martial arts

karate kid

THE KARATE KID Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) As others have noted, this remake should actually be called The Kung-Fu Kid, as it revolves around the Chinese, not Japanese, martial art. I'm not sure what's more troubling: the implication that American audiences wouldn't respond to anything less than a brand name or the fact that it's true. Regardless, a film nobody asked for, or expected much ...[Read More]

forbidden kingdom

THE FORBIDDEN KINGDOM Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) If you expect me to hold a predisposed favorable bias toward a movie pairing Jackie Chan and Jet Li, you'd be right. Knowing that this film had a 7-minute brawl between these two icons, I was prepared to pay full admission for that one scene alone, even if the rest of the movie were total crap. To my surprise, however, the rest of the movie is act ...[Read More]