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Rating Title/Year Author
2/5 Rambo: Last Blood (2019) Jeffrey M. Anderson Though it (vainly) tries for some of the human soul that drove the 1982 original, this fifth entry in the Rambo series is ultimately little more than a cheap, gory revenge fantasy. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
2/5 Corporate Animals (2019) Jeffrey M. Anderson This mostly laugh-free dark comedy plunges into icky territory, with largely unlikable characters; aside from trying to mock the American workforce, it doesn't seem to have much of a point. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
4/5 Villains (2019) Jeffrey M. Anderson Yes, there have been cleverer movies, but this creepy comedy more than gets by on its breezy pace and weirdly lovable characters, as well as smart, measured performances that keep them in check. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
3/5 Running With the Devil (2019) Jeffrey M. Anderson This crime procedural is consistently fascinating as it charts the minutiae of the drug business -- but it also tries to be a bit too clever and neglects the characters in the process. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
4/5 Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) Joyce Slaton Woman makes over her life in heartfelt but mature dramedy. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
3/5 The Bromley Boys (2018) Sandie Angulo Chen Light comedy about dedicated British soccer fan. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
3/5 Ready or Not (2019) Joyce Slaton Ultraviolent satire is forgettable but fun for horror fans. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
4/5 Overcomer (2019) Tara McNamara Well-made Christian drama succeeds despite stereotyping. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
4/5 The Wedding Year (2019) Tara McNamara Casual sex, pot, heavy drinking in romcom with teen appeal. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
3/5 Zeroville (2019) Tara McNamara Loopy James Franco dramedy has sex, drugs, punk attitude. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
3/5 The Suite Life Movie (2011) Emily Ashby The movie makes an effort to push some positive content about sibling relationships and showing empathy, so there's some good to come of your tweens tuning in. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
4/5 How to Build a Better Boy (2014) Emily Ashby This movie appeals to kids and parents with feel-good messages about self-acceptance and standing tall in the face of pressure to conform. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
4/5 Teen Beach 2 (2015) Emily Ashby Lest we forget how masterfully Disney can capitalize on a good concept, this TV movie makes a solid case with a second round of energetic song-and-dance numbers guaranteed to delight fans. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
4/5 Downton Abbey (2019) Joyce Slaton Gorgeous drama will thrill longtime fans of the show. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
4/5 Girl vs. Monster (2012) Emily Ashby This is a fun choice for families who like Halloween thrills without the slasher-style blood spills. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
3/5 Frenemies (2012) Emily Ashby [T]he movie's worthwhile messages about social priorities and individuality come courtesy of sanitized characters and an unrealistic plot. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
4/5 Good Luck Charlie, It's Christmas! (2011) Emily Ashby Feel-good messages nestled within the movie's shiny packaging -- plus a few Christmas surprises -- make this one to add to your family's watch list. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
3/5 Den Brother (2010) Emily Ashby Den Brother is a sweet tale of personal growth and accountability emphasized by the heartwarming relationship between a teen and his adoring little sister. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
5/5 Ad Astra (2019) Tara McNamara Pitt flies high to reach emotional depths in sci-fi drama. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2019
4/5 Cloud 9 (2014) Emily Ashby This being a clean-cut Disney movie, it's not hard to guess where the plot is headed, but the story is so neatly designed that doesn't take any of the enjoyment out of it. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2019
3/5 () Emily Ashby The story is appropriately packed with chaos, humor, and unexpected twists and turns kids will love, even while it takes many pages out of the original Adventures in Babysitting story. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2019
4/5 Hatching Pete (2009) Emily Ashby This movie's premise could easily be cheesy enough to put parents off, but the talented young cast makes the story surprisingly enjoyable for a range of age groups. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2019
4/5 Claudine (1974) Lynnette Nicholas '70s romantic drama about black family has cursing, violence EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
4/5 Crooklyn (1994) Lynnette Nicholas Nuanced depiction of a black family in Brooklyn; language. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
