Chesapeake Family Magazine

Chesapeake Family Magazine is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer® when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Roxana Hadadi
Rating Title/Year Author
3/5 Four Kids and It (2019) Roxana Hadadi There's a certain level of absurdity you have to accept with Four Kids and It, but once you do that, it's a pleasant-enough diversion. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2020
2.5/5 My Spy (2020) Roxana Hadadi The movie's humor is broad and its twists are obvious, so much so that even a couple of enjoyable performances can't really elevate My Spy into anything unique. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2020
3.5/5 The Vast of Night (2019) Roxana Hadadi The Vast of Night consistently entertains, and its mixture of vintage aesthetics and spooky subject matter feels like the beginning of the summer movie season. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2020
2/5 SCOOB! (2020) Roxana Hadadi Some of the updates to Scoob! feel like they are tailor-made for the viewing interests of today's younger audiences, but they land to varying success. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2020
4/5 The Half of It (2020) Roxana Hadadi The Half of It respects its characters and its viewers alike, delivering a love story that finds as much meaning in a platonic relationship as a romantic one. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2020
4/5 Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020) Roxana Hadadi Never Rarely Sometimes Always is often difficult viewing, but it offers a perspective on American womanhood that is informative, insightful, and asking for our empathy. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2020
3/5 Trolls World Tour (2020) Roxana Hadadi One of the nicest things to say about Trolls World Tour is that it moves pretty briskly. It's not particularly impactful, but it should be entertaining enough for young viewers. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2020
3/5 The Willoughbys (2020) Roxana Hadadi The Willoughbys is inconsistent tonally and garishly animated, but its message about family is somewhat comforting. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2020
4/5 Little Women (2019) Roxana Hadadi Greta Gerwig's experimental take adds clarity and wisdom to character developments and relationships that make the viewing experience more rewarding. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2020
3/5 Onward (2020) Roxana Hadadi Onward feels a bit more subdued than a typical Pixar affair, and while the movie wears its heart on its sleeve, it might not be quite as engaging for younger viewers. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2020
4/5 EMMA. (2020) Roxana Hadadi Emma. is deeply satisfying watch that, while lacking the contemporary feel of Amy Heckerling's Austen adaptation Clueless, is charming and lovely in its own right. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2020
2.5/5 The Call of the Wild (2020) Roxana Hadadi Buck never really looks like a real dog, in particular because of the overly expressionistic facial design, and the various levels of CGI sometimes seem incredibly awkward together. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2020
3/5 Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) Roxana Hadadi The key to Sonic the Hedgehog is Jim Carrey, with ridiculously tiny glasses and an aggressive mustache, plus a crazed glare and omnipresent smirk. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2020
1.5/5 The Turning (2020) Roxana Hadadi The Turning is trying to make a statement about mental illness, but the movie so superficially handles the concept that it's more disrespectful than insightful. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2020
2.5/5 Troop Zero (2019) Roxana Hadadi Although Troop Zero has moments of whimsy and charm, its characters are sketched so thinly that it might be difficult for audiences to connect. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2020
2/5 Dolittle (2020) Roxana Hadadi Dolittle getting vomited on, Dolittle getting a face full of a fart. Where is the humor in any of this? EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2020
3.5/5 Spies in Disguise (2019) Roxana Hadadi Spies in Disguise has a lightness in its humor and a thoughtfulness in its discussion of how to solve problems, with a great voice acting turn from Will Smith. EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2020
2.5/5 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Roxana Hadadi A sizable amount of the narrative of The Rise of Skywalker is spent specifically undoing what happened in The Last Jedi, and the result is a film that lacks forward momentum. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2019
3.5/5 Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) Roxana Hadadi With thoughtful questions about the transition from adolescence to young adulthood and adulthood to retirement, Jumanji: The Next Level is an enjoyable return to this world. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2019
3/5 Playmobil: The Movie (2019) Roxana Hadadi There is a gentleness and simplicity to the adventure-seeking vibe of Playmobil: The Movie that will work particularly well for very young audiences. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2019
0.5/5 Playing With Fire (2019) Roxana Hadadi Playing with Fire makes increasingly strange choices that feel feel like the film itself is mocking the people who the smokejumpers have to save. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2019
3/5 Charlie's Angels (2019) Roxana Hadadi Girl-power franchise Charlie's Angels gets a fun but slightly forgettable update. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2019
3/5 Frozen II (2019) Roxana Hadadi Frozen 2 is visually gorgeous but mostly a narrative retread of the original. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2019
1.5/5 Gemini Man (2019) Roxana Hadadi The technology of Gemini Man may be amazing, but the narrative is anything but. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
2.5/5 Countdown (2019) Roxana Hadadi The constant loud noises and jump scares of Countdown are only enjoyable for truly novice horror watchers. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
3.5/5 Abominable (2019) Roxana Hadadi Abominable is gorgeously animated, but the story is a little lacking, with a protagonist whose journey is so focused on other characters that we learn little about her own life. EDIT
Posted Sep 28, 2019
