producer: Marty Bowen

The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give is an inspirational film for its time. Though it felt long to sit through, it was important to watch, and the superb acting by everyone made up for what it lacked in editing. The content was exceptionally balanced, given its heated and sometimes controversial subject matter. The [...]

First Man

Damien Chazelle has the unenviable job of following up La La Land, the film that won him an Academy Award for Best Director. What a weight that must hold as a creative, so much that, in any attempt, he deserves any and all credit for trying. His follow-up, the Neil Armstrong-centered First Man, is [...]

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 [...]

Uncle Drew

There is a great line near the end of this movie which sums up a big part of the film's message. Dax, a coach, who once had his big-moment shot blocked in a thrilling game, is facing a huge moment in the new big game. He has a chance to make the winning shot while guarded by the same player who had [...]

Love, Simon

Love, Simon plays (and lovingly so) like a classic John Hughes movie, from the charming lead, their quirky friends, the adults around them who just don't understand, and an excellent soundtrack as a backbone. These traits follow a certain formula that we know and expect, and the film nods to them [...]

Power Rangers (2017)

June 27, 2017

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

"Power Rangers" (2017) soars! It is an energetic, action-oriented film which, in many ways, pays homage to the original TV series. The originality and loyalty to the TV series is featured in the names and diversity which make up the Power Rangers. The acting is excellent, including Elizabeth Banks [...]

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

"Maze Runner: The Scorch Trails" is the second film in the continuing story of the "Maze Runner" saga. Thomas (Dylan O' Brien) knows something isn't right when a group of so-called helpers place him and his friends in confinement and, at lunch time, frequently take small groups of people away, and [...]

Paper Towns

"Paper Towns" features a good philosophy from Quentin, known as "Q" in the film: With all of the unlikely things that happen in the world, "everyone gets a miracle." Unfortunately, that is about as good as it gets in this movie. The movie is, for the most part, about teens who live a hedonistic [...]

The Longest Ride

"The Longest Ride" features good storytelling in the film written by Craig Bolotin and based on the novel by prolific writer Nicholas Sparks. The story opens with an audience-grabbing scene in which Luke Collins (Scott Eastwood) is injured while riding a bull. It takes awhile for him to heal, and [...]

The Maze Runner

"The Maze Runner" is an interesting story focusing on the strengths and weaknesses of the characters. And yes, the special effects are pretty good too. The movie is based on the novel by James Dashner. Thomas (Dylan O'Brien) finds himself thrust into a world with boundaries inhabited by several [...]