actor: Jim Broadbent

Mary and the Witch’s Flower

January 19, 2018

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

In the vein of Harry Potter and even as far back as Alice in Wonderland comes Hiromasa Yonebayashi’s Mary and the Witch’s Flower, based on the book by Mary Stewart. Yonebayashi’s third directorial effort comes with a good deal of assurance and imagination, and his confidence as a director [...]

Bridget Jones’s Baby

September 16, 2016
Effective January 1st, 2009, The Dove Foundation Review Team has ceased reviewing all NC-17 rated movies and certain extraordinarily explicit R, PG-13 and PG-13 Horror rated films. This decision was reached due to the fact that Dove reviewers are parents or grandparents with conservative [...]

Brooklyn

November 4, 2015
"Brooklyn" is a dramatic film about human choices and emotions. The story takes place in the 1950s. Saoirse (pronounced Ser-sha) Ronan is superb as the young Irish immigrant Eilis Lacey. She leaves her homeland, her mother and her sister, Rose, to travel by ship to Brooklyn, New York, where she [...]

Paddington

January 16, 2015

Dove Approved for All Ages

Paddington is un-"bear"-able fun for the entire family. The film's namesake, Paddington, is a charming bear that can speak English and was brought up by his aunt and uncle in the "darkest forests of Peru." But after an earthquake destroys their home and his uncle is lost in the disaster, his aunt [...]

Closed Circuit

August 28, 2013
Slow and steady is the phrase I would use to describe this cerebral thriller. When two members of a suspected terrorist's defense team realize that the evidence against their client is contrived, they work together, against instructions, to find out what really happened. There is very little [...]

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

July 15, 2009
I must admit to not being a "Harry Potter" expert. At the screening I saw, there were a few scenes which included certain looks from characters, or dialog, which caused the audience to erupt into laughter and I didn't know why. I didn't get the "inside" jokes. But I was able to follow the story [...]

Valiant

August 19, 2005

Dove Approved for All Ages

Valiant is one of those rare animated movies that has something for the entire family, regardless of age or gender. I usually try to look at animated G-rated films through the eyes of a child, which was getting pretty challenging until I finally had grandchildren. Valiant is set against the [...]

Robots

March 11, 2005

Dove Approved for All Ages

Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel have outdone themselves with the wonderfully funny script that they created for this film. There is no objectionable language in this picture and the only thing even remotely in bad taste is a "fake farting" scene. Aside from that, you will be amazed by the [...]

Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason

November 12, 2004
With its theme alone, this film would not be family-friendly, but Universal made it even more so with its tremendous volume of foul language. The theme deals primarily with the relationship, both sexual and relational, of Bridget Jones and Mark Darcy. It seems that they really liked to focus on the [...]

Around the World in 80 Days (2004)

June 16, 2004

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

At a rather lengthy 120 minutes, this film moves at a rapid pace with all of the action. After all of these years, Jackie Chan is still fun to watch as he spins, juggles, fights and somersaults his way out of jams. Chan, who built his reputation by performing all of his own stunts, displays his [...]