Chesapeake Family Magazine

Chesapeake Family Magazine is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Roxana Hadadi
Rating Title/Year Author
0.5/5 Playing With Fire (2019) Roxana Hadadi Playing with Fire makes increasingly strange choices that feel feel like the film itself is mocking the people who the smokejumpers have to save. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2019
3/5 Charlie's Angels (2019) Roxana Hadadi Girl-power franchise Charlie's Angels gets a fun but slightly forgettable update. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2019
3/5 Frozen II (2019) Roxana Hadadi Frozen 2 is visually gorgeous but mostly a narrative retread of the original. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2019
1.5/5 Gemini Man (2019) Roxana Hadadi The technology of Gemini Man may be amazing, but the narrative is anything but. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
2.5/5 Countdown (2019) Roxana Hadadi The constant loud noises and jump scares of Countdown are only enjoyable for truly novice horror watchers. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
3.5/5 Abominable (2019) Roxana Hadadi Abominable is gorgeously animated, but the story is a little lacking, with a protagonist whose journey is so focused on other characters that we learn little about her own life. EDIT
Posted Sep 28, 2019
4.5/5 Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) Roxana Hadadi A humorous script and thoughtful spin on the source material make Dora and the Lost City of Gold one of the most enjoyable family films of the summer. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
2/5 Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Roxana Hadadi Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw is an overly long, generic-feeling experiment in blowing things up and ogling half-naked women. These characters barely drive anymore! EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
4/5 The Farewell (2019) Roxana Hadadi How The Farewell balances questions about cultural heritage and the morality of honesty is immersive and lovely. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2019
2.5/5 The Lion King (2019) Roxana Hadadi The Lion King feels less like watching a cohesive film and more like listening to a separate audio track narrating what is happening onscreen. The two halves don't mesh. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2019
4/5 Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Roxana Hadadi Although Spider-Man: Far From Home feels like it was released a bit too soon after Avengers: Endgame, the high school-focused sequel is still funny, frothy, and fun. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2019
Yesterday (2019) Roxana Hadadi The possibility of a Beatles-less reality opens up a new world of storytelling, but not in Yesterday, which uses it to tell a disappointingly familiar story about falling in love. EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2019
3/5 The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) Roxana Hadadi The Secret Life of Pets 2 nicely expands this world with the colorful, action-packed scenes set in the farm, and new characters like Daisy and Rooster are good additions to broaden the cast. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
2.5/5 Dark Phoenix (2019) Roxana Hadadi There are strong action set pieces here, but for the most part, Dark Phoenix chews through story so quickly that the narrative ultimately lacks impact. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
2.5/5 Men in Black: International (2019) Roxana Hadadi Very little about Men in Black: International feels new or fresh, despite the buddy-comedy energy well-exhibited by Chris Hesmworth and Tessa Thompson. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
3/5 The Sun Is Also a Star (2019) Roxana Hadadi For tween and teen fans of the book and love stories in general, the Nicola Yoon adaptation The Sun is Also a Star will provide a romantic, if sometimes meandering, viewing experience. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2019
1.5/5 UglyDolls (2019) Roxana Hadadi The animation style of UglyDolls is so off-putting that it may be more worthwhile to watch any other children's film that offers the same messages about self-acceptance instead. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2019
3/5 Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Roxana Hadadi The central mystery of Detective Pikachu is lackluster-and sends a slightly problematic message about people with disabilities-but the production design is an impressive achievement. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2019
3.5/5 Avengers: Endgame (2019) Roxana Hadadi It would be nearly unfathomable to have spent more than 20 preceding films with these characters and not feel anything at the end of the sometimes tedious, mostly satisfying Avengers: Endgame. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
3.5/5 Shazam! (2019) Roxana Hadadi The stakes in Shazam! aren't quite world-endingly high but are resonant for their universality, and the film bounces well between kid-focused humor and suitably scary action sequences. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
2.5/5 Dumbo (2019) Roxana Hadadi Although Dumbo redeems some of the now-problematic elements of the 1941 film-including a realization that animals shouldn't be abused-it is also curiously wooden. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
Faster (2010) Roxana Hadadi Revenge films bank on the audience's desire for the bad guys to get what they deserve, but the lack of any emotion in Faster invalidates that. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2019
4/5 Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase (2019) Roxana Hadadi Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase is a pleasing return to the kind of storytelling captured in those books, in which a mystery is tidily solved through logic and cleverness. EDIT
Posted Mar 23, 2019
3/5 Wonder Park (2019) Roxana Hadadi Wonder Park hammers home feelings of abandonment to underline a message about creativity that didn't need such emotionally downbeat elements to have resonance. EDIT
Posted Mar 16, 2019
2/5 Five Feet Apart (2019) Roxana Hadadi Strong performances from Haley Lu Richardson and Cole Sprouse can't redeem a plot that encourages sacrifice as love-an idea so many teen-focused romances can't seem to advance past. EDIT
