Genre Archives: Religion

The Gospel Collection

Dove Approved for All Ages

We're delighted to provide the reviews for two of the four Gospel stories in the Gospel Collection. Follow the links below for a look at two of the individual reviews, and you can be assured that the films of the other Gospels of Mark and John use the same footage and the biblical truth in the [...]

The Gospel of Matthew

February 13, 2018

Dove Approved for All Ages

Continuing the Lionsgate Gospel series, The Gospel of Matthew is a finely produced and expertly crafted entry into this epic collection. Yet the term "epic" does not quite do the film justice, nor Jesus himself. Its greatest strength is how it follows the cinematic ideal of "showing, not telling" [...]

The Gospel of Luke

October 17, 2017

Dove Approved for All Ages

In a time when biblical storytelling is translated into modern, more relatable contexts, it's easy to forget the value of literal retellings, and how in awe we can be because of their grand and epic spectacle. "The Gospel of Luke," in conjunction with Lionsgate's "The Gospel of John," sees this [...]

Chasing the Star

September 5, 2017

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

“Chasing the Star” is a historical fiction film that quickly confronts us with the cosmic battle, the battle of good and evil, played out through the lives of the three Magi. The film opens as a twisted, tortured Herod is interrogated by Satan himself.  Nothing redeeming about him. The story [...]

Message of Hope

July 1, 2016

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

"Message of Hope" is a wonderful film that shows that being "different" can be good. Sarah Matriciano (played by Mickele Hogan) is a caring girl, who was influenced by Pastor Anne when she was a youth to make good choices to help people. When Sarah has extra money, she often helps a homeless man [...]

The Bible Stories: Solomon

April 12, 2016

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

King Solomon, son of David, led a multifaceted life and was entrusted with the building of the temple as a place where God would dwell. This film begins with a focus on the rivalry between Solomon and his half brother Adonijah. While their father King David ruled, they tolerated one another, but [...]

The Bible Collection: Samson and Delilah

June 6, 2005

Dove Approved for 18+

Samson was born to a barren woman, and he was set apart for service to God before his birth. God used him mightily in many ways as a leader and a defender of his people. He was a man of great strength and valor but strayed from his vow to remain true to God as he sought out the favors of beautiful [...]

The Bible Collection: David

August 9, 2016

Dove Approved for 18+

Human passion, expressed in the story of David, encompasses a tale of adultery, history, murder, war, scandal, a curse, rape, vengeance, rebellion, forgiveness, death, loss, rebellion, love, lust and hope. The boy who would be king became a man after God's own heart. He killed Goliath and was [...]

The Bible Stories: Genesis

February 9, 2016

Dove Approved for All Ages

"The Bible Stories: Genesis" does a good job in sharing the highlights of the book of Genesis. Narrated by Paul Scofield, the film features beautiful cinematography of landscapes, water, blue skies, pastures, and also a few recreations of the various Bible stories, including the story of Noah's [...]

David and Goliath

October 18, 2016

Dove Approved for 18+

"David and Goliath" features highlights of the biblical story of the young shepherd boy who conquered a giant with a slingshot, a stone, and his dependence on God. To the filmmakers' credit, they place a disclaimer at the front of the movie, stating that the picture is inspired by the early life of [...]