Fantasy/Sci-fi

THE LAST JEDI Family Movie Review

THE LAST JEDI Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Clinical Director, LMFT, film critic) WHAT’S STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI ABOUT? The eighth episode of the Skywalker saga finds Rey attempting to recruit Luke Skywalker as Kylo Ren and the First Order close in on the Resistance.  IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: A) Writer-director Rian Johnson has crafted a phenomenal film here, honoring the Star Wars legacy while upending its tropes ...[Read More]

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WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) WHAT’S WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES ABOUT? After a human-engineered virus wipes out millions of people and makes apes super-intelligent, desperate soldiers rage war on peaceful primates who just want to be left alone. (You can pre-order the film and the trilogy box set now). IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: A) Making a compelling argument that what story ...[Read More]

TRANFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT Family Movie Review

TRANFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT Family Movie Review

By Thomas Olsen Rent or buy Transformers: The Last Knight here.  WHAT’S IT ABOUT? Autobots and Decepticons are once again trying to make Earth their home, this time by merging their world with ours (I think that’s what it was about?).  IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: D)  Over the years I have given the Transformers films a pass. I know they aren’t great movies but I always came out of them finding a ...[Read More]

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PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) Rent Pirates of the Caribbean: Dean Men Tell No Tales here or buy it from our store! WHAT’S PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES ABOUT? Captain Jack Sparrow seeks the trident of Poseidon to keep a pirate-hunting ghost at bay. This is being marketed as the “final adventure.” IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: B-) There’s ba ...[Read More]

GHOST IN THE SHELL Family Movie Review

GHOST IN THE SHELL Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) WHAT’S GHOST IN THE SHELL ABOUT? A super-agent with a human brain and a robotic body embarks on a quest to discover her identity. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: C+) Much like its heroine, Ghost in the Shell looks phenomenal and kicks butt, but is too cold and detached to truly connect. Largely a wonder of design (even if a couple of times the futur ...[Read More]

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KONG: SKULL ISLAND Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) WHAT’S KONG: SKULL ISLAND ABOUT? In 1973 a group of American soldiers join scientists, a photographer, and a mercenary to explore an uncharted island, an island where monsters still exist. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: A-) A bold and thrilling new vision for the King Kong legend, Kong: Skull Island takes audiences away from the “giant ape be ...[Read More]

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ROGUE ONE Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Clinical director, LMFT, film critic) WHAT’S ROGUE ONE ABOUT? Disney’s first Star Wars spin-off film (read: not a Skywalker “episode”) is part heist movie, part war film as Rebel forces steal the plans to the Death Star. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: A) At this point one can look at the Star Wars franchise as a series of individual films or as one giant story; ...[Read More]

ARRIVAL Family Movie Review

ARRIVAL Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) WHAT’S ARRIVAL ABOUT? A linguist and a physicist work with the military to communicate with extraterrestrials and determine their intentions. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: A) Artistic, well-acted, and tremendously moving, Arrival is smart sci-fi in the league of Contact and Gattaca. Avoid spoilers at all costs; discovering the narrative surprises ...[Read More]

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FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) WHAT’S FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM ABOUT? Wrangler of magical beasts Newt Scamander must track down several of his creatures that have escaped in 1920’s New York. Prequel/spinoff of the Harry Potter films, the first in a new series. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: A-) With a screenplay by JK Rowling herself and direction by longtim ...[Read More]

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MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) WHAT’S MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN ABOUT? Encouraged by his grandfather’s stories, a teen seeks out a secret refuge for children with unique powers. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: B) Ostensibly Tim Burton’s version of an X-Men movie (Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters is essentially the same as the titular ...[Read More]