director: Kenneth Branagh

All Is True

May 10, 2019

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

The Synopsis: A look at the final days in the life of renowned playwright William Shakespeare. The Review: A heartfelt narrative with some intriguing twists, All Is True, the original title of "Henry VIII," William Shakespeare’s last play, is aptly named. It plays on the fact that it is [...]

All Is True

May 10, 2019

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

The Synopsis: A look at the final days in the life of renowned playwright William Shakespeare. The Review: A heartfelt narrative with some intriguing twists, All Is True, the original title of "Henry VIII," William Shakespeare’s last play, is aptly named. It plays on the fact that it is [...]

Murder on the Orient Express

November 10, 2017
Murder on the Orient Express is one of the most scenic movies I have watched; beautiful snow-capped mountains, parts of the historical city of Jerusalem, lovely green trees dot various locations as the Orient Express chugs along, blowing its stack of smoke. And yet, murder takes place on the [...]

Cinderella (2015)

March 13, 2015

Dove Approved for All Ages

"Cinderella" is certain to be a new Disney classic. It has everything! Lily James is a warm and kind Cinderella. Richard Madden is a "charming" prince (pun intended), and Cate Blanchett outdoes herself as the wicked stepmother, Lady Tremaine. Helena Bonham Carter seems to relish her role as the [...]

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

January 17, 2014
This film version is a beginning tale of sorts, dealing with the young Jack Ryan (Chris Pine). The story opens with him studying Economics in London during the time of 9/11. Soon after Ryan joins the Marines and heads to Afghanistan. He is hurt in a helicopter crash and one thing leads to another [...]

Thor

May 6, 2011

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

This movie is so much more than I hoped for. That doesn't happen often. The story and direction are tight, the acting is solid, the special effects knock it out of the park and the villains are great. It kept my attention throughout the entire film. Not that there aren't a few content issues [...]

Loves Labours Lost

June 9, 2000

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

Nowhere near the elegant “Much Ado About Nothing,” which also starred Branagh and his then wife, Emma Thompson, but it has its charming moments. Except for some suggestive innuendos and a bawdy dance number, it is a clean movie, more about love than lust. Most of the cast members are rather, [...]

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