producer: Denise Di Novi

Unforgettable (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)

"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 Best of Me

"The Best of Me" is a complicated movie about a simple story. James Marsden plays Dawson, a young man who comes from an unloving family. His father is abusive and his brothers do anything Dad says to do. After physical abuse by his father, Dawson finds a garage to sleep in until he is woken by an [...]

If I Stay

Mia is an excellent cellist and Adam is a singer in a rock band, this is their story or at lest hers. The movie goes back and forth in time starting before the crash. It then continues on after the accident and back again as she remembers the relationships with family, friends and Adam. Then [...]

The Lucky One

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

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

November 9, 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

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

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 Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants – Filtered

September 20, 2005

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

Four life-long friends travel through the years together and have starting from day one, as their mothers were all friends. The girls will be separated for the first time as they all have different plans for the summer. When shopping in a thrift store the girls find a pair of pants and, despite [...]

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