director: John Madden

Miss Sloane

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 [...]

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

"The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" hits on important themes in an entertaining way. One of the themes is a play on the old adage, "There's no time like the present." The words are reversed by a character into, "There is no present like time." And for the many senior citizens who abide in The [...]

The Debt

This is a powerful holocaust story. No doubt about that. Helen Mirren plays Rachel Singer, a former agent who worked with two men to capture an evil Nazi War criminal, a man known as "The Surgeon of Birkenau". He performed atrocities on several Jewish patients and, as Rachel remembers in flashback [...]


February 14, 2006
"Proof" deals with mental illness, the closeness of a father and daughter and how they both dealt with the reality of their situation. It seemed like you were watching a play instead of a movie, but that is because it is based on a play written by David Auburn. He also wrote the screenplay for [...]

Proof – Filtered

February 14, 2006

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

"Proof" was well crafted, but ultimately a slight bit under the potential that it had promised. I'm not going to lie-I came into this one with some expectations, but the film was still good enough for a four. As far as a family film is concerned, I only rated it a twelve and up because anyone under [...]

Captain Corellis Mandolin – Edited

November 3, 2003

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

This is a really good WWII flick. Take it from someone who spent Saturday afternoons, as a kid, going to B grade WWII movies. It's all there: drama, action, love story, good music, intense emotion, a moral dilemma and wonderful acting all wrapped up in a story that's believable and wonderfully [...]

Captain Corellis Mandolin

February 5, 2002
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 [...]