actor: Maria Bello

Max Steel (2016)

October 14, 2016

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

"Max Steel" is a unique movie featuring, in part, personal tornadoes and an alien theme. However, Max McGrath (Ben Winchell) might be just the teenager to defeat the threat to Earth. He is seemingly an ordinary guy, but there's more to him than he even knows about himself—and he is soon to find [...]

Lights Out

July 22, 2016
Effective January 1st, 2009, The Dove Foundation Review Team has ceased reviewing all NC-17 rated movies and certain extraordinarily explicit R, PG-13 and PG-13 Horror rated films. This decision was reached due to the fact that Dove reviewers are parents or grandparents with conservative [...]

McFarland USA

February 20, 2015

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

"McFarland USA" is the perfect family movie! It is a remarkable film based on a true story and combines drama and humor to present a coach and his athletes as underdogs who work hard and learn to believe in themselves. The results are pretty spectacular. Kevin Costner gives a strong performance as [...]

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor

August 1, 2008
There's plenty of action in this film for those who enjoy their movies moving along at the speed of light. And yet it slows down long enough here and there to concentrate on the troubles brewing between explorer Rick O'Connell (Brendan Fraser) and his son Alex, played by Luke Ford. Alex is a chip [...]

The Jane Austen Book Club

October 5, 2007
This movie has an entertaining opening spot during the credits. We see a woman speed up her treadmill too fast and she almost falls off. We see a "Closed" sign placed on a store's door just as the customer is about to walk in. We see a man trying to change a dollar and the machine keeps spitting it [...]

Flicka (2006)

October 20, 2006

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

"Flicka" is a timeless tale of a family who struggles to make ends meet as they run the family ranch. The story centers around an already strained father/daughter relationship that is exacerbated by the introduction of a mustang whom Katie affectionately names "Flicka." While Katie is extremely [...]

World Trade Center

August 9, 2006
This is a powerful film. I was moved by it. 9-11 is not that far in our distant past. The story of two men, Jimeno and Mcloughlin, police officers who are trapped in the rubble of the World Trade Center, is told in a compelling way as they talk to each other to keep each other awake so as to not [...]

A History of Violence

September 23, 2005
This film should have been NC 17 in my opinion. It was so graphic in the sex and violence areas which really ruined the film for me. What could have been a somewhat interesting plot became secondary in scope and importance to the showing of soft pornographic sex scenes and gruesome violence. I [...]

Assault on Precinct 13

January 21, 2005
This action-packed remake has been updated for modern times. Featuring drug dealers, a police Sergeant who uses uppers and downers to cope with his fear, and modernized weapons, this shoot-em-up movie has more language than I have ever heard in a film of its caliber. The characters are rather [...]


September 15, 2000
There are some very funny moments and delightful performances as we travel with these unusual people who use karaoke to exercise their frustrations. But the film also consists of a murderous crime that one might say goes unpunished; several sexual situations and several objectionable words, [...]