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Family Review: HAPPY DEATH DAY 2U is a Silly, Spooky Sequel

By Trina Boice Republished with permission from The Movie Review Mom.  WHAT’S IT ABOUT?      Happy Death Day 2U is a quasi-horror flick that is a sequel to the popular 2017 Happy Death Day movie where a time loop wreaks havoc on college students.  Some are saying that this sequel is even better than the original movie, calling it a sci-fi/slasher comedy mash-up. Personally, I think I liked the ori ...[Read More]

Family Review: MISS BALA Fails to Meet its Potential

Family Review: MISS BALA Fails to Meet its Potential

By Trina Boice WHAT’S MISS BALA ABOUT? This is a PG-13 remake of a 2011 Mexican film also called Miss Bala. “Bala” means “bullet” in English. The award-winning Gina Rodriguez from Jane the Virgin stars as a Hispanic American citizen who crosses the border into Tijuana, Mexico to help her childhood friend win a beauty pageant. They both get kidnapped and caught up in a drug ring. She uses her wits ...[Read More]

THE HOUSE WITH A CLOCK IN ITS WALLS Family Movie Review

THE HOUSE WITH A CLOCK IN ITS WALLS Family Movie Review

By Trina Boice WHAT’S THE HOUSE WITH A CLOCK IN ITS WALLS ABOUT? A young boy’s parents are killed and so he has to live with his strange uncle, who he learns is a warlock.  Intrigued, he wants to learn magic too, but he’s not quite prepared for what happens next. The house has an inexplicable clock in its walls, left by the evil warlock who lived there before.  Together, the boy, his uncle, and th ...[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]

BREAKING IN Family Movie Review

BREAKING IN Family Movie Review

By Trina Boice WHAT’S Breaking In ABOUT? Gabrielle Union does a good job showing us what any mama bear will do to protect her cubs when some bad guys break into her house, trapping her kids inside while locking her outside. Unfortunately, the action-thriller movie is predictable. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: C- ) Gabrielle Union is the capable protagonist, as well as one of the producers of the movie.  ...[Read More]

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A QUIET PLACE Family Movie Review

By Trina Boice Grade: A- Rating: PG-13, 90 minutes In a Nutshell  We all fell in love with John Krasinski when he first appeared in the hit TV show The Office.  He has since gone on to show us his action hero chops in movies like 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi and his creativity as a producer of “Lip Sync Battle.” This is now his third time directing and I'm convinced he wil ...[Read More]

MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS Family Movie Review

MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS Family Movie Review

By Grady Kerr If you were born before 1985 you probably remember the mystery movie Clue. My sister Summer and I watched that movie on repeat growing up. (Both our parents worked). It always stood out to me at the quintessential murder mystery film. Clue now has a new contender for that title in Murder on the Orient Express. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: A) What starts out as a lavish train ride through ...[Read More]

STRANGER THINGS 2 Family Movie Review

STRANGER THINGS 2 Family Movie Review

By Chris Loumeau WHAT’S STRANGER THINGS: SEASON 2 ABOUT? It picks up exactly where season 1 left off. Young Will Byers is back with his family. His best friends – Mike, Lucas, Dustin and Eleven – saved him from the monsters of “the upside down” and all is well in Hawkins, Indiana… or is it? Something sinister seems to be afoot and our favorite characters are back at it to try to figure it all out ...[Read More]

HAPPY DEATH DAY Family Movie Review

HAPPY DEATH DAY Family Movie Review

By Daren Smith WHAT'S IT ABOUT? A young woman must relive the same day over and over until she figures out who keeps murdering her. Think of it as the horror Groundhog Day. Pre-order it here. IS IT ANY GOOD? (Grade: C+) Tree Gelbman (Jessica Rothe) wakes up on her birthday to the sound of her father calling her cell phone. Confused, she gets startled by Carter Davis (Israel Broussard), with whom s ...[Read More]

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FLATLINERS Family Movie Review

By Daren Smith WHAT'S IT ABOUT? In Flatliners, a group of medical students explore the realm of near death experiences in order to find insights into the afterlife. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: D) Flatliners starts with a scene where Courtney (Ellen Page) is driving and gets distracted by her cell phone and drives off a cliff, killing her sister Tessa in the crash. Honestly, it feels like a very on-the ...[Read More]