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Extraction (Netflix): Hemsworth Plays a Man of Violence and Fire

By Jacob Sahms Extraction, the Netflix action thriller that drops April 24, has incredibly theater-worthy credentials behind it. The film stars “Thor” (Chris Hemsworth), was based on a screenplay by Joe Russo and produced by the Russo Brothers (directors of Captain Americas Winter Soldier and Civil War, as well as Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame), […]

The Quarry: Who Among Us is Forgiven?

By Jacob Sahms In the stunning thriller from director Scott Teems, an unnamed hitchhiker (Shea Whigham) kills an itinerant preacher (Bruno Bichir) and takes his place in a small bilingual town. With the local police chief (Michael Shannon) circling, the new preacher in town finds himself examining his life while fighting to remain undetected. Can […]

Trolls World Tour: A Melody for This Moment

By Jacob Sahms Once the worldwide race of Trolls lived in harmony, as six different varieties of Trolls appreciated six different styles of music: Pop, Rock, Funk, Classical, Techno, and Country. But when the Trolls of different musical styles became “intolerant of each other,” each subgroup of troll took their style’s “string” and broke off […]

Disneynature’s Elephant & Dolphin Reef Educate & Delight

By Jacob Sahms For Earth Month, DisneyNature is premiering two new animal-centric films, Elephant and Dolphin Reef, on April 3 via Disney+. Elephant tells the story of an elder elephant Shani and her son Jomo as they travel across the Kalahari Desert in search of water, and is narrated by Megan Markle. Dolphin Reef shares the story of Echo, a bottlenose dolphin […]

Star Trek- Picard: Star Trek’s Latest Engaging Series Gets Personal

By Jacob Sahms In 1966, ex-pilot and police officer Gene Roddenberry unleashed the world (or universes) of Star Trek on the world. The show ran for three seasons and then ended. But four films followed from 1979 to 1986 before four more series and six films spawned out of the collective narrative that Roddenberry and his successors […]

The Banker Shows Systemic Racism and Asks Where it Still Exists

By Jacob Sahms How interesting could a movie about buying land and starting banks really be? Starring Anthony Mackie, Samuel L. Jackson, and Nia Long, based on the life of Bernard Garrett, director George Nolfi’s (The Adjustment Bureau) The Banker proves to be incredibly entertaining – and insightful into the life of a man who […]

Can Ben Affleck’s Coach Find the Way Back?

By Jacob Sahms What would’ve happened if Dennis Hopper’s Shooter Flatch had been the central figure in Hoosiers? It’s not a one-for-one comparison but it came to mind watching the latest basketball film in theaters now. With conference tournaments underway and the NCAA tournament about to tip off again next week, it’s officially basketball season. Primed […]

Who Wins When the Wild Calls?

By Jacob Sahms In the fifth adaptation of Jack London’s The Call of the Wild, Harrison Ford plays the gold hunter and narrator John Thornton who befriends the St. Bernard-Scotch Collie mix Buck that the film follows through several owners in his canine existential exploration of the 19th century Yukon. Much of the audience’s response to […]

Sonic the Hedgehog: What are You Longing For?

By Jacob Sahms Whether you’re a child of the 1990s or not, chances are you’ve heard of Sonic, the blue hedgehog whose supersonic speed allows him to outrun the competition in Sega’s alternative to Nintendo’s Mario. Developed as a character in an animated series (first in 1993), Sonic’s form finally found its match in the […]

The Last Full Measure: What is Your Lasting Impact?

By Jacob Sahms This was never what I expected. I never expected one more war film to actually resonate with me emotionally. I saw 1917 (beautiful and haunting but not very character-oriented) and most of the major war films released over the last few years [Hacksaw Ridge is my favorite of the recent films]. But in The Last Full Measure, the […]