actor: Joan Cusack

Hoodwinked Too! Hood Vs Evil 3D

April 29, 2011

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

"Hoodwinked Too!" features some incredible animated scenes including a nice cloudy scene in the place where Red is living during her training. They look like big cotton balls, soft and white and fluffy. And the kids no doubt will enjoy the almost non-stop action which revs up into high gear once [...]

Mars Needs Moms

March 11, 2011

Dove Approved for All Ages

Disney does it again! This is truly a family film in every sense of the word "family". The importance of parents and, in this case, particularly moms, is emphasized when the character of Milo wishes out loud his mother wasn't around, only to regret it a short time later when she is captured and [...]

Toy Story 3

June 18, 2010

Dove Approved for All Ages

This movie is delightfully clever! Any trepidation about this franchise maintaining imagination and freshness after two earlier movies can be chucked out the window. The "Toy Story" franchise is alive and as enjoyable in this third installment as in the previous two films. In this one, Andy is now [...]

Acceptance

August 25, 2009

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

"Acceptance" focuses a lot on students who are trying to get accepted to the Ivy League colleges their parents want them to attend, but the movie is also about being accepted for who a person is. And that person can be successful without attending Harvard or Yale. Taylor Rockefeller, "not related [...]

Confessions of a Shopaholic

February 13, 2009
This movie makes some points about how easy it is to get into credit card debt, and how shopping can be an addiction as much as drinking or gambling can be. Not that this is not a comedy. Isla Fisher plays Rebecca Bloomwood and she does have very good comic timing. One scene features her boss, Luke [...]

Kit Kittredge: An American Girl

July 2, 2008

Dove Approved for All Ages

This is a moving, inspirational film for all generations! Older folks will remember the Great Depression that is depicted in the movie, while everyone to some extent will be able to relate to the struggles of Kit Kittredge and her family. Kit's father, played by Chris O'Donnell, loses his car [...]

Chicken Little (Digital 3D)

November 4, 2005

Dove Approved for All Ages

'Wow' is the best way to start this review. I was fortunate enough to have screened this at a local multiplex with a new Digital projection system allowing us to wear the free 3D glasses that have Polaroid lenses. This enabled the filmmakers to present an intense, colorful, Hi-Definition world [...]

Ice Princess

March 18, 2005

Dove Approved for All Ages

It has been awhile since any studio has released a live action G-rated movie. Thank you Disney for this wonderful movie. With no sex, language, or violence, this family-friendly film will delight the young and old alike. The plot is fairly straightforward as our lead character struggles with some [...]

Raising Helen

May 28, 2004

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

"Raising Helen" will appeal more to women because of its gentle humor and wholesome romance. Helen makes personal sacrifices to keep the children: a rebellious teenager, a grieving boy who withdraws and a little girl who feels inadequate. When she and Dan fall in love, there is no hint of a sexual [...]

Where The Heart Is

April 28, 2000
The film bears an appealing performance from young Portman and some very funny and touching moments. It also contains calamities that were difficult to view. One scene in which a woman is found beaten, with her five small frightened children around her, is quite disturbing. The follow-up story [...]