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Family Review: AQUAMAN is Big, Dumb Fun

Family Review: AQUAMAN is Big, Dumb Fun

By Tim Wilde What's Aquaman About? A year after the forgettable events of the movie Justice League, and barely acknowledging they even happened, Aquaman is another flashback/forth story that carries the audience through the origin of Arthur Curry (AKA Aquaman). Buy it here.  The film begins with the meeting and uniting of his parents, Atlanna (Nicole Kidman), the Princess of Atlantis, and a human ...[Read More]

JUSTICE LEAGUE Family Movie Review

JUSTICE LEAGUE Family Movie Review

By Thomas Olsen WHAT’S IT ABOUT? After gaining back his hope back in humanity, Batman enlists the help of other superheroes such as Wonder Woman, Aquaman, The Flash, and Cyborg to stop a looming threat to the planet.  IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: A-) The Justice League is finally here and, while the film has its flaws, I am very happy to say that it’s an absolute blast! The previous DC films (with the ...[Read More]

WONDER WOMAN Family Movie Review

WONDER WOMAN Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) Rent or buy Wonder Woman here. WHAT'S WONDER WOMAN ABOUT? An Amazon princess journeys to WWI-era Europe to help mankind in the fight for peace. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: A-) With Wonder Woman Warner Bros. (and the DC Comics Cinematic Universe) finally have a film to rival the humor, heart, heroism, and well-drawn characters of a Marvel Studios film. ...[Read More]

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THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE Family Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) WHAT'S THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE ABOUT? Batman's fear of connection and family is tested by The Joker's grandest scheme yet. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: A) As a loving and clever deconstruction of the Batman mythos and a surprisingly moving tale of loss, loneliness, and finding family again, The Lego Batman Movie is one of the best Dark Knight stories eve ...[Read More]

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BATMAN v. SUPERMAN Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) WHAT'S BATMAN V. SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE ABOUT? Bruce Wayne, fearing Superman's power should the Man of Steel go bad, plans a preemptive strike, goaded on by Lex Luthor's manipulations. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: C-) Cinematically gorgeous, with terrific action and a perfect cast, Batman v. Superman- Dawn of Justice is nevertheless a misfire on par ...[Read More]

THE DARK KNIGHT RISES Family Movie Review

THE DARK KNIGHT RISES Family Movie Review

REVIEW (GRADE: B+) Neither as sharply focused nor as gripping as the two films that preceded it, this nearly three-hour finale suffers from pacing issues, some unclear dialogue, and a choppy first hour, but finds its footing to close out the trilogy with heart, plenty of action, and some terrific performances. If you thought 2008's The Dark Knight was too dark or sadistic, you'll find much to enjo ...[Read More]

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GREEN LANTERN Family Movie Review

GREEN LANTERN (Grade: B-) REVIEW: Having one's own opinion sometimes means going against the majority. Most critics and many friends loved The Social Network, while I found it to be well made and acted, but soulless and hollow. Most people I know adored Secretariat and felt it was wholesome and inspiring; I thought it was cliched and boring. We all bring our tastes and preferences to the theater, ...[Read More]

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THE DARK KNIGHT: Sadistic Flick or Powerful Morality Tale?

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) Author's note: In 2008 a review published in Meridian Magazine called The Dark Knight an immoral celebration of chaos and nihilism. I wrote a rebuttal in the comments section, which Meridian asked me to flesh out into this article. Thus began my hobby of film-reviewing, as well as my place as a regular columnist for that publication. Quite the con ...[Read More]

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THE DARK KNIGHT Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) Rent or buy The Dark Knight here.  Though this film deserves a very long review, as I have so much to say about it, what more needs to be said than has already been mentioned by the nation's critics, who have contributed to The Dark Knight‘s whopping 94% rating on Rotten Tomatoes? Some are saying it's better than Batman Begins, director Chri ...[Read More]