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Family Review: TOY STORY 4 is Worthy of What Came Before

By Trina Boice Reprinted with permission from Movie Review Mom.  WHAT'S TOY STORY 4 ABOUT? Our favorite toys are back together again in Toy Story 4, 24 years after the original Toy Story hit theaters to instant, raving fans. How does this franchise consistently pump out one fantastic film after another? Disney and Pixar’s magical formula has done it again. Former Chief Creator Director of Disney J ...[Read More]

the post

THE POST Family Movie Review

By Lindsi Neilson WHAT’S THE POST ABOUT? Risking their careers and their freedom, Katharine Graham (the first female publisher of a major American newspaper) and colleague Ben Bradlee race to keep up with The New York Times to expose a massive government cover-up. Rent or buy it here. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: A) The Post may be set in the early 1970’s but don’t let that fool you into believing that ...[Read More]

Bridge of spies

BRIDGE OF SPIES Family Movie Review

Review by Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) WHAT'S BRIDGE OF SPIES ABOUT? A New York attorney (Tom Hanks) is recruited to defend a Soviet spy, then to negotiate a prisoner exchange for an American POW during the Cold War. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: A+) Much as he did with 2012's Lincoln, Steven Spielberg has taken a dialogue-heavy screenplay with very little action and turned it into so ...[Read More]

larry crowne

LARRY CROWNE Family Movie Review

LARRY CROWNE review (Grade: B-) Headed by rom-com royalty, Larry Crowne isn't a great movie, but it carries plenty of charm for those in the mood for something light and breezy. Directed by Hanks (who also co-wrote the screenplay with My Big Fat Greek Wedding‘s Nia Vardalos) and co-starring Julia Roberts (who hasn't been this enjoyable in years), Larry Crowne is the simple tale of a cashier ...[Read More]

toy story 3

TOY STORY 3 Family Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) While there’s plenty to say about this third (and apparently final) film in the groundbreaking Toy Story series, if you at all enjoy movies, you’ve likely seen it or are planning to see it. Toy Story 3 continues the franchise tradition of tapping into the sense of wonder and imagination shared by adults and children. Like all of Pixar’s movies, th ...[Read More]

angels and demons

ANGELS AND DEMONS Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) This is being unfairly maligned by critics. This is at once more thrilling and more involving than The Da Vinci Code was, and Ron Howard's direction is more surefooted and fast-paced here. Visually gorgeous. By streamlining the novel's narrative, the film loses much (but not all) of the science vs. faith dichotomy that gave the book its weight. As ...[Read More]