producer: Nina Jacobson

The Goldfinch

September 13, 2019
The Synopsis: A boy in New York is taken in by a wealthy Upper East Side family after his mother is killed in a bombing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Review: A young Theo (Oakes Fegley) and his mom visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the story that follows is the aftermath of a bombing [...]

Where’d You Go, Bernadette

August 16, 2019
The Synopsis: A loving mom becomes compelled to reconnect with her creative passions after years of sacrificing herself for her family. Her leap of faith takes her on an epic adventure that jump-starts her life and leads to her triumphant rediscovery. The Review: Twenty years ago, [...]

Crazy Rich Asians

August 15, 2018
I was hoping Crazy Rich Asians, based on Kevin Kwan’s popular novel by the same name, would be as fun as it looks; however, I was immediately put off by the stilted performance of Constance Wu (Rachel Chu), and the deliberate exploitation of shirtless men. The movie does not disappoint in [...]

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul

May 19, 2017

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

Okay, I admit it. I went into the screening for this film, "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul," with rather low expectations. But it won me over. It is laugh-out-loud funny in not just one, but several scenes. I don't want to give them all away, but in one scene young Manny wins a baby pig at a [...]

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2

November 20, 2015

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

"The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2" embodies the themes of friendship, loyalty, dedication, and, ultimately, sacrifice. Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) has returned from the Capitol and from the clutches of President Snow (Donald Sutherland). The effects of having been tortured and brainwashed with [...]

Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

November 21, 2014

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

"The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1" is powerful, dramatic, and full of strong acting. Jennifer Lawrence does an excellent job as the main character, Katniss Everdeen, whose pain in fighting against the Capitol government and President Snow (Donald Sutherland) is clearly demonstrated. Katniss [...]

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

November 22, 2013
This follow up film to "The Hunger Games" is a darker version than the first one. The Capitol is determined to keep hope down amongst the people and particularly Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) who is the symbol of that hope. President Snow (Donald Sutherland) has former victors meet in the [...]

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days

August 3, 2012

Dove Approved for All Ages

As the "Wimpy Kid" saga continues, we follow Greg as his summer vacation begins. His intent is to play video games all summer but those hopes are quickly vanquished when his dad has a better idea. He wants Greg and his brothers to do something constructive with their time. Unfortunately Greg lies [...]

The Hunger Games

March 23, 2012
Survival of the fittest. That is what "The Hunger Games" come down to. And Katniss Everdeen is all for survival, especially after she takes the place of her younger sister, Primrose, to spare the young girl's life. She wants to live to care for her sister after the games. Katniss is excellent with [...]

One Day

August 19, 2011
The movie opens with a date of July 15, 1988, and continues to update on that same day and month, July 15, until finally we finish at July 15, 2011. A lot happens in between to both Emma Morley (Anne Hathaway) and her best friend, sometimes lover, Dex Mayhew (Jim Sturgess). She is the steady one of [...]