4.5/5 Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) Roxana Hadadi A humorous script and thoughtful spin on the source material make Dora and the Lost City of Gold one of the most enjoyable family films of the summer. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
2/5 Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Roxana Hadadi Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw is an overly long, generic-feeling experiment in blowing things up and ogling half-naked women. These characters barely drive anymore! EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
4/5 The Farewell (2019) Roxana Hadadi How The Farewell balances questions about cultural heritage and the morality of honesty is immersive and lovely. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2019
2.5/5 The Lion King (2019) Roxana Hadadi The Lion King feels less like watching a cohesive film and more like listening to a separate audio track narrating what is happening onscreen. The two halves don't mesh. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2019
4/5 Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Roxana Hadadi Although Spider-Man: Far From Home feels like it was released a bit too soon after Avengers: Endgame, the high school-focused sequel is still funny, frothy, and fun. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2019
Yesterday (2019) Roxana Hadadi The possibility of a Beatles-less reality opens up a new world of storytelling, but not in Yesterday, which uses it to tell a disappointingly familiar story about falling in love. EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2019
3/5 The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) Roxana Hadadi The Secret Life of Pets 2 nicely expands this world with the colorful, action-packed scenes set in the farm, and new characters like Daisy and Rooster are good additions to broaden the cast. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
2.5/5 Dark Phoenix (2019) Roxana Hadadi There are strong action set pieces here, but for the most part, Dark Phoenix chews through story so quickly that the narrative ultimately lacks impact. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
2.5/5 Men in Black: International (2019) Roxana Hadadi Very little about Men in Black: International feels new or fresh, despite the buddy-comedy energy well-exhibited by Chris Hesmworth and Tessa Thompson. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
3/5 The Sun Is Also a Star (2019) Roxana Hadadi For tween and teen fans of the book and love stories in general, the Nicola Yoon adaptation The Sun is Also a Star will provide a romantic, if sometimes meandering, viewing experience. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2019
1.5/5 UglyDolls (2019) Roxana Hadadi The animation style of UglyDolls is so off-putting that it may be more worthwhile to watch any other children's film that offers the same messages about self-acceptance instead. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2019
3/5 Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Roxana Hadadi The central mystery of Detective Pikachu is lackluster-and sends a slightly problematic message about people with disabilities-but the production design is an impressive achievement. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2019
3.5/5 Avengers: Endgame (2019) Roxana Hadadi It would be nearly unfathomable to have spent more than 20 preceding films with these characters and not feel anything at the end of the sometimes tedious, mostly satisfying Avengers: Endgame. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
3.5/5 Shazam! (2019) Roxana Hadadi The stakes in Shazam! aren't quite world-endingly high but are resonant for their universality, and the film bounces well between kid-focused humor and suitably scary action sequences. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
2.5/5 Dumbo (2019) Roxana Hadadi Although Dumbo redeems some of the now-problematic elements of the 1941 film-including a realization that animals shouldn't be abused-it is also curiously wooden. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
Faster (2010) Roxana Hadadi Revenge films bank on the audience's desire for the bad guys to get what they deserve, but the lack of any emotion in Faster invalidates that. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2019
4/5 Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase (2019) Roxana Hadadi Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase is a pleasing return to the kind of storytelling captured in those books, in which a mystery is tidily solved through logic and cleverness. EDIT
Posted Mar 23, 2019
3/5 Wonder Park (2019) Roxana Hadadi Wonder Park hammers home feelings of abandonment to underline a message about creativity that didn't need such emotionally downbeat elements to have resonance. EDIT
Posted Mar 16, 2019
2/5 Five Feet Apart (2019) Roxana Hadadi Strong performances from Haley Lu Richardson and Cole Sprouse can't redeem a plot that encourages sacrifice as love-an idea so many teen-focused romances can't seem to advance past. EDIT
Posted Mar 16, 2019
4/5 Captain Marvel (2019) Roxana Hadadi Captain Marvel succeeds not only as an introduction to a new Marvel hero but as a time at the movies that is consistently interested in what it feels like to be a girl and a woman. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
4/5 How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) Roxana Hadadi The Hidden World's animation is gorgeous and the story is gently mature, and the film is a perfect ending to a franchise that has explored relationships with insight and nuance. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2019
2.5/5 Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Roxana Hadadi For a film that is meant to be about a female character growing into herself, Alita: Battle Angel consistently denies her agency, resorting to men to shape her narrative. EDIT
Posted Feb 16, 2019
4.5/5 The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) Roxana Hadadi The Kid Who Would Be King is a revelation without being a relic, a throwback to a time when family films weren't overloaded with pop culture references or pop music. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2019
3.5/5 The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Roxana Hadadi The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part sets itself apart with zany touches but an acknowledgment that its audience has grown up. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019