Focus on Film

The Tragedy of Macbeth (AppleTV+): Shakespeare in Black & White

By Jacob Sahms The quick Shakespearean recap for those who weren’t subjected to the works of the English bard in high school or college: Macbeth gamely wins a victory for his King Duncan over the Thane of Cawdor, and is rewarded with the Thane of Cawdor position for himself. But in the meantime, three witches […]

Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Disney+) 2021: Growing Up is Hard to Do

By Jacob Sahms In the latest adaptation of Jeff Kinney’s middle reader series Diary of a Wimpy Kid, the middle school cartoonist Greg Heffley gets animated, literally. Director Swinton Scott of The Simpsons puts Kinney’s characters through their paces in a translation of the first book in the series, complete with Heffley’s friend Rowley Jefferson and stinky cheese. […]

Citizen Ashe: Holding Court

By Jacob Sahms Born in 1943, Arthur Ashe grew up in Richmond, Virginia,  drawing attention to matters of race and class through his ability to play tennis and to speak to the issues he had experienced. While he became the first black player chosen for the United States Davis Cup team, won three Grand Slams singles […]

A Boy Called Christmas (Netflix): Restoring Hope

By Jacob Sahms A Boy Called Christmas begins with children left alone with an older relative who spins them a story, this time by Dame Maggie Smith as Aunt Ruth. Soon, the audience is transported to a mythical, old-timey setting where the little boy Nikolas lives with his father Joel, a simple woodcutter. Nicholas’ mother […]

Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings: Embrace Your Past

By Jacob Sahms “You are a product of all that came before you. The legacy of the good and the bad, it is part of who you are.”—Ying Nan In Marvel’s Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, the hero of our story is a valet when the audience meets him. He’s an […]

Finch (AppleTV+): The Legacy You Leave

By Jacob Sahms Set in a post-apocalyptic America that seems all too realistic, Finch follows Tom Hanks’ Finch Weinberg, a robotics engineer builds a robot called Jeff (voiced by Caleb Landry Jones) to care for his dog Goodyear when he passes away. With a storm threatening his St. Louis home, with a lasting duration of forty days, […]

The Jesus Music: Revolutionizing How Church Music Works

By Jacob Sahms The Erwins Brothers’ (Woodlawn, I Can Only Imagine) latest film, the documentary The Jesus Music, opens with introductory clips of today’s top Christian artists before rewinding the timeline back to the 1970s. Through interviews and footage of events through the years, the film unpacks how Christians making music are impacting culture, and […]

Sight & Sound’s Jonah: Available September 3 for One Night Only!

Jonah, Sight & Sound Theatre’s retelling of the epic fish story, arrives Friday, September 3 at 8 p.m. on Sight & Sound TV. Ready to make a splash with audiences old and new, the story from the stage in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, can play in your living room this weekend. Having shared stories of Biblical importance […]