Drama

creed

CREED Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) WHAT’S CREED ABOUT? The son of boxing legend Apollo Creed enlists his late father’s rival and best friend, Rocky Balboa, to train him. (It’s really about much more than that, but I don’t want to spoil it). IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: A) Creed is the first movie of the year that I wanted to go back and see the very next day. It& ...[Read More]

STILL ALICE Family Movie Review

STILL ALICE Family Movie Review

WHAT’S IT ABOUT? A family tries to cope as their wife and mother struggles with the effects of early-onset Alzheimer’s disease.   IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: A): Devastating, but also poignant and beautiful, Still Alice features a Golden-Globe-winning (and Oscar-nominated) performance by Julianne Moore as a wife, mother, and professor whose life is forever changed when she’s diagnose ...[Read More]

THE BUTLER Family Movie Review

THE BUTLER Family Movie Review

I’ve got a couple of historical dramas for you this week. The Butler features Forrest Whittaker, Oprah Winfrey, and an all-star ensemble cast  in the tale of a White House butler who served numerous presidents and whose family gets swept up in the Civil Rights movement. Jobs finds former Punk’d host Ashton Kutcher depicting the Apple Computers mastermind. Does the former do justice to ...[Read More]

THE GREAT GATSBY Family Movie Review

THE GREAT GATSBY Family Movie Review

I’ve got two high-profile reviews for you today. First is the sequel Star Trek Into Darkness, the follow-up to the acclaimed series reboot from director J.J. Abrams (Super 8). The second is The Great Gatsby, a visually-stunning adaptation of the classic F. Scott Fitzgerald novel by director Baz Luhrmann (Moulin Rouge). Are they appropriate for you and/or your teenagers? What Gospel truths do ...[Read More]

Overlooked Gem: LES MISERABLES (1998)

Overlooked Gem: LES MISERABLES (1998)

Long before it was a hit Broadway musical, Les Miserables was a novel by French author Victor Hugo, a work which I believe was divinely inspired, as rich in eternal truths as it is. This tale of reformed confict Jean Valjean, the prostitute he befriends, the child he adopts, and the police inspector obsessed with bringing him down has been adapted for the screen numerous times. The upcoming versio ...[Read More]

TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE Family Movie Review

TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE Family Movie Review

REVIEW (GRADE: B-) Lightweight (but satisfying) as a family drama, and perhaps a bit too predictable in its screenplay, Trouble With the Curve succeeds due largely to the charm of, and chemistry between, its actors. Clint Eastwood stars as an aging baseball scout with failing eyesight. Amy Adams is his hardworking daughter, an attorney who jeopardizes partnership in her firm to help her dad keep t ...[Read More]

rabbit hole

RABBIT HOLE Family Movie Review

RABBIT HOLE REVIEW (Grade: C+) Grieving: The Movie might have been a better title for this plodding, but well-acted, film that explores loss and pain in great degree but doesn’t spend enough time on healing and hope. Nicole Kidman (Moulin Rouge) and BYU-grad Aaron Eckhart (The Dark Knight) star as a couple trying to pick up the pieces after their young son dies in an accident. Though there a ...[Read More]

war horse

WAR HORSE Family Movie Review

  WAR HORSE REVIEW (Grade: A-) In films such as E.T. and Hook, Steven Spielberg proved himself a master of sentimental film-making (in the best sense of that term). With Schindler’s List and Saving Private Ryan, he proved himself capable of gritty realism. His latest effort, War Horse, utilizes both sides of his talent. Based on a stage play by the same name, it captures both the sorrow ...[Read More]

the beaver family movie review

THE BEAVER Family Movie Review

REVIEW (GRADE: B) Mel Gibson’s much-publicized bad behavior, both alleged and confirmed, of the past five years has been undeniably reprehensible. However, it gives one pause that, at a time when the general public denounces him as racist, homophobic, hypocritically un-Christian, anti-Semitic, violently misogynistic, and pathetically alcoholic, those who know him best and have spoken in defe ...[Read More]

warrior

WARRIOR Family Movie Review

WARRIOR REVIEW (GRADE: A+) Before I tell you why Warrior is possibly my favorite film of the year thus far, let me make clear that, going in, I had no love for Ultimate Fighting and was as tired as anyone of cliched inspirational sports movies. In the case of the former, my limited experience with the sport has generally left me unnerved; for me, violence is something to be reserved for self-defen ...[Read More]