producer: Denise Di Novi

Unforgettable (2017)

April 21, 2017
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 [...]

Focus (2015)

February 27, 2015
"Focus" is a fast-paced movie that takes a few twists and turns so that the viewer never figures everything out about the plot until the end. That is a good thing. I didn't see everything coming that happened, like you can in some films. So the surprises were nice, including one near the end that [...]

The Lucky One

April 20, 2012
Nicholas Sparks' movie will no doubt "spark" some interest (get it?) for the romantically inclined, but I was disappointed that it was in the last third of the film that it ceased to be eligible for our Dove Seal as it featured profanity and a strong sex scene. It had been pretty much sailing along [...]

Crazy, Stupid, Love

July 29, 2011
It's too bad this movie wanders away from the family-friendly umbrella. Steve Carell can certainly be a funny guy. At one point in the film he has learned his wife has had an affair and one of his co-workers checks on him and learns what has happened. "Oh, good, we were worried," he says. "When I [...]

Ramona and Beezus

July 23, 2010

Dove Approved for All Ages

This cute and heartwarming film is about the strength of family in tough times. Even though Ramona and Beezus don't always get along - and in fact the older gets mad at the younger in classic sibling style - they also band together when times are hard. Beezus pretends to be a bit of a tough [...]

Nights in Rodanthe

September 26, 2008
I find it rather ironic that there are two movies opening this weekend which center around a wife's decision to leave her husband or stay and fight for their marriage. This film takes the point of view that romance is worth setting everything else aside and you are encouraged to follow your dreams. [...]

Lucky You

May 4, 2007
Since a good many scenes in this film involve playing poker, it would have been nice had I known more about this particular card game. However, I know enough to know that it is an addiction with some people and this is one of the plot scenarios involving the character of Huck Cheever (Eric Bana). [...]

The Nightmare Before Christmas

October 29, 1993

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

Tim Burton's dark story, "The Nightmare Before Christmas", incorporates some funny moments and some positive ones, including the ending. Although the film is not gory, it is a dark animated fantasy, made up of such scenes as a character walking around live with an ax in his head, and a stitched-up [...]

The Nightmare Before Christmas (3D)

October 19, 2007

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

It should be noted that this version is the same as the DVD version, but with 3-D effects. They work well in this film. The character of Jack points his bony finger which comes off the screen and one character is seen walking from behind and it is as if he stepped up from the audience. The main [...]

Little Women (2019)

Dove Approved for All Ages

The Review: Fresh off of her success with Lady Bird, Academy Award-nominee writer/director Greta Gerwig moves Saoirse Ronan (Jo March), Emma Watson (Meg March), Florence Pugh (Amy March), and Eliza Scanlen (Beth March) around their high school years under the watchful eyes of Marmee March (Laura [...]

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