; it’s a gamble that could’ve alienated audiences but it pays off as the ice begi ...[Read More]