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Family Review: HOBBS AND SHAW is Dumb, Funny, and Exciting

Family Review: HOBBS AND SHAW is Dumb, Funny, and Exciting

By Trina Boice Reposted with permission of The Movie Review Mom WHATS HOBBS AND SHAW ABOUT? Spies. Tough guys. Weapons. The end of the world. This adrenaline-packed action comedy is a spin-off and number eight in the Fast & the Furious franchise. You don’t need to have seen any of the Fast & the Furious movies before to enjoy this movie; it works as a stand-alone film. If you’re a Dwayne Johnson o ...[Read More]

AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR Family Movie Review

AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Clinical Director, LMFT) WHAT'S AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR ABOUT? The Avengers team up with the Guardians of the Galaxy to battle Thanos and his quest to balance the universe through genocide. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: A-) Manage your expectations. Not about the film's quality, mind you; it's very good. In fact, given the sheer number of characters to juggle, it's beyond impressive. ...[Read More]

THOR: RAGNAROK Family Movie Review

THOR: RAGNAROK Family Movie Review

By Justin Lozada WHAT’S THOR: RAGNAROK ABOUT? The God of Thunder is back on the big screen in his third solo outing, but he’s definitely not alone. Joining him on his latest adventure are his mischievous brother, Loki, the beautiful but formidable Valkyrie, and the big green guy himself, the Incredible Hulk.  Thor faces his greatest challenge yet as he squares off against a new foe with superior p ...[Read More]

THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US Family Movie Review

THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US Family Movie Review

By Lindsi Neilson WHAT’S THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US ABOUT? Two strangers are stranded on a mountain after their plane crashes. They must work together to endure the extreme elements and terrain in order to make it down the mountain and back to civilization. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: D) Wasting what could be an interesting (albeit farfetched) premise on a mix of action/romance movie clichés, The Mountai ...[Read More]

THE DARK TOWER Family Movie Review

THE DARK TOWER Family Movie Review

By Moriya Porter WHAT'S THE DARK TOWER ABOUT? The Dark Tower stars Idris Elba (Thor, The Avengers) as Roland, the last Gunslinger, and Matthew McConaughey (How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, We Are Marshall) as Walter AKA “The Man in Black”. The story begins with young protagonist Jake (Tom Taylor) who has a bad home life and constantly dreams of a place that no one believes exists. But when Jake gets ...[Read More]

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STAR TREK BEYOND Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) WHAT'S STAR TREK BEYOND ABOUT? Kirk, Spock, and the rest of the crew fight to stop a vengeful being from killing millions to start a war. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: B+) Director Justin Lin (the Fast and the Furious series) takes over for JJ Abrams in Star Trek Beyond. Combining his talents with those of screenwriter/actor Simon Pegg, Lin delivers a w ...[Read More]

finding dory family movie review

FINDING DORY Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) WHAT'S FINDING DORY ABOUT? Forgetful fish Dory travels with friends Marlin and Nemo to California in search of her long-lost parents. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: A-) Though lacking the novel originality of Finding Nemo, this is a worthy sequel that advances the story and grows the characters in satisfying ways. Thankfully, transitioning a supporting c ...[Read More]

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THE JUNGLE BOOK Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) WHAT'S THE JUNGLE BOOK ABOUT? A boy, raised by animals in the jungles of India, must decide to return to the “man village” or face his mortal enemy, a tiger named Shere Khan. Adapted from the classic Rudyard Kipling novel. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: A) Hot on the heels of Kenneth Branagh's marvelous Cinderella remake, director John Favrea ...[Read More]

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THOR Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) REVIEW (GRADE: B+) Rent or buy Thor here.  Though I've been into superhero movies since I was a boy, I was never a comic-book guy. Knowing nothing of Thor's story except that he was literally the god of thunder from Viking mythology, all I had to go on was glimpses I'd seen of his costume. I repeatedly thought: He looks ridiculous, even for a supe ...[Read More]