writer: Charles Leavitt

Warcraft (2016)

June 10, 2016
Watching "Warcraft" is like watching a video game come to life. However, along with the action and the ability to showcase amazing creatures, the film has a downside, in which some scenes look too much like the CGI images they are. For example, a few of the various characters ride strange creatures [...]

In the Heart of the Sea

December 11, 2015
"In the Heart of the Sea" is a compelling movie about a quest and survival. For Herman Melville, this journey is about traveling to the lone survivor's home of the ship Essex to find out the story of the fabled great white whale. Was it really that huge? What happened to the men? What details are [...]

Seventh Son

February 6, 2015
"The Seventh Son" is a movie with a medieval feel and filled with good battling evil. A "spook" or knight, Gregory (Jeff Bridges), takes on an apprentice in Thomas Ward (Ben Barnes) to combat the evil witch Mother Malkin (Julianne Moore). To complicate matters, Thomas falls in love with the [...]

The Mighty

January 10, 2012
This is a story about two "different" kids, Max (Elden Henson) and Kevin (Kieran Culkin), also known as "Freak", a crippled child, who form an unlikely friendship. Kevin helps Max read and with his studies, and big Max carries Kevin on his shoulders, enabling him to play basketball in gym and enjoy [...]

The Express

October 10, 2008
This could have been an inspirational story for families. In fact, I learned this film originally had a PG-13 rating but was changed to PG so I was hopeful it would go easy on the language so families could see it together. Unfortunately, that is exactly the area it crossed the line of [...]

Blood Diamond

December 8, 2006
This film is rated R for strong violence and the MPAA did not make a mistake in the rating! Children are shot, and also shoot others, blood is shed in many scenes, explosions mightily erupt, people burn, and since the movie is virtually about the violence in Africa, the slower paced scenes do not [...]

K-Pax

October 26, 2001
According to Prot, there are no families on planet K-Pax and reproducing is a painful, unpleasant process void of any sexual desire. Workaholic Mark begins to see how bleak life would be without his wife and children. Prot seems to understand the loneliness and fears of his fellow patients, and [...]