Springtime is upon us, and with it come fun and thought-provoking films to enjoy. With convenient entertainment options Netflix and Redbox, it seems that people are spending less and less at the theatres these days. This is understandable since it often feels like you could spend the day at Disney World for the price of a movie ticket and large popcorn. Even so, we want to offer up a few options that just might be worth time and money. Let’s take a look:
Son Of God
This is the life story of Jesus starting with his birth, following him through his ministry, death, and resurrection. Rather than focusing strictly on the crucifixion, like The Passion of the Christ, Son Of God seeks to give a more complete picture of the life of Jesus. Although they certainly don’t appear to have had the production budget or resources that The Passion did, it looks like they have managed to get some solid actors for this timeless story. This film looks like a strong step forward for Christian filmmakers who are trying to produce legitimate art while still maintaining their biblical roots, and as such should be supported by the Christian community wherever possible. Son of God starts playing February 28. This film is rated PG-13.
Muppets Most Wanted
Whether you want movie for your kids or you still are a kid at heart, who doesn’t love the Muppets? In their latest adventure, Kermit is mistaken for a master thief named Constantine and is thrown in prison while the thief takes over his place in the show and plans his next heist. Will the other Muppets realize what has happened in time to save Kermit? Will the critics in the balcony ever be satisfied by anything they watch? Will the Swedish Chef actually cook something edible? Find out when the Muppets arrive in theatres on March 21. This film is rated PG.
Based on the biblical story of Noah, this new film starring Russell Crowe as Noah looks like it is going to be quite the visual spectacle to behold. There has already been quite a bit of controversy regarding just how close the film will be to the original text. There has been a lot of conjecture concerning the intentions of the film, and what sort of story director Darren Aronofsky is trying to tell, but we will just have to wait and see how it turns out. This is a film that people will have to read up on as the release date draws near, and decide for themselves if it’s something they want to see, but there is no getting around the fact that the trailer stunning. Noah hits theatres March 28. This film is not yet rated.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Since the events taking place in The Avengers, Steve Rodgers (Chris Evans) has been trying to find where he fits in the modern world. He has been working for SHIELD and trying to keep the forces of evil at bay, but he finds himself beginning to question the methods that SHIELD uses to keep the peace. In a story that might ring true and familiar to anyone who has been following recent revelations by the NSA here in the real world, Captain America questions the sacrifice of freedom for supposed safety. In the midst of all of this, he must also track and fight a villain known only as The Winter Soldier. This looks like it just may turn out to be one of the better films Marvel has produced yet; find out for yourself on April 14. This film is rated PG-13.
A scientist (Johnny Depp) working to understand and create truly artificially intelligent computers is shot by a member of a radical anti-tech group. He survives, but barely, and doesn’t have long to live. After much debate, his colleagues decide that they will try to transfer his mind and consciousness to one of the supercomputers that they have built before he dies. The experiment works, or so it would seem. They begin to realize that the mind inside of this machine might not be the man they used to know. This is a sci-fi film that crosses into the philosophical as well as the spiritual, asking questions like: Is there a soul? What makes us human? What would happen if the human mind had no boundaries? Transcendence debuts April 18. This film is not yet rated.
Rick Deal is a freelance writer and part time worship leader, he blogs at CultureMakerBlog.com and tweets at @Letsmakeadeal26.