writer: Steven Zaillian

The Irishman

The Synopsis: A mob hitman recalls his possible involvement with the slaying of Jimmy Hoffa. The Review: Martin Scorsese’s latest film since Silence tells the story of World War II vet Frank Sheeran (Robert De Niro), who becomes a hit man for Italian mobster Russell Bufalino (Joe Pesci) in 1950s [...]

Exodus: Gods and Kings

December 12, 2014
"Exodus: Gods and Kings" is an epic film, as in "big". The filmmakers showcase the plagues of the Bible in a big way: the water turning into blood, the frogs, the flies, the huge hail stones, etc. There are also sweeping shots of the vast number of Hebrews as they begin their trek from Egypt toward [...]

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

December 21, 2011
This movie is very suspenseful despite its length of over two and a half hours. This is the first novel in a proposed trilogy by Stieg Larsson. Rooney Mara is quite effective as the brooding girl with dark hair and several skin piercings along with a unique tattoo. Her character's name is Lisbeth [...]


September 23, 2011
I wish we could give "Moneyball" our Dove Seal. If not for language we could. It is an intelligent and funny movie and Brad Pitt, if you will excuse the expression, hits it out of the park in his role as Billy Beane, the former promising baseball prospect who never quite achieved his potential but [...]

American Gangster

November 2, 2007
OK. I knew the movie wasn't titled "Pollyanna", but still, "American Gangster" has so much strong language, violence and blood, nudity and sex outside of marriage, that it is just way over the top. The film is saturated with drug use, revenge and unrestrained pleasure. The scenes which bring the [...]

All the Kings Men

September 22, 2006
This film is one of those which starts out pretty good, and gets worse as it goes. Willie Stark begins campaigning as a man who tells it like it is, and he cares for the "hicks" and little people. His aim is to be elected governor of Louisiana. With an evangelistic style for his political pulpit, [...]

Clear and Present Danger

August 3, 1994
The same thing dooms this film from receiving our Dove "Family-Approved" Seal that doomed its predecessor, namely "Patriot Games", and that is strong language.The violence level is a bit high as well. In this story, the importation of illegal drugs is cited as a "clear and present danger" (hence, [...]

Searching For Bobby Fischer

January 24, 1994
“Searching for Bobby Fischer” is an excellent movie on many levels. The acting is superb. The story is original, and you don’t have to like chess or even know anything about chess in order to enjoy this film. An important message is presented to parents about living through their children, [...]