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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 ...[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 ...[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 ...[Read More]

THE DARK TOWER Family Movie Review

THE DARK TOWER Family Movie Review

By Moriya Porter WHAT’S THE DARK TOWER ABOUT? The Dark Tower stars Idris Elba (Thor, The Avengers) as Roland, the last Gunslinger, and Matthew McConaughey (How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, We Are Marshall) as Walter AKA “The Man in Black”. The story begins with young protagonist Jake (Tom Taylor) who has a bad home life and constantly dreams of a place that no one believes exists. But when Jake ...[Read More]

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THE MUMMY Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) Buy The Mummy on Bluray/DVD here or rent/buy it on Instant Video here. WHAT’S THE MUMMY ABOUT? A soldier-of-fortune unearths a cursed mummy, unleashing evil and drawing the attention of an agency that fights monsters. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: C+) Expectation is everything. By the time I saw The Mummy it was sitting ugly at 15% on Rotten Tomatoes. I ...[Read More]