Genre Archives: Mystery

The Good Witch

Dove "Family-Approved" For Ages 12 and Over
Hallmark scores again with this wonderful presentation of “The Good Witch.” Cassie moves into the “haunted” house of the neighborhood and this story keeps you guessing if she is a witch, as some people assume, or just the mysterious new girl in town. The assumption that Cassie is a witch [...]

Sarah Landon and the Paranormal Hour

October 19, 2007
Compared to the many horror flicks that seem to be overtaking the theaters lately, this film seems pretty mild. But while there is no blood shed and no sexual situations, the message being sent is almost as harmful. The character of Sarah Landon is supposed to be a "Nancy Drew-type" character who [...]

Gone Baby Gone

October 19, 2007
Apparently in Boston, it is impossible for anyone to complete a sentence without using the F word. After only a few minutes, I was unable to keep up with the count so I just stopped. There were several plot twists to this film that writer Affleck managed to tie up in the end but in this reviewer's [...]

Roxy Hunter and the Mystery of the Moody Ghost Movie

February 5, 2008
Dove "Family-Approved" For All Ages
This was a fun film to watch as Roxy, a 10-year-old, does some investigative work. The film does include talk about ghosts and haunted houses, and the children do a little "calling on the ghosts" which may be difficult for young children to understand, concerning the fact it's not real. Roxy is [...]

The Number 23

February 23, 2007
This psychological thriller/drama had a twist that I didn't see coming and it was definitely an "aha" moment at the end. I don't frequent these type of pictures so I can't comment on whether anyone else saw the twist coming or not, but it definitely was well hidden as far as keeping me guessing. [...]

The Black Dahlia

September 15, 2006
"The Black Dahlia" is a "who done it" crime film such that by the middle of the film you don't care who done it, you just wish for the film to end. There is no character development and it is hard to follow exactly what is going on. The story is not told very well and they try too hard to imitate [...]

Hollywoodland

September 8, 2006
This story line was interesting and even fascinating at times as it unraveled three possible scenarios regarding the death of actor George Reeves, who portrayed TV's "Superman" in the fifties. Was it a suicide? Was he killed by his ex-lover's husband? Or was it his new lady who also happpened to be [...]

The DaVinci Code

May 19, 2006
Ron Howard has directed a twisting and winding thriller that is both long and unimaginative. Unlike "National Treasure" which was based on similarly secretive organizations, this film is both violent and vulgar at the same time. During one particularly gruesome sequence, we are forced to watch as [...]

Vertigo

July 27, 1958
Dove "Family-Approved" For Ages 12 and Over
This film is considered a classic, and with good reason. Alfred Hitchcock does a superb job in directing this psychological thriller. As the plot thickens the viewer is drawn in to learn how it will all end, and if there really is a ghost involved. The ending proves to be shocking, but not in the [...]

Pirate Kids: Blackbeards Lost Treasure

May 11, 2005
Dove "Family-Approved" For Ages 12 and Over
This is a cute little mystery. The Pirate Kids have the adventure of their lives when clues are discovered by John that were left to him by his grandfather, a great children's book writer. The story keeps you interested in where the clues will send the kids and the things that will happen to them. [...]