actor: Hilary Swank

Amelia

"Amelia" is a near-miss in being awarded our Dove "Family-Approved" Seal. The story is historically correct with possibly just a few imagined scenes which fall into the realm of possibility. The story of the first woman pilot to successfully fly the Atlantic and the mystery concerning her fate [...]

P.S. I Love You

Although uproariously funny at times, this romantic comedy does not meet Dove's standards as a family-friendly film. There is a one-night-stand between two unmarried characters, strong language, and a lot of sexual comments and innuendos, as well as a brief nudity scene. The premise is a [...]

The Reaping

October 16, 2007
Hilary Swank is a talented actress as is the young AnnaSophia Robb. So some fellow reviewers and I were wondering why, following an early screening of "The Reaping", they chose this particular film to act in. We shared the consensus that the ship had wrecked in this movie. This film is convoluted, [...]

Freedom Writers

This fact-based story of Erin Gruwell (Hilary Swank) and her devotion to her Long Beach, California, class is pretty amazing. There is no sentimentality in this story and yet the viewer feels for these students and the tragedies they have endured-tragedies of gang-related deaths and a neglect at [...]

The Black Dahlia

"The Black Dahlia" is a "who done it" crime film such that by the middle of the film you don't care who done it, you just wish for the film to end. There is no character development and it is hard to follow exactly what is going on. The story is not told very well and they try too hard to imitate [...]

Million Dollar Baby

July 12, 2005
One of the most difficult things about reviewing films is giving an account of the movie without spoiling the film for others (i.e., giving away a surprise ending). Unfortunately, I will have to cross that line if I am going to truly inform you about the most objectionable thing in the film. You [...]

Million Dollar Baby – Filtered

July 12, 2005
Maggie Fitzgerald has fought the odds and worked very hard to dig her way out of the life she had with her lazy, hurtful mother. She makes her way to Frankie Dunn’s training gym, where he eventually agrees to take her on and train this female boxer. Although she is on the older side, she has [...]

The Core – Edited

March 26, 2004

Dove Approved for All Ages

This is the only film so far where I have enjoyed watching Hilary Swank. I feel she does a pretty good job in her role as an astronaut. The premise of the film is a bit far-fetched, but is entertaining anyway. The speed at which these Georphysicists figure out complicated problems is humorous. [...]

The Gift – Edited

September 21, 2003

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

This is scary viewing! This is adult viewing or for older teenagers. The intensity increases as the plot unfolds in this extremely well acted film. There is still graphic violence: a drunken husband slaps his wife and throws her to the ground. This is a reality-check for anyone who doesn't realize [...]

The Core

September 9, 2003
When the earth’s core stops spinning, it messes up the electromagnetic field surrounding our planet, which protects all life from the otherwise deadly invisible microwaves of radiation that bombard us. Without the spinning core we will have no electromagnetic field, which will cause the complete [...]