Family- Live Action

Family Review: THE KID WHO WOULD BE KING is First-Rate Fun

Family Review: THE KID WHO WOULD BE KING is First-Rate Fun

By Trina Boice WHAT’S THE KID WHO WOULD BE KING ABOUT? Writer/director Joe Cornish presents a delightful family-friendly adventure that puts a modern spin on the legend of King Arthur and the Sword in the Stone.  The story takes place among British middle school kids where evil gets schooled and kids rule. IS IT ANY GOOD? (A-) Yes!  It’s both charming and cheesy and will remind you of the fun and ...[Read More]

MARY POPPINS RETURNS Family Movie Review

MARY POPPINS RETURNS Family Movie Review

By Trina Boice WHAT’S IT ABOUT?    Based on the stories by P. L. Travers, this lovely family-friendly film is, as Mary Poppins would say, “practically perfect in every way.”  It has the magic, wonder, fun, style, and spirit of the original movie while providing new talent and new musical numbers.  It is not a remake, but a sequel. The 1964 Disney movie Mary Poppins became a classic and has warmed ...[Read More]

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NUTCRACKER AND THE FOUR REALMS Family Movie Review

By Trina Boice WHAT’S IT ABOUT?    Based on The Nutcracker and the Mouse King by E.T. A. Hoffmann, this coming-of-age movie adaptation feels partially familiar, yet also new and wacky.   It feels like a sugary cupcake that is beautifully decorated, but mostly fluff with no nutritional value. Very young girls may enjoy it.  Most everyone else will be bored or disappointed. IS IT ANY GOOD?   C+ Not ...[Read More]

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 lot of changes ...[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 been huge, and Disney A ...[Read More]