REVIEW: ‘The Lego Movie 2’ and traditional gender roles

As the father of 7-year-old boy-and-girl twins, I have had a unique perspective on the natural differences between the two genders. My son’s idea of fun is jumping off chairs...

REVIEW: ‘Green Book,’ Racism and Christianity

My father told the story once of an all-white church in the Deep South that let the local Cub Scouts troop meet in its building. When an African-American boy...
REVIEW: ‘Stan & Ollie’ is a marvelous tale about friendship

REVIEW: ‘Stan & Ollie’ is a marvelous tale about friendship

Laurel and Hardy were one of the top comedy duo's of the 1900s. But Hardy and Langdon? No so much. That forgotten tandem lasted one movie. Still, Stan Laurel...
REVIEW: ‘Glass’ is a tale about evil superheroes. Huh?

REVIEW: ‘Glass’ is a tale about evil superheroes. Huh?

Some people like their superheroes to be, you know, superheroes. They want superheroes who do good, defeat evil and inspire us to live better lives. Others prefer antiheroes -- that...
REVIEW: ‘Social Animals’ spotlights perilous combination of teens & Instagram

REVIEW: ‘Social Animals’ spotlights perilous combination of teens and Instagram

Not that long ago, I was young and hip. I knew about the latest trends, the latest songs, the latest gadgets. It was my life. But the process of growing...
REVIEW: ‘Bumblebee’ is a different type of Transformers film (and that’s good)

REVIEW: ‘Bumblebee’ is a different type of Transformers film (and that’s good)

What do you get when you add a storyline to a Transformers movie and remove the sexualization of women? Apparently, Bumblebee. The sixth movie in the franchise opened just before...
The 10 best family-friendly films of 2018

The 10 best, most family-friendly films of 2018

Let’s face it: It can be difficult to find a movie that the whole family can watch.   Thankfully, though, there were quite a few family-friendly films released in theaters...

Hollywood official: Ticket sales key to getting more faith-based films

The president of a Hollywood production unit says movie studios are making more faith-based films than they ever have in the past -- but that they will continue to...
REVIEW: ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ is marvelous

REVIEW: ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ is marvelous

Not that long ago, I didn’t understand why the 1964 film Mary Poppins was such a hit. But then I had children. And then I finally got it. Mary Poppins...
REVIEW: ‘Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse is a family-centric superhero flick

REVIEW: ‘Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse is a family-centric superhero flick

My 10-year-old son begged to tag along with me when I screened the latest superhero film, the animated Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse, but the movie’s showtime was way past...