producer: Dede Gardner

Vice

December 25, 2018
The Synopsis The story of Dick Cheney, an unassuming bureaucratic Washington insider, who quietly wielded immense power as vice president to George W. Bush, reshaping the country and the globe in ways that we still feel today. The Review Vice is a play on words, and director Adam McKay treats it [...]

Beautiful Boy

November 2, 2018
Between David and Nic Sheff (Steve Carell and Timothee Chalamet, respectively), there is a world of healing in need of illumination. Nic becomes increasingly addicted to alcohol and drugs, escalating as far as a painful dependence on meth. David, blind-sighted by the changes in his son's life, is [...]

The Big Short

December 23, 2015
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 [...]

Selma

January 9, 2015
"Selma" is the title and town of this historic film, based on the real-life events surrounding a Civil Rights march on a bridge in Selma, Alabama. Blacks from Selma and across the country wanted to draw attention to the Civil Rights movement and, specifically, their right to vote. The result was [...]

12 Years a Slave

November 20, 2013
This movie clearly shows the cruelty of slavery and the depths that human depravity can go to when humans are treated like less than people due to their race. The movie states up front it is based on a true story, that of Solomon Northup, powerfully portrayed by Chiwetel Ejiofor. Solomon is a free [...]

Killing Them Softly

November 30, 2012
I find the title of this film to be ironic. There is no soft killing in this movie, only flat out graphic killing with blood spurting and flying. One scene features a man being beaten up and the blood literally pours from his mouth and nose, he coughs up blood, and then vomits to boot. He vomits on [...]

The Tree of Life

July 8, 2011

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

The vivid images of this film portray life in symbolic ways, such as clouds and storms accompanied by sorrowful music to portray the difficult times and then flowers blooming under sunny skies and an uplifting chorus to portray times of restoration. The nature and universe scenes are nicely filmed [...]

Eat Pray Love

August 13, 2010
This is an unconventional story of a woman’s (Julia Roberts) search for meaning in life as well as love. When a relationship goes bad she decides to leave her home and travel abroad and experience what else is out there. It is not explained how she could afford all this travel and she doesn't [...]

The Time Travelers Wife

August 14, 2009
This fantasy movie includes time travel, romance, death, and even a couple of reunions with loved ones who have passed, the reunion aided by the help of time travel. It is a story which is good at getting the viewer to think about deceased loved ones they would see again if they could. When Henry [...]

Running with Scissors

October 27, 2006
This movie has two big D's in it: It's about a Dysfunctional family and it is Depressing! Norman and Deirdre Burroughs have a terrible marriage and it is affecting their son Augusten. Deirdre has a brilliant gift to write poetry but her mental state is slipping after one fight after another with [...]