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THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US Family Movie Review

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PASSENGERS Family Movie Review

PASSENGERS Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) WHAT’S PASSENGERS ABOUT? A man and woman wake up from cryo-sleep on a futuristic space flight decades before the other passengers. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: C+) On paper, talented and attractive Hollywood stars Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt should make for an ideal onscreen romance. Indeed, one reason Passengers works as well as it does it ...[Read More]

THE FAULT IN OUR STARS Family Movie Review

THE FAULT IN OUR STARS Family Movie Review

  WHAT’S IT ABOUT? Based on the best-selling novel, this romantic dramedy finds a terminally ill teen falling in love with a boy who helps her to savor life. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: A-) A romance centered on terminal illness is bound to be bittersweet, but thanks to a winning sense of humor and a gracious tone, The Fault in Our Stars is more warm and uplifting than sad and depressing. It als ...[Read More]

AUSTENLAND Family Movie Review

AUSTENLAND Family Movie Review

I’m reviewing the Sundance darling Austenland today. This film has Mormon fingerprints all over it. Shannon Hale, who wrote the novel and co-wrote the screenplay, is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, as is co-writer and director Jerusha Hess (Napoleon Dynamite, Nacho Libre) and producer Stephanie Meyer. Also, lead actress Keri Russell was raised in the Church (she ...[Read More]

THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS Family Movie Review

THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS Family Movie Review

THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS REVIEW (GRADE: F+) It’d be easy to dismiss The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones as a Twilight ripoff, but that’s not fair: it’s so much more than that. It’s also a ripoff of Harry Potter, Star Wars, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, X-Men, Stargate, Hellboy, and Ghostbusters. Look, I love going to the cinema. I love it so much that at times I’ve been a ...[Read More]

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING Family Movie Review

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING Family Movie Review

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING (GRADE: B+) History’s most famous playwright (Shakespeare) meets one of this generation’s greatest screenwriters (Joss Whedon- Toy Story, Serenity, The Avengers) in this warmly romantic, sporadically-hilarious adaptation of the classic play. Like the Leonardo DiCaprio/Claire Danes version of Romeo and Juliet, this film places the Bard’s dialogue in a modern ...[Read More]

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THE HOST Family Movie Review

This week I take a look at the psuedo-sequel G.I. Joe: Retaliation (Dennis Quaid and Marlon Wayans were upgraded to Bruce Willis and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, which is an instant major improvement) and the Stephanie Meyer adaptation The Host. Are either worth your hard-earned cash? Read my reviews below! GI JOE: RETALIATION REVIEW (GRADE: C) As a tribute to the simple pleasures best e ...[Read More]

SAFE HAVEN Family Movie Review

SAFE HAVEN Family Movie Review

For the long weekend I’ve got reviews of a couple of romantic films and a new animated family film for you to choose from. Safe Haven is the latest tear-jerker from Notebook creator Nicholas Sparks. Escape From Planet Earth is a tale of aliens abducted by humans, fighting to make their way home. Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (on DVD) came out last year, but I’m just now getting around to ...[Read More]

WARM BODIES Family Movie Review

WARM BODIES Family Movie Review

WARM BODIES REVIEW (GRADE: A-) Some things don’t sound good on paper: a romantic comedy with zombies, for example. Such a thing has only been attempted once before, with the brilliant Shaun of the Dead (which was rated R, but Comedy Central shows an edited version around Halloween) and in that case the characters were both living people. Warm Bodies, on the other hand, features a zombie fall ...[Read More]

BREAKING DAWN- PART TWO Family Movie Review

BREAKING DAWN- PART TWO Family Movie Review

  Greetings dear readers! I hope you had a terrific Thanksgiving. I apologize for the delay in these reviews, but  this past week we moved to a new home (with all the packing, cleaning, and unpacking that that entails) all while taking care of three children and hosting family for the holiday. I finally had some time to check out a few of the new releases: Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, th ...[Read More]