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KONG: SKULL ISLAND Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) WHAT'S KONG: SKULL ISLAND ABOUT? In 1973 a group of American soldiers join scientists, a photographer, and a mercenary to explore an uncharted island, an island where monsters still exist. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: A-) A bold and thrilling new vision for the King Kong legend, Kong: Skull Island takes audiences away from the “giant ape beast fa ...[Read More]

TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE Family Movie Review

TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE Family Movie Review

REVIEW (GRADE: B-) Lightweight (but satisfying) as a family drama, and perhaps a bit too predictable in its screenplay, Trouble With the Curve succeeds due largely to the charm of, and chemistry between, its actors. Clint Eastwood stars as an aging baseball scout with failing eyesight. Amy Adams is his hardworking daughter, an attorney who jeopardizes partnership in her firm to help her dad keep t ...[Read More]

THE ARTIST Family Movie Review

THE ARTIST Family Movie Review

  THE ARTIST REVIEW (Grade: A) I apologize for the delayed review of this film, but it only just barely made its way to my town. A modern silent film in the style of classic Hollywood, The Artist hearkens back to the days of Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton, an era when comedy and emotion were conveyed purely through physical acting, and human movement was the only special effect needed. If ...[Read More]

princess and the frog family movie review

THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) Rent or buy The Princess and the Frog here.  After TIME magazine called The Princess and the Frog “the best film of 2009” and my folks sang its praises, perhaps it was only natural that the bar would be set too high. Then again, it’s possible that I have been spoiled for so long by the brilliant originality displayed year after year by Pixar that ...[Read More]

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SPEED RACER Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) Rent or buy Speed Racer here.  For such an silly, fluffy movie, Speed Racer needed more self-aware campy humor to be enjoyable. As it is, it bores in stretches and can't decide whether to take itself too seriously or not seriously at all. Had it fully embraced the latter, it could have been a lot of fun. As it is, the visuals are inventive and imp ...[Read More]