director: Craig Gillespie

The Finest Hours

"The Finest Hours" is a riveting movie in its telling of the true story of a rescue mission at sea in 1952. The special effects, which focus on the imperiled tanker at sea and the rescue boat that is sent out to their aid in a raging storm, are executed with movie-making skill. The tanker has been [...]

Million Dollar Arm

October 7, 2014

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

"Million Dollar Arm" is inspiring and funny! Based on a true story, sports agent JB Bernstein needs to land a big deal but he is coming up empty. While switching back and forth between watching Susan Boyle sing in the talent contest that made her a household name and a game of cricket on another [...]

Fright Night 3D (2011)

August 19, 2011
All right, now I know why this film is in 3D. So when blood is sprayed it looks like it comes right at the viewer. Oh, how nice. It isn't very well done though which kind of adds insult to injury. In addition, one of the movie's main characters, the host of a supernatural TV show, disappears for [...]

Lars and the Real Girl

I was expecting the worst from this movie and its outlandish plot. I must admit to being pleasantly surprised. The film, despite its wild story line, actually manages to be touching and dramatic in spots. We learn that Lars (played wonderfully by Ryan Gosling) has a tragic past and has suffered the [...]

Mr. Woodcock

The basic story line of this movie should be funny. Unfortunately, "Mr. Woodcock" falls short of its mark. Just think of your mom becoming involved with a teacher that you did not like-what a nightmare. The entire movie flashes back and forth as John Farley relives his memories of gym class and the [...]

I, Tonya

In what is, by now, likely the most quoted or familiar part of I, Tonya, Tonya Harding (Margot Robbie) chases her then-husband Jeff Gillooly (Sebastian Stan) through the close quarters of their house with a shotgun. She fires it, Jeff narrowly escaping, and clips the edge of a cabinet, wood [...]

Cruella

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

Emma Stone stars as Cruella de Vil, the villain of Disney’s animated 101 Dalmatians, prior to her arrival as the cigarette-smoking, Darling family-terrorizing animal killer. When the audience meets Cruella, she’s still going by Estella, the daughter of a poor seamstress. Entered in a posh [...]