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Family Review- AVENGERS: ENDGAME is a Staggering Accomplishment

Family Review- AVENGERS: ENDGAME is a Staggering Accomplishment

By Dallin Curtis WHAT'S AVENGERS: ENDGAME ABOUT? After fifty-percent of all life was wiped out by Thanos at the end of Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame shows the remaining fifty-percent of life dealing with the colossal loss. In their grief, the remaining heroes must band together and find a way to undo the villain’s snap and restore the universe to its original state. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GR ...[Read More]

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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]

AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR Family Movie Review

AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Clinical Director, LMFT) WHAT'S AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR ABOUT? The Avengers team up with the Guardians of the Galaxy to battle Thanos and his quest to balance the universe through genocide. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: A-) Manage your expectations. Not about the film's quality, mind you; it's very good. In fact, given the sheer number of characters to juggle, it's beyond impressive. ...[Read More]

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GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) WHAT'S GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 ABOUT? Marvel's intergalactic antiheroes battle new enemies (and old) when a being (Kurt Russell) introduces himself as Peter's father.  IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: A-) Everything a sequel should be, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 builds on narrative threads and themes from the first film in satisfying ways, takin ...[Read More]

PASSENGERS Family Movie Review

PASSENGERS Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) WHAT'S PASSENGERS ABOUT? A man and woman wake up from cryo-sleep on a futuristic space flight decades before the other passengers. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: C+) On paper, talented and attractive Hollywood stars Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt should make for an ideal onscreen romance. Indeed, one reason Passengers works as well as it does it their ...[Read More]

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THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) WHAT'S THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN ABOUT? A town hires seven warriors to defend them from an oppressive tyrant. Remake of the 1960 film (which was itself a remake of Seven Samurai). IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: B) Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt lead a diverse cast of heroes in this hard-hitting Western. Only a few characters have any depth; the supporting ...[Read More]

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MONEYBALL Family Movie Review

MONEYBALL review (Grade: B+) Hyped as one of the year's best films and widely praised, Moneyball is very good but slightly over-rated. Much like the actual game of baseball, at its best it gives us impressive displays of talent, gripping competition, and surprising emotional engagement but sometimes it drags on and is just plain sluggish. Moneyball tells the true story of the 2002 Oakland Athletic ...[Read More]