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Family Review: HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON- HIDDEN WORLD is a Grand Finale

By Dallin Curtis WHAT’S IT ABOUT? In this third and final entry of DreamWorks Animation’s popular franchise, Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) must lead and defend his village from a ruthless villain who wants to eradicate all dragons. Meanwhile, Hiccup’s best friend, a dragon named Toothless, meets and develops a romantic relationship with a Light Fury. IS IT ANY GOOD? Similar to the two previous films, The ...[Read More]

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HAIL, CAESAR Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) WHAT'S HAIL, CAESAR! ABOUT? A 1950's Hollywood fix-it man (Josh Brolin) ponders a career change while working overtime to rescue a kidnapped star (George Clooney) and cover-up multiple scandals. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: C+) I was ready to love Hail, Caesar! Between the star power of the actors and the writing-directing skill of The Coen Brothers, t ...[Read More]


MONEYBALL Family Movie Review

MONEYBALL review (Grade: B+) Hyped as one of the year's best films and widely praised, Moneyball is very good but slightly over-rated. Much like the actual game of baseball, at its best it gives us impressive displays of talent, gripping competition, and surprising emotional engagement but sometimes it drags on and is just plain sluggish. Moneyball tells the true story of the 2002 Oakland Athletic ...[Read More]


MEGAMIND Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) Equal parts witty and delightfully silly, Megamind was, for me, a welcome surprise. I passed on it in theatres; the “aspiring super-villain with a heart of gold” premise had already been recently explored to memorable effect in Despicable Me and Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, and this didn’t seem to add anything new. Good word of mouth led me to ...[Read More]

how to train your dragon


By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) Rent or buy How to Train Your Dragon here.  Now that’s more like it! Last July, after I heralded Inception and Toy Story 3 as rescuing 2010 moviegoers from a year otherwise bereft of great storytelling, I received an email from a DreamWorks animator pointing me in the direction of How to Train Your Dragon. Word of mouth had been positive, but I ha ...[Read More]