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captain underpants


By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) Rent or buy Captain Underpants here. WHAT’S CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS ABOUT? Two boys hypnotize their surly principal into acting like a made-up superhero. Based on the popular book series. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: B) For its first 20 minutes, Captain Underpants is exceptional. High-spirited and surprisingly witty, the film brilliantly captures and spoofs ...[Read More]

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KUNG FU PANDA 3 Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) WHAT'S KUNG FU PANDA 3 ABOUT? Po (Jack Black) reunites with his birth father, connects with a secret community of pandas, and battles an immortal nemesis. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: A) I've always been impressed by the care and craftsmanship that goes into these Kung Fu Panda movies. The concept suggests easy humor and lazy storytelling, and Dreamwor ...[Read More]

shaun the sheep

SHAUN THE SHEEP Family Movie Review

Review by Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) WHAT’S SHAUN THE SHEEP ABOUT? A herd of sheep and their canine friend seek their amnesiac owner in the big city. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: A) The laughs flow relentlessly in this dialogue-free riot from Aardman Studios (Chicken Run, Wallace and Gromit). The craftsmanship of the stop-motion animation is exceptional, the music is perfect, the c ...[Read More]

MADAGASCAR 3 Family Movie Review

MADAGASCAR 3 Family Movie Review

MADAGASCAR 3 REVIEW (GRADE: B) By this point, audiences know what they're getting into with the Madagascar franchise; you either like the manic sugar-coated energy of the series or you don't. I must admit that the filmmakers have been slowly converting me: I wasn't overly-impressed with the first movie, but each successive film has actually improved on the one that came before it. This entry conve ...[Read More]

puss in boots

PUSS IN BOOTS Family Movie Review

REVIEW (GRADE: B-)  If Puss In Boots seems like a money-grabbing attempt to capitalize on the successful (if out-of-steam) Shrek franchise, it is. But for an unnecessary spin-off featuring a former supporting character, it's actually pretty good. Though the character, who is essentially an animated version of Banderas' own Zorro portrayal, is not as fresh and funny as he was in his debut in Shrek ...[Read More]

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KUNG FU PANDA 2 Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker KUNG-FU PANDA 2 REVIEW (GRADE: A): The original Kung-Fu Panda marked the beginning of Dreamwork Animation Studios bid to out-Pixar Pixar. This is to say that Dreamworks, known at that point for silly animated adventures, began to display sophistication and real heart in its films and storytelling. After wowing us with the fantastic How to Train Your Dragon, it opted to give us a ...[Read More]


RIO Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) GRADE: B+ Boasting eye-catchingly colorful animation, terrific music, and first-rate vocal work by the likes of Jessie Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway, Tracy Morgan, Leslie Mann, Jaime Fox, Will i. Am, Jermaine Clement, and George Lopez, Rio will provide laughs and enjoyment for adults and children alike. It follows a rare blue macaw, domesticated and ra ...[Read More]


MEGAMIND Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) Equal parts witty and delightfully silly, Megamind was, for me, a welcome surprise. I passed on it in theatres; the “aspiring super-villain with a heart of gold” premise had already been recently explored to memorable effect in Despicable Me and Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, and this didn’t seem to add anything new. Good word of mouth led me to ...[Read More]

how to train your dragon


By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) Now that’s more like it! Last July, after I heralded Inception and Toy Story 3 as rescuing 2010 moviegoers from a year otherwise bereft of great storytelling, I received an email from a DreamWorks animator pointing me in the direction of How to Train Your Dragon. Word of mouth had been positive, but I had yet to check it out. Dreamworks Animation ...[Read More]

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MONSTERS vs. ALIENS Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) Monsters vs. Aliens is a family-friendly Dreamworks Animation feature which pits classic sci-fi monsters vs. space aliens, in a 1950’s B-movie style showdown with modern humor and the visual flair available through today’s computer effects. For a special treat, the film is also available in 3D. The story is simple. A meteor crashes on Earth, or mo ...[Read More]