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WONDER Family Movie Review

WONDER Family Movie Review

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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]

CINDERELLA Family Movie Review

CINDERELLA Family Movie Review

WHAT’S IT ABOUT? Kenneth Branagh directs this live-action Disney adaptation of the classic fairy tale.    IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: A) This wholly-satisfying rendition of the classic fable isn’t a radical re-imagining like last year’s Maleficent; instead, Cinderella is a straightforward retelling, but it’s told remarkably well. What director Kenneth Branagh, screenwriter Chri ...[Read More]

MALEFICENT Family Movie Review

MALEFICENT Family Movie Review

REVIEW (GRADE: B) I know loads of people who’ve been very excited for the release of Maleficent, but I wasn’t hoping for much. The trailers, to me, hinted at a vapid, refurbished fairy-tale that would coast on visual effects and the (admittedly spot-on) stunt casting of Angelina Jolie as the titular baddie. Much to my surprise, Maleficent is given a meaty character arc and Jolie’ ...[Read More]

OZ: THE GREAT AND POWERFUL Family Movie Review

OZ: THE GREAT AND POWERFUL Family Movie Review

  OZ- THE GREAT AND POWERFUL REVIEW (GRADE: B) Though it won’t be regarded a classic like 1939’s The Wizard of Oz, this lively and colorful prequel does nothing to damage the franchise’s good name. Sam Raimi, director of the Spider-Man trilogy and the zany Drag Me to Hell (which was the rare horror film that I liked) brings his energetic creativity to the Oz universe. The result ...[Read More]

CHRISTMAS ORANGES Family Movie Review

CHRISTMAS ORANGES Family Movie Review

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THE ODD LIFE OF TIMOTHY GREEN Family Movie Review

THE ODD LIFE OF TIMOTHY GREEN Family Movie Review

GRADE: C This is what happens when an otherwise decent film fails to provide character growth. Gorgeously shot with warm performances and lovely music, The Odd Life of Timothy Green (about an infertile couple to whom a miraculous child appears) falls flat because its characters are so static. As Timothy, young actor CJ Adams is cute and charming but his character is written as so unfailingly posit ...[Read More]