actor: Maggie Smith

Sherlock Gnomes

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

Sherlock Gnomes imaginatively focuses on a mystery that needs attention. Gnomeo (voiced by James McAvoy), is a happy garden gnome who, along with his wife Juliet, live in a garden in London. Life isn't bad, but when Juliet (Emily Blunt) starts paying more attention to the garden than to Gnomeo, he [...]

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

"The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" hits on important themes in an entertaining way. One of the themes is a play on the old adage, "There's no time like the present." The words are reversed by a character into, "There is no present like time." And for the many senior citizens who abide in The [...]

Nanny McPhee Returns

December 14, 2010

Dove Approved for All Ages

"Nanny McPhee Returns" in a delightful comedy romp for the entire family. She brings her usual charm and straightforward ways into a new home that is under duress. As she teaches the children five lessons, they learn to work together to save the family farm. Dove is pleased to award our [...]

Keeping Mum

This black comedy, filled with English humor, is teeming with mystery and family secrets. A family that is rather dysfunctional and certainly has its share of problems. But everything can be worked out with a little help from the character Grace who is not the person they think she is. Grace helps [...]

Ladies in Lavender – Filtered

December 6, 2005

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

"Ladies in Lavender" is a clean film with a good plot. In this movie two elderly ladies take care of a man washed ashore. He is a famous violinist. They let him live with them and Ursula (one of the ladies) was almost obsessed with him and would get jealous if he left or was with another woman. It [...]

Ladies in Lavender

February 28, 2005

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

Janet and Ursula are two aging sisters who live on the English coast. Their quiet life is changed when they find a young man washed up on shore after a storm. They take him in and nurse him back to health. Ursula, who takes an interest in the young man, discovers he is Polish, so she decides to [...]

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

There are some wonderfully creative fantasy elements in Rowling’s work, but each Harry Potter movie seems to get darker and more frightening and violent than its predecessor. In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the Dementors are faceless creatures with scary mouths and claw-type hands [...]

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

The film’s spectacular visual effects and action are impressive, but its 161-minute running time and underlying darkness are a bit trying. The sequel is more frightening and violent than the original. And the lighting scheme is dark with daylight hardly ever shown. Harry and his friends’ [...]

Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone

For the secular world, Harry has many good messages about bravery, courage and friendship. It even comments about the power of sacrificial love. And with its young cast, the film is virtually free of sexual material and bad language. Some mild and moderate violence occurs, such as sports [...]

Last September

The characters in this period drama are well fleshed out, nuanced, giving us interesting people to watch. It is also engaging to witness this way of life that would soon come to an end. Unfortunately, due to the misuse of Christ’s name and the explicit sexual situations, I am unable to [...]