actor: Octavia Spencer

The Shack

March 3, 2017

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

"The Shack" is a profound and creative way of revealing the unconditional love of God. Mackenzie "Mack" (Sam Worthington) has an encounter with the Holy Trinity at a shack following the death of his beloved daughter. The movie is heartwrenching at times, but it reveals the compassion and mercy of [...]

Hidden Figures

January 6, 2017
Hidden Figures was originally not awarded the Dove Family Seal of Approval because the character played by Kevin Costner utters the name of Jesus one time in vain. I understand that such a curse is a breach of an important commandment and I bristle a bit inside when I hear people do it throughout [...]

The Divergent Series: Allegiant

March 18, 2016

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

"Allegiant," Part One, is the third film in the "Divergent" series and is the first one that is able to receive our Dove "Family-Approved" Seal. The first two films in the series missed receiving the Seal due to language, violence or both. This one also has several scenes of fantasy violence, but [...]

Zootopia

March 4, 2016

Dove Approved for All Ages

"Zootopia" is a delightful family film. It has everything that makes a good movie: great characters, a wonderful theme of going for your dream, and humor with a capital "H"! A rookie bunny cop named Judy Hopps (voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin) is determined to succeed as an officer, despite those who [...]

The Divergent Series: Insurgent

March 20, 2015
"Insurgent" is an action-packed ride that follows the first film in the "Divergent" series. Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Four (Theo James) are on the run from Jeanine (Kate Winslet), the Erudite elite's leader. Winslet plays Jeanine with a subtle undercurrent of brewing cruelty. There is a secret [...]

Black or White

January 30, 2015
"Black or White" is a powerful movie that deals with touchy topics such as racism and what it means to be a good parent. Kevin Costner turns in an excellent performance as Elliot Anderson, as does Octavia Spencer as Rowena Jeffers. Anderson's daughter died in childbirth, leaving Anderson and his [...]

The Help

August 10, 2011
How many people remember the Crisco cooking lard? It is used in this movie to make fried chicken. This film will take you back to the 60s when times were simpler in some ways, and yet if you were a working African-American maid, your lot in life would be one of small wages, being taken for granted [...]