HERBIE FULLY LOADED (Released to Theaters USA 2005)

Ben Meyers’ Rating: 4.0|5.0 Starsìììì

Herbie Fully Loaded—when it did not seem the Herbie series could be revived, along came Lindsey Lohan. This is a good/ suitable film for the whole family that serves up a star-studded cast. The script has good writing that gives that nice push into the next era of the Herbie story.

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Storyline

A teenaged girl graduates and her dad takes her to a junk yard for her first car. 

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Angela Robinson for directing effort. Thank you to Executive Producers Michael Fottrell, Charles Hirchhorn, and Tracey Trench for making the film possible. Cast includes: Lindsay Lohan, Michael Keaton, Matt Dillon, Breckin Meyer, Justin Long, Cheryl Hines, Jimmi Simpson, Jill Ritchie, Thomas Lennon, Jeremy Roberts, E.E. Bell, Peter Pasco, Mario Larraza, and Patrick Cranshaw,


Buy a ticket
? Yes? No? Maybe?

 Yes. This movie is good enough to revive the Herbie series quite nicely. The movie's script has been well-written and flows well.  this is a good enough film to easily revive the series quite nicely.

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THE LITTLE MERMAID: ARIEL'S BEGINNING (Released to DVD USA 2008)

Ben Meyers’ Rating: 3.8|5.0 Starsììì 

The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning—prequel story to The Little Mermaid storiesis the third release in the film series. The movie works as a suitable children's watch with its inside story of Ariel from her childhood to her adulthood. The movie serves at a little higher level of quality than part 2. The film has good/suitable voiceovers, acting, presentation, and portrayal.

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Storyline 

Music is banned in Atlantica.  

Additional Thanks

 Thank you to Director Peggy Holmes for directing effort. Thank you to Executive Producer John Lasseter, and Producer Kendra Haaland for making the film possible. Cast includes: .Jodi Benson, Samuel E. Wright, Jim Cummings, Sally Field, Parker Goris, Tara Strong, Jennifer Hale, Grey Griffin, Jeff Bennett, Kari Wahlgren, Lorelei Hill Butters, Kevin Michael Richardson, and Rob Paulsen.


Buy a ticket
? Yes? No? Maybe?

 Yes. The movie works for children. Adults may choose to watch with their children, but not find the interest that can be found in other animated features like Tangled or Zootopia

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DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: DOG DAYS (Released to Theaters USA 2012)

 Ben Meyers’ Rating: 4.2|5.0 Starsìììì

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days
 is actually a good and worth watching film that enlarges on the Heffley family interrelationships, especially  Greg Heffley. The acting and story are good and the presentation is really good.   Zachary Gordon reprises his role for a third time as Greg Heffley, along with Robert Capron, Devon Bostick, Steve Zahn,  Rachael Harris, and others. This film is worth the one time watch and the three movies would be a good addition to the family home video library. WOW! This movie really improves over the second film in the series and provides good comedy.    

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Storyline

 Greg Heffley and Rowley endeavor to survive summer vacation. 

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director David Bowers for directing effort. Thank you to Executive Producers Jeff Kinney, Jeramiah Samuels, for making the film possible. Cast includes: Zachary Gordon, Steve Zahn, Robert Capron, Devon Bostick, Rachael Harris, Peyton List, Greyson Russell, Karan Brar, Laine MacNeil, Connor Fielding, Owen Fielding, Melissa Roxburgh, Philip Maurice Hayes, and Terence Kelly, 


Buy a ticket
? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. This good watch reprises the roles of major cast members and +improves over the second film in the series. Thank you to everyone who helped produce the movie.

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SNOW DOGS (Released to Theaters USA 2002)

Ben Meyers’ Rating: 3.8|5.0 Starsììì

 Snow Dogs—not great, but suitable—does not take a great deal of mental energy to watch. Cuba Gooding Jr. works for the movie’s watch and easily becomes the main onscreen focus with his terrific, diversified facial expressions.

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 Storyline

 A man searches for his biological father and mother in Alaska.

 Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Brian Levant for directing effort. Thank you to Producer Jordan Kerner for making the film possible. Cast includes Cuba Gooding Jr., James Coburn, Sisqo, Nichelle Nichols, and Graham Greene.

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe? 

Yes. This is not the usual Alaska dog race movie. It has its comical moments. It serves as a suitable afternoon movie watch.

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SHILOH 2: SHILOH SEASON (Released to WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival, Houston Texas USA 1999)

  Ben Meyers’ Rating: 3.8|5.0 Starsììì

Shiloh 2: Shiloh Season improves its on-going story and has a certain charm to it as it works to improve the life experience of the previous owner of Shiloh.  

