Thriller

flatliners

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]

mummy

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]

47 meters down

47 METERS DOWN Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) WHAT’S IT ABOUT? Thriller finds two sisters running out of oxygen and surrounded by man-eaters when their shark cage sinks to the bottom of the ocean. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: B-) If you can embrace that this film has more in common with fictional monster movies than actual shark behavior (or scuba diving, for that matter), it’s a real nail-biter. ...[Read More]

the mine

ABANDONED MINE Family Movie Review

THE MINE REVIEW (GRADE: B) The Mine, an independent thriller from writer-director Jeff Chamberlain, has been a hit with teenage test audiences throughout Utah. And why not? After all, it’s being marketed to parents as “a movie you will enjoy watching with your teens without being offended by gratuitous sex, violence, and language,” and to faith leaders as a film whose “themes of personal responsib ...[Read More]

premium rush

PREMIUM RUSH Family Movie Review

PREMIUM RUSH REVIEW (GRADE: B+) With just enough heart, intelligence, and humor to hang its innovative action sequences on, Premium Rush may be lightweight as a thriller, but it’s well-acted, creatively directed, and full of exciting stunts. Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Inception, The Dark Knight Rises) stars as a courier who risks life and limb daily, braving insane New York City traffic on his bicycle. ...[Read More]

woman in black

THE WOMAN IN BLACK Family Movie Review

THE WOMAN IN BLACK REVIEW (Grade: B+) The good grade I give to The Woman in Black is not necessarily to be confused with a recommendation, though for some it will be. The film is dark, frightening, and deeply disturbing. Those who like scary movies will find much to enjoy here: I would describe its tone and style as a mix of The Grudge and The Others. Fans curious to see star Daniel Radcliffe̵ ...[Read More]

contagion

CONTAGION Family Movie Review

CONTAGION REVIEW (GRADE: A) When it comes to scaring audiences, nothing does the job better than realism. Director Steven Soderberg’s (Ocean’s Eleven) cast may be filled with big stars and Oscar-winners (Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, Laurence Fishburne, and Marion Cotillard), but the tone and performances are down-to-earth. In Contagion an outbreak of a deadly ne ...[Read More]

source code

SOURCE CODE Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) (GRADE: A-) Two films come to mind when watching Source Code, the pleasantly unpredictable new thriller starring Jake Gyllenhaal (October Sky, The Day After Tomorrow) and Michelle Monaghan (Mission Impossible 3). The first is the father/son murder mystery Frequency and the second is the Denzel Washington thriller Deja Vu. If you enjoyed those film ...[Read More]

limitless

LIMITLESS Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) I once read someone’s take on The Dark Knight, describing it as a disgusting film; I thought, on the other hand, that it was a brilliant and ultimately uplifting film about the importance of not making moral compromises and not backing down in the face of overwhelming evil. We saw the same film, but had a completely different experience from ...[Read More]