writer: Akiva Goldsman

The Dark Tower

August 4, 2017
"The Dark Tower" is based on Stephen King's acclaimed set of eight books in a series, stewing adventure, fantasy, and western genres in a pot. What seems to have worked on the page does not translate into a 90-minute film, where director Nicolaj Arcel attempts to stuff so many plots and backstories [...]

Transformers: The Last Knight

June 21, 2017
"Transformers: The Last Knight" is the fifth installment of this franchise and features a few good thoughts such as a character's statement that "without personal sacrifice, there can be no victory" and that anyone stepping forward can wind up being a hero. However, other than this, there are a lot [...]

Rings

February 3, 2017
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 [...]

The 5th Wave

January 22, 2016
"The 5th Wave" is another alien invasion movie, but this one has a unique take, and it involves the children of Earth. Cassie Sullivan (Chloe Grace Moretz) is a high school girl who lives in Ohio with her parents, Oliver and Lisa (Ron Livingston and Maggie Siff), and her brother, Sam (Zackary [...]

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 [...]

Winters Tale

February 14, 2014
"Winter's Tale" is a romantic/drama that takes place in early New York. Angels and Demons as well as the eternal fight between good and evil take center stage in this story of love, loss and purpose. The premise is that everyone has a miracle to give and receive. When Peter Lake falls in love [...]

Angels and Demons

May 15, 2009
Professor Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) is asked by Camerlengo Patrick McKenna (Ewan McGregor) if he believes in God. He wants to see how he will answer before he allows him to search the archives for clues which may prevent a secret order from killing four innocent cardinals of the church. Langdon [...]

I Am Legend

December 14, 2007
It is a few years from now in human history. Gasoline costs $6.63 a gallon. The streets of New York city are vacant. Set in a bleak environment, this edgy film showcases Dr. Robert Neville (Will Smith), the last survivor of a deadly virus which has left only attacking mutants in its wake. Neville [...]

The DaVinci Code

May 19, 2006
Ron Howard has directed a twisting and winding thriller that is both long and unimaginative. Unlike "National Treasure" which was based on similarly secretive organizations, this film is both violent and vulgar at the same time. During one particularly gruesome sequence, we are forced to watch as [...]

Lost in Space: Edited

January 22, 2002

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

This live-action movie is based on the classic TV series from the 1960s. The special effects are amazing for the most part, but a chimp-like creature called Blarp is obviously a CGI creation. The effects don't make up for a less than stellar story line. The film simply does not have the innocent [...]

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