actor: Julie Andrews

Despicable Me

July 9, 2010

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

This is an extremely cute movie! It is imaginative and funny and features memorable characters. It also shows character growth as one main character in particular changes by film's end. It does include some animated violence but nothing very graphic and almost all of it is set in a fantastic [...]

Shrek Forever After

May 21, 2010

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

The new Shrek film delivers more laughs. I went into the screening with some trepidation. After all, this is the FOURTH Shrek film. I was concerned they would simply rehash all of the old material from the first three films. And although there are bound to be a few repeat jokes, they are kept fresh [...]

Tooth Fairy

January 22, 2010

Dove Approved for All Ages

Dwayne Johnson really hit a right note when he made "The Game Plan" in 2007. It won the Crystal Dove Award for "Best Comedy of 2007." And it did well at the box office. In the beginning, the idea of the tooth fairly seems a bit silly. But soon enough the laughs come and the movie plays to the [...]

Enchanted

November 21, 2007

Dove Approved for All Ages

"Enchanted" is a fun-filled family fantasy! The opening scenes with 2-D animation are exquisitely rendered in true Disney fashion and reminiscent of earlier Disney “Princess” movies. Princess Giselle, a cross between Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty, is well drawn by the Disney animation team, [...]

Shrek the Third

May 18, 2007

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

"Shrek the Third" is the funniest Shrek movie yet. The audience (me included) roared with laughter at various parts. When the donkey and Puss in Boots exchange personalities the humor goes to another level. The donkey attempts to look as cute as the cat, but he just can't quite pull it off. The [...]

The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement

August 13, 2004

Dove Approved for All Ages

Billed as a family film, "The Princess Diaries 2" hits that mark by excluding most questionable content. However, the film deals with more mature issues than its predecessor. In addition to confronting the pressures of high-school popularity, Mia toys with love, marriage and national leadership, [...]

The Sound of Music

September 24, 2004

Dove Approved for All Ages

This is a classic movie for a reason. It has all of the elements of a great story. Maria doesn't fit in at the convent and both she and the other nuns don't think that she'd make a good nun. So, in order to solve a problem like Maria, they send her to be a governess, where she takes her first crack [...]

Eloise at the Plaza

January 5, 2004

Dove Approved for All Ages

In the language of Eloise, this movie is wonderful, wonderful, wonderful! Julie Andrews and Sofia Vassilieva are perfectly cast, as is everyone else in this movie. Eloise is a rambunctious little girl who wants to go to the débutante ball as her mother (who is in Paris) did – but just for [...]

The Princess Diaries

August 3, 2001

Dove Approved for All Ages

Director Garry Marshall, who brought us “Pretty Woman” and “Runaway Bride,” revisits the realm of every girl's fantasy (becoming a princess and living happily ever after) and puts a different spin on an age old story. The different “spin” is that Mia doesn’t want to be a princess [...]