writer: Ted Elliott

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

May 20, 2011
Captain Jack is back in a fun-filled frolicking adventure! This latest installment in the "Pirates" series is non-stop action, and filled with intrigue and cracks from Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp). The "captain" had me in stitches a couple of times. Depp is excellent at physical humor and [...]

Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End

May 24, 2007
This movie has a lot of action. I mean, A LOT of action. It is very funny at times, particularly when Captain Jack Sparrow is around. Even the monkey is funny, especially when he holds a gun to a parrot in one scene in which several characters attempt to surprise each other with a "stick 'em up" [...]

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Mans Chest

July 7, 2006
Johnny Depp does a wonderful job portraying Captain Jack Sparrow. He is very funny in several scenes and Depp fans will not be disappointed. While a bit more violent than "Curse of the Black Pearl", "Dead Man's Chest" is still not overly graphic. Just like in the first film, most of the violence [...]

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

July 11, 2003
This film is a captivating pirate story but It is certainly too intense for younger children. In fact, although this feature includes a lot of fantasy violence, there is a lot of it and some blood is included as characters cut themselves to bleed to end a curse. In addition, the language just hits [...]


May 18, 2001

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

"Shrek" has some meaningful messages such as looking on the inside of a person and not the outside. It also shows how forgiveness is necessary. However, the viewer should know there is some toilet humor in it. In fact, not far into the movie we meet the ogre Shrek, who flushes a toilet before [...]

The Road to El Dorado

March 31, 2000

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

Like Butch and Sundance, Tulio and Miguel help preserve the comic outlaw “buddy” film. These two Spanish adventurers maintain the same camaraderie that Hope and Crosby had for each other in "Road to Morocco," "Road to Rio," and the rest. You remember, where Bing put Bob in danger for financial [...]