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DARK PHOENIX Family Review- The X-Men Go Out With a Whimper

Review shared with permission from Movie Review Mom. By Trina Boice WHAT'S DARK PHOENIX ABOUT? A young girl loses her parents in a car accident and is raised by Professor Charles Xavier because of her special mutant abilities. She struggles to understand her powers and who she is. Marvel attempts to connect former movies and their loose ends in the X-Men franchise with this grand finale. Unfortuna ...[Read More]

PASSENGERS Family Movie Review

PASSENGERS Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) WHAT'S PASSENGERS ABOUT? A man and woman wake up from cryo-sleep on a futuristic space flight decades before the other passengers. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: C+) On paper, talented and attractive Hollywood stars Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt should make for an ideal onscreen romance. Indeed, one reason Passengers works as well as it does it their ...[Read More]

X-Men: Apocalypse Family Movie Review

X-MEN: APOCALYPSE Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker WHAT IS X-MEN: APOCALYPSE ABOUT? Professor X, Beast, and Mystique lead the battle against Apocalypse, a nearly-omnipotent being intent on mutant domination of the world. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: C+) Overstuffed with under-developed characters and murky motivations, X-Men: Apocalypse didn't grip me like the franchise's best installments (X2, First Class, and Days of Future Past). ...[Read More]

hunger games


By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) WHAT'S THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY PART 2 ABOUT? Katniss Everdeen and her friends take the fight to the Capitol in this concluding chapter of the dystopian series. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: B+) The Hunger Games franchise has always been bleak. With the quest for humanity and righteousness during times of depravity as its central theme, the series o ...[Read More]

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THE HUNGER GAMES Family Movie Review

REVIEW (GRADE: A) The irony is not lost on me that The Hunger Games, a film about teenagers fighting to the death, may actually serve as an antidote to the glamorized violence so often found in media and aimed at youth. Raw and horrific as the film's brutality is, it portrays with bittersweet clarity the difference between the perception of violence as entertainment and its heartbreaking consequen ...[Read More]

the beaver family movie review

THE BEAVER Family Movie Review

REVIEW (GRADE: B) Mel Gibson's much-publicized bad behavior, both alleged and confirmed, of the past five years has been undeniably reprehensible. However, it gives one pause that, at a time when the general public denounces him as racist, homophobic, hypocritically un-Christian, anti-Semitic, violently misogynistic, and pathetically alcoholic, those who know him best and have spoken in defense of ...[Read More]

x-men: first class

X-MEN: FIRST CLASS Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker X-MEN FIRST CLASS REVIEW (GRADE B+): After the sloppy and empty-headed X-Men Origins: Wolverine, this prequel gets the franchise back on track with style and smarts. In fact, I'd say that it's the second-best film in the series, behind only the exemplary X2: X-Men United (unlike many people, I like the first and third films about the same, finding both to be flawed but entertain ...[Read More]