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Films from the Baseball Diamond

Baseball is in the air! Here are some baseball films to consider for your family’s entertainment. The Rookie  (Dove Approved 12+) Old timer Jimmy Morris (Dennis Quaid) tucked away his dream of playing professional baseball twelve years ago after a shoulder injury ended his short time in the minor leagues. Now, he’s a high school baseball […]

A Week Away (Netflix): Redemption at Summer Camp

By Jacob Sahms In Netflix’s new musical, troubled teen Will Hawkins (Kevin Quinn) gets one last chance after stealing a police car: he’s sent to the Christian camp, Camp Weegaway, under the watchful eye of David Koechner’s camp director. He has a chance to find a new way forward, and maybe this camp will end […]

Raya and the Last Dragon (Disney+): Come Together

By Jacob Sahms Five tribes of humans remain splintered in the world of Kumandra. Once, the dragons defended the human world from the Druun, a nebulous, malevolent force that seems to manifest as a result of humanity’s worst instincts (the selfish, angry ones). The dragons fended them off with an orb that caused the dragons […]

Safety (Disney+): Football & Family Take the Field

By Jacob Sahms In the late 1990s, Ray McElrathbey arrived at Clemson University, focused on playing football for Tigers coach Tommy Bowden. But McElrathey’s freshman year didn’t end up exactly like he planned: when his drug-addicted mother wound up in rehab again, McElrathey couldn’t sit by and watch as his younger brother, Fahmarr, became a […]

Fifty States of Reunification: The Leavertons Tell Their Story

By Jacob Sahms As the senior field director for Republican senator Bob Corker of Tennessee (2007-19), David Leaverton had seen the way people were polarized against each other over issues of politics and society. Prior to his political stint, Leaverton had punted for the University of Tennessee’s 1998 National Champion Volunteers (tackling Florida State Seminole […]

Vindication’s Todd Terry Balances Realtor & Local Detective

By Jacob Sahms A veteran of shows like Breaking Bad and American Crime, Todd Terry balances a full-time career as a realtor in Dallas, Texas, with pursuing his acting dream. Because both roles are flexible, he’s been able to provide for his family while continuing to find ways to tell new stories. Now, audiences can […]

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 […]