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how to train your dragon

Family Review: HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON- HIDDEN WORLD is a Grand Finale

By Dallin Curtis WHAT’S IT ABOUT? In this third and final entry of DreamWorks Animation’s popular franchise, Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) must lead and defend his village from a ruthless villain who wants to eradicate all dragons. Meanwhile, Hiccup’s best friend, a dragon named Toothless, meets and develops a romantic relationship with a Light Fury. IS IT ANY GOOD? Similar to the two previous films, The ...[Read More]

THE HOUSE WITH A CLOCK IN ITS WALLS Family Movie Review

THE HOUSE WITH A CLOCK IN ITS WALLS Family Movie Review

By Trina Boice WHAT’S THE HOUSE WITH A CLOCK IN ITS WALLS ABOUT? A young boy’s parents are killed and so he has to live with his strange uncle, who he learns is a warlock.  Intrigued, he wants to learn magic too, but he’s not quite prepared for what happens next. The house has an inexplicable clock in its walls, left by the evil warlock who lived there before.  Together, the boy, his uncle, and th ...[Read More]

OCEAN’S 8 Family Movie Review

OCEAN’S 8 Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker WHAT'S OCEAN'S 8 ABOUT? The sister of con artist Danny Ocean puts together an all-female crew to pull off a jewel heist. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: B-) First things first: the cast is excellent. Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Helena Bonham Carter, and Rihanna, along with everyone else, are clearly having fun and bring a significant amoun ...[Read More]

THOR: RAGNAROK Family Movie Review

THOR: RAGNAROK Family Movie Review

By Justin Lozada WHAT’S THOR: RAGNAROK ABOUT? The God of Thunder is back on the big screen in his third solo outing, but he’s definitely not alone. Joining him on his latest adventure are his mischievous brother, Loki, the beautiful but formidable Valkyrie, and the big green guy himself, the Incredible Hulk.  Thor faces his greatest challenge yet as he squares off against a new foe with superior p ...[Read More]

robin hood family movie review

ROBIN HOOD Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) I’m really on the fence with this one. On the one hand, Russell Crowe is an excellent Robin Hood (rent or buy here), compassionate, courageous, and he looks fierce firing a bow and arrow. On the other hand, this prequel to the classic tale barely scratches the surface of the things that make this story timeless. It plays more like any other mediev ...[Read More]

Which INDY Film is Best?

Which INDY Film is Best?

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) Buy the Indiana Jones films on Bluray and DVD here.  Note: This was written in 2008 in anticipation of Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.  May 22 is only ten days away, marking the glorious return of, arguably, the silver screen's greatest action hero. I've already got my ticket to Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, and this past week ...[Read More]