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Storm Boy

July 1, 2019

Dove Approved for All Ages

Storm Boy tells a simple story remarkably well by carefully capturing and distilling the ebb and flow of regret throughout the film. Early in the film we find that Michael’s stoic father lives in a constant state of deep regret because of a family tragedy he could have prevented. His relationship [...]

The Lion Kid

July 2, 2019

Dove Approved for All Ages

The Lion Kid is a colorful, animated Western with delightful characters! This includes Kidd Mane, a lion, as the sheriff, and a donkey as the bad guy of the town, Mr. Tucker. Included in this unique bunch is Jeb the giraffe, a frog store owner named Ewell, and many other memorable characters. The [...]

Shark School

July 2, 2019

Dove Approved for All Ages

Who is that swimming in the deep blue sea? It is a Beluga whale looking at me! Shark School is a fun animated introduction to the fascinating creatures that live under the sea. Kiddos will learn about lobsters, octopi, pufferfish, shrimp, dolphins, seals and many other colorful characters that rely [...]

Diary of a Lunatic – Trew’s Calling

July 15, 2019
Diary of a Lunatic—Trew’s Calling is unlike any film I have ever reviewed. The fact that it encourages people to love is good. It is definitely a zany film, which features a pastor who holds church services in a bar and tells everyone that God is in a bird, in the flicker of an eye, and "even [...]

Puppy Swap: Love Unleashed

July 16, 2019

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

Puppy Swap takes its DNA from the likes of The Parent Trap. Only in this film, the two scheming children trying to rekindle their parents' flame are replaced with two scheming—yet remarkably adorable—puppies who were separated at birth. It is up to them to bring back together a woman and man in [...]

Signed, Sealed, Delivered: To the Altar

July 16, 2019

Dove Approved for All Ages

In this latest in a series from Hallmark Movies and Mysteries, another fine story unfolds, and this appropriate-for-the-entire-family movie contains uplifting themes of faith and love. Norman (Geoff Gustafson) and Rita (Crystal Lowe) are about to tie the knot, but as so often is the case in life [...]

Shark School

July 22, 2019

Dove Approved for All Ages

Who is that swimming in the deep blue sea? It is a Beluga whale looking at me! Shark School is a fun animated introduction to the fascinating creatures that live under the sea. Kiddos will learn about lobsters, octopi, pufferfish, shrimp, dolphins, seals and many other colorful characters that rely [...]

Leo Da Vinci: Mission Mona Lisa

August 2, 2019

Dove Approved for All Ages

Elements of the real-life Leonardo Da Vinci are woven into a clever fantasy tale about a chase after buried treasure in Leo Da Vinci: Mission Mona Lisa. The real-life Leonardo was a jack of many trades, and the storytellers reference a few of them as pirates who try to turn his immense talents to [...]

2:HRS

August 6, 2019

Dove Approved for All Ages

If you've got two hours to live, I'm not sure writing out a bucket list is the wisest usage of your time. Even the five minutes that might take can't be spared. But that's what the main character in 2:Hrs does as he races to beat the clock when an experimental machine, which purports to be able to [...]

Belong to Us

August 6, 2019

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

Belongs to Us is a very enjoyable watch! It's a strong family-oriented movie with enough grit and drama to keep it grounded in reality. The film features a terrific story written by Amber Rapp, a remarkable music score which also suits the moods of the scenes, and fine acting all the way around. A [...]

MBF: Man’s Best Friend

September 2, 2019

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

MBF: Man's Best Friend is a gripping tale. Paul Landings (DJ Perry), a wounded Marine veteran afflicted with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, finds comfort in the dogs that he struggles to care for. His struggle is financial—he takes in dogs that would otherwise be euthanized, but the cost causes [...]

Catching Faith 2: The Homecoming

September 3, 2019

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

Catching Faith 2: The Homecoming is a continuation of the first faith-based film in this series and showcases how problems often occur, but God is always with us. In the first Catching Faith movie, a woman's son had struggled with alcohol, and she was mourning the lost her father. Now the woman, [...]

Seahorses

September 10, 2019

Dove Approved for All Ages

This movie is all about fun and adventure! Fifi, a pastel pink fish, becomes lost along with her seahorse friend, Trigger. They get to talking so much after school that they don't realize they are swimming in the wrong direction! But they have a lot of family and friends who are determined to find [...]

Dog Geniuses

September 10, 2019

Dove Approved for All Ages

This delightful animated story featuring two dogs in their first day at Pooch University helps them learn a lot more about their own kind. It's an educational journey in which they ask questions and learn about all kinds of other dogs—from the biggest, the Great Dane, to the smallest, the [...]

The Halloween Family

September 10, 2019

Dove Approved for All Ages

Many journey on Halloween, travelling from house to house, trick-or-treating on sidewalks haunted by phony phantoms and dense cobwebs. We dress up and go on a spooky stroll. But what’s the goal of the journey? Probably candy, maybe nice time with family and friends, potentially a fun fright. [...]

Pup School: African Safari

September 24, 2019

Dove Approved for All Ages

A dog raps as he teaches. No, we're not talking Snoop Doggy Dogg here, but rather Professor Twiggles (or is it Captain Twiggles?) who teaches children what Africa is like. Two other dogs named Moxie and Bo, inexplicably driving convertibles, are ostensibly the students. Bo even wears a hat as he [...]

It Takes Three

October 1, 2019

Dove Approved for All Ages

Three talking dogs have a big problem when they overhear a phone conversation that suggests their grown-up owners, Bob and Linda, are breaking up. They have an even bigger problem than that; they're in California, and Linda has gone to stay with her mother in New York—and they're up in paws about [...]

My Broken Horse Christmas

October 1, 2019

Dove Approved for All Ages

When John and his dad hopped into the car to go scout horses to purchase, he never could have imagined his dad choosing a horse as wild as Grace, much less entrusting Grace into his care. He was only 11, after all. John’s frustration with his dad’s actions, however, still did not pair well with [...]

Jesus Wonder

October 7, 2019

Dove Approved for All Ages

Jesus Wonder is a series of cartoon vignettes taken straight from the pages of the Bible. Among the things shown are the conditions surrounding Jesus's birth, His healing of a leper, the woman with the issue of blood, raising Jairus's daughter from the dead—and so much more. Each is stitched [...]

The Good Journey

October 21, 2019

Dove Approved for All Ages

The Good Journey starts where the parable of the prodigal son ends. In the parable, one brother lives irresponsibly in a far-off city while the other brother stays home and does everything right. When the prodigal son returns, he finds his father’s acceptance and love regardless of his past, much [...]

Go Fish!

November 19, 2019

Dove Approved for All Ages

There are a number of lessons Sean O'Reilly's Go Fish! embeds in its environmentally friendly message about how a lowly parrotfish saves the day. Two of the most prominent morals of this story include how (what many might consider) the most menial work should be esteemed, and that anyone can curse [...]

Miracle in the Valley

December 31, 2019

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

Miracle in the Valley, originally known as Boonville Redemption, is exactly what the title proclaims: a miracle. For 13-year-old Melinda (Emily Hoffman), life is difficult as she wonders what happened to her real father, who hasn't been seen in years. Her stepfather, Maddox, is a wealthy man and [...]