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THE STAR Family Movie Review

THE STAR Family Movie Review

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the stray

THE STRAY Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) WHAT’S THE STRAY ABOUT? A man’s life, and relationship with his family, is saved by a stray dog. Autobiographical film from director Mitch Davis (The Other Side of Heaven). IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: B+) While fans of Lassie, Where the Red Fern Grows, and My Dog Skip will definitely find much to enjoy here, one doesn’t have to be a “dog person” or ev ...[Read More]

love, kennedy

LOVE, KENNEDY Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) WHAT’S LOVE, KENNEDY ABOUT? A terminally-ill teen inspires a community with her love and faith in this new film by T.C. Christensen (17 Miracles, Ephraim’s Rescue, The Cokeville Miracle). Based on a true story. Available on Bluray and DVD. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: A-) To see a T.C. Christensen film in a crowded theater is to experience surround-sou ...[Read More]

ben hur

BEN-HUR Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) WHAT’S BEN-HUR ABOUT? A Jewish prince seeks revenge on the adopted brother who betrayed him into slavery, but encounters with Jesus Christ teach him a better way. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: C+) Watching the new Ben-Hur is like attending a concert by a decent cover band. The material is familiar and beloved with good reason, the right notes are ...[Read More]

saturday's warrior

SATURDAY’S WARRIOR Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) WHAT’S SATURDAY’S WARRIOR ABOUT? Several siblings leave heaven for Earth, experiencing together the struggles of mortal life in this musical interpretation of Latter-day Saint doctrine. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: B) Mainstream audiences are likely unfamiliar with Saturday’s Warrior, but for lifelong Mormons the musical is a staple o ...[Read More]

singing with angels

SINGING WITH ANGELS Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) WHAT’S SINGING WITH ANGELS ABOUT? A woman finds renewed faith and strength singing with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir while facing several personal and family struggles. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: B) With gorgeous music and beautiful cinematography, Singing With Angels is in many ways a delight for both the eyes and ears. When the choir sings, the movi ...[Read More]

young messiah

THE YOUNG MESSIAH Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) WHAT’S THE YOUNG MESSIAH ABOUT? Based on the Anne Rice novel Christ Our Lord: Out of Egypt, this film explores the fictionalized, non-Biblical events of Jesus Christ’s seventh year. (Buy or rent it here). IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: B) Beautifully-shot and featuring a moving musical score by John Debney (The Passion of the Christ), your ap ...[Read More]

risen movie

RISEN Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) WHAT’S RISEN ABOUT? A Roman military tribune is tasked with finding the body of Jesus Christ in order to squash rumors of the Resurrection. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: A) After the dual disappointments of Noah and Exodus: Gods and Kings, this film is a refreshing reminder of how good biblical movies can be when they’re done right. A near-perfect marri ...[Read More]

once i was a beehive

ONCE I WAS A BEEHIVE Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) WHAT’S ONCE I WAS A BEEHIVE ABOUT? Still mourning her father’s death, a teenager from a Protestant family gets roped into attending a Mormon summer camp.  IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: B+) Faith-based comedies often fall terribly flat. Wholesome doesn’t always equal funny, and good intentions don’t necessarily lead to polished sc ...[Read More]

THE COKEVILLE MIRACLE Family Movie Review

THE COKEVILLE MIRACLE Family Movie Review

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