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Storyline

 Judd Travers still wants his dog back but after an auto accident, Marty works to understand Judd and begins a process to establish peace between neighbors.  

Additional Thanks

 Thank you to Director Sandy Tung for directing effort. Thank you to  Executive Producer Seth Willenson for making the film possible. Cast includes: Zachary Browne, Scott Wilson, Michael Moriarty, Ann Dowd, Caitlin Wachs, Rachel David, Rod Steiger, Marissa Leigh, Joe Pichler, Colin MacDonald, Dawn McMillan, John Short, Bonnie Bartlett, and Kathleen Rose,


Buy a ticket
? Yes? No? Maybe? 

 Maybe. It may work for a children's watch but adults may find it a bit too predictable.

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LITTLE MERMAID II: RETURN TO THE SEA (Released to VHS/DVD USA 2000)

 

Ben Meyers’ Rating: 3.8|5.0 Starsììì

Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea—a little bland—works on a thin storyline and concludes with an underdeveloped finale. The voice actors enhance the quality of the film; the animation is good. This movie works more for the child than as a child/adult share movie.

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 Storyline

 Princess Ariel and Prince Eric's daughter, Melody, wants to return to the sea. Ariel and Eric have to save her from Ursula's sister.

 Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Jim Kammerud for directing effort. Thank you to Producers Leslie Hough and David Lovegren for making the film possible. Cast includes Jodi Benson, Tara Charendoff, Samuel E. Wright, Pat Carroll, Rob Paulsen, Kenneth Mars, Cam Clarke, Buddy Hackett, Max Casella, Stephen Furst, and Clancy Brown.


Buy a ticket
? Yes? No? Maybe? 

Maybe. It is a suitable watch, but seems to be a little bland for an animated film. This movie does not give the audience full value for the time investiture. The next film in the series is The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning. 

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DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: RODRICK RULES (Released to Theaters USA 2011)

 

Ben Meyers’ Rating: 4.1|5.0 Starsìììì

 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules focuses on sibling rivalry, both the teasing and getting even. If the writers re-design the script to mitigate the overall theme, the audience can get relief. Because the rivalry is so dominant,  the movie, at several junctures, becomes boring. Overall, it’s a family movie that works for several different age groups.

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 Storyline

 Brother rivalry becomes troublesome for Greg Heffley.

 Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director David Bowers for directing effort. Thank you to Producers Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson for making the film possible. Cast includes Zachary Gordon, Devon Bostick, Rachael Harris, Robert Capron, and Steve Zahn.


Buy a ticket
? Yes? No? Maybe? 

Yes. This is an overall good watch. The next film in the series is: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days.

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HOMEWARD BOUND II: LOST IN SAN FRANCISCO (Released to Theaters USA 1996)

Ben Meyers’ Rating: 3.4|5.0 Starsììì 

Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco—not as good as its prequel—presupposes the animal dialogue with human voiceovers while the storyline does not align itself with the reality of animals needing to find their way home as their primary directive. This sequel lacks the heart of the first movie and has missed opportunity to improve portrayal of story. It feels like the story has been thrown together which makes it a weak watch. 

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Storyline 

Several pets find themselves marooned in San Francisco and must find their way home. They pick up a few acquaintances along the way. 

Additional Thanks 

Thank you to Director David R. Ellis for directing effort. Thank you to Producer Barry Jossen, Co-Producer Justis Greene and James Pentecost for making the film possible. Cast includes Micheal J. Fox, Sally Fields, Ralph Waite, Al Michaels, Tommy Lasorda, Bob Uecker, Tress McNielle, Jon Polito, Adam Goldberg, Sinbad, Carla Guigino, Trish Campbell, Stephen Tobolowsky, and Ross Malinger,

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe? 

No. This film could be skipped unless one wants to finish the series. This is part 2 of the original Homeward Bound movie. Unfortunately, there is little to recommend it to audiences. 

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FAITH LIKE POTATOES (Released to DVD World-Wide 2009)

Ben Meyers’ Rating: 3.9|5.0 Starsììì 

Faith Like Potatoes—likeable and relatableis a good Christian film that tells its story with strength and credibility. It has a few slow spots but the story quickly overcomes that very small challenge. The movie plays on the human heart. 

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Storyline 

 A Scottish man and his family start a new life in Zambia, Africa. 

