actor: Angelina Jolie

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil may be a misnomer. Her ferocity might frighten some. She may have issues managing her anger. And at times she might even be nasty. But when it comes to fictional fantasy characters, evil is a significant word. Why not instead call her a fierce fae? Or, early in the [...]

Kung Fu Panda 3

June 28, 2016

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

"Kung Fu Panda 3" will knock, uh, kick your socks off! There's still a lot of energy and creativity left in the franchise. Speaking of energy, that's what the plot is about in this third installment. A real baddie of a villain named Kai (voiced by J.K. Simmons) is determined to get back to the [...]


November 4, 2014

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

"Maleficent" is an intensely satisfying movie which will enchant audiences everywhere. It is visually stunning, featuring magical lands and characters, waterfalls, shimmering lakes, and woods that are alive with many creatures. It also features a funny inside joke as Angelina Jolie's character [...]

Kung Fu Panda 2

December 13, 2011

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

This movie is energy-filled and features non-stop action! As with its predecessor, this film has a lot of fighting in it. There is plenty of martial arts including punching, kicking and in addition objects are thrown and several things are blown up. The premise involves Po searching his past and [...]

The Tourist

Some people enjoy a big twist at the end of the movie. This film definitely offers one but after going along on the ride for over 100 minutes, I wasn't entirely happy with the ending. The film stretches the imagination just a bit but for the most part is entertaining and very funny, frequently, [...]


A major mystery in this action-packed drama is this: Is Evelyn Salt (Angelina Jolie) a Russian mole, a C.I.A. agent or does she fall somewhere in between? One thing is for sure, Jolie plays her with a vengeance. The word "ferocity" comes to mind. She also poses provocatively on occasion, while in [...]

Kung Fu Panda

November 9, 2008

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

Let's say this up front. Some kids under twelve will enjoy this film and will recognize the martial arts fighting is fantasy based, as performed by the creatures including a tigress and praying mantis. In fact, some kids from a local martial arts school showed up at the screening I attended and [...]


“Changeling” tells the story of a mother’s quest to find her missing son; but there is a lot more to the plot than the disappearance of one little boy. When the police present Christine Collins (Angelina Jolie) with a boy she says is not her son, their dogged insistence that she is wrong [...]


This is one of the most violent films I have seen in some time. Numerous people are shot in the head, knifed, beat to a bloody pulp, and all this happens consistently throughout the 110-minute running length of the picture. It also contains some of the strongest language I have heard in a film. The [...]


This partially-animated, special effects telling of the classic literature piece is stunning, but do not be fooled into believing this is a piece appropriate for children. This is a film for adults only, not a family picture. While the story of “Beowulf” is violent, the film seems determined to [...]