Fantasy/Sci-fi

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Family Review: BUMBLEBEE is Light PG-13, has Heart and Fun

By Tim Wilde WHAT’S BUMBLEBEE ABOUT? Rewinding the story of the Transformers movie franchise, Bumblebee is the story of the first arrival of the beloved Bumblebee (hence the title Bumblebee). Evacuating the Transformer homeworld, Cybertron, during the final battles between the Autobots and the Decepticons, Bumblebee flees to Earth on a mission to secure our world as a rendezvous point for hi ...[Read More]

Mortal Engines

MORTAL ENGINES Family Movie Review

By Trina Boice WHAT’S IT ABOUT?    Based on the book Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve, the movie features a young woman who has to survive in a post-apocalyptic age of predator cities.  It feels like a Steampunk version of Mad Mad Max: Fury Road or Waterworld. The title Mortal Engines is actually from Shakespeare’s Othello when he writes,”O you mortal engines, whose rude throats the immo ...[Read More]

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JURASSIC WORLD Family Movie Review

By Justin Lozada The Jurassic Park franchise has been going strong now for twenty-five years (hard to believe).  Like any franchise, the entries can range from series highs (Jurassic Park) to series lows (Jurassic Park III).  Fortunately, 2015’s Jurassic World revived the franchise after a fourteen-year lapse and gave viewers a thrilling, two-hour ride and ended up being one of the highest grossin ...[Read More]

SOLO Family Movie Review

SOLO Family Movie Review

  By Lindsi Neilson WHAT’S SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY ABOUT? A young Han Solo joins a group of galactic smugglers in an attempt to earn enough money to buy his own spaceship. Along the way he meets Chewbacca, the 196-year-old Wookie we all love, and Lando Calrissian. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: C+) Creating an engaging origin story for a character that has been around for decades (and has already di ...[Read More]

RAMPAGE Family Movie Review

RAMPAGE Family Movie Review

By Trina Boice Grade: B Rating: PG-13,  1 hour 47 minutes In a Nutshell: My 4 sons used to play the 1997 Midway Rampage video game, so I was curious to see how well director Brad Peyton would adapt the game to a movie for the fans. Historically, movies that take video games to the big screen are not that great. Well, here’s another one. This movie requires you to turn off your brain and not care.  ...[Read More]

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READY PLAYER ONE Family Movie Review

By Trina Boice WHAT’S READY PLAYER ONE ABOUT? The creator of the largest virtual reality world ever, called the OASIS, dies and leaves a challenge to anyone who can find three invisible keys that lead to a hidden Easter egg to win a fortune and ownership over the OASIS. Directed by Steven Spielberg, it is full of imagination, fun, action, romance, humor, and a moral lesson. Game on! (Rent or buy i ...[Read More]

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PACIFIC RIM: UPRISING Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker, Clinical Director, LMFT WHAT’S PACIFIC RIM: UPRISING ABOUT? A decade after mankind triumphed over alien monsters, a new threat forces us to suit up in giant robot suits and fight back (Rent or buy it here) IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: B-) Trading in Idris Elba and Charlie Hunnam for John Boyega and Scott Eastwood, this “new generation” sequel lacks the directorial flourishes Guiller ...[Read More]

THE LAST JEDI Family Movie Review

THE LAST JEDI Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Clinical Director, LMFT) 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 to breathe fr ...[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 buy the film and the trilogy box set now). IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: A) Making a compelling argument that what story one t ...[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]