actor: Frances McDormand

The Good Dinosaur

November 25, 2015

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)

December 28, 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

June 30, 2011
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

September 12, 2008
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

March 7, 2008
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 [...]

Aeon Flux

December 2, 2005
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

October 21, 2005
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 [...]

The Man Who Wasnt There

November 2, 2001
Most prominent of the objectionable content is foul language, with 25 strong profanities, including God's name in vain 16 times, but only one mild obscenity and several moderate crudities. One scene features a phony fortune-teller/psychic. And in one violent and somewhat gruesome scene, which [...]

Almost Famous

September 15, 2000
About every hundred movies or so, I get to see an “oh, yeah” movie. You know, one of those character-driven films that entertains not with car chases or flatulence jokes, but with sparkling dialogue and mesmerizing performances. A film that contains a life-lesson reminding us that true [...]