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SOLO Family Movie Review

SOLO Family Movie Review

  By Lindsi Neilson WHAT’S SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY ABOUT? A young Han Solo joins a group of galactic smugglers in an attempt to earn enough money to buy his own spaceship. Along the way he meets Chewbacca, the 196-year-old Wookie we all love, and Lando Calrissian. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: C+) Creating an engaging origin story for a character that has been around for decades (and has already di ...[Read More]

THE LAST JEDI Family Movie Review

THE LAST JEDI Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Clinical Director, LMFT) WHAT'S STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI ABOUT? The eighth episode of the Skywalker saga finds Rey attempting to recruit Luke Skywalker as Kylo Ren and the First Order close in on the Resistance.  IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: A) Writer-director Rian Johnson has crafted a phenomenal film here, honoring the Star Wars legacy while upending its tropes to breathe freshnes ...[Read More]

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Assessing Anakin: A Therapist Explores Vader’s Humanity

By Jonathan Decker (Clinical Director, LMFT) “Not the hero Star Wars deserved, but the one it needed” When the prequel trilogy hit theaters, many lifelong fans felt blindsided by the portrayal of Anakin, the Jedi who became Darth Vader. Long imagining him to be a dashing and heroic figure, instead fans got a whiny child, a petulant teen, and an entitled lover. Many found him unlikable, ...[Read More]

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ROGUE ONE Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Clinical director, LMFT, film critic) WHAT'S ROGUE ONE ABOUT? Disney's first Star Wars spin-off film (read: not a Skywalker “episode”) is part heist movie, part war film as Rebel forces steal the plans to the Death Star. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: A) At this point one can look at the Star Wars franchise as a series of individual films or as one giant story; I prefer th ...[Read More]

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Why I Like the STAR WARS Prequels (and Why I’ll Never Love Them)

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) Happy Star Wars Day, and May the 4th be with you! With The Force Awakens a big hit and plenty of exciting developments coming out of Disney/Lucasfilm, it's a good time to be a Star Wars fan. Of course, everywhere one turns, people say things like “Hopefully this all redeems the franchise from the prequels,” or “Now we can pretend ...[Read More]

THE FORCE AWAKENS Family Movie Review

THE FORCE AWAKENS Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Clinical director, LMFT, film critic) WHAT'S STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS ABOUT? A rogue storm trooper teams up with a scavenger and others to fight the evil First Order. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: A-) Director JJ Abrams (Star Trek) and screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan (The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark) have crafted a Star Wars film that should appease just about every ...[Read More]

Watch STAR WARS Anywhere. PLUS New Canon, Best Viewing Order, Original Versions

Watch STAR WARS Anywhere. PLUS New Canon, Best Viewing Order, Original Versions

On Friday, April 10, the Star Wars films will be available for the first time in digital HD, with loads of new (and old) bonus features. You can purchase, download, and watch them on your TV, tablet, computer, or phone from Amazon (buy them here), Vudu (buy them here), Google Play, Xbox, Verizon/Fios, and Disney Anywhere. No more discs! Instant access! Star Wars marathons have never been easier! B ...[Read More]

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THE PHANTOM MENACE 3D Family Movie Review

STAR WARS EPISODE 1: THE PHANTOM MENACE-3D REVIEW (Grade: C) Denial. Anger. Depression. Acceptance. I went through all the stages of grief when, in 1999, I was a mega-fan confronted with the terrible fact that The Phantom Menace, easily the most eagerly-anticipated movie in 16 years, was a crushing dissappointment. The story was dull, the characters mostly uninvolving, the dialogue tepid, and ever ...[Read More]

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STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS Family Movie Review

  By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) WHAT'S STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS ABOUT? Anakin Skywalker takes on an apprentice and fights to rescue a kidnap victim in this animated film, taking place between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. This film launched the far-superior animated series.  IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: C+) George Lucas works best when he produces, coming up w ...[Read More]