actor: Angela Bassett

Black Panther

February 16, 2018
With a library just shy of 20 movies in Marvel's ever-expanding universe, it's hard to believe we haven't exhausted the superhero genre of any compelling material. But Black Panther fights tooth and claw to prove that his place among the Marvel classics is well deserved in this new tale which takes [...]

London Has Fallen

March 4, 2016
Effective January 1st, 2009, The Dove Foundation Review Team has ceased reviewing all NC-17 rated movies and certain extraordinarily explicit R, PG-13 and PG-13 Horror rated films. This decision was reached due to the fact that Dove reviewers are parents or grandparents with conservative [...]

Black Nativity

November 27, 2013

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

The Christmas season is a time of redemption and forgiveness. This compelling story is a modern day musical version of the Nativity that not only tells of Jesus' birth but also portrays a family that needs to be reborn through accepting forgiveness for the mistakes that they have made in the past. [...]

Jumping the Broom

May 6, 2011
This is a film about social classes to some extent, and takes place during plans for a wedding. It focuses on the matriarch of the groom's family, a postal worker, who feels slighted when it comes to the upcoming nuptials of her son and bride-to-be. Unfortunately the mothers of said bride and groom [...]

Tyler Perrys Meet the Browns

March 21, 2008
Tyler Perry always seems to tell a story that many families can relate to in today's society. This one deals with a single mom of three who is having a hard time making ends meet; she is about to lose her job, the electricity is shut off and she doesn't have enough money for food. When life seems [...]

Meet the Robinsons

March 30, 2007

Dove Approved for All Ages

This amazing movie focuses on some important values-like self confidence, being true to one's self, letting go of the past and moving forward. It also emphasizes the point that our actions can change our future. The animation is flawless and the characters are well defined. There is some minor [...]

Akeelah and the Bee

April 28, 2006

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

Akeelah is a typical middle school girl growing up in an underprivileged neighborhood. The principal of her school notices her affinity for spelling and encourages her to enter the school spelling bee. Although worried that the kids will think she's a "freak or brainiac," Akeelah goes on to win and [...]

Mr. and Mrs. Smith

June 10, 2005
"Mr. and Mrs. Smith" reminds me a lot of the 1985 film "Prizzi's Honor" starring Jack Nicholson and Kathleen Turner. It's the same M.O. but with a few different twists and updating. The tagline for "Prizzi's Honor is "Hired killers by day. Devoted lovers by night. Until they found their next [...]

The Score

July 13, 2001
During the first half of the motion picture industry’s lifespan, moviemakers always had their thieves eventually busted, or at least unsuccessful in their nefarious acts, finding either retribution or redemption. The trend switched some thirty years ago when audience members aligned with the [...]

Music Of The Heart

October 29, 1999

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

Yes, it could justly be called MRS. Holland’s Opus, due to its similarities to the Richard Dreyfuss vehicle, but the film, nonetheless, is most entertaining. Its strength lies in Ms. Streep’s performance and several positive messages it conveys, including examples of compassion and [...]