Conversations

Ordinary Love Directors Point to Humor and Courage in the Face of Tragedy

By Jacob Sahms In Ordinary Love, Academy Award nominees Liam Neeson and Lesley Manville play Tom and Joan, a couple in their sixties who discover that Joan has cancer even as they wrestle with their grief over losing a daughter. Irish directors Lisa Barros D’Sa and Glenn Leyburn worked to tell the couples’ story of […]

The Cave: How Do You Save Lives While Fighting For Yours?

By Jacob Sahms Opening with a quiet morning in Ghouta, the scene quickly changes as missiles connect, hitting the ground and buildings. The stillness in Damascus is replaced with a sense of dread, of debris, of smoke, and of death. This is the reality for Syrians in the midst of a civil war that threatens […]

How Dolittle Wrestles with Grief

By Jacob Sahms Don’t get me wrong: Robert Downey Jr.’s Dolittle is significantly more entertaining and enjoyable than its 18% score on Rotten Tomatoes would lead you to believe. But the film’s messages, about working with others who are different from you and overcoming the insurmountable wall of grief, provide a substantial pool of issues to reflect […]

Little Women Actress Seeks God’s Direction in Story and Service

By Jacob Sahms Over thirty-three acres of sprawling gardens, Bristol, Rhode Island’s Blithewold is known for its three-hundred species of trees and the historic mansion of Augustus Van Wickle, overlooking Narragansett Bay. But twenty years ago, at a Shakespearean performance, the sword fight that occurred on stage captured the attention of one young woman and […]

So You Want to Go to the Movies…

By Jacob Sahms It’s a new year, and suddenly the world is on fire, and not in a good way. There are continent-threatening fires in Australia with two-thousand homes destroyed and 130 fires still burning. A sudden conflict with Iran leads to the expulsion of American forces. A will-they-or-won’t-they impeachment hangs like a cloud over Washington. […]

Harriet Challenges Us to Seek the Will of God, and to Act

By Jacob Sahms The theological depth of Harriet provides open ground for exploration and discussion as the audience tracks the journey of Harriet Tubman, originally Minty Ross, from slavery in Dorchester, Maryland, to becoming a freer of slaves. While the opening scenes show us the unjust delivery of the law in cases where the plantations […]

Inspirational Film of The Year!

And the Winner Is! We were thrilled to be part of the 50th Anniversary of the GMA Dove Awards last week. We have a close relationship with this great organization; so close we’re often confused as twins. Dove celebrates the success of faith-oriented films in 2019, and we’re thrilled to honor Breakthrough as the winner of […]

Rita Wilson: A Dove Conversation

Suzy Sammons, Exec Editor Rita Wilson was born to be in Hollywood. Actually she was born in Hollywood. She has brought star power to theater, cinema and television, she’s a published journalist and now a popular singer-songwriter. It’s easy to find headlines about her and Tom Hank’s admirable marriage and family life. One of my […]