The Farewell

The Farewell

Rated PG Starring Awkwafina, Zhao Shuzhen, Tzi Ma, Diana Lin, Yongbo Jiang, Hong Lu Austin Family Critical Rating: ***** of ***** Austin Family Family-Friendly Rating: **** ½ of *****   Lulu Wang’s The Farewell is one of the breakout hits of the summer. The film...
“Toy Story 4” Lives Up to Its Predecessors

“Toy Story 4” Lives Up to Its Predecessors

Toy Story 4, rated PG Starring Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Tony Hale, Annie Potts, Joan Cusack, Keanu Reeves Austin Family Critical Rating: 5 of 5 stars Austin Family Family-Friendly Rating: 5 of 5 stars When I first heard about Toy Story 4, I questioned the necessity of a...
“All Is True” Is a Fascinating Portrait of Shakespeare

“All Is True” Is a Fascinating Portrait of Shakespeare

All is True, rated PG-13 Starring Kenneth Branagh, Judi Dench, Ian McKellen Austin Family Critical Rating: 4 of 5 stars Austin Family Family-Friendly Rating: 4 of 5 stars It seems inevitable that actor, writer and director Kenneth Branagh, who has brought numerous...
“Avengers: Endgame” Gives Us Closure

“Avengers: Endgame” Gives Us Closure

Avengers: Endgame, rated PG-13 Starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Paul Rudd, Don Cheadle, Josh Brolin, Bradley Cooper, Michael Douglas, Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Redford, Zoe Saldana, Chris Pratt,...
Dumbo: Finally, a Live-Action Disney Remake Worth Watching

Dumbo: Finally, a Live-Action Disney Remake Worth Watching

Dumbo, rated PG Starring Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Eva Green, Alan Arkin Austin Family Critical Rating: 4 of 5 stars Austin Family Family-Friendly Rating: 4½ of 5 stars If there’s one reason to see Tim Burton’s re-imagining of Disney’s Dumbo (and...
The Films the Oscars Missed, and How to Watch Them Now

The Films the Oscars Missed, and How to Watch Them Now

There were a number of worthy films honored at this year’s Academy Awards (among them A Star is Born, Green Book, BlacKkKlansman and Roma), but every year there are a number of wonderful films that simply don’t receive the attention they deserve. I’ve rounded up five...
“The Lego Movie 2” Gets Everyone Laughing

“The Lego Movie 2” Gets Everyone Laughing

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, rated PG Starring Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Tiffany Haddish, Stephanie Beatriz, Alison Brie, Nick Offerman, Charlie Day, Maya Rudolph, Will Ferrell Austin Family Critical Rating: 4 of 5 stars Austin Family...
“Welcome to Marwen” Is Wild, Daring and Interesting

“Welcome to Marwen” Is Wild, Daring and Interesting

Welcome to Marwen, rated PG-13 Starring Steve Carell, Leslie Mann, Merritt Wever, Janelle Monae, Gwendoline Christie Austin Family Critical Rating: 4 ½ of 5 stars Austin Family Family-Friendly Rating: 3 of 5 stars Robert Zemeckis’s Welcome to Marwen, which opened in...
“Green Book” Gives a Strong Sense of Time and Place

“Green Book” Gives a Strong Sense of Time and Place

Green Book, rated PG-13 Starring Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali, Linda Cardellini Austin Family Critical Rating: 5 of 5 stars Austin Family Family-Friendly Rating: 4 of 5 stars Peter Farrelly’s Green Book is a moving, delightful holiday surprise. The film is based on...
“First Man” Is One of This Year’s Best Films

“First Man” Is One of This Year’s Best Films

First Man, rated PG-13 Starring Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Jason Clarke, Kyle Chandler, Corey Stoll, Patrick Fugit, Christopher Abbott, Ciaran Hinds, Shea Whigham, Lukas Haas Austin Family Critical Rating: 5 of 5 stars Austin Family Family-Friendly Rating: 4 of 5 stars...
Do We Need Another “Grinch?”

Do We Need Another “Grinch?”

The Grinch, rated PG Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Rashida Jones, Cameron Seely, Pharrell Williams, Kenan Thompson, Angela Lansbury Austin Family Critical Rating: 3 of 5 stars Austin Family Family-Friendly Rating: 5 of 5 stars It’s hard to believe it’s been 18 years...
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