marriage movies

LEGEND OF TARZAN Family Movie Review

LEGEND OF TARZAN Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) WHAT'S THE LEGEND OF TARZAN ABOUT? Eight years after leaving the jungle, John Greystoke (AKA Tarzan) returns with his wife Jane to foil a slavery plot. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: A-) An old-school-meets-new-school adventure in the vein of The Mask of Zorro and Quigley Down Under, this newest screen interpretation of the Tarzan legend benefits greatly ...[Read More]

the 33

THE 33 Family Movie Review

WHAT'S THE 33 ABOUT? In 2010 a mine in Chile collapsed, trapping 33 men two thousand feet beneath the surface for several months. This is their tale of survival, as well as those who labored to rescue them. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: A-) As someone who spent two years of his life in Chile, I can tell you that The 33 is powerfully authentic, despite there being only one Chilean in the main cast (Cote ...[Read More]

Everest Movie

EVEREST Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) WHAT'S EVEREST ABOUT? Based on the true story of the fateful ascent in May of 1996, in which several climbers lost their lives while others made it back. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: A-) Equal parts majestic, exhilarating, and heartbreaking, Everest must be experienced in a theater, so immersive is the audio-visual experience. Of course it's stunning t ...[Read More]

20 Movies That’ll Strengthen Your Marriage

20 Movies That’ll Strengthen Your Marriage

By Jonathan Decker (Clinical director, LMFT) Hollywood favors “falling in love” stories rather than “staying in love” stories. Healthy, long-lasting marriages are far too often viewed by Tinseltown as dramatically stale, but there are exceptions to this rule. Below are 20 of my favorite  cinematic depictions of what it takes to make love last. Click on the titles to buy the ...[Read More]

valentine's

15 Valentine’s Alternatives to Romantic Comedies

By Jonathan Decker (family therapist, film critic) It's Valentine's again, with many of us getting in the seasonal mood by cuddling up in front of a movie. Some will likely turn, year after year, to the work of Julia Roberts, Sandra Bullock, Meg Ryan, Kathryn Heigl, or Reese Witherspoon to sweep them away with good humor and charm. Now, I'm not one of those guys who dislikes romantic comedies When ...[Read More]

date night family movie review

DATE NIGHT Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) Rent or buy Date Night here. With a terrific premise and two of the funniest people in show business, Date Night should have been the year’s best comedy, hands down. On Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock, Tina Fey has proven her comedic mettle, bringing wit and intelligence to her craft. Steve Carell, for his part, has made me laugh ‘til my sides ach ...[Read More]

fireproof

FIREPROOF Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) WHAT'S FIREPROOF ABOUT? A firefighter with a failing marriage takes a challenge from his father to follow Christ and make changes to save his union. Rent or buy it here.  IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: A-) Another solid outing from Sherwood Pictures, the Christian production company behind Facing the Giants and Courageous. Fireproof is a wonderful examin ...[Read More]