actor: Freddie Highmore

Justin and the Knights of Valor

February 4, 2014

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

Justin is a wonderful young boy and remembers all the stories that his grandfather told about being a Knight for the royal kingdom. It also is his wish to become a Knight but there is one thing keeping him from it, the law that the Queen and his father signed. Knights are outlawed and that is just [...]

The Art of Getting By

June 17, 2011
There are parts of this movie I like and parts I don't. It tends to over-emphasize the drama at times in its story but the acting is to be commended. This movie features Freddie Highmore ("Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" and "August Rush") in his first grown-up role and he does a pretty good job [...]

Astro Boy

October 23, 2009

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

"Astro Boy" will propel your family into a wonderful world of imagination. This movie soars. I found it to be entertaining, funny, imaginative, and I enjoyed the ninety plus minutes immensely. Astro Boy, like many of us, faces his doubts and wonders if he truly has what it takes to make a [...]

The Spiderwick Chronicles

February 14, 2008

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

Imagination gone wild! This movie doesn't have many catch-your-breath moments. It is a roller coaster of a high speed plot which includes twins Jared and Simon Race (both played by an energetic Freddie Highmore) and their sister Mallory (Sarah Bolger) bent on destroying the creatures which would [...]

August Rush

November 21, 2007
This story left just about everyone who screened it with a lump in our throats. It is an emotional ride which leads to a fantastic conclusion. If the viewer followed the journey from beginning to end, he/she wouldn't be disappointed with how it is wrapped up. The premise of the story is the birth [...]

Arthur and the Invisibles

January 12, 2007

Dove Approved for All Ages

Based on a series of children's books, this movie takes you on a fantasy adventure with a young boy that wants to save his granny's home and find his grandfather. "Arthur and the Invisibles" is a combination of "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids", "Sword in the Stone" and "A Kid in King Arthur's Court". He [...]

A Good Year

November 10, 2006
"This place doesn't suit my life. No Max, your life doesn't suit this place." That dialog from "A Good Year" sums up the film pretty well. Max (Russell Crowe) is a cruel opportunist, money worshiping, ruthless Englishman. All his good childhood memories take place at his uncle’s vineyard in [...]

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

July 15, 2005

Dove Approved for All Ages

I am very, very surprised with Tim Burton and his wonderful new film "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory." There haven't been many Dove family-approved films that Tim Burton has produced, written or directed. The one that comes to mind that did receive the Dove Seal is "Big Fish." Most of Burton's [...]

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 [...]

Two Brothers

June 25, 2004

Dove Approved for All Ages

Two sides are presented in this moving film: that of the hunter who tells himself he is saving human lives by killing dangerous animals and that of the hunted who kill in self-defense when they are threatened. The film closes with an urgent plea to the public to save endangered animals. The mother [...]