actor: Jason Bateman

Up in the Air

December 23, 2009
This movie examines the lonely life of Ryan, a frequent traveler. At first, his life appears enjoyable. Traveling around with no strings attached. But life is due to change and for this poor soul, it should. One would typically think that a film of this type would have a deep and profound [...]

Couples Retreat

October 9, 2009
Make no mistake about it. This is a raunchy comedy which focuses almost entirely on sex and drinking and pleasure. And yet it happens to be a bit depressing in spots as a few couples struggle with restoring romance to their marriages. Four couples embark on a journey to a tropical island paradise. [...]

Extract

September 4, 2009
Effective January 1st, 2009, The Dove Foundation Review Team has ceased reviewing all NC-17 rated movies and certain extraordinarily explicit R-rated films. This decision was reached due to the fact that Dove reviewers are parents or grandparents with conservative values. As such, we feel that we [...]

Hancock

July 1, 2008
"Hancock" offers fine performances from the three leads, namely Will Smith, Charlize Theron and Jason Bateman. In fact, Bateman's comic timing as he plays a character named Ray is very good. When Hancock saves his life after he is stuck in his car on train tracks with an oncoming locomotive, Ray [...]

Mr. Magoriums Wonder Emporium

November 16, 2007

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 [...]

Juno

January 4, 2008
Ellen Page is very believable as a sixteen-year-old who becomes pregnant and knows she is not ready to be a mother. This film speaks positively about adoption although the character, Juno, briefly considers getting an abortion. The theme of giving the child to a woman who wants very desperately to [...]

The Kingdom

September 28, 2007
“The Kingdom,” is a powerfully moving story dealing with the United States presence in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia. When a coordinated attack leaves over two hundred US citizens dead in Saudi Arabia, a FBI strike team is able to get permission through back channels to investigate the incident. [...]

The Ex

May 11, 2007
Language aside, this is a very funny and poignant movie. New parents Tom and Sofia are having a hard time finding happiness with social norms, leaving them at odds with each other. When Sofia’s ex-boyfriend becomes part of Tom and Sofia’s lives, chaos ensues and they are forced to be honest [...]

Smokin Aces

January 26, 2007
Oh my goodness. This film should have been entitled "Craps - you lose" or "Snakes Eyes- you lose" because the audience certainly is the loser in this over-the-top violent, obscene, crass, miserable film. In the first few minutes before the opening credits you have 8 f-words, 1 Cr*st, and 3 [...]

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