Family- Live Action

THE HOUSE WITH A CLOCK IN ITS WALLS Family Movie Review

THE HOUSE WITH A CLOCK IN ITS WALLS Family Movie Review

By Trina Boice WHAT’S THE HOUSE WITH A CLOCK IN ITS WALLS ABOUT? A young boy’s parents are killed and so he has to live with his strange uncle, who he learns is a warlock.  Intrigued, he wants to learn magic too, but he’s not quite prepared for what happens next. The house has an inexplicable clock in its walls, left by the evil warlock who lived there before.  Together, the boy, his uncle, and th ...[Read More]

CHRISTOPHER ROBIN Family Movie Review

CHRISTOPHER ROBIN Family Movie Review

By Michael Stanley WHAT’S IT ABOUT? Christopher Robin is the latest live-action reimagining of Disney Studio’s classic characters. Based on the beloved cartoon series inspired by A. A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh stories, this film follows a grown-up Christopher Robin (Ewan McGregor) struggling to find a balance between his demanding career and his role as husband and father to his wife (Hayley Atwell ...[Read More]

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A WRINKLE IN TIME Family Movie Review

By Joel Hilton WHAT’S A WRINKLE IN TIME ABOUT? Based on the beloved novel by Madeleine L’Engle, A Wrinkle in Time tells the story of Meg (Storm Reid) and her brother Charles Wallace (Deric McCabe) as they search through time and space to find their missing father (Chris Pine). Rent or buy it here. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: D) Fans of the book will probably be disappointed. There are a lo ...[Read More]

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PETER RABBIT Family Movie Review

By Lindsi Neilson WHAT’S PETER RABBIT ABOUT? When a younger relative of the old Mr. MacGregor moves into the neighborhood, Peter Rabbit (with the help of his sisters and cousin) battle with him over the vegetables in his garden and the affections of the animal-lover who lives next door. Rent or buy it here here. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: C+) Surprisingly violent and full of edgy humor, the most conf ...[Read More]

PADDINGTON 2 Family Movie Review

PADDINGTON 2 Family Movie Review

By Justin Lozada Paddington 2 (pre-order it here) is the sequel and follow up film to 2014’s surprise hit, Paddington. The film, directed by Paul King, proved to be a sleeper box office hit with children and adults. How does the second film hold up compared to the first? IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: A) To be honest, I am not too familiar with the original source material by author, Michael Bond.  I was ...[Read More]

WONDER Family Movie Review

WONDER Family Movie Review

By Lindsi Neilson WHAT IS WONDER ABOUT? August Pullman, a boy born with a genetic disorder that causes severe facial deformity, enters the fifth grade at a public school for the first time. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: A-) Jacob Tremblay (Room) leads this cast as August (Auggie) Pullman, and he delivers a superb performance. Almost unrecognizable because his face is covered in prosthesis, he still mana ...[Read More]

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PETE’S DRAGON Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) WHAT’S PETE’S DRAGON ABOUT? After years in the woods without human contact, a young boy is discovered along with his guardian… a large green dragon. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: A) Folks, we’re in a new golden age of Disney movie-making. Pixar’s been carrying the banner for years, the Marvel and Lucasfilm acquisitions have ...[Read More]

the bfg family movie review

THE BFG Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) WHAT’S THE BFG ABOUT? A British orphan forms a bond with a “Big Friendly Giant” (BFG) and teams up with him to stop other giants from eating England’s children. Based on the classic book by Roald Dahl (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory). IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: B) It’s a testament to the talent of Steven Spielberg tha ...[Read More]

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THE JUNGLE BOOK Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) WHAT’S THE JUNGLE BOOK ABOUT? A boy, raised by animals in the jungles of India, must decide to return to the “man village” or face his mortal enemy, a tiger named Shere Khan. Adapted from the classic Rudyard Kipling novel. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: A) Hot on the heels of Kenneth Branagh’s marvelous Cinderella remake, director ...[Read More]

TOMORROWLAND Family Movie Review

TOMORROWLAND Family Movie Review

WHAT’S IT ABOUT? An optimistic teenager, a cynical inventor, and their mysterious companion make their way to a futuristic dimension where anything is possible in this Disney film. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: B-) It’s too preachy, about 20 minutes too long, and the plot is likely too convoluted for young kids to follow, but Tomorrowland also has too much going for it for audiences to simpl ...[Read More]