actor: John Travolta

Old Dogs

November 25, 2009

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

The old dogs still have it. Both Robin Williams and John Travolta are funny in this new Disney film, and they mesh well playing long time friends, Dan and Charlie. They have moved up in the ranks in marketing at their jobs and are near closing a sweet deal with a Japanese firm. Then Dan (Williams) [...]

From Paris with Love

February 5, 2010
Effective January 1st, 2009, The Dove Foundation Review Team has ceased reviewing all NC-17 rated movies and certain extraordinarily explicit R-rated films. This decision was reached due to the fact that Dove reviewers are parents or grandparents with conservative values. As such, we feel that we [...]

The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3

June 12, 2009
John Travolta plays a villain, Ryder, quite well in this movie. He is menacing, sarcastic, and intriguing as he enjoys speaking with subway supervisor Walter Garber (Denzel Washington) after Ryder holds hostages on a subway and demands ten million dollars. Washington also is convincing as Garber, [...]

Bolt

November 21, 2008

Dove Approved for All Ages

"Bolt" is like a lightning strike because, as lightning surprisingly strikes, this movie is surprisingly good. The audience I screened it with roared with laughter on several occasions and there were many adults laughing along with the kids. Rhino the hamster steals scenes with his facial [...]

Hairspray

July 20, 2007
"Hairspray" has two clear messages. One is that integration is right and segregation is wrong. This film, based in 1961 Baltimore, does a pretty good job in showcasing a much-needed racial acceptance as several white students embrace black students, called "negroes"in the movie. They are upset that [...]

Wild Hogs

March 2, 2007
The previews make this film look like a hip comedy, with the male leads riding around on their motorcycles and discovering a little more about life along the way. It looks funny in the previews. Unfortunately, this film is not nearly as funny as it might appear on the surface. It does have a few [...]

Be Cool

March 4, 2005
The Rock and Vince Vaughn were hilarious in this film as was Cedric the Entertainer. Those, combined with some clever actions of Chili Palmer (Travolta), were the only benefits of sitting through “Be Cool.” The movie just dragged on too long (I know two hours isn’t long, but it seemed that [...]

Ladder 49

October 1, 2004
First let me say that Ladder 49 is not a family film. It contains too much graphic language and some gruesome images of third degree burns. It should have been a family film if the producers had gone for a bit less "realism" in the language area. The language wasn't gratuitous, just graphic in [...]

The Punisher

April 16, 2004
Throughout the film, there is constant friction between vengeance and forgiveness. Unchecked anger is shown to fester and eventually become an uncontrollable fire that seeks to burn everything in its path. But the film is unfortunately filled with gruesome and bloody violence and rough language, [...]

Basic

March 28, 2003
"Basic" may find favor with young men, but its relentless rough language and profanity and its recurring violence make it unacceptable [...]