actor: Frank Langella

The Box

November 6, 2009
This is a rather bizarre movie which doesn't begin to flounder until the second half. The first half introduces us to Arthur Lewis (James Marsden) and his wife Norma (Cameron Diaz), and their son Walter. Arthur works as an engineer at NASA and Norma is a teacher at a private High School. The year [...]

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 [...]

Frost/Nixon

December 26, 2008
Frost/Nixon portrays a simple view of two rather complex men's lives. Frost is the womanizing television host and Nixon is the dejected former President of the United States. There's no doubt that both parties agreed to these debates with a hope of restoring their status with the public. [...]

Superman Returns (2006)

June 28, 2006

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

This film is pretty good. In my opinion it is a bit excessive at times in the special effects department; also, the story didn't settle down much, as there seemed to be too much to tell. Then again, Superman has been gone for five years in the film, and off the screen for many more years than that, [...]

The Water is Wide

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

"The Water is Wide" is a well-directed film and once it establishes its plot, it is story-telling at its best. It picks up steam in the classroom with Pat Conroy (played by a relative newcomer, Jeff Hephner) and it's really a fresh and entertaining story. Hephner plays Conroy exceptionally [...]

Good Night, and Good Luck

October 14, 2005
This film focuses on the conflict between McCarthy and Murrow, not on the hearings themselves. Clooney has taken original news footage and woven it into his movie allowing McCarthy to represent himself in this docu-drama. Context is key and since I am not a historian, I will not make any comments [...]

Jason and the Argonauts

August 15, 2000

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

Gods and goddesses are a theatrical device used to represent the forces that mankind encounters and battles throughout life. Keeping in mind that these mythological divinities are merely props used to dramatize man’s struggle to control his own fate, viewing sword-and-sea-serpent movies can be [...]

Ninth Gate

March 10, 2000
What is the draw of this film? The “hero” is an unscrupulous, fornicating nonbeliever who drinks and smokes constantly. The film’s plotline centers on the world of demonology and devil worship. And the production is unevenly paced, lacking energy or an interesting performance by its star. [...]

The Bible Stories: Moses

September 24, 1996

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

“Moses” is an epic story retold in memorable fashion through dramatic word, visually beautiful special effects and authentic artifacts and costuming. The film follows the life of Moses from Hebrew babe rescued from certain death to adoption into Pharaoh’s palace. The twist comes when Moses [...]