actor: Amber Tamblyn

127 Hours

January 28, 2011
This movie features a strong performance by James Franco, who has been nominated for a best actor Oscar. He draws the viewer into his pain. As I screened this film I felt his anger, his frustration, his hopelessness and finally his desperation as he cuts off his own arm in order to survive having [...]

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2

August 6, 2008
Unlike the first film in this series, this one takes a departure from the relatively clean language. There are a few utterances of strong language and a sexual encounter between an unmarried couple. The story takes the girls from the first film and shows the viewer where they are at now. Some [...]

The Russell Girl

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

In this heartwarming and meaningful film, the main character, Sarah, is diagnosed with leukemia and is trying to comprehend the news of this dreaded disease. She decides to head home to face some of the things that have haunted her past. In doing so, she finds that the love and support of family is [...]

The Grudge 2

October 13, 2006
"The Grudge 2" follows a different formula for horror, in that there is virtually no blood, guts, or gore in the movie. It seems that most horror movies these days are competing for the title of goriest film ever made. In that context, "The Grudge 2" was almost refreshing. What little blood is [...]

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

June 3, 2005

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

"Sisterhood" is a rare movie that brings moviegoers inside the lives of its main characters in a touching and balanced way. The four girls who fit the pants, and the one who doesn't, face several challenges as they go their separate ways for summer vacation. This film stresses how the bonds of [...]