Movies

The Year of Bible Films And What’s Next

Many of us have complained about the worldly Hollywood movies. But as the saying goes, “It’s better to light a candle than curse the darkness.” The year of 2014 experienced a record number of faith-based (i.e., Bible-based, Christian) films in theaters, many of which delivered powerful, life-changing messages — truly “lights in a dark place.” Even Hollywood and the secular press called 2014 the “Year of the Bible films.” Many of these films were successful at the box office such as “Son of God” (budget $22M, gross $60M), “God’s Not Dead” (budget $2M, gross $61M), “Noah” (budget $125M, gross $101M […]

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Don’t Miss “The Orphan Train” September 26 and 27 at Broward Center

On September 26th and 27th, audiences are in for a treat, as the play The Orphan Train by Aurand Harris will be performed at The Broward Center for the Performing Arts at 8:00pm. An elegant pre-show dinner will take place before both Friday and Saturday night performances at the new Huizenga Pavilion at 6:00pm. All of the event proceeds will benefit 4KIDS of South Florida, a local agency that is making its name in the world of foster care as a “national model” for kids in crisis. This highly charged stage production combines music, movement, film, and text, taking the […]

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When The Game Stands Tall… Why It’s Not Just About Football

Based on the true story of legendary football coach Bob Ladouceur (Jim Caviezel) and the De La Salle High School Spartans, “When the Game Stands Tall” is a film adaptation of the book written by Neil Hayes. Let me start off by saying that this film is actually the best faith-based film I have seen in some time and probably the best sports film I have seen in recent years too. While it has some weaknesses, I believe that “When the Game Stands Tall” accomplishes what it sets out to do — inspire. The game In this Sony-distributed film directed […]

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“Persecuted” Presents an Intriguing Premise But Does Not Deliver

One Media and Millennium Entertainment have come together to produce Persecuted, a new Christian film attempting to fuse a drama thriller with a politically engulfed mantra. The movie premiered on July 18 and was written and directed by Daniel Lusko (Epicenter, 2007; Riptide, 2010). The story Evangelist John Luther (James Remar) is the head of an international ministry, but when he refuses to support a legislation that his long-time friend, Senate Majority Leader Donald Harrison (Bruce Davison) is backing, Harrison creates a plan to frame Luther and ruin his reputation. Now Luther is on the run and out to prove […]

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Robert Amaya: Glorifying God Through Christian Films

Paul makes a simple call to Christians: “whether you eat or drink, (or work, or speak) whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10: 31 NLT). It sounds simple, and at the same time, if we are honest with ourselves, it is unquestionably challenging. Serving God requires focus and commitment, but the rewards are many. In my recent interview with Robert Amaya, South Florida resident and Christian actor, he pointed to 1 Corinthians 10:31 as his guiding verse. His commitment to serving God with his gifts and the joy that emerges, as a result, […]

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Family, Choices, and the Media

“Life is about finding the meaning, joy and purpose in all the chaos,” declares Allyson, the main character in the movie “Mom’s Night Out.” The film is intended to be a funny, faith-based, family-friendly portrayal of four moms who are desperate for a night out, leaving their husbands to watch the kids for a few hours while they are away. “Mom’s Night Out,” according to the film’s co-producer, Andrew Erwin, is intended to “celebrate moms in all their beautiful forms.” Interestingly, though, it has stirred much criticism. While 86 percent of moviegoers who saw the film said they would recommend […]

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NOAH: An Opportunity to Discuss the Truth

Anyone plugged into the world of cinema entertainment would have heard hype caused by the movie, Noah, released last month. Reviews were raving, yet very mixed in range. Half of movie viewers strongly disliked or disagreed with the way the film was presented, whereas others, found a different perspective, believing the movie to be entertaining, visually appealing, and even faith affirming.  The story of the flood, famously known from its account in Genesis, is the story of a man, Noah, who obeyed God with all of his heart. The Earth at this point was wicked and filled with people who […]

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Spring Films Worth Watching

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 […]

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Upcoming Christian Films

Christian films in the theaters used to be rare events. However, we are now being blessed with more and more faith-based films, many of which deliver powerful, life-changing messages. These inspirational films are truly a “light in a dark place” that strengthen believers and can serve as an outreach to the unchurched. We can each do our part to support these films by spreading the word via social media and in our churches (posters, bulletins, showing trailers, etc.). Bringing groups to the theaters opening weekend is key to the success of these films. Go to the film websites for trailers, […]

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Fall Films

Fall is here, and has brought a few promising films with it. Fall is a kind of transitional period; it isn’t summer blockbuster season anymore, but we haven’t reached the endless list of Oscar contenders that usually get packed in toward the end of the year either. In this season, we find a variety of films both big and small in scope and creativity. The following is a list of movies that, judging by their trailers and early reviews, look to be the best that will be gracing our theaters this autumn. Gravity – PG-13 After a freak accident leaves […]

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