actor: Laura Dern

The Founder

"The Founder" is an entertaining movie based on a true story and features an excellent performance by Michael Keaton as Ray Kroc. He is a down-on-his-luck salesman pitching a five-spindle milkshake machine and who deals with "Nah, but thanks anyways" far too often. He is ignored and feels the [...]

Wild (2014)

Effective January 1st, 2009, The Dove Foundation Review Team has ceased reviewing all NC-17 rated movies and certain extraordinarily explicit R and PG-13 rated films. This decision was reached due to the fact that Dove reviewers are parents or grandparents with conservative values. As such, we [...]

Jurassic Park 3D

"Jurassic Park 3D" is a re-release of the original movie that was "enhanced" with 3D imaging. I put the word "enhanced" in quotes because it was obviously an after effect. In fact, a boy in the audience asked his mother half-way through if there were going to be any 3D parts. The central film [...]

Year of the Dog

August 28, 2007

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

"Year of the Dog" is a bit of everything good and bad about movies. First the good. It was genuinely funny in spots, as it deals with an overprotective mother, and a sensitive woman who meets a sensitive man and they both have a love for animals. Molly Shannon plays quirky and strange very well and [...]

The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio – Filtered

March 14, 2006

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

This was a good film. When it started I was a little worried but it kind of sucked me in and I couldn't take my mind off it. It was very emotional and the mother in the film was very dedicated to her family and gave so much of herself- it was amazing that she was so selfless, very positive and [...]

We Don’t Live Here Anymore

We Don't Live Here Anymore is a twisted tale of marital frustrations and infidelity. While there is certainly some truth to the marital problems depicted, there is little redeeming value in it. To the film’s credit, the adulterers appear to wrestle inwardly with the consequences of their sinful [...]

I Am Sam – Edited

March 25, 2004

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

I really enjoyed this edited version because you were able to capture the wonderful story and heartwarming moments without being hit with the foul language. This is a moving story of a mentally challenged father and what he does to keep his daughter. There are truely some magical moments in this [...]

Damaged Care

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

This a really powerful story, made even more meaningful because it is based on a true story. Dr. Peeno's willingness to pursue her beliefs in what is right for the people who seek help from their HMOs and Managed Care Facilities is really amazing. Despite the difficulties and pressures in her life [...]

Perfect World, A – Filtered

October 1, 2002
Even with the ClearPlay player, this film, which is about what causes people to become violent law-breakers, cannot be approved by Dove. When two criminals break out of prison, they end up kidnapping a young boy, and an odd sort of father-son relationship forms between the boy and one of the [...]

Dr. T And The Women

Quirky writer/director Robert Altman is best known for observant, multilayered films such as “Nashville” “M.A.S.H.” and “The Player.” Once again he has taken a location and a people and skewered them. This place is Dallas, Texas, and the people are the self-involved elite ladies who [...]