actor: Andy Serkis

Black Panther

February 16, 2018
With a library just shy of 20 movies in Marvel's ever-expanding universe, it's hard to believe we haven't exhausted the superhero genre of any compelling material. But Black Panther fights tooth and claw to prove that his place among the Marvel classics is well deserved in this new tale which takes [...]

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

December 15, 2017

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

Star Wars launches its eighth (ninth if we're counting Rogue One) installment with Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Fans flock to the theaters seeking answers for questions like: Who are Rey's parents? What's happened to Luke while he's been away? Is Supreme Leader Snoke really that big? Rian [...]

War for the Planet of the Apes

July 14, 2017
"War for the Planet of the Apes" is, interestingly enough, a movie about being humane. And it is mostly the apes that are humane, with the exception of a mute girl who is very compassionate. When the apes kill her father for attempting to fire on them, an orangutan has mercy on the orphaned girl [...]

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

December 18, 2015

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" could be subtitled "The Fandom Awakens." From the opening blast of the title "Star Wars" on the screen to the appearance of Han, Chewbacca, Leia, and Luke in the movie, the audience was rollicking and energized with anticipation. The good news is, the movie delivers a [...]

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

July 11, 2014
"Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" is a well made movie. It features spectacular special effects with the apes literally coming to life and interacting with one another as well as humans. It features the birth of a young chimpanzee that, despite the CGI, is very well done. The apes also ride horses [...]

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

December 14, 2012
Peter Jackson has made another memorable movie. "The Hobbit" is filmed in the same vein as the other Lord of the Rings pics. That said, the book from which he based this movie was far kinder and gentler than what we see here. The battle scenes are more graphic than the book portrayed. The story [...]

The Adventures of Tintin

December 21, 2011

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

"The Adventures of Tin Tin" is, in many ways, a tale of young Indiana Jones. The main character's name is different, but the idea is the same. There are adventures and villains and chases and...well, you get the idea. It is also a bit sophisticated for this kind of film, an animated movie which no [...]

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

August 5, 2011
This film doesn't miss by much receiving our Dove Seal so it is a bit disappointing in one respect and yet it came close and definitely is a big improvement over the Tim Burton remake from around a decade ago. The film crosses our line of acceptability in the language department and also just lands [...]

Flushed Away

November 3, 2006

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

This movie is funny and imaginative. In one scene the character of Roddy the rat gets a piece of popcorn in his eye and he uses a doll's hand to whack himself on the back so the piece of popcorn pops out. Several kids and adults laughed at that scene and many others at the screening I attended. [...]

King Kong (2005)

December 14, 2005
It is a shame that the language of this film has over twenty profanities in the dialog. Otherwise this movie could have been a film more family-friendly. However, that is not the case. This update of the Kong movie was directed by Peter Jackson, the director of the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy. As [...]

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Breathe

- Dove Approved for Ages 12+