actor: Joan Cusack

Hoodwinked Too! Hood Vs Evil 3D

August 16, 2011

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

"Hoodwinked Too!" features some incredible animated scenes including a nice cloudy scene in the place where Red is living during her training. They look like big cotton balls, soft and white and fluffy. And the kids no doubt will enjoy the almost non-stop action which revs up into high gear once [...]

Mars Needs Moms

August 9, 2011

Dove Approved for All Ages

Disney does it again! This is truly a family film in every sense of the word "family". The importance of parents and, in this case, particularly moms, is emphasized when the character of Milo wishes out loud his mother wasn't around, only to regret it a short time later when she is captured and [...]

Toy Story 3

November 2, 2010

Dove Approved for All Ages

This movie is delightfully clever! Any trepidation about this franchise maintaining imagination and freshness after two earlier movies can be chucked out the window. The "Toy Story" franchise is alive and as enjoyable in this third installment as in the previous two films. In this one, Andy is now [...]

Acceptance

August 25, 2009

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

"Acceptance" focuses a lot on students who are trying to get accepted to the Ivy League colleges their parents want them to attend, but the movie is also about being accepted for who a person is. And that person can be successful without attending Harvard or Yale. Taylor Rockefeller, "not related [...]

Confessions of a Shopaholic

This movie makes some points about how easy it is to get into credit card debt, and how shopping can be an addiction as much as drinking or gambling can be. Not that this is not a comedy. Isla Fisher plays Rebecca Bloomwood and she does have very good comic timing. One scene features her boss, Luke [...]

Kit Kittredge: An American Girl

October 29, 2008

Dove Approved for All Ages

This is a moving, inspirational film for all generations! Older folks will remember the Great Depression that is depicted in the movie, while everyone to some extent will be able to relate to the struggles of Kit Kittredge and her family. Kit's father, played by Chris O'Donnell, loses his car [...]

Chicken Little (Digital 3D)

March 21, 2006

Dove Approved for All Ages

'Wow' is the best way to start this review. I was fortunate enough to have screened this at a local multiplex with a new Digital projection system allowing us to wear the free 3D glasses that have Polaroid lenses. This enabled the filmmakers to present an intense, colorful, Hi-Definition world [...]

Ice Princess

July 19, 2005

Dove Approved for All Ages

It has been awhile since any studio has released a live action G-rated movie. Thank you Disney for this wonderful movie. With no sex, language, or violence, this family-friendly film will delight the young and old alike. The plot is fairly straightforward as our lead character struggles with some [...]

Ice Princess – Filtered

July 19, 2005

Dove Approved for All Ages

This is a great family movie. A girl (Casey) dreams of becoming an ice skater. She has the skills to do so but her mom wants her to go to Harvard. So the girl sneaks around going to practices. Eventually her mom finds out what she is doing. She isn't happy with her at first but then she realizes it [...]

Raising Helen – Edited

December 1, 2004

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

I figured this film would follow the typical “single independent woman turned mom” theme, without much else. However, I was impressed with “Raising Helen”, as well as the performance of Kate Hudson. There are many good lessons in this warm-hearted movie, along with the comedy derived from [...]