producer: Mark Ciardi

Chappaquiddick

April 6, 2018
Kennedy stories run abundantly, even today, in American history. The lion's share tends to go to John or Robert, with Ted falling somewhat to the wayside. In Chappaquiddick, we finally see the latter stepping up and into the spotlight as a main character in film. In this narrative, even through [...]

The Miracle Season

Dove Approved for All Ages

Live Like Line. These are the words that echo in my mind weeks after seeing Miracle Season. Not what you live like, or what attributes people use to describe you, but what legacy did you leave behind, and is it one others should mimic? Based on an inspiring and tragic true story, Miracle Season [...]

McFarland USA

June 23, 2015

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

"McFarland USA" is the perfect family movie! It is a remarkable film based on a true story and combines drama and humor to present a coach and his athletes as underdogs who work hard and learn to believe in themselves. The results are pretty spectacular. Kevin Costner gives a strong performance as [...]

Million Dollar Arm

October 7, 2014

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

"Million Dollar Arm" is inspiring and funny! Based on a true story, sports agent JB Bernstein needs to land a big deal but he is coming up empty. While switching back and forth between watching Susan Boyle sing in the talent contest that made her a household name and a game of cricket on another [...]

Secretariat

January 25, 2011

Dove Approved for All Ages

An interview with Director, Randall Wallace http://www.dove.org/news.asp?ArticleID=215 This is truly the story of a horse. Secretariat's personality and tremendous charisma steal the show entirely; however, there is a very subtle, palpable thread of faith as well. The film begins with a quote [...]

The Game Plan

January 22, 2008

Dove Approved for All Ages

This is a positively funny film! There is a comment in the story about how special and needed dads are, and this film sure delivers that message in the right way. The story is well crafted and genuinely funny. Madison Pettis, the young nine-year-old actress who plays Peyton James, is terrific in [...]

Invincible

December 19, 2006

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

This inspirational film based on the real life story of Vince Papale is one of the best films I have seen in awhile. Mark Wahlberg nails the part as the underdog teacher and part-time bartender, who would be a football player for the Philadelphia Eagles. This story, partly because it is based in [...]

Miracle – Edited

May 18, 2004

Dove Approved for All Ages

Herb Brooks has a clear vision and the insight to bring it to pass. He is nobody’s buddy, but he cares deeply for others and is fiercely loyal. While there are times of tension on the team and between him and his wife, he takes care of both and demonstrates that he is the leader whom they can [...]

Miracle

May 18, 2004

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

Coach Herb Brooks, who missed playing for the USA Olympic hockey team of 1960 by one week, gets a chance at winning as he coaches the 1980 USA Olympic team. He is a hard worker who pushes his team beyond what they initially believe they can endure. At times his work ethic causes some problems [...]

Invincible – Edited

January 29, 2004

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

This film was very interesting. It was based on a true story although I do not know how closely it follows the rise to fame of the simple Jewish blacksmith, Zishe Breitbart (Jouko Ahola). It all starts with Zishe getting into a little fight in a restaurant because some men are making racist [...]