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Family Review: Despite Huge Budget, ALADDIN Looks Cheap

Family Review: Despite Huge Budget, ALADDIN Looks Cheap

Republished with permission from The Movie Mom.  By Trina Boice WHAT'S ALADDIN ABOUT? It’s been about five minutes, so what does that mean? Time for another Disney live-action remake!  (Wink.) This version of the 1992 animated musical Aladdin was directed by Guy Ritchie, who wanted to make a children’s film for his five kids. He admits he’s always been compelled by stories about street hustlers. A ...[Read More]

a dog's journey

Family Review: A DOG’S JOURNEY Will Hit Canine Lovers in the Feels

By Trina Boice Republished with permission from The Movie Review Mom.  WHAT’S A DOG'S JOURNEY ABOUT? We just had a dog movie in theaters, right?  Yep.  That one was called A Dog's Way Home. This one is the sequel to A Dog's Purpose.  Confusing?  Yep, a little bit. If you loved A Dog's Purpose, then you'll like this one too.  If you’ve seen that movie, then you’ve pretty much seen this one.  Why th ...[Read More]

dumbo

Family Review: DUMBO Charms But Doesn’t Soar

By Trina Boice Republished with permission from The Movie Review Mom.  WHAT’S DUMBO ABOUT?    Dumbo is a story of a sweet, baby elephant whose unusually large ears allow him to fly.  He gets separated from his mother in their circus life together and has to rely on the help of a kind circus family in order to find his mother.  This live-action adaptation of the original Dumbo is directed by Tim Bu ...[Read More]

A Dog's Way Home

Family Review: A DOG’S WAY HOME is Heartwarming, Lovely

By Trina Boice Republished with permission from The Movie Review Mom.  WHAT’S A DOG’S WAY HOME ABOUT?      A Dog’s Way Home is based on the heartwarming novel by W. Bruce Cameron. There were quite a few things that were left out of the movie, but if you haven’t read the book, you certainly won’t miss them.  This feel-good drama is NOT a sequel to A Dog’s Purpose.  There actually will be a sequel t ...[Read More]

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]

Nutcracker

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]

wrinkle in time

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]