actor: Marcia Gay Harden

Fifty Shades of Grey

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 [...]

Whip It

"Whip It" is an off-beat and different kind of comedy. It's not every two weeks you see a film about some rowdy roller-derby girls and a character like Bliss (Ellen Page). Bliss shows up at a beauty pageant with a shade of blue in her hair. Her mother is fit to be tied. When Bliss comes across a [...]

Canvas

February 1, 2008

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

Mental illness is always a difficult subject to deal with, but this movie does an excellent job. Even though this is a serious topic, this film gives you a few laughs as a father and son connect while the mother is in the hospital. This movie touches your heart as you watch the struggles this [...]

Into the Wild

In this compelling and rather inspiring adventure, the main character decides to completely leave all of his belongings, money, and family to discover himself and his happiness. The movie is well done and showcased many of the agonizing and amazing things that Christopher, aka "Alexander [...]

The Hoax

October 16, 2007
This film is based on real facts about a writer during the 70's who wrote anything but a real-life biography of Billionaire Howard Hughes. The audience will be intrigued as they witness the lengths that Clifford Irving went to in order to get a story of this magnitude written and published. Filled [...]

The Invisible

October 16, 2007
There were parts of this movie that I really, really liked. The main character, Nick Powell, is a likable young writer in high school who wants to move to London to study his craft. His father passed away some years previously and Nick's overbearing mother is set against his moving and has ideas of [...]

American Dreamz

Films and television have long satirized presidents and politics. "Saturday Night Live" has done it regularly for years. And that is exactly what "American Dreamz" is all about. Dennis Quaid plays the president, and his similarities to President Bush are too close to home to be denied. The film [...]

In From the Night

April 15, 2006

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

Sometimes the effects of a dysfunctional family do not appear until a situation comes to light. "In From the Night" brings that awareness to Vicki through her nephew Bobby. In helping him change his life she becomes aware of things in her own life that she has tried to deal with. This is a very [...]

Bad News Bears – Filtered

December 13, 2005
Morris Buttermaker, a former professional pitcher (although it lasted all of 10 minutes), is hired to coach a losing little league team called the Bears. Included on the Bear’s roster is a set of twins who can’t speak English, a boy in a wheelchair with a semi-obsession with death, a little kid [...]

Bad News Bears

The good elements of this film are slim to none. The film is filled with objectionable language, innuendos and poor taste. There are 146 crude, obscene or profane words during the course of the film; that works out to be 1.3 objectionable words every minute. There are more crude one-liners thrown [...]