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Yesterday

Family Review: YESTERDAY Will Make You Fall For The Beatles All Over Again

By Dallin Curtis WHAT'S YESTERDAY ABOUT? Struggling singer-songwriter Jack Malik gets into an accident during a worldwide blackout. He wakes up the next morning, finding the world exactly the same, with one exception: The Beatles never existed. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: B) It’s a testament to the strength of original storytelling when one filmmaker is able to come up with a premise so good, that peo ...[Read More]

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BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY Family Movie Review

By Lindsi Neilson WHAT'S BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY ABOUT? A rock biopic exploring the life of Freddie Mercury, this film attempts to trace the meteoric rise of one of the most iconic rock bands ever: Queen. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: C) “We're four misfits who don't belong together, we're playing for the other misfits…. We belong to them.”  Freddie Mercury says when explaining what makes Queen special and di ...[Read More]

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What to See at Tuacahn: Family Reviews of SHREK, NEWSIES, and MAMMA MIA!

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, entertainment critic) Tuacahn Amphitheatre boasts one of the most gorgeously-unique theatre locations in the world. Nestled against red rock canyons just outside of St. George, Utah and boasting a newly expanded restaurant and gift shop, just being there is half of the experience. Fortunately, the other half is first-rate off-Broadway productions that never di ...[Read More]

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LA LA LAND Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) WHAT'S LA LA LAND ABOUT? An aspiring actress and a struggling jazz musician fall in love and inspire each other artistically. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: A) Featuring truly dazzling film-making and strong performances by Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, La La Land is an enchanting blend of modern and retro. Taking place in present-day Los Angeles, but mad ...[Read More]

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DR. HORRIBLE’S SINGALONG BLOG Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) Rent or buy Dr. Horrible's Singalong Blog here.  This is a 45-minute, three-act musical/comedy done by writing genius Joss Whedon (The Avengers, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly) during the 2008 writer's strike. He was bored and wanted to create something; while Dr. Horrible is low-budget, it is high-quality in terms of both comedy and music. Ent ...[Read More]

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MAMMA MIA! Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) Rent or buy Mamma Mia here.  Did you know Meryl Streep can do a toe-touch? Seriously! And that Pierce Brosnan has a raspy yet macho singing voice? Kind of like a deeper Bryan Adams. Basically, if you like ABBA, if you like fun fluffy musicals, if you dig that type of energy, this is a blast. If not, move along. Colin Firth adds charm, Amanda Seyfr ...[Read More]