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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]

the huntsman winter's war


By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) WHAT'S THE HUNTSMAN: WINTER'S WAR ABOUT? This spin-off of Snow White and the Huntsman finds the titular warrior battling the wicked Ice Queen. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: B-) Just as a food columnist might slam McDonald's while the masses fill up the drive-thrus, The Huntsman: Winter's War is being justifiably lambasted by critics but offers quick-fix ...[Read More]

MADAGASCAR 3 Family Movie Review

MADAGASCAR 3 Family Movie Review

MADAGASCAR 3 REVIEW (GRADE: B) By this point, audiences know what they're getting into with the Madagascar franchise; you either like the manic sugar-coated energy of the series or you don't. I must admit that the filmmakers have been slowly converting me: I wasn't overly-impressed with the first movie, but each successive film has actually improved on the one that came before it. This entry conve ...[Read More]

THE HELP Family Movie Review

THE HELP Family Movie Review

  THE HELP REVIEW (GRADE: A) One of the best films of the year so far, The Help displays an impressively-acted balance of prejudice and tolerance, hatred and love, despair and faith, heartache and belly laughs. Like one of my all-time favorite films, Life is Beautiful, The Help performs the impressive feat of taking a dark chapter of human history and injecting it with light, hope, and humani ...[Read More]

tree of life

TREE OF LIFE Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic)   REVIEW (GRADE: B) Beautifully-shot and impeccably acted, Terrence Malick's Tree of Life is as spiritually and artistically satisfying as it is excessively ponderous and slowly-paced, sometimes to the point of irritating monotony. The film, ostensibly, follows the reflections of a man (Sean Penn) on his childhood in 1960's America; however, it al ...[Read More]