Family Film Reviews Children’s Movie Reviews

  • Despicable Me 2

    Despicable Me 2

    “Papples!” Yes, the minions are back. Yellow and goofy and be-goggled, the minions haven’t changed much from the first time you saw them, in Despicable Me. They’re still wearing blue overalls, following orders from the supervillain Gru (Steve Carell), and performing massive manual labor in the basement.

  • Monsters University

    Monsters University

    Monsters University is set years before Sully (John Goodman) and Mike (Billy Crystal) are hardworking monsters at the factory in Monsters, Inc. Because they’re animated monsters, though, they look and sound just the same as before. Or... after.

  • Man of Steel

    Man of Steel

    You know the story: a scientist named Jor-El (Russell Crowe) and his doting wife Lara (Ayelet Zurer) realize that their planet, named Krypton, is about to explode, and so they send their infant child Kal-El in a space pod to earth. Here the baby will be found, renamed Clark, and raised by a farmer in Smallville, Kansas, Jonathan Kent (Kevin Costner), and his wife Martha (Diane Lane). He will grow up to be a sturdy fellow (played by Henry Cavill, with super-defined abs and, for a period of time, a super-manly beard), devoted to his human parents but also suspecting that he’s not like other kids.

  • Epic

    Epic

    Mary Katherine, or M.K. (Amanda Seyfried), is miserable at the start of Epic. Following the offscreen loss of her mother, the teenager is headed to a ramshackle house in the woods, where her father, Professor Bomba (Jason Sudeikis), has lived alone for years, pursuing a fantastic-seeming notion only he believes, that a population of tiny beings dwell in the forest. As he tries every day to see these people, with a collection of cameras and monitors, as well as a contraptionish helmet with thick-lensed goggles, he barely sees what’s in front of him at home, which now includes his daughter.

  • Star Trek Into Darkness

    Star Trek Into Darkness

    Star Trek Into Darkness begins with a proverbial bang: Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) is on the run from a group of bipeds, chalky-faced and primitively dressed, while Spock (Zachary Quinto) is lowered into a volcano. Each faces his crisis as he is wont: Kirk dashes and leaps and barks orders into his communicator, Spock sets up the super-high-tech contraption with which he means to stop the volcano before it destroys the very population who is now chasing after Kirk. The Prime Directive is at stake.

  • Iron Man 3

    Iron Man 3

    Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) is once again feeling anxious as Iron Man 3 begins. As much as he enjoys being Iron Man, which is to say, being a celebrity, commercial product, and superhero, he’s also worried that the suit is yet imperfect, as is his commitment to Pepper (Gwyneth Paltrow), longtime girlfriend and CEO of his company, Stark Industries. Now that they’re living together fulltime, in a gigantic house on a cliff over the Malibu surf, he’s worried. He can’t say why exactly, but he does show symptoms of trauma, presumably owing to the considerable beatings he took in The Avengers.

  • Jurassic Park 3D

    Jurassic Park 3D

    Dinosaurs are walking the earth. Again. Just as they did 20 years ago, when Jurassic Park rumbled across big screens in that quaint technology now called 2D, the dinosaurs are the best part of Steven Spielberg’s movie. They’re accompanied here by some adults in need of lessons, from the theme park impresario John Hammond (Richard Attenborough) to the paleontologist Alan Grant (Sam Neill), and they menace children who need only to be protected by their grandfather, the same Mr. Hammond. The fact that Tim (Joseph Mazzello) and Lex (Ariana Richards) are not better protected owes to their grandfather’s…

  • G.I. Joe: Retaliation

    G.I. Joe: Retaliation

    “That’s what happens when you’re in trouble. You go home.” Just so, when Roadblock (Dwayne Johnson) and a couple of his G.I. Joe colleagues — Jaye (Adrianne Palicki) and Flint (D.J. Cotrona) — are in trouble, he brings them to the neighborhood where he grew up. Here he meets up with a childhood friend, Stoop (DeRay Davis), who looks the younger soldiers up and down and deems them “Miley Cyrus and Ryan Seacrest.”

  • The Croods

    The Croods

    “With every sun comes a new day, a new beginning, a new hope that things will be better,” narrates Eep (Emma Stone) at the start of The Croods. “Except for me.” Poor Eep. Not only is she a teenager with an overprotective dad and a screaming baby sister, but she’s also living in the Paleolithic era. And that means she and her family are cave people, with sloping foreheads and thick limbs. They’re strong and fast and great hunters and gatherers, but not so quick or adept when it comes to having ideas.

  • Oz the Great and Powerful

    Oz the Great and Powerful

    Oscar Diggs (James Franco) is a carnival magician, which is to say he’s a con man. He performs tricks on a stage with the help of assistants, wires, trapdoors, and mirrors, and feels twinges of sadness when he’s revealed to be a fake — as when a little girl in a wheelchair (Joey King) asks him to make her walk, and he must confess that he cannot.