Comedy

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.  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 have spent most of t ...[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]

last man(s)

THE LAST MAN(s) ON EARTH Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) WHAT’S THE LAST MAN(s) ON EARTH ABOUT? Two idiot survival experts put their skills to the test when an actual zombie apocalypse occurs. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: A-) In the last year only one film made me laugh so hard that my sides hurt. The Last Man(s) on Earth (stream it here) is the funniest film I’ve seen in a long time; not bad for ...[Read More]

ANCHORMAN 2 Family Movie Review

ANCHORMAN 2 Family Movie Review

ANCHORMAN 2 REVIEW (GRADE: C+) The first Anchorman was only a modest success at the box office, later gaining popularity on DVD thanks to its immensely quotable dialogue and the growing fame of several of its stars. Now hailed by many as the defining comedy of the 2000’s, hopes for the inevitable follow up were high. I’m sorry to say that, while not without its moments, this overlong a ...[Read More]

AUSTENLAND Family Movie Review

AUSTENLAND Family Movie Review

I’m reviewing the Sundance darling Austenland today. This film has Mormon fingerprints all over it. Shannon Hale, who wrote the novel and co-wrote the screenplay, is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, as is co-writer and director Jerusha Hess (Napoleon Dynamite, Nacho Libre) and producer Stephanie Meyer. Also, lead actress Keri Russell was raised in the Church (she ...[Read More]

ADMISSION Family Movie Review

ADMISSION Family Movie Review

ADMISSION REVIEW (GRADE: B-)   Tina Fey and Paul Rudd star in this charming and clever romantic dramedy that should please both of their fans, even if it deals with some heavier issues than appear on the surface. Fey plays a Princeton admissions officer whose world is turned upside down when an applicant appears who may be her long-lost son, given up for adoption at birth. Also complicating matter ...[Read More]

THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY Family Movie Review

THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY Family Movie Review

THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY REVIEW (GRADE: B+)  Ben Stiller directs and stars in this remake of the 1947 Danny Kaye film about a daydreamer whose adventurous fantasies help him endure the drudgery of his daily life. In this version, Mitty is an employee of Life Magazine whose desperation to save his job (and those of his friends) takes him on a globetrotting quest that is more exotic than any ...[Read More]

HERE COMES THE BOOM Family Movie Review

HERE COMES THE BOOM Family Movie Review

REVIEW (GRADE: C+) Here Comes the Boom, the just-released inspirational romantic sports dramedy (got that?) asks audiences to believe two preposterous notions. The first is that Kevin James, the portly fellow who amused us in Hitch and TV’s King of Queens, could be competitive in mixed martial arts. The second is that Kevin James could have a chance with Salma Hayek. Does it succeed? Not qui ...[Read More]

larry crowne

LARRY CROWNE Family Movie Review

LARRY CROWNE review (Grade: B-) Headed by rom-com royalty, Larry Crowne isn’t a great movie, but it carries plenty of charm for those in the mood for something light and breezy. Directed by Hanks (who also co-wrote the screenplay with My Big Fat Greek Wedding‘s Nia Vardalos) and co-starring Julia Roberts (who hasn’t been this enjoyable in years), Larry Crowne is the simple tale o ...[Read More]