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Family Review: THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2 Is Messy, Funny, and Adorable

By Trina Boice Republished with permission from The Movie Review Mom.  WHAT’S THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2 ABOUT?      This doggone sequel is totally adorable and even better than the first in many ways.  Max the dog loves the new baby his owners just had and finds it difficult to cope with the dangerous world that threatens his new best friend.  Max’s other friends also learn lessons of courage on t ...[Read More]

despicable me 3

DESPICABLE ME 3 Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) WHAT’S IT ABOUT? Reformed supervillain Gru is tempted by his long-lost brother to return to a life of crime. (Buy it here). IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: B+) While not the surprise that the original film was, Despicable Me 3 reclaims the biting wit that launched the franchise. That wit was largely missing from the second film and the Minions spinoff, bo ...[Read More]

the lorax

THE LORAX Family Movie Review

THE LORAX REVIEW (GRADE: B+) Featuring the vocal talents of Danny Devito, Zac Efron, Taylor Swift, Ed Helms, and Betty White, The Lorax is a bubbly and engaging piece of family entertainment. Based on the book by Dr. Suess, the film follows a young man from a plantless community as he learns the value of nature. The characters and animation are well-realized, the jokes hit their marks, the forest ...[Read More]