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REVIEW: A spoiler-free parent’s guide to ‘Rise of Skywalker’
Dec20

REVIEW: A spoiler-free parent’s guide to ‘Rise of Skywalker’

I didn’t make it to the first Star Wars film in 1977—I was too young to go—but I was there in 1980 for The Empire Strikes Back and in 1983 for Return of the Jedi. I still remember the shock in Empire when Luke Skywalker learned he was the son of the evil Dark Vader and, in the next movie, a similar shock when Darth saved Luke from an imminent death. Back then, I didn’t have to worry about blogs and tweets and text messages spoiling...

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The 10 best family-friendly films of 2019
Dec19

The 10 best family-friendly films of 2019

It’s not easy finding a film the whole family can watch, but 2019 gave us several movies that fit in that unique category. Some—like The Pilgrim’s Progress—should be viewed by every Christian kid on the planet. Others—like A Hidden Life—are more appropriate for tweens, teens and above. Here are my 10 favorite family-friendly films of 2019: (An asterisk notes a film may not be appropriate for young children.) Toy Story 4 Sheriff Woody...

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REVIEW: ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ is an adventure (but it’s not kid-friendly)
Dec13

REVIEW: ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ is an adventure (but it’s not kid-friendly)

The film ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ opens this weekend, continuing the story from 2017’s ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.’   Eddie is an aging grandfather who dislikes everything about growing old. He hates retirement. He hates his lack of mobility. He hates the fact that he’s now living with his daughter—even if it’s temporary following his hip surgery. He also hates the fact that his college-age grandson, Spencer, isn’t living...

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REVIEW: ‘Dark Waters’ challenges our beliefs on business, the environment
Dec06

REVIEW: ‘Dark Waters’ challenges our beliefs on business, the environment

Robert Bilott is a smart and hard-working corporate defense attorney who represents some of the nation’s most powerful chemical companies. He opposes red tape and regulation. He sides with the big businesses. And when the chemical companies throw a party, he rubs shoulders with the execs. But then a family friend—a West Virginia farmer named Wilbur Tennant—pays him a visit. Bilott claims the nearby DuPont factory is pouring deadly...

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‘The Star’ leads December’s family-friendly lineup
Dec02

‘The Star’ leads December’s family-friendly lineup

Finding a children’s animated movie about the birth of Christ isn’t easy. In fact, if you’re wanting it to be feature-length—that is, a 90-minute film to watch on family movie night—it’s nearly impossible. But there’s good news: The best selection in that unique genre is now on Netflix. The Star (2017) tells the story of Christ’s birth from the viewpoint of the animals, as they follow Mary and Joseph from Nazareth to Bethlehem and...

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