Genre Archives: Mystery

The Black Dahlia

September 15, 2006
Not Recommended for Families
"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
Not Recommended for Families
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
Not Recommended for Families
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. [...]

Bloodhounds, Inc.: Fangs for the Memories

November 18, 2004
Dove "Family-Approved" For All Ages
This movies reminds me of a mix of "Scooby Doo" and "The Hardy Boys." As the town becomes frightened by rumors of vampires and monsters, Bloodhounds, Inc. are busy at work trying to solve this [...]

Address Unknown

August 26, 2003
Dove "Family-Approved" For All Ages
The story and actors aptly held my attention, even though I knew the video was produced primarily for families to view with their children. In fact, the story was so good, I almost felt like I was in a time warp when parent's didn't even have to think or question the quality of the movies their [...]

Abandon

October 18, 2002
Not Recommended for Families
Only the PG-13 rating and the star names will attract interest. Although it initially portrays some of the pressures college students face as they approach graduation, the film also typifies the Hollywood image of college. Dorm parties feature alcohol and drug use in excess, and promiscuous sex is [...]

The Ring

October 18, 2002
Not Recommended for Families
Adapted from a Japanese horror story/film, this mystery-thriller is filled with foreboding images and eerie events that will attract the pre-Halloween crowds. Rachel’s investigation leads her to uncover mysterious events involving a horse breeder and her adopted daughter. Various scenes show [...]

Blood Work

August 9, 2002
Not Recommended for Families
Unfortunately, viewers must endure a large number of obscenities and strong profanity, particularly from a jealous police detective (Paul Rodriguez) who frequently belittles McCaleb’s work. While gunshots are often fired, the violence is rarely graphic, although a frequently shown videotape of a [...]