actor: Jeremy Renner

Tag

June 15, 2018
In a time where it would seem fiction is more desirable than the truth, Tag inherently makes the case for the other way around. To describe in a way that I believe is spoiler-free, the film rolls credits showing actual footage of a group of friends variously sneaking up on each other and gently [...]

Wind River

August 4, 2017
Writer and first-time director Taylor Sheridan ("Sicario", "Hell or High Water") studies the age-old narrative theme of crime in punishment in "Wind River," shadowed as a murder mystery on a Native American reservation. Now, this is not a groundbreaking subject in film, but he does not mean to. The [...]

Arrival (2016)

November 11, 2016
"Arrival" is not your typical alien or science-fiction film. It doesn't contain a lot of action, it contains little. It focuses on intellect and is, frankly, a bit cerebral. It does not feature aliens easily connecting with humans; in fact, just the opposite. The humans struggle to learn the [...]

Captain America: Civil War

May 6, 2016
“Captain America: Civil War” is an action-packed thriller with the good guys fighting the bad guys and -- oh, by the way, the Avengers fight among themselves, too! Therefore, the title "Civil War" is quite appropriate. William Hurt plays Secretary of State Thaddeus Ross and, following some [...]

The Avengers: The Age of Ultron

May 1, 2015

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

"Avenger" fans will love "The Age of Ultron," the newest installment in the action-packed, rollicking world of this Marvel franchise. This second film in the series feels a bit inflated and padded, with the battle at the end going on for a long time. Still, the humor and wit from the first movie is [...]

Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation (2015)

July 31, 2015
"Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation" delivers what most fans of the old TV series and the modern movies would expect: a few masks hiding true identities, chase scenes (featuring both running humans and car chases), a character who is not clearly good or evil, and instead of a self-destructing audio [...]

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters

January 25, 2013
Not to be outdone by "Snow White and the Huntsman", this adaptation of the well-known children's fable "Hansel and Gretel" begins where the original story ends. The wicked witch's plan to fatten up the two children before eating them is foiled. Then, the bloodbath begins. The animation over opening [...]

The Bourne Legacy

August 10, 2012
The cinematography in this film is amazing. Scenes like the one of a cabin in the woods miles from nowhere with falling snow are well captured, as are the scenes of an airborne plane in a snow storm. But the violence of the film is a dark contrast to these scenes. Spies are trying to wipe out the [...]

Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol

December 21, 2011
For almost half of the movie I kept hope alive that it might not cross our approval level for violence. I knew that would be one area of concern. To that mid-way point there were a few violent moments but little or no blood and the violence was not continual. But then, it picked up in intensity and [...]

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