Musical

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]

bohemian rhapsody

BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY Family Movie Review

By Lindsi Neilson WHAT’S BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY ABOUT? A rock biopic exploring the life of Freddie Mercury, this film attempts to trace the meteoric rise of one of the most iconic rock bands ever: Queen. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: C) “We’re four misfits who don’t belong together, we’re playing for the other misfits…. We belong to them.”  Freddie Mercury says when explaining what ma ...[Read More]

THE GREATEST SHOWMAN Family Movie Review

THE GREATEST SHOWMAN Family Movie Review

By Lindsi Neilson WHAT’S THE GREATEST SHOWMAN ABOUT? An original musical loosely based on the life of P.T. Barnum and his inspiration for the show that would eventually become a worldwide sensation.    IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: B) The Greatest Showman seeks to dazzle its audience with an enthusiastic outpouring of music, costumes, energy and romance, and to its credit, it very nearly succeeds. ...[Read More]

pitch perfect 3

PITCH PERFECT 3 Family Movie Review

By Grady Kerr Pitch Perfect 3 picks up a few years after the highs of winning the world championships. (Das Sound Machine was robbed) The Bellas now find themselves split apart and discovering there aren’t many job prospects for making music with your mouth. But when they get the chance to reunite for an overseas USO tour, this group of awesome nerds will come together to make some music, and some ...[Read More]

beauty and the beast

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (family therapist, film critic) WHAT’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST ABOUT? Disney updates their 1991 animated classic about a bookish beauty who falls for a monstrous beast. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: B+) It won’t be nominated for Best Picture like the original, but what this new Beauty and the Beast does right makes up for its flaws. Let’s get the negative out of the way ...[Read More]

la la land

LA LA LAND Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) WHAT’S LA LA LAND ABOUT? An aspiring actress and a struggling jazz musician fall in love and inspire each other artistically. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: A) Featuring truly dazzling film-making and strong performances by Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, La La Land is an enchanting blend of modern and retro. Taking place in present-day Los Angeles, b ...[Read More]

PITCH PERFECT 2 Family Movie Review

PITCH PERFECT 2 Family Movie Review

WHAT’S IT ABOUT? The Bellas seek redemption from an embarrassing incident by competing at the World Acapella Championship. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: B+)  I’ll keep this simple: if you enjoyed the first film, you’re going to enjoy this one. If you didn’t, this won’t win you over, because it’s more of the same. Now, if you’re one of those crazy people who enjo ...[Read More]

LES MISERABLES Family Movie Review

LES MISERABLES Family Movie Review

REVIEW (GRADE: A-) This is as great a film version of the stage musical Les Miserables (based on the inspired novel by Victor Hugo) as likely could be made; what flaws it has are carried over from the stage production. With numerous story threads (the novel is immense) crammed into 2 hours and 40 minutes, the film moves at a surprisingly steady clip. This is both a blessing and a curse: a few of t ...[Read More]

PITCH PERFECT Family Movie Review

PITCH PERFECT Family Movie Review

PITCH PERFECT REVIEW (GRADE: B+) Frequently laugh-out-loud funny, with terrific music and colorful characters, Pitch Perfect is justified in its status as this fall’s surprise hit, even if it is hindered by a mostly predictable plot and an over-reliance on vulgar humor (see content overview below). Anna Kendrick (Twilight) displays nice range (vocal and comedic) as an aspiring DJ/freshman co ...[Read More]