actor: Jeff Daniels

The Divergent Series: Allegiant

March 18, 2016

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

"Allegiant," Part One, is the third film in the "Divergent" series and is the first one that is able to receive our Dove "Family-Approved" Seal. The first two films in the series missed receiving the Seal due to language, violence or both. This one also has several scenes of fantasy violence, but [...]

Steve Jobs

October 23, 2015
"Steve Jobs" is a movie about a complex man. He is portrayed as a man who remains loyal to his friends but sometimes ignores them and their advice. He's also portrayed as a man who was stubborn and yet seemed to actually care about what he did, sometimes more than the people in his life. The film [...]

The Martian

October 2, 2015
"The Martian" is big on tense moments and special effects. It is a major movie, running 141 minutes, and ultimately is about Mark Watney's (Matt Damon) experiences in surviving on Mars until a rescue mission reaches him. A wicked sandstorm leads to the quick evacuation of the NASA team on Mars, but [...]

Dumb and Dumber To

November 14, 2014
Harry and Lloyd are back with their stupid antics. This time they are on an adventure to look for Harry's daughter, one that he did not know he had. But more importantly he needs a donor for a new kidney. If you saw the first movie then you pretty much know the scenario of this one. It is not [...]

Space Chimps

July 18, 2008

Dove Approved for All Ages

This movie has more great lines than a wrinkled face. This film is genuinely funny; an outer space adventure that will appeal to family members of all ages. Kids will delight in the high action and fascinating characters. The animation is vivid and colorful. The movie has positive themes about [...]

Sweet Nothing in my Ear

Dove Approved for All Ages

This movie hits hard on the pros and cons of cochlear implants. A couple's little boy Adam lost his hearing when he was four, and he is now eight. Adam's mother has been deaf since the age of four. Her mom and dad are both deaf and use sign language to speak. They don’t see why Adam needs the [...]

The Lookout

March 30, 2007
The plot is interesting due in large part to the fact that the idea of a young man with head injuries being taken advantage of is not your average plot. Joseph Gordon-Levitt, for years a child actor in films like "Angels in the Outfield," does a good job in portraying the young man, Chris, who is [...]

Good Night, and Good Luck

October 14, 2005
This film focuses on the conflict between McCarthy and Murrow, not on the hearings themselves. Clooney has taken original news footage and woven it into his movie allowing McCarthy to represent himself in this docu-drama. Context is key and since I am not a historian, I will not make any comments [...]

Because of Winn-Dixie

February 18, 2005

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

If you want to warm your heart this winter, this is a must-see film. It has all of the elements of a quality family film: warmth, credible characters, good writing, and wonderful acting. The film reminded me a bit of "To Kill A Mockingbird" in that it is narrated by the female child lead. It also [...]

Blood Work

August 9, 2002
Unfortunately, viewers must endure a large number of obscenities and strong profanity, particularly from a jealous police detective (Paul Rodriguez) who frequently belittles McCaleb’s work. While gunshots are often fired, the violence is rarely graphic, although a frequently shown videotape of a [...]