actor: Dustin Hoffman

Kung Fu Panda 3

January 29, 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 [...]

Little Fockers

December 22, 2010
Once again the Focker family and Byrnes family come together to bring their hilarious antics to the screen. This film is geared towards an adult audience with their sexual openness and innuendos. It does have some funny moments. But this is not a family film. Their discussions regarding sexual [...]

The Tale of Despereaux

December 19, 2008

Dove Approved for All Ages

All good fairy tales start with "Once Upon A Time" and so does this lovable tale of a mouse who is different from most mice and an out of town rat who is nothing like his local cousins. "Despereaux" is a wonderful story of courage, honor and decency. It is also a tale of jealousy, hope and [...]

Kung Fu Panda

June 6, 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 [...]

Mr. Magoriums Wonder Emporium

November 16, 2007

Dove Approved for All Ages

"Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium" is a wonder indeed! This original story by writer/director Zach Helm is one of the most imaginative fantasies I have seen on the big screen in years. The message is fresh and the cast play their parts with commitment and excellence all around. I wish there was a toy [...]

Racing Stripes

January 14, 2005

Dove Approved for All Ages

In this adventure reminiscent of "Babe: The Gallant Pig," the story revolves as much around the animals as it does the human cast. Stripes tells the age old tale of a girl and her horse (well, zebra) and the bond that brings them both into an understanding of who they were meant to be. Aside from a [...]

Finding Neverland

November 12, 2004

Dove Approved for All Ages

This is by far the best performance of Johnny Depp's career in my opinion. Of course he has had some good roles in "Edward Scissorhands," "What's Eating Gilbert Grape," "Sleepy Hollow" and some others, but I felt more drawn into his role as James Barrie than I have any of his others. Never knowing [...]

Meet the Fockers

December 22, 2004
If you liked Meet the Parents, you will like Meet the Fockers. This fast paced sequel takes up where the first one left off. Unfortunately, this film is full of double entendre and sexual situations making it anything but a family movie. While the humor and situations may get an MPAA PG-13 [...]

I Heart Huckabees

October 8, 2004
A big part of this one is the barrage of filthy language, including more than 50 obscenities. Even before the opening credits, Albert vents with a string of f- and s-words. Add to that a crude sex scene when Caterina seduces Albert and the two disappear into a muddy marshland where they engage in [...]

Runaway Jury

October 17, 2003
The film’s controversial theme is gun control, although Grisham’s novel focused on the tobacco industry. Nicholas and Marlee, passionate for justice, use blackmail and deceit to manipulate the jury. The most disappointing factor is a healthy dose of offensive language that does nothing to [...]