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INCREDIBLES 2 Family Movie Review

INCREDIBLES 2 Family Movie Review

By Michael Stanley WHAT’S THE INCREDIBLES 2 ABOUT? Picking up right where the The Incredibles (2004) left off, the super-powered Parr family struggle to fulfill their duty as superheroes in a world where superheroism remains illegal. Given a chance to work as an advocate for a superhero legalization movement, the mother Helen Parr decides to don the mask and tights of Elastigirl once more in order ...[Read More]

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CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) Rent or buy Captain Underpants here. WHAT’S CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS ABOUT? Two boys hypnotize their surly principal into acting like a made-up superhero. Based on the popular book series. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: B) For its first 20 minutes, Captain Underpants is exceptional. High-spirited and surprisingly witty, the film brilliantly captures and spoofs ...[Read More]

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CHRONICLE Family Movie Review

CHRONICLE REVIEW (GRADE: B+) What if a few teenagers suddenly got superpowers? Not virtuous and heroic teens raised in loving homes like Peter Parker, but average irrational teens that drive recklessly at lunch, get drunk at parties, will do anything on a dare, and are still trying to figure out who they are? This is the premise of Chronicle, a superhero (supervillain?) film that achieves an impre ...[Read More]

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DR. HORRIBLE’S SINGALONG BLOG Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) This is a 45-minute, three-act musical/comedy done by writing genius Joss Whedon (The Avengers, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly) during the 2008 writer's strike. He was bored and wanted to create something; while Dr. Horrible is low-budget, it is high-quality in terms of both comedy and music. Entertainment Weekley says: “The songs are kin ...[Read More]

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THE DARK KNIGHT: Sadistic Flick or Powerful Morality Tale?

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) Author's note: In 2008 a review published in Meridian Magazine called The Dark Knight an immoral celebration of chaos and nihilism. I wrote a rebuttal in the comments section, which Meridian asked me to flesh out into this article. Thus began my hobby of film-reviewing, as well as my place as a regular columnist for that publication. Quite the con ...[Read More]

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HANCOCK Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) In short… Hancock was good. Not great. Not even close to great. But entertaining. Any movie that has Will Smith playing off of Jason Bateman (Arrested Development) has something good going for it right off of the bat. Some decent story development, some unexpected drama, some solid action, quite a bit of good comedy. This is the type of movi ...[Read More]