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SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING Family Movie Review

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. (Pre-order 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, ...[Read More]

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THE AVENGERS Family Movie Review

Review (Grade: A) The most impressive superhero film since The Dark Knight, Marvel Studios’ The Avengers is a funny, thrilling, and character-driven crowd pleaser. Seeing the five films that preceded this one (Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor,and Captain America) may enrich the experience, but it’s hardly necessary; the film stands well on its own for those who want to just jump in ...[Read More]

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SHERLOCK HOLMES: GAME OF SHADOWS Family Movie Review

SHERLOCK HOLMES- A GAME OF SHADOWS review (Grade: A-) Director Guy Ritchie’s second foray into the world of Sherlock Holmes is mostly more of the same, which is fine by me because I greatly enjoyed the first one. Led by Robert Downey Jr and Jude Law’s portrayals of Holmes and Watson, Ritchie maintained the core of Arthur Conan Doyle’s short stories (Holmes’ brilliantly anal ...[Read More]

iron man 2 family movie review

IRON MAN 2 Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) 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 feels as if the filmmakers are try ...[Read More]

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SHERLOCK HOLMES Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic crime-solver has been portrayed on film more than any other literary figure. The new version, starring Robert Downey Jr. as Holmes and Jude Law as Watson, has marketed the sleuth as an action hero instead of an intellectual. To my pleasant surprise, the film itself is true to its source material and Holmes’ legenda ...[Read More]

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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 (blo ...[Read More]