director: Lasse Hallström

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

November 2, 2018

Dove Approved for All Ages

The first cinematic gift of Christmas 2018 is The Nutcracker and The Four Realms, and like all of Disney’s brilliant productions, spares no expense, pulls all stops. It’s a magnificent storytelling feast that's 100 percent Disney. It's also quite simple and sweet as a whole package. For many [...]

A Dog’s Purpose

January 27, 2017

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

"A Dog's Purpose" is a delightful movie! It is fun-filled, and it induces laughs, based on the behavior of dogs which dog owners and lovers will appreciate. There are four stories that are shared, and they are ultimately connected. The idea of "dog reincarnation" is used as a plot device, done so [...]

The Hundred-Foot Journey

August 8, 2014

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

"The Hundred-Foot Journey" is a movie that soars! It breaks down cultural walls and demonstrates how the spirit of humankind can rise to life's challenges. The movie is based on the best-selling book by Richard C. Morais, and you know it's going to be good when the movie introduction includes both [...]

Safe Haven

February 14, 2013
This film has two speeds, slow and fast. The beginning is slow and takes a while in establishing the main plot. The ending is full of action and leads to a crescendo before finally settling down again at the very end. The two leads, Julianne Hough and Josh Duhamel, are likable as Katie and Alex. [...]

Hachi: A Dogs Tale

March 9, 2010

Dove Approved for All Ages

Who doesn't fall in love with a cute and cuddly puppy? Especially one that is all alone at a train station. Our story starts out with a young boy giving a speech to his class about his hero. His choice for his topic is his grandfather's dog, Hachi. Parker Wilson is a professor and takes the train [...]

Dear John

February 5, 2010
The title of this film obviously gives it away that a certain letter will be mailed to the main male character in the story and he happens to be named John, played by actor Channing Tatum. The story delves into some interesting themes including John's relationship with his father and how John's [...]

The Hoax

April 20, 2007
This film is based on real facts about a writer during the 70's who wrote anything but a real-life biography of Billionaire Howard Hughes. The audience will be intrigued as they witness the lengths that Clifford Irving went to in order to get a story of this magnitude written and published. Filled [...]

Casanova

January 6, 2006
"Casanova" was very mild for an R-rated film. I have seen films that the MPAA has rated PG-13 that contain more graphic elements than "Casanova". Europe was very racy during Casanova's time, but it also was controlled by the Catholic Church and their rigorous enforcement of the straight and narrow [...]

Unfinished Life, An

September 9, 2005
“An Unfinished Life” is a story about the pain, anguish and depression caused by holding onto bitterness in the wake of personal loss. In the case of Einar and his daughter-in-law Jean, it is due to the tragic death of his son, her husband, Griffin. In the case of Mitch, it’s about the [...]