Additional Thanks

 Thank you to Director Regardt van den Bergh for directing effort. Thank you to Executive Producer Scotty Gelt for making the film possible. Cast includes: Frank Rautenbach, Jeanne Neilson, Hamilton Dlamini, Candice D'Arcy, Sean Cameron Michael, Regardt van den Bergh, Anton Treurnich, Morné Theunissen, Rochelle Buchan, Casper Badenhorst, Matthew Dylan Roberts, Christopher Bartels, Jessica Odendaal, and Jacquie Minnaar,


Buy a ticket
? Yes? No? Maybe?

 Yes. It is a low-budget film but runs on likableness and relatability with strong emphasis on the human condition. The Christian audience will enjoy this film.

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ANGUS BUCHAN’S ORDINARY PEOPLE (Released to Theaters South Africa 2012)

 



Ben Meyers’ Rating: 3.4|5.0 Stars
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Angus Buchan’s Ordinary People—oddly presented—does not serve well to bring people to an inspired return to religion. Weak in portrayal and storyline, the movie serves no meaningful presentation and runs on a thin storyline. No heart Christian movie that does not impact the target audience. A Christian film that seems to be going in the wrong direction for reasons wrongly motivated.

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Storyline

 Three men become believers in a force larger than themselves and turn lives around to a positive way of living.

 Additional Thanks

 Thank you to Director F.C. Hamman for directing effort. Thank you to Executive Producer Peter Scott for making the film possible. Cast includes Angus Buchan, Anton Dekker, Lucky Koza, Jaco Muller, Anrich Herbst, Robin Smith, and Hannes Muller.


Buy a ticket
? Yes? No? Maybe?

No. This is not the best film for the Christian audience. It does not help one become religious or cement faith.  The movie is what it is.

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THE LEGEND OF JOHNNY APPLESEED (Released to Theaters USA 1948)

 

Ben Meyers’ Rating: 4.0|5.0 Starsìììì 

The Legend of Johnny Appleseed—well written animated short film—tells a good story from American culture with softer, drawn animation. Voice actors are good and the portrayal and presentation of story are good. 

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Storyline 

This story is about a man who continuously plants apple seeds so that future generations will have apples to eat. 

Additional Thanks 

Thank you to Director Wilfred Jackson for directing effort. Thank you to Producer Walt Disney for making the film possible. Cast includes Dennis Day. 


Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe? 

Yes. This is a good watch that shows how different people have different destinies in life. Johnny Appleseed  has a certain destiny and fulfills that unusual destiny. Good work for all involved in production of this unique American legend. 

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BRADDOCK: MISSING IN ACTION III (Released to Theaters USA 1988)

Ben Meyers’ Rating: 3.8|5.0 Starsììì

 Braddock: Missing in Action III—suitable—brings Chuck Norris to the forefront to tell an action-packed Vietnam story about rescuing children from a Christian orphanage in Vietnam who are in danger of a warlord who is trying to take hold of that part of Vietnam. This story has the potential to be an A-list movie, but it didn’t quite get there. It is a valuable watch as it shows a piece of United States and Vietnamese history in a fictional way as the attempt is made to remove children to a United States environment where they have a chance to thrive. There is some sexual content, but besides that the movie is a suitable watch from its beginning to its end.

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Storyline

Braddock goes to Vietnam to rescue his Vietnamese wife and son. 

Additional Thanks 

Thank you to Director Aaron Norris for directing effort. Thank you to Producers Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus for making the film possible. Cast includes Chuck Norris, Aki Aleong, Yehuda Efroni, and Roland Harrah III.


Buy a ticket
? Yes? No? Maybe? 

Maybe. It is a suitable watch, tells a good story, and finishes the series on a good note.

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MY FRIEND FLICKA (Released to Theaters USA 1943)

Ben Meyers’ Rating: 4.2|5.0 Starsìììì

 My Friend Flicka—terrific family film—shows gentleness in its simple story. Roddy McDowell (known for the Planet of the Apes (1968) playing Cornielius) shows his early acting talent in this movie as he endeavors to bond with the horse of his choice. This movie is  the prequel story that led to the television series My Friend Flicka and shows how that relationship developed. A believable, child/adult share movie with no hard-core, violent scenes.

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 Storyline

 This movie is about a boy and his horse.

 Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Harold D. Schuster for directing effort. Thank you to Producer Ralph Dietrich for making the film possible. Cast includes Roddy McDowell, Preston Foster, and Rita Johnson.


Buy a ticket
? Yes? No? Maybe? 

Yes. This movie is a terrific addition to the home video library. It’s clean, honest, very human, and reminds us of outdoor life and what it is like to work with real animals in real life situations. The acting is very realistic and completely works.  Great work for all involved in production.

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