Marty VanDriel
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No wave too high

Documentary | Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable offers a closer look at the famous surfer’s inspiring life story
by Marty VanDriel
Posted 7/18/19, 02:56 pm

Even as a 13-year-old, Bethany Hamilton was a determined person: She was back on a surfboard four weeks after losing her left arm to a shark. Hamilton became famous through her book Soul Surfer and the 2011 movie of the same name. While she’s proud of that film, the competitive surfer wanted to tell more of her story—warts and all. The result is the new documentary Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable.

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Looking for justice

Television | When They See Us is an embroidered dramatization of a rape case that roiled a nation
by Marty VanDriel
Posted 7/04/19, 02:29 pm

Courts can get it wrong. We sometimes sentence innocent people for crimes they didn’t commit. The four-part Netflix drama When They See Us revisits the real-life case of the “Central Park Five” but oversimplifies the story as a tale of racism and bad police work.

Netflix has rated the series MA (for “mature audiences”): Viewers should be aware of coarse language throughout and some blasphemy, along with scenes of violence and an unnecessary sex scene.

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All creatures great and small

Documentary | In The Riot and the Dance: Earth, a biologist leads an exploration of God’s creativity in nature
by Marty VanDriel
Posted 6/28/19, 05:39 pm

Biologist Gordon Wilson sees beauty in all of creation, from mundane brown bugs to exotic colorful lizards. His enthusiasm for God’s creative genius is catching in The Riot and the Dance: Earth, available on Amazon Prime and DVD.

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