actor: Penelope Cruz

Murder on the Orient Express

November 10, 2017
Murder on the Orient Express is one of the most scenic movies I have watched; beautiful snow-capped mountains, parts of the historical city of Jerusalem, lovely green trees dot various locations as the Orient Express chugs along, blowing its stack of smoke. And yet, murder takes place on the [...]

The Brothers Grimsby

March 11, 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 [...]

Zoolander 2

February 12, 2016
"Zoolander 2" is the follow up to 2001's first "Zoolander" movie and, to quote our Dove Foundation reviewer, Dick Rolfe, it was a "tasteless loser." If I may borrow that line from Mr. Rolfe, that pretty much sums up "Zoolander 2." Other than maybe two or three laughs at the most -- and that is [...]

The Counselor

October 25, 2013
This is a movie with big name stars but even so it manages to be plodding and dull and it unfortunately doesn't come close to being family friendly. It involves a man known as the Counselor (Michael Fassbender), a lawyer, who definitely has two sides to him. He is sensitive and caring toward his [...]

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

May 20, 2011
Captain Jack is back in a fun-filled frolicking adventure! This latest installment in the "Pirates" series is non-stop action, and filled with intrigue and cracks from Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp). The "captain" had me in stitches a couple of times. Depp is excellent at physical humor and [...]

Noel

October 25, 2005
This movie is about a divorced woman and a single man and revolves around the things that they go though at Christmas time. Nina and her fiancé Mike are soon to be married but they must get though some tough events before they can tie the knot. Susan is also going though some hard times as her [...]

Sahara

April 8, 2005

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

"Sahara" is another PG-13 rated film that shows restraint in regard to offensive content. While there are many violent scenes, they are not graphic in nature and do not show too much detail. There are scenes with bullets flying but no graphic killings or injuries are shown. Things blow up with [...]

Gothika

November 21, 2003
This disturbing film is filled with gruesome — many implied — images of murder, dismemberment and ghost-like creatures. Those who appear to be insane are presented, not as being insane, but rather as simply having a different experience than others. Gothika’s treatment of the paranormal, [...]

Captain Corellis Mandolin

August 17, 2001
It's 1940 and local physician Dr. Iannis (John Hurt) and his young adult daughter, Pelagia (Penelope Cruz) enjoy a simple life on the Greek isle of Cephallonia, a place that's been familiar with various forms of tragedies throughout time. On the eve of war WW II Pelagia becomes engaged to Mandras [...]

Blow

April 6, 2001
A true cautionary tale, “Blow” is well acted and poignant. But the producers fail to paint the entire picture of the drug culture. While writers David McKenna and Nick Cassavetes and director Ted Demme focus attention on George Jung’s involvement in making drugs hip and available, they [...]