Faith issues grab the starring role in mainstream movies

The New Testament warns about trying to serve two masters. But Hollywood moviemakers would prefer to have it both ways. And so multiplexes have been crowded with films that wrestle with spiritual questions even while battling for box-office attention. These aren’t tiny indies, like the evangelical films that sprang up after “The Passion of the... Continue Reading

Secretariat to the rescue – an artistic equivalent of a caffeine jolt, a Red Bull for the spirit

If you are in a funk over the current state of political and economic affairs, you will come away feeling better after seeing Secretariat. In 1977, things were similarly gloomy. The misery index under President Jimmy Carter reflected the mood of many Americans. The president would come to speak of an America that had seen... Continue Reading

“Get Low” and the Gospel

In an often animalistic culture, it reminds us that even the Gentiles know that guilt is real, and that it burns. It also reminds us that, no matter how deep the exile, where there is still a conscience there is still the God who put it there. On Sunday afternoons, typically, the adrenaline of the... Continue Reading

Christian movie made in Memphis, ‘Grace Card’ to get national release

Howie Klausner, a self-described “modern evangelical” who co-wrote Clint Eastwood’s “Space Cowboys,” was brought on as a producer and screenwriter to revise Evans’ original script. A Cordova, Tennessee church and an entertainment giant are now partners in an effort to make a dent in sin as well as in the box office through the modern-day... Continue Reading

Movie Review: Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

Watching Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is a little like the dreams you might have if you fell asleep playing Nintendo and reading comic books on the couch next to your high-school girlfriend. It’s about young love, video games, finding a job, comic books, genuine maturity, and cartoons. And it’s funny. Director Edgar Wright has... Continue Reading

MOVIE REVIEW: Why Does Hollywood Hate ‘To Save a Life’?

So, why the hatred? There’s really only one answer. The movie’s message of salvation is decidedly Christian Earlier this year I was blessed with the opportunity to co-star in the film “To Save a Life.” It turned out to be one of the most successful faith-based films of all time. Aimed squarely at teenagers facing... Continue Reading

Movie Review: The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud

And while the view of the afterlife pitched in Charlie St. Cloud doesn’t square with what you learned in Sunday school, there are religious overtones Last winter, 16-year-old Abby Sunderland set out from California on a mission to be the youngest sailor to circumnavigate the world solo. But by early June, Abby was in trouble... Continue Reading

Official Trailer for ‘Voyage of the Dawn Treader’ Hits Web

With Disney out and Fox in, Narnia fans are hoping “Dawn Treader” will see success similar to “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” The first official trailer for the third movie installment of the “Chronicles of Narnia” made its public debut Thursday morning, giving fans a peak at what some thought wasn’t going to... Continue Reading

Please Mr. Postman: ‘Letters to God’ – A Review

“We believe that Christian movies are the greatest evangelical tool of our time,” director David Nixon told an invited audience at a Feb. 22 preview screening of “Letters to God” A sometimes moving, sometimes awkward blend of sentimental family drama, childhood cancer education and Christian proselytizing, “Letters to God” is the latest feature film targeted... Continue Reading

Letters To God: A Born-Again Box-Office Hit?

You heard it here first: the sleeper hit of the summer might not be Letters To Juliet but the altogether more powerfully titled Letters To God. Here’s what you need to know: it’s a Christian indie, it’s going to be in 750 theaters on April 9, and there’s already a grass-roots, church-based campaign to get... Continue Reading