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JUSTICE LEAGUE Family Movie Review

JUSTICE LEAGUE Family Movie Review

By Thomas Olsen WHAT’S IT ABOUT? After gaining back his hope back in humanity, Batman enlists the help of other superheroes such as Wonder Woman, Aquaman, The Flash, and Cyborg to stop a looming threat to the planet.  IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: A-) The Justice League is finally here and, while the film has its flaws, I am very happy to say that it’s an absolute blast! The previous DC films (with the ...[Read More]

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THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE Family Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) WHAT'S THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE ABOUT? Batman's fear of connection and family is tested by The Joker's grandest scheme yet. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: A) As a loving and clever deconstruction of the Batman mythos and a surprisingly moving tale of loss, loneliness, and finding family again, The Lego Batman Movie is one of the best Dark Knight stories eve ...[Read More]

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BATMAN v. SUPERMAN Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) WHAT'S BATMAN V. SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE ABOUT? Bruce Wayne, fearing Superman's power should the Man of Steel go bad, plans a preemptive strike, goaded on by Lex Luthor's manipulations. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: C-) Cinematically gorgeous, with terrific action and a perfect cast, Batman v. Superman- Dawn of Justice is nevertheless a misfire on par ...[Read More]

THE DARK KNIGHT RISES Family Movie Review

THE DARK KNIGHT RISES Family Movie Review

REVIEW (GRADE: B+) Neither as sharply focused nor as gripping as the two films that preceded it, this nearly three-hour finale suffers from pacing issues, some unclear dialogue, and a choppy first hour, but finds its footing to close out the trilogy with heart, plenty of action, and some terrific performances. If you thought 2008's The Dark Knight was too dark or sadistic, you'll find much to enjo ...[Read More]

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BATMAN’S MORMON CONNECTIONS

By Jonathan Decker (Clinical Director, LMFT) Note: this article was originally written for the site Mormon Movie Guy in 2012. It is written from a Latter-day Saint perspective. Did you know that Chris Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy feature not one, but two Brigham Young University alumni? Or that two of its actors starred in separate movies about Latter-day Saint missionaries? While this may not seem ...[Read More]

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SEVEN STELLAR TIM BURTON FILMS

  By Jonathan Decker (Clinical director, LMFT) At his best, Tim Burton provides wildly creative Gothic entertainment. My kids have enjoyed his work, which I've shared with them when they're old enough.  here's a breakdown of my seven favorite movies by the famously eccentric filmmaker. PEE-WEE'S BIG ADVENTURE (PG, 1985) Before you roll your eyes, consider this: Pee-Wee's Big Adventure is Tim ...[Read More]

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THE DARK KNIGHT: Sadistic Flick or Powerful Morality Tale?

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) Author's note: In 2008 a review published in Meridian Magazine called The Dark Knight an immoral celebration of chaos and nihilism. I wrote a rebuttal in the comments section, which Meridian asked me to flesh out into this article. Thus began my hobby of film-reviewing, as well as my place as a regular columnist for that publication. Quite the con ...[Read More]

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THE DARK KNIGHT Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) Rent or buy The Dark Knight here.  Though this film deserves a very long review, as I have so much to say about it, what more needs to be said than has already been mentioned by the nation's critics, who have contributed to The Dark Knight‘s whopping 94% rating on Rotten Tomatoes? Some are saying it's better than Batman Begins, director Chri ...[Read More]