Posted Mar 16, 2019
4/5 Captain Marvel (2019) Roxana Hadadi Captain Marvel succeeds not only as an introduction to a new Marvel hero but as a time at the movies that is consistently interested in what it feels like to be a girl and a woman. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
4/5 How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) Roxana Hadadi The Hidden World's animation is gorgeous and the story is gently mature, and the film is a perfect ending to a franchise that has explored relationships with insight and nuance. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2019
2.5/5 Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Roxana Hadadi For a film that is meant to be about a female character growing into herself, Alita: Battle Angel consistently denies her agency, resorting to men to shape her narrative. EDIT
Posted Feb 16, 2019
4.5/5 The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) Roxana Hadadi The Kid Who Would Be King is a revelation without being a relic, a throwback to a time when family films weren't overloaded with pop culture references or pop music. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2019
3.5/5 The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Roxana Hadadi The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part sets itself apart with zany touches but an acknowledgment that its audience has grown up. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
2.5/5 The Upside (2018) Roxana Hadadi The Upside has all the elements of a heartwarming film and sometimes arranges them in compelling ways, but the film overall lacks warmth for its characters or passion for its plot. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
4/5 Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Roxana Hadadi Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is immediately immersive, a colorful and adventurous cinematic experience that invites viewers along for the ride. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
3.5/5 Aquaman (2018) Roxana Hadadi Aquaman is a goofy, fun time if you don't think too hard. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
3.5/5 Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Roxana Hadadi For first-time Mary Poppins viewers, especially young ones, the messages in Mary Poppins Returns about seeing the world through curious eyes will be refreshing and fun. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
1/5 Robin Hood (2018) Roxana Hadadi This latest derivative, uninspired spin on the Robin Hood story feels like a version of Batman with a bow and arrow instead of a utility belt. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
2.5/5 Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) Roxana Hadadi Certain characters spend all of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald barely doing anything, and the wide-open nature of the ending in particular cheapens the preceding film. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
2.5/5 Dr. Seuss' The Grinch (2018) Roxana Hadadi The Grinch is bright and colorful, but the narrative feels a bit off from the anti-consumerist message that Dr. Seuss may have originally intended. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
2.5/5 The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) Roxana Hadadi Disney's pretty-looking The Nutcracker and the Four Realms is immediately forgettable. The disparate elements of the story barely fit together. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
3/5 Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween (2018) Roxana Hadadi Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween will amuse young kids, but overall it isn't as lively or exciting as its predecessor, and less screentime for Jack Black is a bummer. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2018
4/5 The Hate U Give (2018) Roxana Hadadi The honesty of The Hate U Give makes for a gripping viewing experience that reminds you that we have to be involved, engaged, and aware of the world around us. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2018
3/5 Venom (2018) Roxana Hadadi Venom is intentionally gross and unintentionally funny, a film that careens all over the place but is sometimes enjoyable in its bizarreness. EDIT
Posted Oct 5, 2018
3/5 Smallfoot (2018) Roxana Hadadi Smallfoot is brightly animated, with a gently encouraging message about curiosity, but the film's fun voice cast can't redeem its totally unnecessary songs. EDIT
Posted Oct 5, 2018
4/5 Selma (2014) Roxana Hadadi Selma is an always-gripping, often-bruising film, with fantastic performances and a solidly written script that contextualizes King's work in an effectively impactful way. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2018
2/5 Kin (2018) Roxana Hadadi The sci-fi film Kin has a potentially interesting central relationship between two brothers, but how it positions a gun as something that gives a boy confidence is less than ideal. EDIT
Posted Sep 21, 2018
3.5/5 Searching (2018) Roxana Hadadi Searching follows Eighth Grade as another thought-provoking film about the intersection between teens' lives and their presence-and reliance-on social media. EDIT
Posted Sep 21, 2018
4/5 Science Fair (2018) Roxana Hadadi These kids have emotional layers and varied interests, and Science Fair does an excellent job demonstrating all aspects of who they are, not just their interest in STEM. EDIT
Posted Sep 21, 2018
4/5 The House With a Clock in Its Walls (2018) Roxana Hadadi Underneath the wacky Halloween-ready styling of The House with a Clock in Its Walls is an insightful message about how loving others is to accept the pain that may come with that feeling. EDIT
Posted Sep 21, 2018
4.5/5 Eighth Grade (2018) Roxana Hadadi Eighth Grade is personal, uncomfortable, and lovely, a slice-of-life look into current adolescence, our reliance on social media, and growing into oneself. EDIT
Posted Aug 17, 2018
2.5/5 Skyscraper (2018) Roxana Hadadi Skyscraper is more interested in maintaining Dwayne Johnson's good-guy image than in being a truly bonkers action movie, leading to an imbalanced blockbuster. EDIT
Posted Aug 17, 2018
4/5 Teen Titans GO! to the Movies (2018) Roxana Hadadi Teen Titans Go! To the Movies is simultaneously a send-up of superhero movies and an homage to them, a spinoff whose music is infectious and jokes are consistently funny. EDIT
Posted Aug 17, 2018