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Family Review- AVENGERS: ENDGAME is a Staggering Accomplishment

Family Review- AVENGERS: ENDGAME is a Staggering Accomplishment

By Dallin Curtis WHAT'S AVENGERS: ENDGAME ABOUT? After fifty-percent of all life was wiped out by Thanos at the end of Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame shows the remaining fifty-percent of life dealing with the colossal loss. In their grief, the remaining heroes must band together and find a way to undo the villain’s snap and restore the universe to its original state. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GR ...[Read More]

AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR Family Movie Review

AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR Family Movie Review

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]

ISLE OF DOGS Family Movie Review

ISLE OF DOGS Family Movie Review

By Michael Stanley Order Isle of Dogs here. Wes Anderson’s newest stop-motion animated film, Isle of Dogs, follows in the pawprints of his 2009 masterpiece Fantastic Mr. Fox taking his audience to Japan 20 years in the future. The cat-loving mayor of Megasaki City spreads fear about a viciously contagious canine disease through a propaganda campaign culminating in the exile of all dogs to Trash Is ...[Read More]

GHOST IN THE SHELL Family Movie Review

GHOST IN THE SHELL Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) WHAT'S GHOST IN THE SHELL ABOUT? A super-agent with a human brain and a robotic body embarks on a quest to discover her identity. Rent or buy it here.  IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: C+) Much like its heroine, Ghost in the Shell looks phenomenal and kicks butt, but is too cold and detached to truly connect. Largely a wonder of design (even if a couple of ...[Read More]

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CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) WHAT'S CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR ABOUT? When the United Nations wants to assume authority over the Avengers, the heroes are divided over whether to comply. The ideological divide, coupled with a villain's machinations, eventually pit the super-friends against one another. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: A+) Getting right everything Batman v. Superman got ...[Read More]

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THE JUNGLE BOOK Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) WHAT'S THE JUNGLE BOOK ABOUT? A boy, raised by animals in the jungles of India, must decide to return to the “man village” or face his mortal enemy, a tiger named Shere Khan. Adapted from the classic Rudyard Kipling novel. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: A) Hot on the heels of Kenneth Branagh's marvelous Cinderella remake, director John Favrea ...[Read More]

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HAIL, CAESAR Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) WHAT'S HAIL, CAESAR! ABOUT? A 1950's Hollywood fix-it man (Josh Brolin) ponders a career change while working overtime to rescue a kidnapped star (George Clooney) and cover-up multiple scandals. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: C+) I was ready to love Hail, Caesar! Between the star power of the actors and the writing-directing skill of The Coen Brothers, t ...[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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WE BOUGHT A ZOO Family Movie Review

WE BOUGHT A ZOO review (Grade: A-)  Director Cameron Crowe (Say Anything, Jerry Maguire) brings his love of quirky characters, left-field humor,  and light rock music to family film-making with We Bought a Zoo, an engaging true story that's a big contender for the year's most uplifting film. Like all great uplifting films, there's a strong undercurrent of sorrow and grief for much of the film's ru ...[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]