actor: Josh Duhamel

Love, Simon

March 16, 2018
Love, Simon plays (and lovingly so) like a classic John Hughes movie, from the charming lead, their quirky friends, the adults around them who just don't understand, and an excellent soundtrack as a backbone. These traits follow a certain formula that we know and expect, and the film nods to them [...]

Transformers: The Last Knight

June 21, 2017
"Transformers: The Last Knight" is the fifth installment of this franchise and features a few good thoughts such as a character's statement that "without personal sacrifice, there can be no victory" and that anyone stepping forward can wind up being a hero. However, other than this, there are a lot [...]

Wings

February 4, 2014

Dove Approved for All Ages

For all the plane enthusiasts out there, here is a cute animated movie that features one young jet's dream to be part of the great Hawk Flying Team. When he is tricked into trying out for the team by some other machines, he just happens to show up at the right time to train for the position. This [...]

Safe Haven

February 14, 2013
This film has two speeds, slow and fast. The beginning is slow and takes a while in establishing the main plot. The ending is full of action and leads to a crescendo before finally settling down again at the very end. The two leads, Julianne Hough and Josh Duhamel, are likable as Katie and Alex. [...]

Transformers: Dark of the Moon

June 30, 2011
I was pleased to see that "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" has more story this time around than its predecessor, the last installment which was part two in the series. It still is a "busy" film. At times so much is happening on the screen with fights and battles and storyline and character nuances [...]

Ramona and Beezus

July 23, 2010

Dove Approved for All Ages

This cute and heartwarming film is about the strength of family in tough times. Even though Ramona and Beezus don't always get along - and in fact the older gets mad at the younger in classic sibling style - they also band together when times are hard. Beezus pretends to be a bit of a tough [...]

Life as we Know it

October 8, 2010
This movie is at least partially targeted toward parents, the sleep-deprived teachers and child guardians who deal with potty issues, feeding time, crying and also the rewards that pop up from time to time. The film features some funny moments including one in which Holly Berenson (Katherine Heigl) [...]

When in Rome

January 29, 2010

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

This was a pleasant surprise. I knew it had a chance to be awarded our Dove "Family-Approved" Seal but I was concerned that either language or the sex category would be outside our guidelines. A three in any of those categories would have prevented us from awarding the movie our Dove Seal. Instead, [...]

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

June 24, 2009
This film makes the mistake of overkill. It lasts two and a half hours and could and should be trimmed down to ninety minutes. There are way too many fights and battles as well. I know a lot of young people and "Transformers" fans enjoy the battles, and the special effects in this film are amazing, [...]

Transformers (2007)

July 3, 2007
This movie joins the rank of films which barely miss out on being approved by Dove. It is rated a three in the language category of our content scale, and a three means it can't be approved. It would have been had it been a two rating but, unfortunately, it wasn't. There is simply a lot of language [...]