director: Peter Jackson

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

"The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" is a powerful conclusion to the "Hobbit" trilogy. Several reviewers believe it to be the best of the three "Hobbit" films, and I agree. This final journey into Middle Earth comes with a price, which is the dramatic deaths of both villains and a few [...]

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

This is the second movie in "The Hobbit" trilogy and contains a lot of action-packed scenes and the return of Legolas (Orlando Bloom) to the movie screen. It also features a lot of sword fights and, unfortunately, decapitations (more than in the first film). As I will get to, the violence is the [...]

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Peter Jackson has made another memorable movie. "The Hobbit" is filmed in the same vein as the other Lord of the Rings pics. That said, the book from which he based this movie was far kinder and gentler than what we see here. The battle scenes are more graphic than the book portrayed. The story [...]

The Lovely Bones

Fourteen-year-old Susie Salmon almost receives her first kiss from a boy in her high school. It is interrupted and she leaves after setting up a time to meet the boy at a mall the following Saturday. Unfortunately, Suzie never makes it home. As she crosses the cornfield she comes across a man who [...]

King Kong (2005) – Filtered

March 28, 2006

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

A great remake: this was a well-made movie. Three hours may be a bit long for some viewers. There were some things that prevent this movie from being appropriate for the very young. King Kong himself may be scary to younger viewer, especially when showing his gigantic teeth. A lot of chasing and [...]

King Kong (2005)

March 28, 2006
It is a shame that the language of this film has over twenty profanities in the dialog. Otherwise this movie could have been a film more family-friendly. However, that is not the case. This update of the Kong movie was directed by Peter Jackson, the director of the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy. As [...]

Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King

May 25, 2004
This third and final film of "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy caps off the series with the best film of the three, and incidentally it went on to win eleven Academy awards. The acting is superb and the actors won a SAG Award for the best ensemble cast for a film in 2003. The direction is top notch, [...]

Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers

August 26, 2003
This film is well crafted and is an excellent follow-up to "The Fellowship of the Ring." In this one, Frodo and Sam continue their journey to Mordor to destroy the evil ring in the fires of Mt. Doom. They encounter the creature Gollum, whose life was basically destroyed by the ring. He agrees to [...]

Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

August 6, 2002
"The Fellowship of the Ring" is an engaging and excellently-directed film by Peter Jackson. He brings the spirit of Tolkien's book to life. This film and in fact the entire trilogy is a triumphant concoction of excellent direction, writing, acting, and music. The sets and locations are fantastic [...]

The Frighteners – Filtered

August 18, 1998
Frank Bannister is a con-man who uses his psychic ability to work with three ghosts to scam money from people. This works fairly well until he encounters a creature he believes to be Death. Death turns out to be the ghost of an executed serial killer who teams up with his still-living girlfriend to [...]