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THE ABOLITIONISTS Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) WHAT’S THE ABOLITIONISTS ABOUT? This documentary follows an undercover task force as they take down human traffickers and rescue child slavery victims. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: A) Those who’ve seen Taken (the first one, not the rubbish sequels) have been introduced to the heartbreaking, seedy world of child trafficking, albeit through t ...[Read More]

MITT Family Movie Review

MITT Family Movie Review

  MITT REVIEW (GRADE: B+)  l Mitt, the new documentary by New York Doll director Greg Whitely, has been marketed as an opportunity to get to know the “real” Mitt Romney, as

BLACKFISH Family Movie Review

BLACKFISH Family Movie Review

BLACKFISH REVIEW (GRADE: A) It may ruin SeaWorld for you, but this Sundance favorite is one of 2013’s best films, as well as the first documentary I can ever remember wanting to watch twice in the same day. Far from an emotion-driven smear-campaign, CNN Films’ Blackfish instead lays out the cold, hard facts as if building an irrefutable court case; the viewer’s emotional investme ...[Read More]

AN ORDINARY HERO Family Movie Review

AN ORDINARY HERO Family Movie Review

REVIEW (GRADE: A)    Several years ago while attending Auburn University I visited the Civil Rights Memorial in Montgomery Alabama, which is dedicated to those who gave their lives fighting for equality. I read story after story and poured over photographs and videos of African-American heroes who were hung, unjustly imprisoned, and beaten to death (or to the point of lifelong disability) because ...[Read More]

LIFE IN A DAY Family Movie Review

LIFE IN A DAY Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) REVIEW (Grade: B+)  On July 24 2010, tens of thousands of people around the world participated in a wholly unique filmmaking experiment. They filmed their day and sent the footage (amounting to 80,000 clips and 4500 hours of footage) to filmmakers sponsored by National Geographic and Youtube; the best bits were compiled and edited into this amazin ...[Read More]

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EARTH Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) WHAT’S EARTH ABOUT? 90-minute version of the incredible BBC documentary miniseries Planet Earth. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: A-) What the film version lacks in the miniseries’ thoroughness, it makes up for in a breathless pace that relentlessly transports you all over the world (as any great adventure film should). The footage is, quite simply, ...[Read More]