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FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) WHAT'S FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM ABOUT? Wrangler of magical beasts Newt Scamander must track down several of his creatures that have escaped in 1920's New York. Prequel/spinoff of the Harry Potter films, the first in a new series. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: A-) With a screenplay by JK Rowling herself and direction by longtime Potter hel ...[Read More]

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Are Your Kids Being Bullied? Teach Them This Trick

By Jonathan Decker, Clinical Director, LMFT In the 2007 film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, our hero finds himself in a confrontation with his parents' murderer, Voldemort, an evil wizard so terrifying that people dare not say his name. Harry has dreaded this moment, which is something his adversary takes full advantage of. Voldemort possesses Harry's body, tormenting his ...[Read More]

HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS- PART 1 Family Movie Review

HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS- PART 1 Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) Harry, Ron, and Hermoine go on the run from Voldemort’s forces as they fight to make the Dark Lord mortal again so he can be defeated. If the night is darkest just before the dawn, then this film respresents that moment. Significantly scarier and mature than any film that preceded it, Deathly Hallows Part One (rent or buy it here) is permeated by ...[Read More]

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HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) Rent or buy Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince here.  Harry joins Dumbledore in a quest to discover details about Voldemort’s past that could lead to his undoing in the future, all while the teenage trio deal with humorous and heartbreaking relationship woes. This sixth film deftly balances mystery, comedy, and romance for its first two hours, ...[Read More]