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Family Movie Review: Doctor Strange (PG-13)

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MPAA Rating: PG-13       Length: 11 minutes

Age Appropriate For: 14+. Typical Marvel movie stuff: lots of action sequences, including a violent car crash in slow motion, lots of hand-to-hand fighting, a character is beheaded, others are stabbed, and still others are killed in various ways. Some cursing; some sexual tension between the protagonist and his former girlfriend; some surgery scenes that are detailed with blood, including an up-close shot of someone receiving stitches and another of the protagonist’s hands swollen, bloody, and full of pins; and some frightening, nightmarish imagery in a “dark dimension” in space.

The latest film in the Marvel cinematic universe, ‘Doctor Strange,’ is the weirdest to date—and that’s a good thing. But while the CGI effects are impressive, the character development is insufficient.

By Roxana Hadadi

Family Movie Review: Trolls (PG)

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MPAA Rating: PG        Length: 92 minutes

Age Appropriate For: 8+. This movie, inspired by the once-popular Trolls dolls, follows the longtime war between the cute, colorful Trolls and the monstrous, evil Bergens, who eat the former. A few different scary scenes, like the Trolls running away from the Bergens, the Bergens trying to eat the trolls, and various character deaths; some nudity in the form of characters’ butts; some romantic tension between a couple of Trolls and a couple of Bergens, declarations of love, and hugs; and some rude jokes and bathroom humor.

‘Trolls’ is aggressively cute, an amalgamation of adorable characters and colorful locations that moves at a frantic pace. It will amuse, but its reliance on romantic love as the solution to every problem is frustratingly basic.

By Roxana Hadadi

Family Movie Review: Long Way North (PG)

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MPAA Rating: PG       Length: 81 minutes

Age Appropriate For: 8+. The story is about a teenage girl traveling to the North Pole to find her missing grandfather; there are some emotionally heavy themes, including the grandfather’s absence and the girl’s friction with her parents; some rude jokes, including bathroom humor and some disparaging comments about girls; some flirtation between the teen girl protagonist and a teen boy, and a scene of CPR mouth-to-mouth; and some danger in the form of a hungry polar bear.

The gorgeously animated ‘Long Way North’ tells a simple story of a young woman’s coming of age during her search for her lost grandfather. The film’s attention to detail visually evens out some of its narrative clichés, making this a must-watch for families with imaginative girls.

By Roxana Hadadi

Family Movie Review: Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (PG-13)

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MPAA Rating: PG-13       Length: 118 minutes

Age Appropriate For: 14+. Lots and lots of action violence, including fist-fights, beatings, shootouts, execution-style killings, car chases, explosions, the discussion of torture, and numerous characters dying. Some cursing and rude insults; a shirtless man and a woman in her bra; the main protagonist may have fathered a child with a prostitute; and discussions about prostitution, drinking, and drug use.

‘Jack Reacher: Never Go Back’ is a sequel that didn’t need to happen and that can’t make a case for itself to exist. The twisty-turny plot is overly complicated and aggressively average.

By Roxana Hadadi

Family Movie Review: Keeping Up With the Joneses (PG-13)

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MPAA Rating: PG-13        Length: 105 minutes

Age Appropriate For: 14+. This comedy about nosy neighbors who end up entangled in a spy plot with the perfect couple next door includes a variety of humor, including gross bathroom humor, jokes about torture, and characters getting drunk and acting ridiculous; a variety of sexually themed content, including some implied sex scenes and women wearing revealing lingerie; some cursing; and a variety of violence, including shootouts, car chases, poison darts, and a sequence with a venomous snake. Also some vaguely xenophobic jokes sprinkled throughout.

‘Keeping Up With the Joneses’ is a low-stakes comedy that will win you over with its familiar charms. The cast’s commitment to this zaniness makes the story of suburban spycraft more enjoyable than you would initially expect.

By Roxana Hadadi

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