47 meters down

47 METERS DOWN Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) WHAT’S 47 METERS DOWN ABOUT? Thriller finds two sisters running out of oxygen and surrounded by man-eaters when their shark cage sinks to the bottom of the ocean. (Rent or buy it here) IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: B-) If you can embrace that this film has more in common with fictional monster movies than actual shark behavior (or scuba diving, for that ...[Read More]

the shallows family movie review

THE SHALLOWS Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) WHAT'S THE SHALLOWS ABOUT? A surfer (Blake Lively) is terrorized by a relentless Great White Shark 200 yards from shore. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: B) Despite a few dull stretches and some hokey dialogue, The Shallows emerges as one of the few truly good “killer shark” movies since the original Jaws. It's not a masterpiece like that film, ...[Read More]


Why Dreams Don’t Come True (and How to Make Sure Yours Do)

By Jonathan Decker, Clinical Director, LMFT I saw Jaws at entirely too young of an age. The film terrified me, but it also sparked a lifelong obsession with sharks, particularly Great Whites (the species in the movie). For decades I fantasized about climbing into a cage and seeing one up close. It was on my bucket list. I once had the opportunity to cage-dive in shark-infested waters, but passed i ...[Read More]

soul surfer

SOUL SURFER Family Movie Review

GRADE: B Christian cinema has been gaining traction in recent years, and with box-office dollars comes increased production values and bigger-name actors. Fortunately what matters most, a focus on the sustaining power of faith, compassion, and family, isn't lost in the shuffle in the case of Soul Surfer. Based on the true story of Bethany Hamilton, a teen surfing prodigy who lost an arm to a tiger ...[Read More]