Editor’s Note: The Good News does not endorse or support any of the following films. The synopses below are simply meant to give readers a better idea of what will be released in theaters so they can be educated consumers and believers.
“Land of the Lost”
Themes:Science, comedy, time travel, time warps
“Land of the Lost” is the big screen remake of the classic television show of the same name. In an attempt to make a more family-friendly movie, the film stars Will Ferrell as a washed-up scientist who believes that he has found the answer to time travel and time warps. Laughs are guaranteed, but Ferrel’s usual, sometimes unsuitable, gags are still sure to be found in this film. Although the film is a departure from the TV series, it still has the same essence. Instead of a father and his two children being thrust into the Land of the Lost, it is Ferrell, his assistant and a macho wilderness guide. In this alternate reality, the protagonists and a primate they encounter along the way must navigate through the strange universe before they can find a way home, encountering dinosaurs, monkey-like primates and the Sleestaks, which will be familiar to anyone who has seen the TV series.
“Away We Go”
Themes: Pregnancy, travel, comedy, child rearing, child psychology
Films about pregnancy seem to be quite popular as of late, and this year’s “Away we go” is no exception. In fact, the film might seem a bit like 2007’s “Juno.” They both have an indie feel and feature popular actors and an amazing soundtrack. The dry comedy stars John Krasinski from “The Office” and Maya Rudolph from “Saturday Night Live.” “Away we go” is a film about an unmarried couple, Burt and Verona, who are expecting their first child. When Burt’s parents’ decide to move to Sweden, they decide to move to another city. Their only condition is that they live close to friends or family. They travel all over North America reconnecting with old friends, in the hopes of finding the perfect place to raise their child. As they connect with other couples, they are exposed to different theories of child rearing, some that make sense and others that are a nightmare. The film is not suitable for children or young adults due to language, adult content, and believers should be wary of the film’s possible humanistic viewpoints.
Themes: Comedy, crude material, satire, biblical characters
The film “Year One” may be set during biblical times, but you can bet that this movie will not be a true representation of the Bible. The film features many well-known biblical events and characters, but the filmmakers have taken more than a few liberties to create a comedic effect that would be deemed inappropriate for most viewers. The film follows the main characters, two hunter-gatherers, as they wander through the ancient world after they are excommunicated from their village. They encounter Abraham and Isaac, Cain and Abel, Adam and Eve and Noah. Along the way, they find themselves in very compromising situations, especially when they reach Sodom and Gomorrah. The film was originally rated R, but, after a few edits, “Year One” is now rated PG-13. Although the film may be crude, it is possible that “Year One” may raise questions for unbelievers, because of the main protagonists’ journey through familiar Old Testament events and encounters with biblical figures.
“Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”
Themes: Cartoons, kids, action, adventure, aliens, Transformers, robots, cars
Rating: Not yet rated
No summer movie experience would be complete without a big blockbuster, and this year marks the return of the Transformers. The sequel to 2007 hit brings back Sam Witwicky, played by Shia LeBeouf, as a first-year college student. Although things have changed for Sam, he is no longer the awkward teenage boy – he’s a man with the dream girl and the hot car. However, he won’t bring either of them with him to college. In this film, Sam acquires vital information that was transferred to him from an alien artifact that the Decepticons need. The title alone alludes to a defeated Megatron who wants revenge on those who caused his demise. Perhaps he’s after Sam or Optimus Prime? Hopefully this film will not suffer from the plot holes of its predecessor, but one thing is definite, there will be lots of action, adventure and, of course, robot battles. But, beware. Scenes with Megan Fox may be a stumbling block for some young men.
“My Sister’s Keeper”
Themes: Stem cell research, designer babies, leukemia, science, drama
How far would you go to save the life of your terminally ill child? “My Sister’s Keeper,” starring Cameron Diaz and Abigail Breslin, raises this question and many others. This film explores what happens when the parents of a little girl fighting leukemia conceive another daughter to provide a bone marrow match for her sister. At first, everything seems to be fine. The youngest daughter provides whatever she can, undergoing many surgeries. But when she learns she must donate a kidney, she no longer wants to help. She decides to sue her family for the rights to her own body. Why doesn’t she want to help her sister if it means saving her life? The film raises many questions of ethics and morality. What happens to the identity of the child that was created for her sister? It almost seems like the young girl sues her parents for bringing her into this world to prove her individuality.