actor: Josh Hutcherson

Elliot: The Littlest Reindeer

November 30, 2018

Dove Approved for All Ages

As we approach the holiday season —and further, the holiday movie season—movies like Elliot: The Littlest Reindeer feel right at home. They're cozy, colorful features, extracting the best of humanity, even compacted into animated films geared to younger audiences. Elliot is no exception: [...]

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2

November 20, 2015

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

"The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2" embodies the themes of friendship, loyalty, dedication, and, ultimately, sacrifice. Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) has returned from the Capitol and from the clutches of President Snow (Donald Sutherland). The effects of having been tortured and brainwashed with [...]

Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

November 21, 2014

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

"The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1" is powerful, dramatic, and full of strong acting. Jennifer Lawrence does an excellent job as the main character, Katniss Everdeen, whose pain in fighting against the Capitol government and President Snow (Donald Sutherland) is clearly demonstrated. Katniss [...]

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

November 22, 2013
This follow up film to "The Hunger Games" is a darker version than the first one. The Capitol is determined to keep hope down amongst the people and particularly Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) who is the symbol of that hope. President Snow (Donald Sutherland) has former victors meet in the [...]

Epic

May 24, 2013

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

This is a feast for the ears, eyes and imagination! The CGI animation is impressive, with vivid colors, various shadows and degrees of light in scenes, and is very atmospheric as a large part of the movie takes place in the forest. Oh, there's a story too and not a bad one. Young Mary Katherine, a [...]

Red Dawn (2012)

November 21, 2012
This action movie is a fast paced story of two brothers and their friends who attempt to build a resistance movement against a foreign invader in their town. As they band together to fight, they are joined by other citizens who believe in freedom from an oppressive force. With frequent battle [...]

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island

February 10, 2012

Dove Approved for All Ages

This second "journey" is well worth taking! This is one of the best "family-oriented" films we have seen in sometime. It offers something for everyone: breakneck action and adventure, romance, fantastic special effects featuring giant lizards and bees, and quotations and references from Jules [...]

The Hunger Games

March 23, 2012
Survival of the fittest. That is what "The Hunger Games" come down to. And Katniss Everdeen is all for survival, especially after she takes the place of her younger sister, Primrose, to spare the young girl's life. She wants to live to care for her sister after the games. Katniss is excellent with [...]

Cirque du Freak: The Vampires Assistant

October 23, 2009
This movie probably has more fighting in it than dialog, which says something about how well the dialog is written. It is not as funny as some would hope, relying instead on the biting, punching, stabbing, and physical moments, some which are played for laughs but some of which could quite possibly [...]

Journey to the Center of the Earth

July 11, 2008

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

I loved this movie! It's like taking a joy ride at a theme park for 90 minutes. In other words, it's a whole lot of fun. The viewing is enhanced by a great 3-D experience. At one point a creature jumped off the screen and alarmed my son who nearly jumped into the next seat! The 3-D imagery is that [...]