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spider-man: homecoming

SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) WHAT’S SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING ABOUT? With the blessing of Tony Stark (Iron Man), Peter Parker tries to prove himself a hero while juggling a social and academic life. (Pre-order it here and get the previous five Spidey films here). IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: A) One would think rebooting Spider-Man for the third time in 15 years would lead to a stale, ...[Read More]

WONDER WOMAN Family Movie Review

WONDER WOMAN Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) Rent Wonder Woman here, buy 4K here, or get the Bluray/DVD from our store! WHAT’S WONDER WOMAN ABOUT? An Amazon princess journeys to WWI-era Europe to help mankind in the fight for peace. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: A-) With Wonder Woman Warner Bros. (and the DC Comics Cinematic Universe) finally have a film to rival the humor, heart, heroism, a ...[Read More]

guardians of the galaxy

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) WHAT’S GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 ABOUT? Marvel’s intergalactic antiheroes battle new enemies (and old) when a being (Kurt Russell) introduces himself as Peter’s father. (PRE-ORDER IT HERE AND BUY THE ORIGINAL FROM OUR STORE) IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: A-) Everything a sequel should be, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 builds on n ...[Read More]

THE DARK KNIGHT RISES Family Movie Review

THE DARK KNIGHT RISES Family Movie Review

REVIEW (GRADE: B+) Neither as sharply focused nor as gripping as the two films that preceded it, this nearly three-hour finale suffers from pacing issues, some unclear dialogue, and a choppy first hour, but finds its footing to close out the trilogy with heart, plenty of action, and some terrific performances. If you thought 2008’s The Dark Knight was too dark or sadistic, you’ll find ...[Read More]

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THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN Family Movie Review

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN REVIEW (GRADE: B+) A more dramatically mature take on the character than the bubblegum fun of Sam Raimi’s trilogy, The Amazing Spider-Man will appeal more to teens and adults, despite targeting merchandise at children. This is due largely to Marc Webb’s less fanciful direction and the performances he gets from his actors. Andrew Garfield is much less of a sweet-h ...[Read More]

avengers

THE AVENGERS Family Movie Review

Review (Grade: A) The most impressive superhero film since The Dark Knight, Marvel Studios’ The Avengers is a funny, thrilling, and character-driven crowd pleaser. Seeing the five films that preceded this one (Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor,and Captain America) may enrich the experience, but it’s hardly necessary; the film stands well on its own for those who want to just jump in ...[Read More]

chronicle

CHRONICLE Family Movie Review

CHRONICLE REVIEW (GRADE: B+) What if a few teenagers suddenly got superpowers? Not virtuous and heroic teens raised in loving homes like Peter Parker, but average irrational teens that drive recklessly at lunch, get drunk at parties, will do anything on a dare, and are still trying to figure out who they are? This is the premise of Chronicle, a superhero (supervillain?) film that achieves an impre ...[Read More]

CAPTAIN AMERICA Family Movie Review

CAPTAIN AMERICA Family Movie Review

REVIEW (GRADE: B) : As a superhero-origin movie, Captain America lays out cliche after cliche, following the template of numerous films that have come before it. As a patriotic crowd pleaser, however, it offers plenty of old-fashioned delights. I have to borrow what another reviewer said here, because he summed it up perfectly: “If you’ve got a problem with any of the plot points in Captain ...[Read More]

green lantern

GREEN LANTERN Family Movie Review

GREEN LANTERN (Grade: B-) REVIEW: Having one’s own opinion sometimes means going against the majority. Most critics and many friends loved The Social Network, while I found it to be well made and acted, but soulless and hollow. Most people I know adored Secretariat and felt it was wholesome and inspiring; I thought it was cliched and boring. We all bring our tastes and preferences to the the ...[Read More]

x-men: first class

X-MEN: FIRST CLASS Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker X-MEN FIRST CLASS REVIEW (GRADE B+): After the sloppy and empty-headed X-Men Origins: Wolverine, this prequel gets the franchise back on track with style and smarts. In fact, I’d say that it’s the second-best film in the series, behind only the exemplary X2: X-Men United (unlike many people, I like the first and third films about the same, finding both to be flawed b ...[Read More]