actor: Jim Broadbent

Mary and the Witch’s Flower

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

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

"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

April 28, 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

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

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 – Filtered

December 13, 2005

Dove Approved for All Ages

"Valiant" was a very cute movie that is perfect for the whole family. While Valiant and his companions go through some obstacles attempting to fulfill their historically important mission as messengers, we learn many lessons about friendship, comradeship and working together in times of distress. [...]

Valiant

December 13, 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 – Filtered

September 27, 2005

Dove Approved for All Ages

"Robots" is great fun for the whole family with Robin Williams as the voice of one of the main animated robots. How can the viewer not be entertained with his zany way of expressing himself? A young robot, Rodney Copperbottom, goes to Robot City to fulfill his dream of being a great inventor when [...]

Robots

September 27, 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 [...]