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Family Review: MISS BALA Fails to Meet its Potential

Family Review: MISS BALA Fails to Meet its Potential

By Trina Boice WHAT’S MISS BALA ABOUT? This is a PG-13 remake of a 2011 Mexican film also called Miss Bala. “Bala” means “bullet” in English. The award-winning Gina Rodriguez from Jane the Virgin stars as a Hispanic American citizen who crosses the border into Tijuana, Mexico to help her childhood friend win a beauty pageant. They both get kidnapped and caught up in a drug ring. She uses her wits ...[Read More]

AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR Family Movie Review

AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Clinical Director, LMFT) WHAT'S AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR ABOUT? The Avengers team up with the Guardians of the Galaxy to battle Thanos and his quest to balance the universe through genocide. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: A-) Manage your expectations. Not about the film's quality, mind you; it's very good. In fact, given the sheer number of characters to juggle, it's beyond impressive. ...[Read More]

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CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) WHAT'S CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR ABOUT? When the United Nations wants to assume authority over the Avengers, the heroes are divided over whether to comply. The ideological divide, coupled with a villain's machinations, eventually pit the super-friends against one another. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: A+) Getting right everything Batman v. Superman got ...[Read More]

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REAL STEEL Family Movie Review

REAL STEEL review (GRADE: B-)   Like Rise of the Planet of the Apes earlier in the year, Real Steel is a film that, on paper, has no right to be any good. A father/son drama set in the near future against the backdrop of robot boxing is a ludicrous premise, one that seemed to signal the desperate death rattle of Hugh Jackman's non-X-Men career. To the surprise of many, myself included, it's actual ...[Read More]