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JURASSIC WORLD Family Movie Review

By Justin Lozada The Jurassic Park franchise has been going strong now for twenty-five years (hard to believe).  Like any franchise, the entries can range from series highs (Jurassic Park) to series lows (Jurassic Park III).  Fortunately, 2015’s Jurassic World revived the franchise after a fourteen-year lapse and gave viewers a thrilling, two-hour ride and ended up being one of the highest grossin ...[Read More]

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PETE’S DRAGON Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) WHAT'S PETE'S DRAGON ABOUT? After years in the woods without human contact, a young boy is discovered along with his guardian… a large green dragon. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: A) Folks, we're in a new golden age of Disney movie-making. Pixar's been carrying the banner for years, the Marvel and Lucasfilm acquisitions have been huge, and Disney A ...[Read More]

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SPIDER-MAN Revisited: The Original Trilogy

By Jonathan Decker (Clinical Director, LMFT) With the franchise reboot, The Amazing Spider-Man, getting good buzz and arriving in theaters next week, I thought it time to take a retrospective look at Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy, which arguably kicked the current superhero craze into high gear. While it's true that Bryan Singer's X-Men (2000) got the ball rolling, it was the enormous popularity ...[Read More]

THE HELP Family Movie Review

THE HELP Family Movie Review

  THE HELP REVIEW (GRADE: A) One of the best films of the year so far, The Help displays an impressively-acted balance of prejudice and tolerance, hatred and love, despair and faith, heartache and belly laughs. Like one of my all-time favorite films, Life is Beautiful, The Help performs the impressive feat of taking a dark chapter of human history and injecting it with light, hope, and humani ...[Read More]

HEREAFTER Family Movie Review

HEREAFTER Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) REVIEW (GRADE: D+) A rare double-misfire by director Clint Eastwood and star Matt Damon, Hereafter opens with one of the most gripping scenes I've ever witnessed: a tsunami sweeps through a resort town, with buildings, cars, and people swept up in a massive tidal wave. Initially similar to scenes in various disaster films, Eastwood shows his talen ...[Read More]

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TERMINATOR SALVATION Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) Rent or buy Terminator: Salvation here.  I don't know how this movie would be for someone who hasn't seen any of the other ones. I think I'd be lost. As a thrill ride, Terminator: Salvation delivers, with awesome spectacle and intense action, as well as some nice narrative tie-ins to the original trilogy (I especially liked young Kyle Reese). It e ...[Read More]