actor: Vanessa Redgrave

Letters to Juliet

September 14, 2010

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

This isn't the perfect family movie for those twelve and older, but it does stay within our Dove guidelines. There are a couple of innuendos in the film and a few slang expressions used, but for the most part the content is safe. Vanessa Redgrave winds up as possibly the most engaging character in [...]


September 25, 2007
“Evening” was a beautifully written film with seamless transitions between the 1950's and present as a woman on her deathbed remembers and examines her complicated love life of years ago. While the language in the film clearly prevents it from receiving the Dove Family-Approved Seal, it was an [...]

Good Boy!

March 2, 2004

Dove Approved for All Ages

"Good Boy!" is a great family film about a dog that comes from outer space to take all of the other dogs on planet Earth into space. The boy and his friends try to stop the dog from doing so. It is adventurous and funny at the same time because of the talking dogs. This is great for the whole [...]

The Gathering Storm – Edited

January 30, 2004

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

In this presentation, Albert Finney becomes Winston Churchill: the sometimes tortured genius who led England during World War II. Many reviewers have given accolades to this HBO production. I will add mine in this review. The film's focus is in the events leading up to the time when Germany [...]

The Locket

March 18, 2003

Dove Approved for All Ages

"The Locket" is filled with hurt, love, anger, forgiveness, kindness, and regret. I was captured by the screenplay and the acting. This is a wonderful film about many of life's lessons as taught to Michael Keddington by a lonely old lady, Esther Huish. She shows Michael to follow his heart, not to [...]


Rather than examine the qualities and the neglects of this film (and there are both), let me just give a rundown of what you will see and hear. 1. We see a gory crime scene with lots of crimson red covering snow, and finally the dead, mutilated body of a murdered 8-year-old girl. We learn that she [...]

Girl, Interrupted – Filtered

September 25, 2000
This movie is based on an actual 1967 event. After attempting suicide, a recent high school graduate, Susanna Kaysen (Winona Ryder), voluntarily enters Claymore, a mental institute for young women. Susanna is diagnosed with a rather severe personality disorder. Other young women in the hospital [...]

Howards End – Filtered

April 6, 1999

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

The Schlegal sisters Margaret (Emma Thompson) and Helen (Helena Bonham Carter) are free-thinking, free-spirited, souls who show us the true meaning of sisterly love and devotion. It is a touching and engulfing life story of these two sisters who live in England, just after the turn of the 20th [...]

Mission Impossible

There is a lot of action and the use of false faces in this film which makes for an intriguing plot. Unfortunately, there are strong violent scenes as well as strong language. This is not one for the entire family. Jon Voight and Tom Cruise head up this movie which is about a mission to retrieve a [...]