producer: Peter Chernin

Red Sparrow

March 2, 2018
Raw, racy, and containing violence that will cause some to recoil. These are the thoughts I have after reviewing Red Sparrow. Not that Jennifer Lawrence doesn't give her usual strong performance. She plays Dominika Egorova, who was a prima ballerina in Russia until a terrible accident leaves her [...]

The Greatest Showman

December 20, 2017

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

The story finds its inspiration in the life of Phineas Taylor Barnum whose ingenious vision brought to life the Barnum and Bailey Circus in the late 19th century. To play the role of the creative showman, who better than Hollywood's very own Renaissance man of talent, Hugh Jackman. In this [...]

The Mountain Between Us

October 6, 2017
The Mountain Between Us is a realistic portrayal of survival after a plane carrying two passengers crashes on a mountain, covered by snow. The pilot is killed and the two survivors, Ben (Idris Elba) and Alex (Kate Winslet), are left to fend for themselves. Well, not quite. The pilot's dog survives [...]

War for the Planet of the Apes

July 14, 2017
"War for the Planet of the Apes" is, interestingly enough, a movie about being humane. And it is mostly the apes that are humane, with the exception of a mute girl who is very compassionate. When the apes kill her father for attempting to fire on them, an orangutan has mercy on the orphaned girl [...]

Hidden Figures

January 6, 2017

Dove Approved for All Ages

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 [...]

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

September 30, 2016
"Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" is an imaginative adventure into a world unlike any you've ever seen before. It features the "peculiar" children, who are gifted in unusual ways, which includes a girl who can fly and needs lead shoes to stay earthbound. In addition, there is an [...]

Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates

July 8, 2016
Effective January 1st, 2009, The Dove Foundation Review Team has ceased reviewing all NC-17 rated movies and certain extraordinarily explicit R, PG-13 and PG-13 Horror rated films. This decision was reached due to the fact that Dove reviewers are parents or grandparents with conservative [...]

Spy

June 5, 2015
Effective January 1st, 2009, The Dove Foundation Review Team has ceased reviewing all NC-17 rated movies and certain extraordinarily explicit R and PG-13 rated films. This decision was reached due to the fact that Dove reviewers are parents or grandparents with conservative values. As such, we [...]

Exodus: Gods and Kings

December 12, 2014
"Exodus: Gods and Kings" is an epic film, as in "big". The filmmakers showcase the plagues of the Bible in a big way: the water turning into blood, the frogs, the flies, the huge hail stones, etc. There are also sweeping shots of the vast number of Hebrews as they begin their trek from Egypt toward [...]

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

July 11, 2014
"Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" is a well made movie. It features spectacular special effects with the apes literally coming to life and interacting with one another as well as humans. It features the birth of a young chimpanzee that, despite the CGI, is very well done. The apes also ride horses [...]