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thor

THOR Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) REVIEW (GRADE: B+) Rent or buy Thor here.  Though I've been into superhero movies since I was a boy, I was never a comic-book guy. Knowing nothing of Thor's story except that he was literally the god of thunder from Viking mythology, all I had to go on was glimpses I'd seen of his costume. I repeatedly thought: He looks ridiculous, even for a supe ...[Read More]

iron man 2 family movie review

IRON MAN 2 Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) Rent or buy Iron Man 2 here.  Robert Downey Jr. reprises his star-making role from the first film, as a charmingly egotistical, but ultimately courageous superhero. The film has a terrific cast, some clever banter, and a handful of genuinely thrilling action sequences, but the story isn’t as focused or compelling as that of the first film. It feel ...[Read More]

wolverine

X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) Rent or buy X:Men Origins- Wolverine here.  Meh. I know my sisters loved Wolverine, so I won't bad mouth it too much here, but the whole thing felt undercooked to me; plus, the inconsistency of Sabretooth being Wolverine's intelligent brother, compared with the radically different conceptualization of the character in the first film of this same s ...[Read More]

incredible hulk

THE INCREDIBLE HULK Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) Rent or buy The Incredible Hulk here.  After Director Ang Lee's (Sense and Sensibility, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) artsy-fartsy take on The Hulk tanked at the box office a few years ago, things looked dire for the big green dude. So what was in order? Recast the franchise, get a new director, and basically pretend the first one never happened ...[Read More]

iron man

IRON MAN Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) The Gist With hard-hitting action, unsentimental morality, and a fantastic dry wit (courtesy of a great script and Robert Downey Jr.'s excellent delivery), Iron Man is the perfect film to open the summer. Which isn't to say it's a ‘perfect film', but its so much fun you won't care. **** (out of five). PG-13 (bloodless but intense action viol ...[Read More]