Genre Archives: Adventure

The Divergent Series: Insurgent

March 20, 2015
Not Recommended for Families
"Insurgent" is an action-packed ride that follows the first film in the "Divergent" series. Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Four (Theo James) are on the run from Jeanine (Kate Winslet), the Erudite elite's leader. Winslet plays Jeanine with a subtle undercurrent of brewing cruelty. There is a secret [...]

Cinderella (2015)

March 13, 2015
Dove "Family-Approved" For All Ages
"Cinderella" is certain to be a new Disney classic. It has everything! Lily James is a warm and kind Cinderella. Richard Madden is a "charming" prince (pun intended), and Cate Blanchett outdoes herself as the wicked stepmother, Lady Tremaine. Helena Bonham Carter seems to relish her role as the [...]

Dinosaur Island

May 12, 2015
Dove "Family-Approved" For All Ages
Lucas is going on vacation and at one last stop at his grandmother's house before boarding the plane, he discovers a crystal and decides to take it with him. Once on the plane, a strange storms occurs and in a short time he is on an island beach all by himself. This island is home to things that [...]

Kingsman: The Secret Service

February 13, 2015
Not Recommended for Families
The word that comes to mind regarding this movie is "Wow," but not in a good way. It is difficult to believe how violent this film is. In one concerning and brutal scene, people kill one another in church—seriously. The people stab one another, punch and shoot one another, one man has a pole [...]

The Adventures of Pepper and Paula

May 12, 2015
Dove "Family-Approved" For All Ages
Paula works at a daily Old West side show and has perfected her trick of spinning side shooters. She also finds a loose dog named Pepper, who is well trained and who she adds to her routine. When the show gets in trouble, she decides to enter a contest to raise money to help the ranch out. At the [...]

Seventh Son

February 6, 2015
Not Recommended for Families
"The Seventh Son" is a movie with a medieval feel and filled with good battling evil. A "spook" or knight, Gregory (Jeff Bridges), takes on an apprentice in Thomas Ward (Ben Barnes) to combat the evil witch Mother Malkin (Julianne Moore). To complicate matters, Thomas falls in love with the [...]

Bark Ranger

April 14, 2015
Dove "Family-Approved" For All Ages
Jack's father and mother are park rangers so Jack has spent his life in the park, but he is bullied by two kids from school every time he goes into town with his dad. His adventures at the park may come to a halt when the town board decides they cannot afford to keep the park open after this year. [...]

Horse Camp

February 24, 2015
Dove "Family-Approved" For All Ages
Kathy has always wanted to ride horses, but because of an accident her father had while bronco riding, her mother will not allow it. Her father wants to send Kathy to camp so she can make friends and be more social. They don't agree on which camp until Kathy finds a horse camp and so off she goes [...]

Russell Madness

March 10, 2015
Dove "Family-Approved" For All Ages
The cute little Jack Russell terrier named Russell is the runt of the litter at the pet store, and he so badly wants to be adopted by a family. But due to his inappropriate urination problem when he gets scared, the pet store manager is reluctant to allow customers to take him home. When Russell [...]

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

December 17, 2014
Not Recommended for Families
"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 [...]