actor: Jack Black

Jumanji: The Next Level

Since returning from the first adventure in Jumanji, our original team of Spencer, Martha, Bethany, and Fridge have all kept in touch despite going their separate ways after high school. Spencer and Martha’s relationship has struggled due to the long distance, but a return to Brantford for the [...]

Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

There’s something magical about books. They’re like portals for a writer’s imagination, letting readers experience new realms that have been crafted with care. Stories may start and expand, but sometimes even those writing them don’t know how they’ll end; bound pages, waiting for an [...]

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

Cue the catchy drum beat because the classic game is back, but this time with a modern twist. With a nod to the original, the movie opens with Jumanji being unearthed from its forgotten place, buried in the sand. In order to ensnare the teenage mind of 1996, the board game, Jumanji, transforms [...]

Goosebumps

January 12, 2016

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

"Goosebumps" is a thrill ride. If you enjoy a bit of mystery, suspense, monsters, fast-paced chases and close calls, then this movie is for you! It even features a romantic plot between two teens, Zach (Dylan Minnette) and Hannah (Odeya Rush). The plot centers around Zach and his mother, the new [...]

Kung Fu Panda 2

December 13, 2011

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

This movie is energy-filled and features non-stop action! As with its predecessor, this film has a lot of fighting in it. There is plenty of martial arts including punching, kicking and in addition objects are thrown and several things are blown up. The premise involves Po searching his past and [...]

The Big Year

This movie is, for all intents and purposes, a morality tale. It's too bad the content in the language department crosses our acceptable level because it is a charming movie in various ways. It features three men who want to win "The Big Year", the highest total points for either seeing or hearing [...]

Gullivers Travels (2010)

April 19, 2011

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

This movie will make you show your teeth with laughter! Lemuel Gulliver (Jack Black) works in the mail room but longs for a more adventurous life which would include Darcy Silverman (Amanda Peet), a travel editor. When Gulliver works up enough courage to walk into her office to ask her out a [...]

Year One

Okay. Where do I start? Do I mention the character who tells his friend he committed incest with his mother? Or the scene in which a character eats poop? Or the scene in which a virgin man has sex with his virgin girlfriend, and tells everyone, "I just had sex with my girlfriend", or the biblical [...]

Kung Fu Panda

November 9, 2008

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

Let's say this up front. Some kids under twelve will enjoy this film and will recognize the martial arts fighting is fantasy based, as performed by the creatures including a tigress and praying mantis. In fact, some kids from a local martial arts school showed up at the screening I attended and [...]

Tropic Thunder

This is one of the most offensive movies I have seen in some time. Within the first two minutes there were at least fifteen profanities. I lost count of the bad language after about ten minutes. There was about every imaginable profanity or slang word you can imagine. In one scene a director tells [...]

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