actor: John Hurt

Hercules (2014)

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson portrays the great Hercules in this action filled movie. Is he a god or is he a legend? This is the part of the story that is intriguing. He and his fellow mercenaries travel the world helping those in need but they do this so that they can get paid in gold and with the [...]


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 [...]


November 4, 2008

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

“Whale Dreamers” is a documentary about a tribe in Southern Australia called the Mirning tribe. They believed that their deceased ancestors have returned as whales. They had ceremonies on sacred land by the ocean. Over the years they were displaced from these grounds. They were not allowed to [...]

Beyond The Gates (Unrated)

September 18, 2007

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

This film, though containing some violent moments, is a powerful picture which will move most viewers. The story of genocide in Rwanda in 1994 is expertly executed by director Michael Caton-Jones, who brings to life flesh and blood characters we care about. These characters include the priest, [...]

The Skeleton Key

I think this film should’ve used that skeleton key to unlock a formula for a good script because it is terrible. There was nothing thrilling or horrific about it, which would’ve been a great cure to my boredom. I do have to credit the movie for the interesting twist at the end, but then [...]


April 2, 2004
While this is a good-versus-evil story, the problem is that evil elements, such as psychic powers, are portrayed as useful tools for the good side. Fighting, violence and gore abounds in this Guillermo del Toro directed movie as do frightening images of demonlike creatures attacking humans and a [...]

Captain Corellis Mandolin – Edited

November 3, 2003

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

This is a really good WWII flick. Take it from someone who spent Saturday afternoons, as a kid, going to B grade WWII movies. It's all there: drama, action, love story, good music, intense emotion, a moral dilemma and wonderful acting all wrapped up in a story that's believable and wonderfully [...]

Captain Corellis Mandolin

February 5, 2002
It's 1940 and local physician Dr. Iannis (John Hurt) and his young adult daughter, Pelagia (Penelope Cruz) enjoy a simple life on the Greek isle of Cephallonia, a place that's been familiar with various forms of tragedies throughout time. On the eve of war WW II Pelagia becomes engaged to Mandras [...]

The Elephant Man

December 11, 2001

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

Wow! This is based on the true story of Joseph Merrick, who lived in the nineteenth century, and this film is so well done that the viewer can't help but be moved. The acting is top rate, as is the direction, and it was a good decision to film this movie in black and white as it lends a dark mood [...]

The Elephant Man – Filtered

December 11, 2001

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

This movie, based on a true story, was full of emotion. For the most part, it is a fairly clean movie, but it does show the Elephant Man getting teased for money, beaten with a cane and publicly displayed as a freak. It was a good reminder that the people we truly are are on the inside of the [...]