director: Chris Columbus

Pixels

July 24, 2015

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

"Pixels" is made for today's audience, with some nostalgia thrown in for the people of the '80s. The film features songs by Hall and Oates, Queen, and other well-known artists, as well as the popular arcade games of the '80s, including PAC-MAN, Donkey Kong, and Centipede. Teenagers in the '80s and [...]

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

February 12, 2010

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

Make no mistake about it. This movie has a lot of battle scenes and sword fights in it in addition to fire-breathing creatures. Yet as it briskly moves ahead on the big screen there is a lot to like and enjoy. The film features some of the best special effects, i.e. CGI work, I have seen in a film. [...]

I Love You Beth Cooper

July 10, 2009
I seldom become a bit angry while reviewing a film, but this movie shows a lot of irresponsible behavior and all I can say is shame on director Chris Columbus and writer Larry Doyle. A teen girl named Beth Cooper (Hayden Panettiere) drives recklessly throughout the film and at one point drives her [...]

Rent

November 23, 2005
As you can tell from the above synopsis, this is NOT a family-friendly film. Like it or not, it is a peek into the underground world of drugs and homosexuality among a group of friends on the streets of New York at the “End of the Millennium.” Don’t let the singing fool you, this is serious [...]

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

November 15, 2002
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

November 16, 2001
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 [...]

Home Alone 2

November 20, 1992

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

"Home Alone 2" actually finds Kevin McCallister getting lost and being alone in the Big Apple, instead of home in Chicago. Kevin justs wants to be alone at the beginning of this film when his brother plays a trick on him at a Christmas concert and Kevin becomes angry with the entire family. He [...]

Home Alone

December 2, 1993

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

Fun for the entire family. This is a great comedy, full of great slapstick comedy and a great message of what family really means. Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern are wonderful as the "wet bandits". Culkin gives a fanstastic performance as the Home Alone child defending his home against the [...]

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