2/5 Travis Scott: Look Mom I Can Fly (2019) Brian Costello Drugs, constant profanity in so-so music docu. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
1/5 Zoo Wars 2 (2019) Renee Schonfeld Unwatchable cartoon sequel has nothing to recommend it. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
4/5 Belle and Sebastian, Friends for Life (2018) Jennifer Green Heartwarming sequel is emotionally intense; peril, violence. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
3/5 Kardec (2019) Brian Costello Drama on spirituality has some bullying, violence. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
2/5 Zombillenium (2017) Brian Costello Animated French horror-comedy has some violence. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
3/5 La grande classe (2019) Renee Schonfeld Bawdy French reunion tale has language, sex, drugs. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
3/5 LEGO DC: Batman: Family Matters (2019) Renee Schonfeld Cartoon action, teamwork, comedy, and toy marketing. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
2/5 Falling Inn Love (2019) Renee Schonfeld Predictable but family-friendly romance with feisty heroine. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
3/5 Topaz (1969) Barbara Shulgasser '60s Hitchcock spy movie has constant peril, violence. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
3/5 A Cry in the Dark (1988) Barbara Shulgasser Mom is wrongly accused of murder; language, violence. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
4/5 American Factory (2019) Renee Schonfeld Engaging docu about Chinese firm opening U.S. plant; cursing EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
2/5 Haunt (2019) Jeffrey M. Anderson The promise of a fun, Halloween-set haunted-house movie is quickly dashed by a batch of weak, thinly drawn characters, poor decisions, and a preoccupation with torture. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
2/5 Imprisoned (2018) Jeffrey M. Anderson An earnest but uninspired attempt to tell a strong story about the Puerto Rican people, this prison/revenge drama comes across as a serious soap opera, flat and full of overly familiar elements. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
4/5 Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken! (2017) Jennifer Green Revealing fast food docu has some language, animal violence. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
4/5 Hustlers (2019) Tara McNamara J. Lo crime comedy glamorizes stripping; language, drugs. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
3/5 The Goldfinch (2019) Tara McNamara Art-centered drama about loss has teen drinking, drug use. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
3/5 Riot Girls (2019) Joyce Slaton Powerful females, punk rock energy in violent, cult-y film. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
5/5 Geek Charming (2011) Emily Ashby Geek Charming is very sweet, a little sappy, and superbly crafted. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
3/5 Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure (2011) Carrie R. Wheadon If young viewers thought Sharpay's rich-daddy's-girl antics were fun in High School Musical, seeing her try to make it in NYC will also be a treat. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
4/5 Lemonade Mouth (2011) Emily Ashby Besides the social themes, there are plenty that relate to family life, and the movie's message about honest communication between parents and kids is impossible to miss. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
3/5 The Cheetah Girls: One World (2008) Carrie R. Wheadon Music aside, the story is cute enough. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
4/5 Phineas and Ferb: The Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension (2011) Emily Ashby It's not an easy task to craft a movie that's appealing to families across the board, but the writers of this epic comic adventure have managed to do just that. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
3/5 Zombies (2018) Emily Ashby Once again Disney hits a home run with the song-and-dance segments that engage viewers and reemphasize the strong themes about resisting peer pressure and respecting differences. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
4/5 Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior (2006) Lucy Maher The characters are likeable and exhibit strong values... and in Wendy audiences will find a perfectly contemporary -- and relatable -- heroine. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
3/5 Cow Belles (2006) Larisa Wiseman [T]he film is worth watching for the sisters' progression toward becoming responsible adults. You start to care about their plight because they actually start to care about someone besides themselves. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
4/5 High School Musical (2006) Lucy Maher What infuses this movie with much of its spunk are [Zac] Efron's and [Vanessa Anne] Hudgens' lively performances; both come across as friendly, well-adjusted, and immensely likable. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019