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OCEAN’S 8 Family Movie Review

OCEAN’S 8 Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker WHAT'S OCEAN'S 8 ABOUT? The sister of con artist Danny Ocean puts together an all-female crew to pull off a jewel heist. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: B-) First things first: the cast is excellent. Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Helena Bonham Carter, and Rihanna, along with everyone else, are clearly having fun and bring a significant amoun ...[Read More]

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SEVEN STELLAR TIM BURTON FILMS

  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]

HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART TWO Family Movie Review

HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART TWO Family Movie Review

HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 2 REVIEW (GRADE: A+) This will be the most worthless review I've ever written. Most of you are going to see this film. The rest of you have dug in your heels on this series and refuse to give it more of a chance, so nothing I'll say will change your mind…but allow me to try anyway. Writing this series off because its premise revolves around a “ ...[Read More]

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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]

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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]

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TERMINATOR SALVATION Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) Rent or buy Terminator: Salvation here.  I don't know how this movie would be for someone who hasn't seen any of the other ones. I think I'd be lost. As a thrill ride, Terminator: Salvation delivers, with awesome spectacle and intense action, as well as some nice narrative tie-ins to the original trilogy (I especially liked young Kyle Reese). It e ...[Read More]