actor: Annette Bening

Life Itself

Life itself. The word "life" alone musters up a mosaic beyond comprehension: stories, characters, the beginnings and ends of lives and their intersections. The vastness of it all leads, as well, to vagueness, it takes on so many grandiose shapes and forms. With this in mind, writer-director Dan [...]

The Seagull

This film is adapted from a famous Chekhov play and is true to form. Herein lies a series of love affairs and triangles that are Shakespearean in fashion and are embodied by four artists on a spectrum from famous to unsuccessful. The famous actress Irina (Bening) visits her ailing brother Sorin [...]

20th Century Women

March 28, 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 [...]

The Women

I have a whole litany of complaints about this film, and I could easily write multiple pages on what I disliked about “The Women.” However, I will assume that if you’re reading this review, you probably want to know whether this film is appropriate for pre-teen and teen girls. Based upon [...]

Running with Scissors

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 [...]

Being Julia

March 22, 2005
"Being Julia" misses the boat on several levels. It's target audience seems to be intellectuals and yet the dialog is anything but stimulating. The story is transparent. The language is almost as bad as the actor's accents. This film will likely not be released to a wide distribution circuit (it [...]

Open Range – Edited

March 10, 2004

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

This is a well made western, with a wonderful story line that depicts the age-old battle between good and evil. Costner and Duvall flow extremely well in their respective roles: Duvall's the boss, and that's also his screen name-"Boss", while Costner is the counterpoint in their characterizations [...]

What Planet Are You From?

The movie was actually quite funny; with a positive statement about the importance of waiting for sex until you are married. Unfortunately, the language and adult situations make it inappropriate for children and many Christians. After all, the main character’s mission in the movie is to have [...]

Mars Attacks! – Filtered

June 17, 1997
"Mars Attacks!" was quite the flick! The US Government learns of approaching Martians and prepares to welcome them and hope for a peaceful response. All seems to be going well as the translator states that they “come in peace”. A chosen group of people meet in the Nevada desert at the appointed [...]