actor: Rooney Mara

Mary Magdalene

April 12, 2019

Dove Approved for 18+

Dreamy and wistful, Mary Magdalene begins with a scene of Mary drowning … and then rising again to the surface, with Matthew 13:31-32 serving as a backdrop, although it is instead told as Jesus’s response to Mary’s questions. Soon, the audience sees snapshots of the life of a woman in 33 [...]

Lion

February 10, 2017
Based on a true story, "Lion" is an amazing piece of work and of storytelling that will touch the human emotions. Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture and Best Director (Garth Davis), the acting, story, and direction are all topnotch. An interesting aspect of the story is that a young [...]

Kubo and the Two Strings

August 19, 2016
"Kubo and the Two Strings", on a positive note, deals with a boy's love for his mother and his longing for his deceased father. He defends his mother when her two sisters, both evil, attack her with swords. There is a reason they are so evil which is explained in the movie. The animation is well [...]

Pan

October 9, 2015

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

"Pan" is a special-effects extravaganza, a rollicking ride into Neverland! “This isn’t the story you’ve heard before,” the narrator states in a voiceover at the beginning of this prequel, of sorts, to the legendary story of Peter Pan. Indeed. Blackbeard has been added to this story, and we [...]

Side Effects

February 8, 2013
Included with every prescription medicine is a list of side effects printed on an accompanying sheet. TV ads list some pretty alarming side effects of prescription drugs, while encouraging viewers to get their doctors to prescribe the "cure-all." Some side effects make you question whether or not [...]

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

December 21, 2011
This movie is very suspenseful despite its length of over two and a half hours. This is the first novel in a proposed trilogy by Stieg Larsson. Rooney Mara is quite effective as the brooding girl with dark hair and several skin piercings along with a unique tattoo. Her character's name is Lisbeth [...]

The Social Network

October 1, 2010
This movie is clever in spots. I will give it that. Clever dialog and intelligent writing results in some laughs for the audience. The audience I screened it with the day before opening day laughed heartily on more than one occasion. In one case, Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg), notices an [...]

Nightmare on Elm Street, A (2010)

April 30, 2010
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 [...]