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Why I Like the STAR WARS Prequels (and Why I’ll Never Love Them)

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) Happy Star Wars Day, and May the 4th be with you! With The Force Awakens a big hit and plenty of exciting developments coming out of Disney/Lucasfilm, it's a good time to be a Star Wars fan. Of course, everywhere one turns, people say things like “Hopefully this all redeems the franchise from the prequels,” or “Now we can pretend ...[Read More]

Overlooked Gem: LES MISERABLES (1998)

Overlooked Gem: LES MISERABLES (1998)

Long before it was a hit Broadway musical, Les Miserables was a novel by French author Victor Hugo, a work which I believe was divinely inspired, as rich in eternal truths as it is. This tale of reformed confict Jean Valjean, the prostitute he befriends, the child he adopts, and the police inspector obsessed with bringing him down has been adapted for the screen numerous times. The upcoming versio ...[Read More]

Phantom Menace

THE PHANTOM MENACE 3D Family Movie Review

STAR WARS EPISODE 1: THE PHANTOM MENACE-3D REVIEW (Grade: C) Denial. Anger. Depression. Acceptance. I went through all the stages of grief when, in 1999, I was a mega-fan confronted with the terrible fact that The Phantom Menace, easily the most eagerly-anticipated movie in 16 years, was a crushing dissappointment. The story was dull, the characters mostly uninvolving, the dialogue tepid, and ever ...[Read More]

BATTLESHIP Family Movie Review

BATTLESHIP Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) REVIEW (GRADE: C-)  An empty-calorie hodgepodge of Top Gun, Transformers, Pearl Harbor, and J.J. Abrams' Star Trek, Peter Berg's Battleship represents the next frontier for Hollywood's making money off of established brands. With movies already based off of theme park rides, video games, and toys, audiences now have a summer blockbuster based off ...[Read More]

unknown

UNKNOWN Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) A blatant attempt to cash in on the success of 2009's Taken, this silly action-mystery once again places Liam Neeson as a butt-kicking American in Europe. Sadly, Unknown lacks the emotional hook that made Taken such a disturbingly enjoyable exercise in vigilante wish-fulfillment. Neeson stars as Dr. Martin Harris who awakens after a car accident t ...[Read More]

THE NEXT THREE DAYS Family Movie Review

THE NEXT THREE DAYS Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) Rent or buy The Next Three Days here.  Russel Crowe is one of the best actors of this generation, elevating even substandard material to “watchable” status (case in point: 2010's dismal Robin Hood). His performance drives The Next Three Days, a never boring but frequently ridiculous prison-break thriller that finds Crowe's college prof ...[Read More]

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THE A-TEAM Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) WHAT'S THE A-TEAM ABOUT? Based on the hit 80's TV show of the same name, The A-Team finds a group of top-notch mercenaries working to clear their name from a wrongful charge and bring down the corrupt spies and military officials who put them in prison. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: C) This is a film that had true potential: the casting is spot-on and t ...[Read More]

CHRONICLES OF NARNIA- PRINCE CASPIAN Family Movie Review

CHRONICLES OF NARNIA- PRINCE CASPIAN Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) Rent or buy Prince Caspian here.  While I enjoyed the first film's story more (it was so clearly an allegory for The Atonement, The Resurrection, the Battle of Armageddon, and the Millennium), this one is better made, better written, and better acted. Plus, it has a healthy share of Christian symbolism itself, some rocking battle sequences (how th ...[Read More]