actor: Judi Dench

All Is True

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

The Synopsis: A look at the final days in the life of renowned playwright William Shakespeare. The Review: A heartfelt narrative with some intriguing twists, All Is True, the original title of "Henry VIII," William Shakespeare’s last play, is aptly named. It plays on the fact that it is [...]

Victoria and Abdul

From the beginning, something seems a bit off in the palace of Queen Victoria. It is not just in her dull, routine, even predictable life. A strange pace seems to befuddle even the flow of the movie as you watch it. The comedy of manners seems painted broad and unholistic; the biographical drama [...]

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

"Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" is an imaginative adventure into a world unlike any you've ever seen before. It features the "peculiar" children, who are gifted in unusual ways, which includes a girl who can fly and needs lead shoes to stay earthbound. In addition, there is an [...]

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

"The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" hits on important themes in an entertaining way. One of the themes is a play on the old adage, "There's no time like the present." The words are reversed by a character into, "There is no present like time." And for the many senior citizens who abide in The [...]

Quantum of Solace

Lights, camera, and action, action, action! This film has almost non-stop action and violence. Viewing the film was a bit like being involved emotionally in a whirlwind. It is entertaining in certain scenes for sure, but plot and character development suffer a bit in this one. Two characters seek [...]

Bugs! (IMAX 3D)

December 11, 2007

Dove Approved for All Ages

For someone who is not a big fan of the insect world, delving into the world of "Bugs!" was quite an enjoyable experience. This film was shown in the IMAX format enhanced with 3D technology. This of course increased the “cool!” factor as well as the “eeew!” factor. The serene voice of Dame [...]

Notes on a Scandal

It is no surprise to me after seeing the extraordinary acting of Judi Dench and Cate Blanchett in this film that they both are up for Oscars. They give wonderful performances as the two St. George school teachers. While being slow at times, the manipulative nature of Barbara keeps your attention [...]

Casino Royale

"Casino Royal" takes us back to see how Bond became Bond. I must say that I was pleasantly surprised that there was little actual blood but then most of the older 007 movies were fairly tame in this sense. The action was ever lasting accept for a longer than needed poker game and the language is [...]


May 16, 2006

Dove Approved for All Ages

The kids will love "Doogal" and it seems like a perfect match for the tots all the way to about age eight or so. The characters are fun to watch and the film includes the voice talents of Daniel Tay, Jimmy Fallon, William H. Macy, Ian McKellen, Judi Dench and other well known actors. There is mild [...]

Mrs. Henderson Presents – Filtered

April 18, 2006
"Mrs. Henderson Presents" could have been a good family film had they chose a different angle to branch off from. Nudity in the theater is not something that I would consider family friendly. The film encouraged men in the army to look at naked women, and at one point even brought an army man into [...]