Dove Watch List

The Best Films I Watched in 2020

By Jacob Sahms There are so many problems with “best of” lists. They’re subjective; the proximity to the writing of the list impacts how films are remembered; the audience the list is prepared for receives each list differently. But 2020 is such a weird year to consider, with the cinematic industry shut down in terms […]

Dove Christmas Countdown: Christmas Films to Remind You of Your Calling

By Jacob Sahms It’s almost Christmas. We can almost hear, see, taste, and touch Christmas but it’s not here yet! In our preparations for the coming celebration, many of us use films to warm ourselves up for the occasion, to get our hearts ready for what’s coming. At Dove, we’ve assembled The Dove Christmas Countdown […]

Voices of Fire’ Gospel Music Leader Sets Out to Make the Lord Happy

By Jacob Sahms Netflix is coming to Hampton Roads, Virginia, thanks to Bishop Ezekiel Williams of Faith World Ministries and his prestigious musical nephew Pharrell Williams. The two discussed what a multicultural gospel choir audition would look like in the twenty-first century, and then drew on the skills of some of their musically-inclined friends, like […]

From Nightly News to Christmas Filmmaker, Thomas Bonifield Pursues Miracles

By Jacob Sahms Thomas Bonifield, former Moscow Bureau Chief and Deputy Foreign Editor for NBC News, graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in journalism after his mother encouraged him to consider the field. A thirty-year career with NBC, ABC, and the FOX News Channel among others led Bonifield all over the world, and […]

Dove List for Veterans Day

Are you looking for films to celebrate Veterans Day this year? Look no further than our Dove-curated list of films about veterans and the wars they fought. 12 Strong (2018, Not Dove Approved) The film is based on an amazing true story. New captain, Captain Mitch Nelson (Chris Hemsworth), is assigned to the first Special […]

Films To Consider: It’s Time for an Election

The 2020 election is two weeks away but the topic of politics doesn’t usually bring sunny, happy feelings with it. Here are some films to consider for yourself, and to spur discussion about how politics impact us and the faith we live. In the follow-up to his documentary The Overnighters, director Jesse Moss teamed with […]

3 Dove Approved Films for Halloween

Are you looking for a Halloween-themed film for your family this week, but don’t know where to start? Look no further than this list of Dove-approved films. Hotel Transylvania (2012, All Ages) Sometimes monsters need a break too. That’s why Dracula (voiced by Adam Sandler) opened Hotel Transylvania, a five-star resort where monsters and their […]

Pray Film Highlights Power of Prayer … and Persistence

By Jacob Sahms “The family that prays together stays together.” While I’d heard this phrase hundreds of times growing up in the church, I never knew its origins until watching Pray: The Story of Patrick Peyton. Father Patrick Peyton, an immigrant from Ireland, gave his life over to the priesthood after a scary teenage battle […]

Beckman: Pure Flix’s “Taken” Tackles Violence and Human Trafficking

By Jacob Sahms With films like The Dancer and the Dame and Samson on his resume, one might think that director Gabriel Sabloff has a “type” of film, but when Sabloff and David A.R. White get together, it’s usually been more apocalyptic (three Revelation Road films). So maybe we shouldn’t be surprised by their latest collaboration, […]

Cowboy and Preacher Tri Robinson Wants to Save the World

By Jacob Sahms Retired Vineyard pastor Tri Robinson believes his evangelical beliefs are compatible with his passion for caring for God’s Creation. In Cowboy and Preacher, award-winning documentary filmmaker Will Fraser captured the innate sense of purpose in Robinson’s convictions, showing how the former pastor of Vineyard Christian Fellowship (Boise, ID) has taken his love […]