Comedy

Crazy Rich Asians

CRAZY RICH ASIANS Family Movie Review

By Lindsi Neilson WHAT’S IT ABOUT? When Rachel Chu accompanies her boyfriend Nick to Singapore, she is shocked to discover his family is extremely wealthy. As she navigates the tricky social and familial situations she finds herself in, everyone learns more about what’s really important in life. IS IT ANY GOOD? (Grade: B+) While the premise is simple and the storyline predictable, this movie ...[Read More]

BOOK CLUB Family Movie Review

BOOK CLUB Family Movie Review

By Trina Boice WHAT’S BOOK CLUB ABOUT? Four older women who have been gathering once a month as a book club for decades read Fifty Shades of Grey and become obsessed about eroticism and love.  IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: C+) This movie puts the sex back into the word “sexagenarian”, although the majority of the leading ladies are actually in their 70’s and 80’s.  Designed for an olde ...[Read More]

OVERBOARD Family Movie Review

OVERBOARD Family Movie Review

By Trina Boice WHAT’S OVERBOARD ABOUT? A house-cleaner poses as an amnesiac’s wife to get revenge on his previous cruelty, only to have a crisis of conscience. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: B ) It has been many years since the original Gary Marshall movie Overboard hit the big screen, starring Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn, but it’s generally remembered as a charming rom-com. The good news is that there ...[Read More]

OCEAN’S 8 Family Movie Review

OCEAN’S 8 Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker WHAT’S OCEAN’S 8 ABOUT? The sister of con artist Danny Ocean puts together an all-female crew to pull off a jewel heist. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: B-) First things first: the cast is excellent. Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Helena Bonham Carter, and Rihanna, along with everyone else, are clearly having fun and bring a signi ...[Read More]

life of the party

LIFE OF THE PARTY Family Movie Review

By Lindsi Neilson WHAT’S LIFE OF THE PARTY ABOUT? When her husband unexpectedly files for divorce, Deanna uses the opportunity to go back to college (the same one her daughter attends) and finish her degree. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: B+) Despite the negative reviews this movie is getting, my love for Melissa McCarthy led me to go see it. I wasn’t expecting much but ended up being really pleasantly s ...[Read More]

I FEEL PRETTY Family Movie Review

I FEEL PRETTY Family Movie Review

By Lindsi Neilson and Trina Boice Amy Schumer’s I Feel Pretty (order it here) is all about body image, confidence, self-love, and empowerment. Are its messages worthwhile? Is it okay for your teens? We’ve got two reviews to help you decide! Review by Lindsi Neilson What’s it about? Renee Bennett, a woman who struggles with feelings of insecurity and inadequacy, suffers a head injury th ...[Read More]

JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE Family Movie Review

JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE Family Movie Review

By Justin Lozada WHAT’S JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE ABOUT? If you’re familiar with the original book, authored by Chris Van Allsburg, then you already know the basic story. For the uninitiated, Jumanji is a board game that literally comes to life and requires the participants of the game to finish it once they start.  The new movie starts in 1996 (one year after the events of the original film) ...[Read More]

logan lucky

LOGAN LUCKY Family Movie Review

By Thomas Olsen WHAT’S LOGAN LUCKY ABOUT?  Two brothers enlist the help of a convict to try and pull off a heist during a major NASCAR race. Rent or buy here.  IS IT ANY GOOD? (B+)  Director Steven Soderbergh (the Ocean’s 11 trilogy) is back in the business after taking a few years off, going back to his roots of directing a fun heist movie. Logan Lucky is the story about two brothers who ha ...[Read More]

central intelligence

CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family Therapist, Film Critic) WHAT’S CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE ABOUT? 20 years after a high school’s most popular student (Kevin Hart) stands up for a bullied teen (Dwayne Johnson), he’s pulled into an espionage adventure by the same person, now a buffed-up superspy. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: B) With the exceptional talents of Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart, Central ...[Read More]

hail caesar

HAIL, CAESAR Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) WHAT’S HAIL, CAESAR! ABOUT? A 1950’s Hollywood fix-it man (Josh Brolin) ponders a career change while working overtime to rescue a kidnapped star (George Clooney) and cover-up multiple scandals. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: C+) I was ready to love Hail, Caesar! Between the star power of the actors and the writing-directing skill of The Coen ...[Read More]