actor: Laura Dern

The Founder

January 20, 2017
"The Founder" is an entertaining movie based on a true story and features an excellent performance by Michael Keaton as Ray Kroc. He is a down-on-his-luck salesman pitching a five-spindle milkshake machine and who deals with "Nah, but thanks anyways" far too often. He is ignored and feels the [...]

Wild (2014)

December 19, 2014
Effective January 1st, 2009, The Dove Foundation Review Team has ceased reviewing all NC-17 rated movies and certain extraordinarily explicit R and PG-13 rated films. This decision was reached due to the fact that Dove reviewers are parents or grandparents with conservative values. As such, we [...]

Jurassic Park 3D

April 5, 2013
"Jurassic Park 3D" is a re-release of the original movie that was "enhanced" with 3D imaging. I put the word "enhanced" in quotes because it was obviously an after effect. In fact, a boy in the audience asked his mother half-way through if there were going to be any 3D parts. The central film [...]

Year of the Dog

April 13, 2007

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

"Year of the Dog" is a bit of everything good and bad about movies. First the good. It was genuinely funny in spots, as it deals with an overprotective mother, and a sensitive woman who meets a sensitive man and they both have a love for animals. Molly Shannon plays quirky and strange very well and [...]

We Don’t Live Here Anymore

August 27, 2004
We Don't Live Here Anymore is a twisted tale of marital frustrations and infidelity. While there is certainly some truth to the marital problems depicted, there is little redeeming value in it. To the film’s credit, the adulterers appear to wrestle inwardly with the consequences of their sinful [...]

Damaged Care

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

This a really powerful story, made even more meaningful because it is based on a true story. Dr. Peeno's willingness to pursue her beliefs in what is right for the people who seek help from their HMOs and Managed Care Facilities is really amazing. Despite the difficulties and pressures in her life [...]

Dr. T And The Women

October 13, 2000
Quirky writer/director Robert Altman is best known for observant, multilayered films such as “Nashville” “M.A.S.H.” and “The Player.” Once again he has taken a location and a people and skewered them. This place is Dallas, Texas, and the people are the self-involved elite ladies who [...]

Season For Miracles

November 29, 1999

Dove Approved for All Ages

Corny and contrived, A Season For Miracles is certainly not Hallmark Hall of Fame’s finest two hours. Set at Christmas time in a Southern town called Bethlehem – I guess signifying a place where miracles happen - the producers would have done well to watch a segment or two of Touched By An [...]