actor: Sam Neill

The Commuter

January 12, 2018
The Commuter is a suspenseful, action-packed movie with the usual strong performance by Liam Neeson, who plays Michael MacCauley, a former New York cop who now sells insurance policies. He seems to have the idyllic life—a happy marriage, a son named Danny headed to college, two mortgages, and [...]

The Dragon Pearl

June 18, 2013

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

Kids and the young at heart will love this movie! This is a remarkable film which includes a quest for a dragon pearl and is, in several ways, similar to "E.T." in that it has characters helping out a dragon (instead of an alien) and they even are given the ability to fly! The kid actors are [...]

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 [...]

The Vow

February 10, 2012
"The Vow" is based on a book written by Kim and Krickitt Carpenter. The book is powerful as it opens with how they met, their blossoming romance, and subsequent marriage. Then the reader learns of a tragic accident which left them both in bad shape and took away Krickitt's recent memory. She no [...]

Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga Hoole

September 24, 2010

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

Soren (voiced by Jim Sturgess) is a young barn owl. He has always been enthralled by stories of the Guardians of Ga' Hoole, who are owl warriors which once defeated an evil group known as, oddly enough, the Pure Ones. Soren's kid sister, Eglantine (voice of Adrienne DeFaria) sides with Soren in her [...]

Sally Hemings: An American Scandal

December 7, 2007

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

***Editor's note. Dove does not normally award its Seal to films which includes sex outside of marriage. Although this film does include this, it is in the context of historical accuracy and there are no graphic scenes. Therefore, The Dove Foundation does award its Seal to this film, for ages [...]

Merlins Apprentice

February 7, 2006

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

In this adaptation of Camelot, the story begins with Merlin falling asleep for several years due to a spell by the Lady of the Lake. He awakens to find things in disarray and the Holy Grail missing from Camelot. In trying to find it, he stumbles upon a young man who possesses magic like himself. He [...]

Jurassic Park III

July 18, 2001

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

When I was about nine years old, one of my favorite movies was “The Lost World,” about a group of explorers stranded on a hostile, prehistoric island, with Michael Rennie, Claude Rains and Jill St. John being led through the jungle by a native girl dressed in animal skins. I loved the action, [...]

Submerged

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

Executive producer Stanley M. Brooks proves that an action-thriller can be gripping, convincing and insightful without bombarding the viewer with exploitation or vulgarity. Brooks’ company, Once Upon A Time Films, is determined to make quality entertainment films. He understands the bottom line [...]

Sweet Revenge

With a dark and sometimes unnerving mixture of elements from “Strangers on a Train” and “Throw Mama from the Train,” this made-for-Showtime movie is occasionally satisfying. I said, occasionally. Unfortunately, most of the comic moments center around sexuality. And the premise of someone [...]