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Lion King

Family Review: THE LION KING is Gorgeous but Kind of Flat

By Trina Boice Republished with permission from The Movie Review Mom.  WHAT IS THE LION KING ABOUT? It’s been 5 minutes, so that means it’s time for another Disney remake! If you’re like me, you’ve probably seen the 1994 original movie The Lion King at least a dozen times, right? My kids grew up watching it over and over. The story, in a nutshell, is that a lion prince is deceived by his evil uncl ...[Read More]

doctor strange

DOCTOR STRANGE Family Movie Review

  By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) WHAT'S DOCTOR STRANGE ABOUT? A brilliant-but-arrogant surgeon takes a journey that will transform him into a time-and-space-bending superhero. Rent or buy it here.  IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: B+) Utterly unique in the Marvel movie universe, Doctor Strange presents a metaphysical adventure with dazzling kaleidoscope imagery. Benedict Cumberbatc ...[Read More]

Overlooked Gem: SERENITY (2005)

Overlooked Gem: SERENITY (2005)

When Marvel Studios needed someone to write and direct next summer’s highly-anticipated The Avengers (i.e. the film that unites Iron Man, Thor, The Hulk, and Captain America), they didn’t turn to a seasoned filmmaking veteran. Instead, they chose Joss Whedon, a man with only one feature-length film under his belt. However, those who’ve seen that one film, 2005’s Serenity, know that Whedon is exact ...[Read More]

salt family movie review

SALT Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (family therapist, film critic) Salt, the female answer to the James Bond and Jason Bourne franchises, is an entertainingly absurd espionage film starring Angelina Jolie as a CIA agent who may or may not be doubling as a Russian spy. Jolie displays a nice range of emotion here and does most of her own impressive stunt-work in the film's many chase and fight scenes. The numerous ...[Read More]