writer: John Goldsmith

Island on Bird Street

April 1, 2008

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

“Island on Bird Street” portrays the life of a Jewish boy during the holocaust. The story takes you back to a terrible time in history and tells you the story of one boy’s survival. Alex meets a few people as he waits for his father and learns about the Polish Underground. It is amazing to [...]

The Old Curiosity Shop

June 7, 2005

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

"The Old Curiosity Shop," a film based on the story by Charles Dickens, is a wonderfully amusing tale set in old England. This film was enjoyable but drags a bit in a few scenes. The ending also seems rather abrupt as if there is supposed to be a part two to the film. It should be noted that some [...]

The Gospel of John (Visual Bible)

March 15, 2005

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

This is an incredible dramatized version of the Gospel of John. This is one of those films in which the ingredients mix well. The story to begin with is the greatest story ever told and then to mix it with a solid performance by Henry Ian Cusick as Jesus, along with Christopher Plummer as the [...]


August 17, 2004

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

Set in Scotland in the mid 1700's, "Kidnapped" is based on Scottish history and is, of course, written by Robert Louis Stevenson. David Balfour, a young man whose parents recently died, sets out to make his own way in the world. As he says good-bye to friends and neighbors he is given a letter, [...]

David Copperfield

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

This production captures the look and moodiness Dickens brought to life in his book. Alas, the weakest character in the film is the lead himself. As portrayed by Hugh Dancy, Copperfield comes off as a bit of a mamby pamby. Indecisive and at times cowardly, he sometimes frustrates the viewer as a [...]

In the Beginning

February 20, 2000

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

Director Kevin Connor, who last year directed "Mary, Mother of Jesus," energizes the script with well-paced sequences and top-drawer performances. Besides giving the viewer two nights of grade-A entertainment, it may cause a renewed interest in Bible reading. Indeed, while we are giving it a 12+ [...]

The Life of Christ

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

Here is a splendid movie, inspiring and scriptural, and based on the Gospel of John. The distinctive voice of Christopher Plummer is heard as narrator throughout the film, and Henry Ian Cusick does a commendable job as Jesus, giving us a reverent but at times smiling Jesus, who can handily use a [...]