actor: Ian McKellen

Beauty and the Beast (2017)

March 17, 2017
"Beauty and the Beast (2017)" is an unashamedly romantic and quality film, featuring an all-star cast. Emma Watson delivers in a big way as Belle, both looking the part of Beauty as well as showing some real singing ability. Dan Stevens does a commendable job as the Beast, displaying beastly anger [...]

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

December 17, 2014
"The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" is a powerful conclusion to the "Hobbit" trilogy. Several reviewers believe it to be the best of the three "Hobbit" films, and I agree. This final journey into Middle Earth comes with a price, which is the dramatic deaths of both villains and a few [...]

X-Men: Days of Future Past

May 23, 2014
The new "X-Men" movie, "Days of Future Past", is action packed and features time travel to 1973 as well as seeing characters such as Magneto and Professor X in both versions of their younger and older selves. The viewer gets to see President Nixon, Washington, old TV sets and it might produce a [...]

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

December 13, 2013
This is the second movie in "The Hobbit" trilogy and contains a lot of action-packed scenes and the return of Legolas (Orlando Bloom) to the movie screen. It also features a lot of sword fights and, unfortunately, decapitations (more than in the first film). As I will get to, the violence is the [...]

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

December 14, 2012
Peter Jackson has made another memorable movie. "The Hobbit" is filmed in the same vein as the other Lord of the Rings pics. That said, the book from which he based this movie was far kinder and gentler than what we see here. The battle scenes are more graphic than the book portrayed. The story [...]

Flushed Away

November 3, 2006

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

This movie is funny and imaginative. In one scene the character of Roddy the rat gets a piece of popcorn in his eye and he uses a doll's hand to whack himself on the back so the piece of popcorn pops out. Several kids and adults laughed at that scene and many others at the screening I attended. [...]

The DaVinci Code

May 19, 2006
Ron Howard has directed a twisting and winding thriller that is both long and unimaginative. Unlike "National Treasure" which was based on similarly secretive organizations, this film is both violent and vulgar at the same time. During one particularly gruesome sequence, we are forced to watch as [...]

X-Men: The Last Stand

May 26, 2006

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

For those of you who have seen prequels I and II, this movie picks up where II left off with some interesting twists (you're probably as surprised as I was to see Famke Janssen among the cast list). If you haven't seen the earlier episodes, "X-Men: The Last Stand" opens with enough historical [...]

Doogal

February 24, 2006

Dove Approved for All Ages

The kids will love "Doogal" and it seems like a perfect match for the tots all the way to about age eight or so. The characters are fun to watch and the film includes the voice talents of Daniel Tay, Jimmy Fallon, William H. Macy, Ian McKellen, Judi Dench and other well known actors. There is mild [...]

Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King

December 17, 2003
This third and final film of "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy caps off the series with the best film of the three, and incidentally it went on to win eleven Academy awards. The acting is superb and the actors won a SAG Award for the best ensemble cast for a film in 2003. The direction is top notch, [...]