actor: Helena Bonham Carter

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

December 21, 2007
"Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" is a musical as well as a gory slasher film, and some people may be surprised to learn that it has lots of singing and music. A few patrons, particularly young males, soon left the early screening I attended and I had the distinct impression the film [...]

Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

October 7, 2005

Dove Approved for All Ages

While this movie had a slow beginning, it soon took off and became an interesting action adventure that all of the family will love. With no foul language and only a few mild sexual innuendos, this is one of the cleanest films I have seen in quite a while. There was one scene where the bad guy is [...]

Corpse Bride

September 23, 2005

Dove Approved for All Ages

Tim Burton has always lived in a dark world and this is no exception. One is immediately aware that the real world is rather colorless and the corpse world is bright and colorful. However, with that said, Mr. Burton has directed a touching, heartwarming story of love and loss. The kids in the [...]

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 [...]

Big Fish

December 19, 2003

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

Audiences will be charmed and touched by this “Big Fish” who touches the lives of many. Edward’s adventures go from taming a giant to risking his life during WW II to rescue conjoined twins. Parents are cautioned about the language, a brutal beating and nudity in this film. The nudity is not [...]

Lady Jane

February 18, 2003
This movie does a good job in portraying the young love between Jane (Helena Bonham Carter) and Guilford (Cary Elwes). They don't care much for each other in the beginning and they are forced into marriage for political reasons but they soon learn they have much in common and they fall in love. [...]

Planet of the Apes

July 27, 2001
THE GOOD: . . . Producer Richard D. Zanuck greenlighted the original 1968 “Planet of the Apes” for Fox and is back to oversee Tim Burton’s direction this time around. The story is based on Pierre Boulle’s classic science fiction and is not a sequel or remake so much as another version. The [...]

Sweet Revenge

With a dark and sometimes unnerving mixture of elements from “Strangers on a Train” and “Throw Mama from the Train,” this made-for-Showtime movie is occasionally satisfying. I said, occasionally. Unfortunately, most of the comic moments center around sexuality. And the premise of someone [...]

Twelfth Night

November 11, 1996

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

Shakespeare's frolic about mistaken identity has a woman disguised as a young man in love with her benefactor who thinks she's a mere boy, while the woman he is infatuated with is in love with our heroine. The girl's twin brother, whom she thought was dead, shows up, complicating matters even [...]