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X-MEN: DARK PHOENIX Family Movie Review

By Trina Boice What's it about? A young girl loses her parents in a car accident and is raised by Professor Charles Xavier because of her special mutant abilities. She struggles to understand her powers and who she is. Marvel attempts to connect former movies and their loose ends in the X-Men franchise with this grand finale. Unfortunately, as a finale, it's not as grand as fans hoped it would be, ...[Read More]

SECRET LIVES OF PETS 2- Family Movie Review

By Trina Boice WHAT’S IT ABOUT?      This doggone sequel is totally adorable and even better than the first in many ways.  Max the dog loves the new baby his owners just had and finds it difficult to cope with the dangerous world that threatens his new best friend.  Max’s other friends also learn lessons of courage on their own adventures. There are many of your favorite characters from the first  ...[Read More]

GODZILLA KING OF THE MONSTERS- Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker WHAT’S GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS ABOUT? When a group of giant monsters, led by three-headed Ghidora, are awakened to wreak havoc worldwide, humanity must decide whether to put its trust in Godzilla as a defender while an estranged family tries to survive the chaos. Sequel to 2014’s Godzilla and 2017’s Kong: Skull Island. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: B) Godzilla: King of the Mons ...[Read More]

ALADDIN Family Movie Review

By Trina Boice What's It About? It’s been about five minutes, so what does that mean? Time for another Disney live-action remake!  (Wink.) This version of the 1992 animated musical Aladdinwas directed by Guy Ritchie, who wanted to make a children’s film for his five kids. He admits he’s always been compelled by stories about street hustlers. Aladdin is a common thief who accidentally meets a princ ...[Read More]

Family Review: A DOG’S JOURNEY

By Trina Boice WHAT’S IT ABOUT? We just had a dog movie in theaters, right?  Yep.  That one was called A Dog's Way Home This one is the sequel to A Dog's Purpose.  Confusing?  Yep, a little bit. If you loved A Dog's Purpose, then you'll like this one too.  If you’ve seen that movie, then you’ve pretty much seen this one.  Why the need for a sequel, then?  Good question. This movie ...[Read More]

Family Review: BREAKTHROUGH

By Trina Boice WHAT’S IT ABOUT?      Based on a true story, Breakthrough is an uplifting movie that has been mostly dismissed as another one of those “preachy” Christian films.  It’s about an adopted boy who fell through frozen ice on a lake and was immersed for 15 minutes, something that should have resulted in his death.  His faithful mother prayed fiercely and rallied others around her to not g ...[Read More]

Family Review: TOLKIEN

By Trina Boice GRADE:  B IN A NUTSHELL:   I was excited to learn more about Tolkien and really hoped this movie would be good.   As an author of 29 books, I’m always fascinated to learn more about other authors. I loved learning some of the small details of Tolkien’s early life that influenced his work.  Personally, I couldn’t get through his LORD OF THE RINGS books, but I devoured the films. “Gen ...[Read More]

Family Review: AVENGERS- ENDGAME is a Staggering Accomplishment

By Dallin Curtis What’s Avengers: Endgame About? After fifty-percent of all life was wiped out by Thanos at the end of Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame shows the remaining fifty-percent of life dealing with the colossal loss. In their grief, the remaining heroes must band together and find a way to undo the villain’s snap and restore the universe to its original state. Is It Any Good? (Gr ...[Read More]

Family Review: DUMBO Charms But Doesn’t Soar

By Trina Boice WHAT’S IT ABOUT?    Dumbo is a story of a sweet, baby elephant whose unusually large ears allow him to fly.  He gets separated from his mother in their circus life together and has to rely on the help of a kind circus family in order to find his mother.  This live-action adaptation of the original  Dumbo is directed by Tim Burton and has a certain Steampunk, dark look and feel to it ...[Read More]

Family Review: A DOG’S WAY HOME

By Trina Boice WHAT’S A DOG’S WAY HOME ABOUT?      A Dog’s Way Home is based on the heartwarming novel by W. Bruce Cameron. There were quite a few things that were left out of the movie, but if you haven’t read the book, you certainly won’t miss them.  This feel-good drama is NOT a sequel to A Dog’s Purpose.  There actually will be a sequel to that film, but it hasn’t come out yet. It’s not a uniq ...[Read More]