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By Michael Stanley WHAT’S IT ABOUT? Christopher Robin is the latest live-action reimagining of Disney Studio’s classic characters. Based on the beloved cartoon series inspired by A. A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh stories, this film follows a grown-up Christopher Robin (Ewan McGregor) struggling to find a balance between his demanding career and his role as husband and father to his wife (Hayley Atwell ...[Read More]

beauty and the beast

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (family therapist, film critic) WHAT'S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST ABOUT? Disney updates their 1991 animated classic about a bookish beauty who falls for a monstrous beast. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: B+) It won't be nominated for Best Picture like the original, but what this new Beauty and the Beast does right makes up for its flaws. Let's get the negative out of the way. Emma Watson stru ...[Read More]

star wars prequels

Why I Like the STAR WARS Prequels (and Why I’ll Never Love Them)

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) Happy Star Wars Day, and May the 4th be with you! With The Force Awakens a big hit and plenty of exciting developments coming out of Disney/Lucasfilm, it's a good time to be a Star Wars fan. Of course, everywhere one turns, people say things like “Hopefully this all redeems the franchise from the prequels,” or “Now we can pretend ...[Read More]

tim burton


  By Jonathan Decker (Clinical director, LMFT) At his best, Tim Burton provides wildly creative Gothic entertainment. My kids have enjoyed his work, which I've shared with them when they're old enough.  here's a breakdown of my seven favorite movies by the famously eccentric filmmaker. PEE-WEE'S BIG ADVENTURE (PG, 1985) Before you roll your eyes, consider this: Pee-Wee's Big Adventure is Tim ...[Read More]

salmon fishing in the yemen


SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN REVIEW (GRADE: A-) This delightful little romantic dramedy came and went last year without much fanfare, but it's well worth discovering now that you can watch it at home. The story finds a fishing expert (Ewan McGregor) and a consultant (Emily Blunt) teaming up to realize a sheik’s vision of bringing salmon fishing to the harsh desert climate of the Middle East, hoping ...[Read More]

Phantom Menace

THE PHANTOM MENACE 3D Family Movie Review

STAR WARS EPISODE 1: THE PHANTOM MENACE-3D REVIEW (Grade: C) Denial. Anger. Depression. Acceptance. I went through all the stages of grief when, in 1999, I was a mega-fan confronted with the terrible fact that The Phantom Menace, easily the most eagerly-anticipated movie in 16 years, was a crushing dissappointment. The story was dull, the characters mostly uninvolving, the dialogue tepid, and ever ...[Read More]


15 Valentine’s Alternatives to Romantic Comedies

By Jonathan Decker (family therapist, film critic) It's Valentine's again, with many of us getting in the seasonal mood by cuddling up in front of a movie. Some will likely turn, year after year, to the work of Julia Roberts, Sandra Bullock, Meg Ryan, Kathryn Heigl, or Reese Witherspoon to sweep them away with good humor and charm. Now, I'm not one of those guys who dislikes romantic comedies When ...[Read More]

angels and demons

ANGELS AND DEMONS Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) Rent or buy Angels and Demons here.  This is being unfairly maligned by critics. This is at once more thrilling and more involving than The Da Vinci Code was, and Ron Howard's direction is more surefooted and fast-paced here. Visually gorgeous. By streamlining the novel's narrative, the film loses much (but not all) of the science vs. faith dichot ...[Read More]