actor: Stellan Skarsgard

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

December 21, 2011
This movie is very suspenseful despite its length of over two and a half hours. This is the first novel in a proposed trilogy by Stieg Larsson. Rooney Mara is quite effective as the brooding girl with dark hair and several skin piercings along with a unique tattoo. Her character's name is Lisbeth [...]

Mamma Mia!

July 18, 2008
Mamma Mia! Mamma Mia! Where do I start? The entire premise of the film is not family-friendly. First of all you have Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) born out of wedlock that is now grown up, about to be married, and wants to find her dad so he can give her away. But according to her mother, Donna' [...]

Beowulf and Grendel

September 26, 2006
"Beowulf and Grendel" is a very different and dark movie that takes place in Northern Europe. It is full of anger, fighting and an overall dreary feeling. Much of the fighting is bloody and one of the opening scenes shows a man being hit with arrows and then set on fire. Another aspect of the [...]

Exorcist: The Beginning

August 20, 2004
Filled with disturbing images, "Exorcist: The Beginning" is a look at the devil from an unbiblical viewpoint. The disillusioned priest does not believe in evil as an entity but rather as the condition of man. A woman to whom the priest is attracted becomes possessed and then uses obscene language [...]

The Glass House

September 14, 2001
I loved this movie! It has all the ingredients of a good psychological thriller - twists and turns that leave you continuously sorting out the "black" hats from the "white" hats (although the writer included a few too many hints for my taste). .... This Hitchockian story has no weak [...]

Passion of Mind

May 26, 2000
This psychological thriller has a fascinating premise, but ultimately the film does not live up to its creative concept. “The Sixth Sense” inspired ending doesn’t make up for the tedious, amoral claptrap we have to sit through for 90-some minutes. As for the talented Ms. Moore’s [...]

Harlan County War

This is a very powerful film that explores the inequity of the coal mining industry, with major profits being taken by the owners, while the workmen live in squalor and life- threatening conditions. Affecting performance by all. Alas, the language, its one sexual situation, and the violent images [...]