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...

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“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...

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“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...

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“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...

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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...

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“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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Take Your Kids to See “Wonderstruck”

Wonderstruck, rated PG Starring Oakes Fegley, Julianne Moore, Millicent Simmonds, Michelle Williams, Tom Noonan, Jaden Michael Austin Family Critical Rating: 5 of 5 stars Austin Family Family-Friendly Rating: 5 of 5 stars I’ve never read any of author Brian Selznick’s...

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“Battle of the Sexes” is a Lively Snapshot in Time

Battle of the Sexes, rated PG-13 Starring Emma Stone, Steve Carell, Andrea Riseborough, Sarah Silverman, Bill Pullman, Elisabeth Shue Austin Family Critical Rating: 4 of 5 stars Austin Family Family-Friendly Rating: 3 of 5 stars Two of the most likeable movie stars...

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“Brigsby Bear” is a Late-Summer Surprise

Brigsby Bear, rated PG-13 Starring Kyle Mooney, Greg Kinnear, Mark Hamill, Jane Adams, Matt Walsh, Michaela Watkins, Claire Danes, Andy Samberg Austin Family Critical Rating: 5 of 5 stars Austin Family Family-Friendly Rating: 4 of 5 stars I’ll admit that Dave McCary’s...

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“Logan Lucky” is Better than “Baby Driver”

Logan Lucky, rated PG-13 Starring Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Daniel Craig, Riley Keough, Katie Holmes, Hilary Swank, Seth MacFarlane, Jack Quaid Austin Family Critical Rating: 5 of 5 stars Austin Family Family-Friendly Rating: 4 of 5 stars Steven Soderbergh’s...

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