actor: Michael Gambon

Paddington 2

Dove Approved for All Ages

Having never seen Paddington (2014), I wasn’t sure what to expect from “Paddington 2.” It didn’t take long for myself (and all the children in the theatre) to fall absolutely in love with Paddington Bear’s beautiful spirit and charming personality. Well-meaning, often clumsy, and a [...]

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 [...]

On Angel Wings

December 1, 2015

Dove Approved for All Ages

Rachel and her siblings are going to see their grandfather, who is a shepherd in the field. Along the way, her older siblings pick on her. When she arrives at her grandfather's house, she learns that her grandfather understands being the youngest of the family, and he tells her the story of what [...]

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

I must admit to not being a "Harry Potter" expert. At the screening I saw, there were a few scenes which included certain looks from characters, or dialog, which caused the audience to erupt into laughter and I didn't know why. I didn't get the "inside" jokes. But I was able to follow the story [...]

Amazing Grace: The Story of William Wilberforce

November 13, 2007

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

Many Americans understand the issues and history of slavery in America, but few know that it was abolished in England long before it was here in the United States. "Amazing Grace" tells the story of William Wilberforce, the English reformer whose life work was dedicated to freeing slaves under [...]

The Bible Collection: Samson and Delilah

June 6, 2005

Dove Approved for 18+

Samson was born to a barren woman, and he was set apart for service to God before his birth. God used him mightily in many ways as a leader and a defender of his people. He was a man of great strength and valor but strayed from his vow to remain true to God as he sought out the favors of beautiful [...]

Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow – Edited

April 12, 2005

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

This was a very interesting movie. The movie was made without any real settings or backdrops. It was all made in front of a blue screen and all of the futurism and robots and everything in it were put in by a computer. Gweneth, Jude, and Angelina make this movie studded with stars. The movie has a [...]

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

There are some wonderfully creative fantasy elements in Rowling’s work, but each Harry Potter movie seems to get darker and more frightening and violent than its predecessor. In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the Dementors are faceless creatures with scary mouths and claw-type hands [...]

Open Range – Edited

March 10, 2004

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

This is a well made western, with a wonderful story line that depicts the age-old battle between good and evil. Costner and Duvall flow extremely well in their respective roles: Duvall's the boss, and that's also his screen name-"Boss", while Costner is the counterpoint in their characterizations [...]

Last September

The characters in this period drama are well fleshed out, nuanced, giving us interesting people to watch. It is also engaging to witness this way of life that would soon come to an end. Unfortunately, due to the misuse of Christ’s name and the explicit sexual situations, I am unable to [...]