actor: Joaquin Phoenix


The Synopsis: A gritty character study of Arthur Fleck, a man disregarded by society. The Review: While Joker's director, Todd Phillips, may be more well known for his comedies today (The Hangover, Old School), this film seems to be a return to Phillips’ darker character sketches from his 1990s [...]

Mary Magdalene

Dove Approved for 18+

Dreamy and wistful, Mary Magdalene begins with a scene of Mary drowning … and then rising again to the surface, with Matthew 13:31-32 serving as a backdrop, although it is instead told as Jesus’s response to Mary’s questions. Soon, the audience sees snapshots of the life of a woman in 33 [...]


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

We Own the Night

This story of bad guy turned good lacked any type of story arc. If the film had ended fifteen minutes in, it would have been no less of a surprise as when the film ended two hours later. The performances given by the usually stellar actors Joaquin Phoenix, Mark Wahlberg, and Robert Duvall, were [...]

Walk The Line – Filtered

February 28, 2006
"Walk the Line," is a biography of Johnny Cash and how he goes through his life's ups and downs, losing his brother, using drugs, going through withdrawals and hurting his family emotionally and making it big with his singing career. Eventually things change for the better. He realizes what he is [...]

Walk The Line

February 28, 2006
"Walk the Line" is another Bio-pic that is very well written and contains some mighty fine acting by Joaquin Phoenix (Johnny Cash) and Reese Witherspoon (June Carter). These two performers sing the songs themselves and the work they do in this film is some of their best. There is no doubt in my [...]

Its All About Love – Filtered

September 13, 2005
Allthough " It's All About Love" had some good ideas it was hard to follow and sort of left the viewer not quite sure what to think, at least it did for this reviewer. The film is set in the future: 2021. Famous Ice skater Elena wants to retire, but her family has other plans, because without her [...]

Ladder 49 – Edited

April 12, 2005

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

Joaquin devoted his whole life to helping other people. He became a firefighter, saved many lives, fell in love, started a family, and still managed to go to work every day and risk his life. Now he's trapped in a burning building and his whole life is flashing before his eyes. But when you live a [...]

The Village

January 11, 2005

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

"The Village" is the tale of an isolated, old-fashioned community. Despite the fear of the creatures in the woods, the nature of people is still to push the limits of danger. Boys will stand on a tree stump at night, with their backs to the woods and their arms outstretched, and fearfully wait for [...]


This sword-and-sandal epic is gruesome, graphic and gory. Elements of “El Cid,” “Ben Hur,” “Spartacus” and “Braveheart” can easily be identified in “Gladiator,” along with the dramatic treachery and tragedy found in most of Shakespeare’s works. What the picture lacks is a [...]