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Surfer Bethany Hamilton Inspires on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

Tune in to ABC's popular Extreme Makeover: Home Edition on Sunday night, May 2, 2010, as Bethany Hamilton, a surfer made famous for losing her arm in a shark attack, makes a guest appearance and spends time with a physically-challenged family.

The Walls of Jericho: Why the Golden Age of Film Ended

Thomas Doherty, author of Pre-Code Hollywood, claimed that the "most vivid and compelling motion pictures" ever made were created "under the most severe and narrow-minded censorship." Why?

Simple Faith in the Face of Tragedy Fuels Letters to God

"Unfortunately, Christian movies have had a bad name," says Letters to God film director David Nixon. "But we're trying to change that. We're artists who've honed our skills for many years, and we want to bring that talent that God has given us to the forefront and make really good, really quality movies."

  • Christa A. Banister |
  • April 08, 2010 |
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Faith, Family and Forgiveness Play the Accompaniment for The Last Song

"There are a lot of themes in The Last Song," author/ screenwriter Nicholas Sparks says of the latest film adapted from his work. "You've got faith, forgiveness, family … themes that touch viewers because they recognize them in their own lives."

  • Christa A. Banister |
  • March 29, 2010 |
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Actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley Finds Inspiration in Amish Grace

How would you react if one of your children was murdered? How easily would forgiveness come? Kimberly Williams-Paisley, star of Lifetime Movie Network’s original film Amish Grace, faced those very questions as she inhabited the role of a grieving mother.

'Avatar': Waiting for Salvation from Beyond

Even if E.T. is out there, the solution for the longing expressed in Contact and Avatar isn't to sit by the phone waiting for him, or imagining other life forms.

Collision: Christopher Hitchens and Douglas Wilson

What began as a correspondence between atheist Christopher Hitchens and conservative Christian Douglas Wilson has led to a co-authored book, a debate tour, and now a fascinating documentary.

Robert Duvall Finds Fresh Inspiration in Independent Films Like Crazy Heart

In an age where special effects and superheroes reign supreme at the box office, veteran actor and producer Robert Duvall is happily swimming against the tide by developing smaller projects he's passionate about—character-driven fare like Crazy Heart, the redemptive story of washed-up country star Bad Blake.

  • Christa A. Banister |
  • February 16, 2010 |
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Critics' Choice: Top Movies of 2009

Oscar season is upon us and we at would feel remiss if we didn't comment on our favorite films of 2009. So as is our custom, the editors and regular movie reviewers of Crosswalk have once again voted.

  • Editorial Staff & Film Critics |
  • February 08, 2010 |
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Movies That Matter: How To Save a Life

Teens can reach out to the hurting and the outcast. Their compassion may help change the course of their peers' lives--both now and for eternity.

Harrison Ford, Brendan Fraser Go to Extraordinary Measures

Considering the wide range of iconic characters Harrison Ford has played over the course of his 40-year acting career, even he likes to switch things up every once in a while. Signing up for Extraordinary Measures, both as an actor and executive producer, was a welcome opportunity to "try something new."

  • Christa A. Banister |
  • January 20, 2010 |
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Denzel Washington is a Man on a Mission in The Book of Eli

For Oscar-winning actor Denzel Washington, the son of a Pentecostal minister of 50 years, the opportunity to play a faith-filled character was something close to his heart, especially since one of The Book of Eli's prevalent themes is that "God is love."

  • Christa Banister |
  • January 14, 2010 |
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Songs, Silliness and Greater Stakes Characterize The Chipmunks' Squeakquel

Even with pop music at the center of Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel, the filmmakers behind the second big-screen installment of Alvin and the Chipmunks kept the cultural references to a minimum and chose to make a family flick that's really all about the kids.

  • Christa A. Banister |
  • December 22, 2009 |
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Flirting with Danger: New Moon's Victim Stereotype

Do we really want to be presenting what looks like a classic abuse victim as a role model for young girls?

'A Christmas Carol': The Joy of Second Chances

The tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, the miser who is transformed by a ghostly intervention into a good and generous man on Christmas Eve, is one that never seems to grow old.

For Funnyman Michael Jr., Comedy is Serious Business

Michael Jr. does what few others can—be featured on The Tonight Show one night and then take his stand-up routine to a church the next. Wherever he steps up to the microphone, audiences agree Michael Jr. knows what it takes to keep it clean while keeping the crowd in stitches.

Looking for God on The Road

The Road, author Cormac McCarthy’s next book to hit the big screen this month, was inspired by his relationship with his young son John, born when McCarthy was 65. The result is a stunning love story between a father and his son set against the most horrific backdrop imaginable.

  • Jay Swartzendruber |
  • November 23, 2009 |
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Believers Walk the Talk in The Blind Side

Will The Blind Side become the next Rudy? With the highly anticipated film hitting theaters November 20, mainstream media outlets are asking some good questions, but they may be overlooking the most significant one of all: Could this movie help change the way we view homeless children and how we approach adoption and foster care?

  • Jay Swartzendruber |
  • November 17, 2009 |
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Stage "Prairie" Lacks the Depth of Previous Incarnations

This week, I joined 2,000 others in witnessing the newest variation on this century old story: Little House on the Prairie, The Musical. An Ingalls tale without Michael Landon. A history book without a soul. This time, there were very few tears.

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