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cowboys and aliens

COWBOYS AND ALIENS Family Movie Review

COWBOYS AND ALIENS REVIEW (GRADE: B):    The apostle Peter wrote that “charity will cover a multitude of sins” (1 Peter 4:8). If you'll forgive a secular comparison, fun covers a lot of film-making sins in the case of Cowboys and Aliens, the new sci-fi Western from director John Favreau (Iron Man, Elf). Forget that some moviegoers will never get over the bizarre title; this is a film w ...[Read More]

meek's cutoff

MEEK’S CUTOFF Family Movie Review

GRADE: D By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) An arduous, mind-numbing film in which the protagonists may die of thirst and the audience may die of boredom, Meek's Cutoff has been lauded as many things: a biting political allegory, an intelligent reflection on faith, an examination of the natures of trust and leadership, and a commentary on America. I caught traces of these things, i ...[Read More]

knight and day family movie review

KNIGHT AND DAY Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz star in this romantic action-comedy about an unfailingly polite (and somewhat crazy) spy and the girl next door he falls for. No matter your opinion on Tom Cruise, he is a hoot here as he spoofs his own “invincible action hero” screen image as well as his own eccentric real-life persona. In no other film has he made me ...[Read More]

where the wild things are family movie review


By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) Rent or buy Where the Wild Things Are here.  For me, as for many small children, the cruelty of schoolmates, bickering between me and my siblings, and feeling misunderstood by adults were all sources of hurt, frustration, and genuine heartache. I remember putting on my Superman cape, my Ninja Turtle bandana, or my Batman mask and retreating to the ...[Read More]