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Douglas Beaumont: Can Anything Good Come from Hollywood?

When it comes to Hollywood’s latest offerings, most of us fight an inner battle between ethics and entertainment. Douglas M. Beaumont addresses this very issue in his new book, The Message Behind the Movie (Moody Press).

Art and Mission Collide in Co-Founder's Work

"My goal is to make films that inspire and move the spirit," says filmmaker and founder Kevin Downes. Two of his films, Six: The Mark Unleashed and Mercy Streets, have just released on DVD.

  • Christa Banister |
  • September 21, 2009 |
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Wish Fulfillment Gets a Foodie Twist in Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

A multi-layered story was developed to help bring the concept in Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs to life. And much like something the Pixar folks dream up, there’s plenty of thoughtful takeaway in this talk of wish fulfillment gone seriously awry.

  • Christs Banister |
  • September 16, 2009 |
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Hope Is Found in Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All By Myself

With I Can Do Bad All By Myself, director Tyler Perry hopes that audiences will leave with a message of hope in the story of a nightclub singer named April, a couple of young delinquents, a handsome Mexican immigrant and of course, the reoccurring character Madea.

  • Christa Banister |
  • September 11, 2009 |
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Deconstructing Mad Men: TV's Best Gender-Driven Drama

Since it’s beginning, AMC's heralded Mad Men series has provoked thought about gender issues of the early '60s, but has unpacked them in insightful and challenging ways. As viewers, we observe how relevant it all still is for us today.

Jim Caviezel Eschews Feel-Good Fare in The Stoning of Soraya M.

It's summer, but Jim Caviezel thinks now is actually the perfect time to shake things up at a theater near you with The Stoning of Soraya M.—a disturbing, heart-wrenching film that's the polar opposite of feel-good entertainment.

Father-Daughter Love Story Explored in Imagine That

In Imagine That, Eddie Murphy portrays a father looking for a clue on how to reconnect with his daughter. Just in time for Father's Day, this movie is a surprisingly nuanced look at the joys of fatherhood and the blessings of children.

An Unlikely Hero Lifts Disney Pixar's Up

Disney Pixar takes a bit of a risk with an unlikely hero in its newest release. A crabby old man, Carl is not the cute animal, beautiful princess, or fast machine we so often see in animated films. But Up still works on every level, in no small part because the character and the story are so unpredictable.

Earth is Not G-Rated

You Are What You Read: Fiction, Fact, and Not Sure

I once thought pop culture could be useful in triggering conversations about ideas that matter. Now I'm skeptical that there's much of a bridge between superficial dialogue and serious fruitful discussion.

Jesus' Death and Resurrection as Portrayed on Film

Any film adapted from a written work runs the risk of minimizing the impact of the original story, or distorting it beyond recognition. Yet, over the decades, filmmakers have not shied away from visualizing the crucifixion and Resurrection of Christ.

Hannah Montana and Miley Cyrus: Living in Two Worlds

Miley Cyrus, the star of Disney's astronomically successful series Hannah Montana, is bringing the magic of the pop star with the secret normal life to the big screen in Hannah Montana: The Movie, opening Friday.

Slumdogs and Slavery

“Slumdog Millionaire,” a film that has been widely heralded for providing a glimpse into poverty in India, also briefly shines a light on the reality of child slavery.

  • Jane Marie Smith & Dr. Gary Scott Smith |
  • February 27, 2009 |
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NBC Goes Back to the Bible with "Kings"

It’s the stuff Hollywood is made of. And now Hollywood has returned to the biblical story of David to create a TV show called Kings. Set in the modern kingdom of Gilboa, the two-hour pilot airs on March 15 at 8:00 P.M. (ET) on NBC.

Faith, Family and Tapioca Take Center Stage in New in Town

A shared sense of humor between Harry Connick, Jr. and Renée Zellweger, not to mention an easy rapport through shooting in below-zero temps, helped build the chemistry that makes New in Town a charming romantic comedy.

  • Christa Banister |
  • January 28, 2009 |
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Critics' Choice: Top Movies of 2008

It's time to announce our favorite movies of 2008! Our panel consists of our three regular movie critics and four staff editors. Each submits their personal top ten films of the year which serves as our list of nominees. Then, our editorial team picks its favorite films with the most consideration given to the films with the most votes.

  • Editorial Staff and Film Critics |
  • January 26, 2009 |
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Bedtime Stories Brings Imagination to Life

Adam Sandler, star of the recent You Don’t Mess with the Zohan, is growing up. Father to a newborn and a toddler girl, Sandler shared his reasons for making Bedtime Stories, a whimsical film about imagination which opens Christmas Day.

More Than a Dog's Life Explored in Marley & Me

If you believe the ads and promotional campaign, you’ll think Marley & Me is a movie about a cute and incorrigible golden lab puppy. It is, but it is also so much more. It’s the story of a beautiful and loving marriage, told through the span of a dog’s life.

WALL-E's Christmas Reminder to Humanity

Sacrifice, love, logic, playfulness, creativity, connection, work—take some time this Christmas to rent a new DVD and let a little robot remind you what it means to be human, created in God’s image.

From Faith to Doubt to Faith: Frank Capra

George Bailey, like all of Capra’s heroes, “bet his life on what he believed . . . and what [he] believed was true.” The testimony of Capra, the chemist, is that his faith was not in vain.

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