actor: Maria Bello

Max Steel (2016)

January 10, 2017

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

"Max Steel" is a unique movie featuring, in part, personal tornadoes and an alien theme. However, Max McGrath (Ben Winchell) might be just the teenager to defeat the threat to Earth. He is seemingly an ordinary guy, but there's more to him than he even knows about himself—and he is soon to find [...]

Lights Out

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 [...]

McFarland USA

June 23, 2015

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

"McFarland USA" is the perfect family movie! It is a remarkable film based on a true story and combines drama and humor to present a coach and his athletes as underdogs who work hard and learn to believe in themselves. The results are pretty spectacular. Kevin Costner gives a strong performance as [...]

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor

There's plenty of action in this film for those who enjoy their movies moving along at the speed of light. And yet it slows down long enough here and there to concentrate on the troubles brewing between explorer Rick O'Connell (Brendan Fraser) and his son Alex, played by Luke Ford. Alex is a chip [...]

The Jane Austen Book Club

February 5, 2008
This movie has an entertaining opening spot during the credits. We see a woman speed up her treadmill too fast and she almost falls off. We see a "Closed" sign placed on a store's door just as the customer is about to walk in. We see a man trying to change a dollar and the machine keeps spitting it [...]

Flicka (2006)

February 6, 2007

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

"Flicka" is a timeless tale of a family who struggles to make ends meet as they run the family ranch. The story centers around an already strained father/daughter relationship that is exacerbated by the introduction of a mustang whom Katie affectionately names "Flicka." While Katie is extremely [...]

World Trade Center

This is a powerful film. I was moved by it. 9-11 is not that far in our distant past. The story of two men, Jimeno and Mcloughlin, police officers who are trapped in the rubble of the World Trade Center, is told in a compelling way as they talk to each other to keep each other awake so as to not [...]

A History of Violence

March 14, 2006
This film should have been NC 17 in my opinion. It was so graphic in the sex and violence areas which really ruined the film for me. What could have been a somewhat interesting plot became secondary in scope and importance to the showing of soft pornographic sex scenes and gruesome violence. I [...]

History of Violence, A – Filtered

March 14, 2006
"A History of Violence" was a violent movie with some graphic scenes, such as when a man gets shot and you see it and the bullet hole in his chest. It had a good storyline although it was pretty predictable. Is Tom Stall, who runs the small-town diner, a violent man from the past named Joey? There [...]

Assault on Precinct 13

May 10, 2005
This action-packed remake has been updated for modern times. Featuring drug dealers, a police Sergeant who uses uppers and downers to cope with his fear, and modernized weapons, this shoot-em-up movie has more language than I have ever heard in a film of its caliber. The characters are rather [...]