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DARK PHOENIX Family Review- The X-Men Go Out With a Whimper

Review shared with permission from Movie Review Mom. By Trina Boice WHAT'S DARK PHOENIX ABOUT? A young girl loses her parents in a car accident and is raised by Professor Charles Xavier because of her special mutant abilities. She struggles to understand her powers and who she is. Marvel attempts to connect former movies and their loose ends in the X-Men franchise with this grand finale. Unfortuna ...[Read More]

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Family Review: CAPTAIN MARVEL is Thrilling But Lacks Depth

By Trina Boice Republished with permission from The Movie Review Mom.  WHAT’S IT ABOUT?   Captain Marvel is meant as a prequel to The Avengers in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and is the 21st film in the franchise.  It’s not exactly an origin story, as Carol Danvers (Captain Marvel) begins the movie already possessing powers.  It does, however, show us how the idea for the Avengers began. If you’v ...[Read More]



By Tim Wilde What's Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse About? Miles Morales, the new kid in a prestigious New York High School, is going through the natural challenges that face the average teenager struggling to find his place and identity. As he is adjusting to new dynamics in his domestic and living situations he is abruptly faced with heightened challenges and opportunities when he is bitten by ...[Read More]


VENOM Family Movie Review

By Lindsi Neilson WHAT'S VENOM ABOUT? When Eddie Brock, a report based in San Francisco, starts investigating Carlton Drake he discovers and merges with the alien symbiote Venom. While this leaves him with superhuman strength and power, Venom proves to have a dark side that Eddie has trouble controlling. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: D) Those who are familiar with the character of Venom from either past ...[Read More]

ANT-MAN AND THE WASP Family Movie Review

ANT-MAN AND THE WASP Family Movie Review

By Lindsi Neilson WHAT'S IT ABOUT? Scott Lang finds himself teaming back up with Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym after the events of Captain America: Civil War in order to find Janet van Dyne and fight a new enemy. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: A) Cleverly written and out-right hilarious, Ant-Man and The Wasp provides a much-needed shot of lightheartedness after the darkness of Infinity War. It should be ...[Read More]



By Jonathan Decker (Clinical Director, LMFT) WHAT'S AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR ABOUT? The Avengers team up with the Guardians of the Galaxy to battle Thanos and his quest to balance the universe through genocide. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: A-) Manage your expectations. Not about the film's quality, mind you; it's very good. In fact, given the sheer number of characters to juggle, it's beyond impressive. ...[Read More]

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BLACK PANTHER Family Movie Review

By Lindsi Neilson WHAT’S BLACK PANTHER ABOUT? After his father’s death, T’Challa returns home to Wakanda to be crowned king. When a previously unknown enemy appears and threatens T’Challa’s nation and the world, he must figure out what kind of king he is before the destruction of everything he and his family stand for. Rent or buy it here. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: A) Let’s start things off by talki ...[Read More]

THOR: RAGNAROK Family Movie Review

THOR: RAGNAROK Family Movie Review

By Justin Lozada WHAT’S THOR: RAGNAROK ABOUT? The God of Thunder is back on the big screen in his third solo outing, but he’s definitely not alone. Joining him on his latest adventure are his mischievous brother, Loki, the beautiful but formidable Valkyrie, and the big green guy himself, the Incredible Hulk.  Thor faces his greatest challenge yet as he squares off against a new foe with superior p ...[Read More]

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By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) WHAT’S SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING ABOUT? With the blessing of Tony Stark (Iron Man), Peter Parker tries to prove himself a hero while juggling a social and academic life. (Buy it here and get the previous five Spidey films here). IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: A) One would think rebooting Spider-Man for the third time in 15 years would lead to a stale, unins ...[Read More]

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By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) WHAT'S GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 ABOUT? Marvel's intergalactic antiheroes battle new enemies (and old) when a being (Kurt Russell) introduces himself as Peter's father.  IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: A-) Everything a sequel should be, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 builds on narrative threads and themes from the first film in satisfying ways, takin ...[Read More]