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MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS Family Movie Review

MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS Family Movie Review

By Grady Kerr If you were born before 1985 you probably remember the mystery movie Clue. My sister Summer and I watched that movie on repeat growing up. (Both our parents worked). It always stood out to me at the quintessential murder mystery film. Clue now has a new contender for that title in Murder on the Orient Express. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: A) What starts out as a lavish train ride through ...[Read More]

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PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) Rent or buy Pirates of the Caribbean: Dean Men Tell No Tales here. WHAT'S PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES ABOUT? Captain Jack Sparrow seeks the trident of Poseidon to keep a pirate-hunting ghost at bay. This is being marketed as the “final adventure.” IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: B-) There's bad news and there's good news. ...[Read More]

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SEVEN STELLAR TIM BURTON FILMS

  By Jonathan Decker (Clinical director, LMFT) At his best, Tim Burton provides wildly creative Gothic entertainment. My kids have enjoyed his work, which I've shared with them when they're old enough.  here's a breakdown of my seven favorite movies by the famously eccentric filmmaker. PEE-WEE'S BIG ADVENTURE (PG, 1985) Before you roll your eyes, consider this: Pee-Wee's Big Adventure is Tim ...[Read More]

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES Family Movie Review

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) REVIEW (GRADE: C) Alas, it seems that Disney may never recreate the lighting-in-a- bottle charm of the first Pirates film. Contrary to what you may have heard from critics, this sequel isn't a bad film. Neither is it, as some die-hard fans have enthused, the “best Pirates ever” (which they likely say every time a new one comes out). Wh ...[Read More]

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RANGO Review

By Jonathan Decker (family therapist, film critic) Don't let the ads fool you: Rango is a Western first and a family film second. The film is almost entirely devoid of cuteness; in its place is a gritty and psuedo-realistic portrayal of the American West. The landscapes are desolate and harsh, yet beautiful, and the same can be said of the characters. Like True Grit a few months ago, Rango reveals ...[Read More]