actor: Angelina Jolie

A Mighty Heart

June 22, 2007
A very plausible and realistic view, I suppose, of the entire Daniel Pearl kidnapping and murder as seen from his wife Mariane's perspective, "A Mighty Heart" does a fine job in telling this sad story. Although as slow moving as the true search for Mr. Pearl was, the film does a good job in letting [...]

The Good Shepherd

December 22, 2006
This movie is a fictitious story based on events surrounding the failed Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba in 1961. While the actors perform well in their respective roles, the storyline is fractured by constant bouncing back and forth between 1939, 1941, 1960 and 1961. As a result, the screenplay does [...]

Mr. and Mrs. Smith

June 10, 2005
"Mr. and Mrs. Smith" reminds me a lot of the 1985 film "Prizzi's Honor" starring Jack Nicholson and Kathleen Turner. It's the same M.O. but with a few different twists and updating. The tagline for "Prizzi's Honor is "Hired killers by day. Devoted lovers by night. Until they found their next [...]

Shark Tale

October 1, 2004

Dove Approved for All Ages

As a movie designed to appeal to children, "Shark Tale" has a message that is morally fishy. First, Oscar the fish is an opportunist always looking to attain the easy life the easy way. He struggles with a gambling problem and borrows money from a mobster shark. Second, a great deal of deception [...]

Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

September 17, 2004

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

"Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow" captures the feel of 1940s films very well. The camera angles, night shots and close-ups are typical of films of that era. Sky Captain and his army are called upon to save the world when hundreds of huge robots are sent to capture generators in almost every [...]

Alexander

November 23, 2004
I thought I had made a terrible mistake - had I walked into a discovery channel presentation about Alexander, or a Hollywood entertainment movie? I double-checked the theatre and my ticket; yes, I was in the right place. All the hype that surrounded this film is just that - hype. The content and [...]

Taking Lives

March 20, 2004
Illeana Scott submerges herself into the case as she pours over every grotesque forensic photo available. She places them on the ceiling over her bed and on the walls of her bathroom and kitchen, constantly studying while doing her daily routines. The film’s one sex scene is between them and [...]

Beyond Borders

October 24, 2003
If you’re looking for a feel-good movie, this isn’t it. This one is filled with disturbing scenes not meant for the squeamish. Children suffer with malnutrition as buzzards wait nearby for death to arrive. Surgery is performed without anesthesia. The film does however have some merit and may [...]

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

June 15, 2001

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

Unlike the video game, there are deadly moments where the pacing lags and the story becomes convoluted, but then the action kicks in. Adults who enjoyed the "Indiana Jones" films and the first two "Batman" installments may find the MTV-styled production values, with its quick and constant editing [...]

Gone in 60 Seconds

June 9, 2000
Let me get this straight. They’ve made a motion picture that shows the audience how to steal any car, no matter the protective devices, and in just seconds. In the words of “Saturday Night Live’s” Church Chat Lady, “Well, isn’t that special.” Now, just remember, all of you [...]

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