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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 […]

Dove and The Oscars

by Suzy Sammons We are thrilled when the world recognizes great faith! The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has recognized three films released in 2019 that told stories of people motived to great influence by their faith in Jesus our risen savior. Harriet, Breakthrough and A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood are all […]

Don’t Call It a Marriage Story, Please

“…really excellent drama.. “ “Masterpiece” Really? These statements about Netflix’s Marriage Story make my head shake. Yes, it’s a well crafted film in writing, acting, directing. But why is this story an excellent movie experience? I’m still unsure of the actual message. True, many of the portrayals in the film are heartbreakingly true. Lawyers unilaterally […]

Dear Box Office 2019,

Here we are again, at the end of another season. The holiday’s are always dicey for our tumultuous relationship because we seem to want the same things, but sometimes it’s difficult to discern. And your sassy cousin Streaming continues to steal more of everyone’s attention, which is simply a new reality. You’re still my favorite. I love […]

Christmas Countdown! Week 7

Check out this week’s Christmas offerings from Christian Cinema! The Miracle Maker “The Miracle Maker is coming!” If any town is in need of a miracle, it’s Woodhaven, a tiny town hanging on the edge of the American frontier. It’s nearly Christmas, but it’s hardly a season of celebration. Work is scarce, money is tight, […]