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...
“The Old Man & the Gun” is Full of Favorite Moments

“The Old Man & the Gun” is Full of Favorite Moments

The Old Man & the Gun, rated PG-13 Starring Robert Redford, Casey Affleck, Sissy Spacek, Danny Glover, Tom Waits, Tika Sumpter, John David Washington, Keith Carradine, Elisabeth Moss Austin Family Critical Rating: 5 of 5 stars Austin Family Family-Friendly Rating:...
A Fall 2018 Movie Preview

A Fall 2018 Movie Preview

As the summer comes to a close, an exciting fall movie season lies ahead of us. As always, the fall and winter are oftentimes the best times for films for adults – serious-minded and (hopefully) thoughtful films that usually do well come awards season. Of course,...
In Cynical Times, We Need “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”

In Cynical Times, We Need “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”

Won’t You Be My Neighbor? rated PG-13 Austin Family Critical Rating: 5 of 5 stars Austin Family Family-Friendly Rating: 4 ½ of 5 stars Morgan Neville’s documentary about the life and work of Fred Rogers, host of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood on PBS and a general force...
“Solo” Plays Things a Bit Too Safe

“Solo” Plays Things a Bit Too Safe

Solo: A Star Wars Story, rated PG-13 Starring Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Joonas Suotamo, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Paul Bettany Austin Family Critical Rating: 3 ½ of 5 stars Austin Family Family-Friendly Rating: 4 of 5 stars Ron...
“A Wrinkle in Time” Plays It (Too) Safe

“A Wrinkle in Time” Plays It (Too) Safe

A Wrinkle in Time, rated PG Starring Storm Reid, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Chris Pine, Zach Galifianakis, Michael Peña, Deric McCabe, Levi Miller Austin Family Critical Rating: 3 of 5 stars Austin Family Family-Friendly Rating: 5 of 5 stars Ava...
“Peter Rabbit” Is an Enjoyable, Modern Take on a Classic

“Peter Rabbit” Is an Enjoyable, Modern Take on a Classic

Peter Rabbit, rated PG Starring James Corden, Domhnall Gleeson, Rose Byrne, Margot Robbie, Daisy Ridley, Sam Neill, Sia Austin Family Critical Rating: 3 of 5 stars Austin Family Family-Friendly Rating: 5 of 5 stars Peter Rabbit is a charming live-action adaptation of...
The Best Films of 2017

The Best Films of 2017

The following is an unranked list of the best films of the year, all of which – with the exception of one – are rated PG-13 or under. These films (for the most part) are appropriate for most of the family, although not all of them will likely hold much interest for...
“Darkest Hour” Crackles with Energy

“Darkest Hour” Crackles with Energy

Darkest Hour, rated PG-13 Starring Gary Oldman, Kristin Scott Thomas, Ben Mendelsohn, Stephen Dillane Austin Family Critical Rating: 4½ of 5 stars Austin Family Family-Friendly Rating: 4½ of 5 stars Director Joe Wright has a unique talent for infusing period pieces...
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