actor: Frances McDormand

The Good Dinosaur

February 23, 2016

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

"The Good Dinosaur" will make the family laugh! Several kids, who were in the audience when I screened the film, laughed out loud several times. In one scene, a crawling, small boy named "Spot," who resembles a miniature caveman, peed behind a rock, and the kids laughed a lot on that one. But don't [...]

Promised Land (2012)

Matt Damon turns in a fine performance as a sincere representative of a company named Global, which is interested in purchasing many acres of land from farmers for the natural gas on the properties. They don't tell them that the drilling can cause environmental problems. When an environmentalist [...]

Transformers: Dark of the Moon

I was pleased to see that "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" has more story this time around than its predecessor, the last installment which was part two in the series. It still is a "busy" film. At times so much is happening on the screen with fights and battles and storyline and character nuances [...]

Burn After Reading

The employees of a fitness center plan to blackmail a former CIA agent and when things go wrong, the comedy begins. It all stems from a CIA official's memoirs falling into the hands of a couple of the fitness center's employees. There are some funny moments in the film, including physical comedy [...]

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

Miss Pettigrew (Frances McDormand) finds that one day can make an enormous difference in not only her own life, but in the life of Delysia Lafosse (Amy Adams). Delysia needs a social secretary but more emphatically needs some counsel about the heart and true love, something that Miss Pettigrew is a [...]

North Country – Filtered

February 21, 2006
Although "North Country" was based on a true story, the amount of adult content doesn’t make it a family friendly movie. The movie was very choppy and hard to follow in some parts because the sexual harassment parts are filtered out. There is also quite a bit of drinking, and when the woman’s [...]

Aeon Flux

As with most science fiction movies of late, the special effects are absolutely amazing (think "The Matrix"). Unfortunately, the plot is a little scattered so it is easy to get lost if you are unfamiliar with the MTV animated series that the film is based on. The complex choreography of martial [...]

North Country

North Country is a powerful film! It is moving and stirs many emotions for those in the audience. Like feeling ashamed to be a white man when watching Mississippi Burning because of all of the unnecessary abuse and cruel treatment blacks faced in our country, North Country made me feel ashamed to [...]

Hidden in America

February 8, 2005

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

"Hidden in America" takes a close look, through the eyes of one family, at the physical, emotional and psychological effects of an often hidden problem in America, HUNGER. Bill Janison lost his job of seventeen years to downsizing, lost his wife to cancer and lost everything of monetary value to [...]

Madeline – Edited

December 9, 2004

Dove Approved for All Ages

This movie was so cute and entertaining that I could not compel myself to leave the room. A lot of times when a movie is created based on a book, the movie is not as good as it could have been. But in the case of "Madeline," nothing more could be done to make this movie any better. The plot is [...]