Movies

Social Justice Films

As we wrestle with the question of what social justice truly means, here is a list of films with stories and themes that exemplify the subject. The topics of these films range from slavery to murder, and even genocide, and some contain genuinely disturbing material. Consider carefully, and even prayerfully which films you will watch, particularly if you plan to watch them with your family. These films depict some of the deepest darkness within humanity, but sometimes that harsh truth is exactly what we need to see in order to be motivated to affect change. Amazing Grace – Rated PG […]

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Fun Summer Movies

Summer is here, and with it comes a season of fun and exciting films. Certainly there are less Oscar-worthy dramas vying for our attention as theaters fill up with action, adventure and comedy genres. These flicks often lean a bit more on flash and fun than depth and substance, but that does not mean they will not make for a great movie experience. We have already seen a few big blockbusters earlier this summer such as Iron Man 3, Star Trek: Into Darkness and Man of Steel, but take a look at what is still in store for July and […]

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Great Gatsby & The Gospel

Late in his life, F. Scott Fitzgerald scrawled a line in a notebook that has often been repeated, “There are no second acts in American lives.” There are days when I believe this, or at least live like I do. I feel the discouragement of a familiar cycle running its course. The prospect of ever being free from this path can seem thin and unconvincing. I betray my discouragement with hunched shoulders, lowered gaze, shameful countenance and weary disposition. This is a one act play with no set or costume changes and no dramatic plot turns. With no context, it […]

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Spring Films You Won’t Want To Miss

We are coming out of the winter movie dry spell that leaves us searching for a good film like water in the desert. As we look ahead to the coming weeks, these are the films that you likely will not want to miss. Jurassic Park 3D Everyone’s favorite movie with dinosaurs and mayhem is being re-released in theaters this April, in 3D. While some may scoff at the idea of re-releasing older films as a way to simply make more money—and to be fair, they often are—bringing back classic films like Jurassic Park is an opportunity for today’s kids to […]

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The Lost Medallion

The Lost Medallion is a fantasy adventure story that kids are sure to love, and parents are sure to appreciate the positive message and spiritual undertones that the film conveys. The story starts when Daniel Anderson stops by a foster home to drop off some donations on his way to a ball game. After briefly speaking with one of the young girls who lives in the home, Daniel discovers that the woman who normally comes to the house to entertain the children with stories is absent. Albeit slightly against his will, Daniel decides to tell the kids a story of […]

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Five Winter Films Actually Worth Seeing

January and February are usually pretty bland months as far as movie releases are concerned. Sure there are still films coming out every week, but are they worth your time? And, more importantly, are they worth spending money to see in a theater? Or might they be better left to Netflix or Redbox a few months down the road? These are important questions when it feels like you need to take out a second mortgage on your house just to go to the movies these days. So here is a list of films that, judging by their trailers, just might […]

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10 Great Holiday Films

Turn the A/C down low, brew up some hot chocolate, and gather the family around to enjoy these classic holiday films that are sure to get you in the Christmas spirit! Miracle On 34th Street A remake of the 1947 film by the same name, this film is about a department store Santa that just so happens to be the real Santa Claus. Mr. Kringle meets a six year old girl named Susan who doesn’t believe in Santa, and makes it his mission to help her believe again. She has adopted the belief that is better not to hope, because […]

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Fall Films You Won’t Want To Miss

Flight Flight, starring Denzel Washington and Don Cheadle, is the story of airline Captain William Whitaker, played by Washington, who manages a seemingly impossible emergency landing after some sort of midair disturbance forces the plane down. Against all odds, Whitaker manages to save the lives of his passengers. When he awakens in his hospital bed, he discovers the media frenzy that his heroic actions have stirred up. He has become a national hero overnight. Reporters want his story, photographers want his picture; it becomes a true media circus. But when a post-crash blood test reveals that Whitaker had alcohol in […]

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The Dark Knight Rises: Beneath the Surface

(Warning: May contain spoilers!) With the release of The Dark Knight Rises, Christopher Nolan’s epic Batman trilogy has come to an end. As we examine this film, there are things that are sure to stay with us long after the credits roll. Nolan has crafted a story that is about so much more than a man in a mask. There are significant themes and principles woven throughout the film that are sure to resonate within the hearts and souls of viewers whose spiritual eyes and ears are open to seek out the deeper meaning in Nolan’s brilliant screenplay. Early on […]

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A Motivating Movie

While the film Hotel Rwanda was released nearly 10 years ago in 2004, it has a transcendent ability to take us on a journey of examination of our attitudes toward issues of social justice, an examination that is as relevant today as it was the day this movie was released. The film is based on the true story of Paul Rusesabagina, a hotel manager who was able to house and protect more than 1,200 refugees during the 1994 Rwandan Genocide. For those unfamiliar with this event, it was the result of Rwandan civil unrest on a grand scale and claimed […]

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