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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 gets ...[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 47 METERS DOWN 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. (Rent or buy it here) 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 ...[Read More]

the shallows family movie review

THE SHALLOWS Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) WHAT'S THE SHALLOWS ABOUT? A surfer (Blake Lively) is terrorized by a relentless Great White Shark 200 yards from shore. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: B) Despite a few dull stretches and some hokey dialogue, The Shallows emerges as one of the few truly good “killer shark” movies since the original Jaws. It's not a masterpiece like that film, ...[Read More]

pride & prejudice & zombies

PRIDE & PREJUDICE & ZOMBIES Family Movie Review

  Review by Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) WHAT'S PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES ABOUT? Jane Austen's classic tale of class strife and romance is re-imagined in the context of a Victorian undead apocalypse. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: B-) It should come as no surprise that a film titled Pride and and Prejudice and Zombies struggles to establish a tone. Based on the book of the s ...[Read More]

THE VISIT Family Movie Review

THE VISIT Family Movie Review

  By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) WHAT'S THE VISIT ABOUT? Two teens take a week-long trip to their grandparents' house. Geriatric terror ensues. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: B+) Horror, humor, and heart. Balancing the three takes a master filmmaker, something that M. Night Shyamalan hasn't been since the days of The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, and Signs. After a decade's worth of duds ...[Read More]

JURASSIC WORLD Family Movie Review

JURASSIC WORLD Family Movie Review

  WHAT'S IT ABOUT? 20 years after Jurassic Park, the island has been turned into a fully-functional theme park, akin to Sea World or Disneyland. 20,000 guests are put at risk when a terrifying genetic hybrid breaks loose. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: A-) The snobby, nit-picky movie critic in me wants to give this film a B or a B+. The character arcs and narrative twists are generally predictable, it's ...[Read More]

POLTERGEIST Family Movie Review

POLTERGEIST Family Movie Review

WHAT'S IT ABOUT? A family moves into a new home, only to find it haunted by malevolent spirits in this remake of the 80's classic. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: B) It may never be as iconic as the original, but this new Poltergeist is no embarrassment either. Now, I'm not a horror aficionado. In general it's my least-favorite film genre, primarily because there's often so little light contrasting the da ...[Read More]

GRAVITY Movie Review

GRAVITY Movie Review

GRAVITY REVIEW: (GRADE: A+) From the screenplay to the musical score to the cinematography, Gravity is bursting with originality and groundbreaking creativity on every frame, but it's the performances by Sandra Bullock (The Blind Side, Miss Congeniality) and George Clooney (The Oceans Trilogy, Good Night and Good Luck) that give it its humanity. The duo star as a pair of astronauts stranded in spa ...[Read More]

WORLD WAR Z Family Movie Review

WORLD WAR Z Family Movie Review

Brad Pitt takes on the undead in World War Z, the new thriller loosely based on the popular novel. Can a PG-13 zombie movie succeed in a genre typically saturated in R-rated gore? You'd be surprised how many have done so in already. I give you my review of World War Z, plus five other gore-lite zombie films that are worth your while. WORLD WAR Z review (Grade: A-)  The best surprise of the summer ...[Read More]