Movie Ratings are on a scale of 1-5. Anything rated over 3 stars and is in bold, is totally worth seeing! – I rate pretty harshly. Content is listed for those who are careful about what they or their children view.

The Secret World of Arietty 2010 (anime, w/ English voice of Bridgit Mendler, Will Arnett, Amy Poehler, Carol Burnett) – 4 Stars – Based on the book called The Borrowers (which I never read, though I grew up watching The Littles in the US which was also based on it).  Arietty is a Borrower.  Her family lives inside a house within a human house. They take little things that no one will notice is missing.  It is not allowed for Borrowers to be seen by humans.  Arietty believes a young boy has seen her, but she is so curious to learn about him. This story was very simple, the art was beautiful (as all Studio Ghibli work is).  My sons really loved it and have since watched it a few times.  content: a human seems to believe it is her duty to destroy a life of a Borrower

The Warrior’s Way 2010 (w/ Jang Dong-Kun, Kate Bosworth, Geoffrey Rush) – 3 stars – This was a unique story filled with a lot of action.  A man becomes the greatest warrior in the Far East and travels to the US to the badlands mainly because he doesn’t know what else to do. It takes place in the early 1900s. There seems to be a bunch of left-over carnies living in the area he arrives, and a woman who seems to have a past that he is interested in.  He enjoys learning about the people and finds more of a reason to exist than just being the greatest warrior.  It was filled very nicely with great colors.    content: immodesty (cleavage pumped out), attempted rapes, underwear seen (bodices, bloomers, not like today’s underwear at all), a young girl being publicly abused,  violence (kicking people, gun fighting, sword fighting, knife throwing, and more such things), blood shown. bad language (God’s name in vain/profaned, a couple lighter swears, s word), racist remarks, drinking, kissing

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof 1958 (w/ Paul Newman, Elizabeth Taylor, Burl Ives) – 3 stars – This is a story of a married couple that has something brewing between them that has caused them to not touch one another for who knows how long.  When they go the family celebration a birthday of “Big Daddy”, who is rich father of  two sons and seems to have many people sucking up to him, there are things he stirs up and things stirred up in his own life.  There is definitely a lot of passion and great acting in the dialogue throughout this film.  When people are annoyed, you get annoyed, when people seem upset, you get upset. There is great emotion flowing in this film. It seemed pretty realistic.  content: drinking, smoking, kids being a bit mean/rude to adults, adults being a little mean/rude to kids, talk about suicide, talk about affairs, talk about death, 4 lighter swear words, woman standing in a whole scene wearing a slip, a man’s bare chest seen, a woman lifts her skirt a little to the thigh to fix her stockings

Soul Surfer 2011 (w/ AnnaSophia Robb, Dennis Quaid, Helen Hunt, Kevin Sorbo) – 3.25 stars – I remember hearing the news about 13 year old Bethany Hamilton surfer from Hawaii getting her arm chomped off by a shark when it was broadcast.  She was a sweet kid who was inspiring and loved God. This is about that time of her life, though some parts were slightly alter to make it more of a challenging storyline.  I have not read her book, but I do follow her Instagram haha.  The movie had a good message and it was sweet.  There were a couple cheese-ball moments.  content: lots of girls in bathing suits (bikinis, 2-pieces), immodest outfits, a girl who is supposed to be a young teen girl talks about being sexy, shark attack, blood seen, guys’ chests exposed

Libeled Lady 1936 (w/ William Powell, Jean Harlow, Myrna Loy, Spencer Tracy) – 3 stars – This was a pretty funny story about a woman who gets stories published about her in newspapers, so she decides to sue the publisher. Of course the publisher has been delaying his marriage and decides to have someone come in to pretend to marry his fiancee and work out a way to get the woman who threatened to sue to drop her charges. It was confusing and didn’t make sense what they were doing either, but in watching the movie, they explain things and there are some interesting circumstances and situations that come about.  content: kissing, immodest outfits, drinking, smoking

School of Life 2005 (w/ David Paymer, Ryan Reynolds, Andrew Robb) – 2.5 stars – A new teacher is coming to middle school to replace a great teacher who had died.  The son, and also a teacher of the deceased teacher doesn’t seem to be as “cool” as his father was.  When the new replacement teacher seems to grab so much attention from the students, this causes jealousy.  The son of the jealous teacher loves his new teacher, which makes it tougher! It isn’t that great of a movie, but it was cute for the most part. content: some language, a girl giving a kid the finger in public, a teacher digs up a swimsuit magazine as part of his lesson, a teacher says as a joke that 3rd graders get “boob jobs”, kissing, a wife of a teacher calls out the name of another teacher, spying

Billy: The Early Years of Billy Graham 2008 (w/ Armie Hammer, Martin Landau, Lindsay Wagner, Kristoffer Polaha) – 2.5 stars – I was curious to find out what Billy Graham’s life was like before he started Evangelizing. The bits about his life in this film were well done, though a little cheesy at times.  This film not only talks about Billy Graham, but his old friend Charles Templeton and how he went downhill. I think the scenes with him were honestly something that I didn’t think would be included.  The worst part about the movie was that it ended so abruptly. It didn’t make sense for it to end where it did and made the film seem extremely short.. content: an unnecessary d word, kissing, smoking, drinking
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan 2011 (w/ Gianna Jun, Bingbing Li, Vivian Wu, Wu Jiang, Hugh Jackman) – 3.25 stars – I haven’t finished reading the book, but because I tend to like books better than movies, I thought I should read the book after seeing this.  We get to learn of two stories from different times in China.  One story is set in the modern world with two girls who feel that they are like sisters.  As they grow older they seem to be torn apart until a tragedy comes about and one of them explores what led to it.  The other story is about two women who were from long ago when they still bound feet. The same situation occurs where they try to stay in touch and learn a secret language to communicate throughout the time.  It is very beautiful, but sometimes was a bit dry in the acting department. content: a foot is shown being bound, a husband beats his wife (not shown), a woman peers in on a married couple laying together (you see the man’s back on top of a woman and hear the woman making noise), naked bright yellow statues of women are seen, drinking, an opium pipe shown, a woman appears to attempt suicide, kissing

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  1. We liked Soul Surfer too. Did you see the live action version of The Borrowers (1997)? They did a good job, and there are some really funny bits in it. Plus it has Hugh Laurie as a cop, so what could be better?

  2. I watched it when I was in a bus going to summer camp, but thought it was ultra-corny! I never watched it again. haha.The only thing I've ever seen Hugh Laurie in is Black Adder. I never saw House even. 

  3. Hugh Laurie starred as one of the thieves in 101 Dalmations, too!


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Victoria. Anabaptist, Wife of Rob, Mom of two boys, minimalist, quilt maker, Resources Adviser/Social Media Manager for anti-human trafficking awareness organization Justice Network (


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