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Family Review: THE UPSIDE is a Beautiful Tale of Compassion; Earns the PG-13

Family Review: THE UPSIDE is a Beautiful Tale of Compassion; Earns the PG-13

By Trina Boice WHAT’S IT ABOUT? Kevin Hart plays an ex-con who gets hired by Bryan Cranston’s character, who is a rich quadriplegic needing assistance. The unlikely pair have much to learn from one another and develop a lasting friendship and respect that still exists today…in other words, it’s based on a heart-warming true story! It’s also a remake of a French movie called Intouchables, which was ...[Read More]

ISLE OF DOGS Family Movie Review

ISLE OF DOGS Family Movie Review

By Michael Stanley Order Isle of Dogs here. Wes Anderson’s newest stop-motion animated film, Isle of Dogs, follows in the pawprints of his 2009 masterpiece Fantastic Mr. Fox taking his audience to Japan 20 years in the future. The cat-loving mayor of Megasaki City spreads fear about a viciously contagious canine disease through a propaganda campaign culminating in the exile of all dogs to Trash Is ...[Read More]

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KUNG FU PANDA 3 Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) WHAT'S KUNG FU PANDA 3 ABOUT? Po (Jack Black) reunites with his birth father, connects with a secret community of pandas, and battles an immortal nemesis. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: A) I've always been impressed by the care and craftsmanship that goes into these Kung Fu Panda movies. The concept suggests easy humor and lazy storytelling, and Dreamwor ...[Read More]

TOTAL RECALL Family Movie Review

TOTAL RECALL Family Movie Review

TOTAL RECALL REVIEW (GRADE: B-) Total Recall, a remake of a 1990 Arnold Schwarzenegger sci-fi film, is being savaged by a majority of critics who say it pales in comparison to the original. From what I can tell, however, the constant complaints are that the film follows the first version too closely while omitting its gory violence, a trip to the planet Mars, and cheesy “Ah-nuld” one-l ...[Read More]

MADAGASCAR 3 Family Movie Review

MADAGASCAR 3 Family Movie Review

MADAGASCAR 3 REVIEW (GRADE: B) By this point, audiences know what they're getting into with the Madagascar franchise; you either like the manic sugar-coated energy of the series or you don't. I must admit that the filmmakers have been slowly converting me: I wasn't overly-impressed with the first movie, but each successive film has actually improved on the one that came before it. This entry conve ...[Read More]

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JOHN CARTER Family Movie Review

JOHN CARTER REVIEW (GRADE: C+) In 1912 the character of John Carter was created by famed novelist Edgar Rice Burroughs, author of Tarzan. The hero, a Civil War veteran transported to the planet Mars, has inspired everything from Superman to Buck Rogers to Star Wars. Modern audiences who have no knowledge of the character will find that this new Disney film feels more like a cocktail of Avatar, Sta ...[Read More]

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RED TAILS Family Movie Review

  RED TAILS REVIEW (GRADE: C ) I had truly hoped that Red Tails would be spectacular. Heaven knows it had the potential to be: the true story on which it's based (that of the segregated African-American WWII fighter pilots, the Tuskegee Airmen) is loaded with heroism, tragedy, and triumph. Also, George Lucas served as producer while others directed and wrote (as happened in the better films o ...[Read More]