andy serkis

black panther

BLACK PANTHER Family Movie Review

By Lindsi Neilson WHAT’S BLACK PANTHER ABOUT? After his father’s death, T’Challa returns home to Wakanda to be crowned king. When a previously unknown enemy appears and threatens T’Challa’s nation and the world, he must figure out what kind of king he is before the destruction of everything he and his family stand for. Rent or buy it here. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: A) Let’s start things off by talki ...[Read More]

THE LAST JEDI Family Movie Review

THE LAST JEDI Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Clinical Director, LMFT) WHAT'S STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI ABOUT? The eighth episode of the Skywalker saga finds Rey attempting to recruit Luke Skywalker as Kylo Ren and the First Order close in on the Resistance.  IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: A) Writer-director Rian Johnson has crafted a phenomenal film here, honoring the Star Wars legacy while upending its tropes to breathe freshnes ...[Read More]

planet of the apes

WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) WHAT’S WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES ABOUT? After a human-engineered virus wipes out millions of people and makes apes super-intelligent, desperate soldiers rage war on peaceful primates who just want to be left alone. (You can buy the film and the trilogy box set now). IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: A) Making a compelling argument that what story one t ...[Read More]

THE FORCE AWAKENS Family Movie Review

THE FORCE AWAKENS Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Clinical director, LMFT, film critic) WHAT'S STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS ABOUT? A rogue storm trooper teams up with a scavenger and others to fight the evil First Order. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: A-) Director JJ Abrams (Star Trek) and screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan (The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark) have crafted a Star Wars film that should appease just about every ...[Read More]

the-adventure-of-tin-tin-movie

THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN Family Movie Review

THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN REVIEW (Grade: B+) I wish that the last Indiana Jones film had been this much fun! By switching increasingly out-of-touch producer George Lucas with landmark filmmaker Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings, King Kong), director Steven Spielberg has given us something truly extraordinary. Jackson, as producer, contributes the motion-capture wizardry that he utilized to bring ...[Read More]

RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES Family Movie Review

RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES Family Movie Review

RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES REVIEW (GRADE: B+)  The 2011 summer movie season, which began with Thor (or perhaps Fast Five), comes to a satisfying close with Rise of the Planet of the Apes, an unasked-for prequel which nevertheless surprises as one of the better films of the summer. This is a film that many people will write off (after all, there's nothing cool or sexy about apes), but that woul ...[Read More]