actor: Taraji P. Henson

Proud Mary

January 12, 2018
Proud Mary promises a lot, even from the first shots, but executes very little. The fusion of sounds and images with a bit of cold-blooded edge to the film's prologue suggest a solid throwback picture, reminiscent of blaxploitation cinema of the 1970s. Sadly, even in the first five minutes of the [...]

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 [...]

No Good Deed

September 12, 2014
"No Good Deed" works well as a suspense/thriller movie. Just when you think not much is going to happen, something does. The movie stars Idris Elba ("Thor") as Colin Evans. He plays a man that is up for parole, after being imprisoned for five years for manslaughter. He killed the man that he [...]

From the Rough

April 25, 2014

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

"From the Rough" is an inspiring and dramatic movie! The film is based on a true story. Taraji P. Henson plays Golfing Coach Catana Starks, and she spearheads the new men's golf team for minority collegiate tournaments at Tennessee State University. She has to deal with the hard-nosed Athletic [...]

Think Like a Man

April 20, 2012
While funny at times, this film was an example of just how low our standards have become when selecting a companion. Men can be shallow and so can women but we are shown just how devious each sex can be when they attempt to get what they want. The premise of this movie is that four women all read [...]

The Karate Kid (2010)

June 11, 2010

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

"The Karate Kid" will have you cheering! This inspiring movie features homage to the original movie which starred Ralph Macchio and Pat Morita, but it has altered enough elements so as to reflect the fact that it is a modern story in an ancient location, namely China. In this film the karate kid is [...]

Date Night

April 9, 2010
Steve Carell and Tina Fey have good chemistry in playing humor off each other. They play a married couple named Phil and Claire who try to keep the romantic flame burning by having a date night once a week. When Phil wants to do something different the New Jersey couple drive to Manhattan and [...]

I Can Do Bad All By Myself, Tyler Perrys

September 11, 2009
Tyler Perry's movies usually just miss receiving our Dove "Family-Approved" Seal and this is the case once more. It's not that there aren't some good things in the movie. You have a pastor sharing an inspirational sermon about being lost in trials and difficulties, and yet getting through them, and [...]

Not Easily Broken

January 9, 2009
This movie has very fine performances by the actors, especially by Morris Chestnut as David Johnson, a good man who coaches a local boys' baseball team in addition to working at his own business, and by Taraji P. Henson as his high strung wife Clarice. She's a real estate agent who likes to put on [...]

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