actor: Dustin Hoffman

Kung Fu Panda 3

June 28, 2016

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

"Kung Fu Panda 3" will knock, uh, kick your socks off! There's still a lot of energy and creativity left in the franchise. Speaking of energy, that's what the plot is about in this third installment. A real baddie of a villain named Kai (voiced by J.K. Simmons) is determined to get back to the [...]

Little Fockers

Once again the Focker family and Byrnes family come together to bring their hilarious antics to the screen. This film is geared towards an adult audience with their sexual openness and innuendos. It does have some funny moments. But this is not a family film. Their discussions regarding sexual [...]

The Tale of Despereaux

April 7, 2009

Dove Approved for All Ages

All good fairy tales start with "Once Upon A Time" and so does this lovable tale of a mouse who is different from most mice and an out of town rat who is nothing like his local cousins. "Despereaux" is a wonderful story of courage, honor and decency. It is also a tale of jealousy, hope and [...]

Kung Fu Panda

November 9, 2008

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

Let's say this up front. Some kids under twelve will enjoy this film and will recognize the martial arts fighting is fantasy based, as performed by the creatures including a tigress and praying mantis. In fact, some kids from a local martial arts school showed up at the screening I attended and [...]

Mr. Magoriums Wonder Emporium

March 4, 2008

Dove Approved for All Ages

"Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium" is a wonder indeed! This original story by writer/director Zach Helm is one of the most imaginative fantasies I have seen on the big screen in years. The message is fresh and the cast play their parts with commitment and excellence all around. I wish there was a toy [...]

All The Presidents Men – Filtered

February 21, 2006

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

Persistent Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein try and find out the whole story behind Watergate. With doors slammed in their face, hang-ups, and "no comments," their job is very stressful. This movie is extremely slow and seemed to repeat itself on some plot points. It is a [...]

Finding Neverland – Edited

June 28, 2005

Dove Approved for All Ages

This was definitely the most wholesome, entertaining, and enjoyable movie that I have ever seen. It told a story of creativity, compassion, and complete selflessness while still remaining simple and childlike. It's the story of the man who wrote Peter Pan and how he got all of his ideas from a lady [...]

Racing Stripes

May 10, 2005

Dove Approved for All Ages

In this adventure reminiscent of "Babe: The Gallant Pig," the story revolves as much around the animals as it does the human cast. Stripes tells the age old tale of a girl and her horse (well, zebra) and the bond that brings them both into an understanding of who they were meant to be. Aside from a [...]

I Heart Huckabees – Edited

April 12, 2005

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

I didn't really get this movie. But from what I gather, this movie is all about finding yourself and your true happiness. There are two "organizations" that are hired out to people who need "existential" help. What they do is follow you around and take notes on your life and eventually try to help [...]

Finding Neverland

March 22, 2005

Dove Approved for All Ages

This is by far the best performance of Johnny Depp's career in my opinion. Of course he has had some good roles in "Edward Scissorhands," "What's Eating Gilbert Grape," "Sleepy Hollow" and some others, but I felt more drawn into his role as James Barrie than I have any of his others. Never knowing [...]