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Love and Monsters: Do You Have What it Takes?

By Jacob Sahms After a giant asteroid crashed toward Earth, and Earth’s nations united to fire missiles at it, and after the missiles destroyed the asteroid but rained down chemicals on all living things, ninety-five percent of the population was killed off by mutated bugs and other mutated live forms. Joel (Dylan O’Brien, Maze Runner, […]

St. Benedict’s Prep Headmaster Leads Young Men to Love in Benedict Men

By Jacob Sahms Watching Quibi’s Benedict Men, produced and narrated by Steph Curry, there are basketball players, who fly up and down the screen via Quibi’s documentary series. Their stories move quickly, struggling on and off the court to balance school, the game they see as a way out, and the relationships around them. And […]

The Fugitive (Quibi): Old School Thriller with Social Justice Take

By Jacob Sahms In 1963, David Janssen starred as Dr. Richard Kimble, wrongly-accused of his wife’s murder, framed by a one-armed man, and pursued by police lieutenant Philip Gerard (Barry Morse). Thirty years later, Harrison Ford reprised Janssen’s role and fled Tommy Lee Jones’ U.S. Marshal, and spawned a sequel. Now, only on Quibi, the […]

Benedict Men (Quibi): What Hurts My Brother

By Jacob Sahms From producer Steph Curry, Quibi’s Benedict Men presents a hybrid look at basketball and faith, with a healthy influence of racial justice. The documentary from director Jonathan Hock, who has filmed the stories of Duke Basketball, Chris Herren, Sebastian Telfair, and others, chronicles a season in the life of Newark’s (NJ) St. […]

Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs: Image Issues

By Jacob Sahms A mash-up of the Grimm Brothers’ Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and a Danish fairy tale called Red Shoes, Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs finds the principal characters meeting again, but in a whole new way. Snow White (Chloe Grace Moretz) is the kind and chubby daughter of King White, […]

Mulan’s Character, From Esther to Jesus

By Jacob Sahms The live-action remake of Walt Disney’s animated classic from 1998, Mulan, bears the main spirit or the marks of the original while also carving more than a little new ground. Mulan (Liu Yifei) stands in for her father, who is too old and too feeble to take his familial spot in the […]

The One and Only Ivan (Disney+): Finding Your Place & Purpose

By Jacob Sahms At the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade, dwindling crowds came to see the silverback gorilla Ivan (Sam Rockwell), the elephant Stella (Angelina Jolie), the baseball-playing chicken Henrietta (Chaka Khan), and other novelty animals, under the watchful eye of the mall owner Mack (Bryan Cranston). But when Mack acquires the baby […]

Words on Bathroom Walls: Wrestling with the Voices

By Jacob Sahms Charlie Plummer is an actor on the way up. He’s tackled heavy subjects in his teenage acting career, from Lean on Pete to All The Money in the World. But under the direction of Thor Freudenthal (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters), Plummer tackles mental illness, manifested as schizophrenia in the highschooler Adam, the […]

Boys State: What Have We Taught Them?

In the follow-up to his documentary The Overnighters, director Jesse Moss teamed with Amanda McBaine to track several key students at the Boys State in Texas. A thousand teenagers assemble each summer to run against each other for made-up political positions mirroring real-life ones, working, scheming, discussing, campaigning, and crying over their rise and fall […]

The Grizzlies Tackles Teen Suicide with More Than Sports

By Jacob Sahms Some films require a level of discernment that exceeds a Dove review, when the project’s themes, language, violence, or sexual content clearly exceed the levels of family friendly material that Dove has determined. But viewers choosing to use their discernment can find meaning nonetheless. Canadian director Miranda de Pencier’s feature debut,The Grizzlies, […]