actor: Alan Rickman

Alice Through the Looking Glass

May 27, 2016

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

"Alice Through the Looking Glass" is pure imagination and escapism at its best. The characters are delightful, the effects are spectacular, and the story is captivating. Alice returns to Wonderland and is saddened to see the downcast spirit of the Mad Hatter, who thinks he has lost his family but [...]

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

December 21, 2007
"Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" is a musical as well as a gory slasher film, and some people may be surprised to learn that it has lots of singing and music. A few patrons, particularly young males, soon left the early screening I attended and I had the distinct impression the film [...]

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

November 15, 2002
The film’s spectacular visual effects and action are impressive, but its 161-minute running time and underlying darkness are a bit trying. The sequel is more frightening and violent than the original. And the lighting scheme is dark with daylight hardly ever shown. Harry and his friends’ [...]

Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone

November 16, 2001
For the secular world, Harry has many good messages about bravery, courage and friendship. It even comments about the power of sacrificial love. And with its young cast, the film is virtually free of sexual material and bad language. Some mild and moderate violence occurs, such as sports [...]

Blow Dry

March 7, 2001
The film takes its humor mostly from absurdities and crude sexual bawdiness. It also condones [...]

Sense And Sensibility

December 31, 1997

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

An engrossing screenplay be the film’s star, Emma Thompson, from the Jane Austen romance novel about two sisters discovering the joys and tribulations of young love. Set in prim and proper 18th-Century England, the beautifully photographed and splendidly acted melodrama is full of humor, wit, and [...]