- 2020Feb 20
Let's take some time during the Easter season to watch a movie that will inspire us to reflect on why we celebrate this holiday. As we approach Easter, we are once again confronted by the wonder of Christ’s resurrection. The knowledge that an all-powerful Savior came to earth as a man, then gave himself to be crucified, is staggering to consider. The Easter celebration is a time when we look to the promises of the gospel, recounting its message of hope, joy, mercy, and profound love. So when the Sunday services are over, and the family is relaxing after a good meal, consider revisiting these lessons in the form of a movie.
While not the most expansive of holidays, Easter still has several terrific movies and films to its name. Are you looking to witness the last trails of Jesus? Perhaps you’d prefer something lighter for the children? Either way, here are the top 10 movies for Christians to watch this Easter.
The Passion of the Christ
Arguably the most famous Christian movie in existence, The Passion of the Christ captures every moment of fear, pain, and resolve surround the crucifixion of Jesus. Though controversy still dogs this violent film, Jim Caviezel delivers a stunning performance that’s still acknowledged to this day. Filled with raw emotion and gruesome brutality, The Passion of the Christ is not for the faint of heart. However, those viewers who can endure its onslaught will step away with a new understanding, and a new hope, in the resurrection of Christ.
A more recent addition to the list of Eater movies, Risen takes a rather creative approach to the events surrounding Easter. Instead of retelling the story of Christ and his disciples, Risen follows a Roman Centurion who is charged by Pontius Pilate to investigate the disappearance of Jesus’ body and quell a Jewish uprising. As the search leads him across Jerusalem and into the path of Christ’s disciples, the truth behind the mystery proves even more fantastic than he imagined. By viewing the resurrection through the eyes of an outside, Risen brings new life to a familiar narrative.
VeggieTales: An Easter Carol
Who can resist the hijinks of Bob the Tomato and Larry the Cucumber, especially when Rebecca St. James joins the fun as an angel named Hope? Based on the work of Charles Dickens, An Easter Carol follows everyone’s favorite vegetables as they attempt to persuade the cranky Mr. Nezzer from destroying St. Bart’s church to make way for his new amusement park. Safe for children, and fun for adults of all ages, An Easter Carol teaches the viewers the true meaning of Easter with plenty of laughs and silly songs to boot. Christian parents couldn’t ask for a better movie to share the Easter story with their kids.
Son of God
Created by Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, Son of God is an adaption of their record-breaking miniseries The Bible. The feature film expands upon the ministry of Jesus, chronicling his life from birth to resurrection. What makes this movie so unique is that it gives audiences a panoramic view of Christ’s intentions. Easter is no longer simply an “event” which concluded Christ’s time on Earth, it was the moment his entire life had been building toward. With fantastic acting and beautiful scenery, Son of God is truly a miracle to behold.
The Greatest Story Ever Told
The name pretty much says it all. The Greatest Story Ever Told lived up to its reputation by being a project of truly biblical proportions. The cast includes veteran actors like Charlton Heston, Angela Lansbury, and Max von Sydow, who for years after was the face of Jesus. Standing at nearly 4 hours long, this movie is a serious undertaking. Still, if viewers are searching for a deep and comprehensive look into the life of Jesus, they won’t find a better story.
Whether it’s the classic version or its recent remake, Ben-Hur mixes the best of Biblical history with Christian storytelling. After the Jewish prince Judah Ben-Hur is betrayed by a close friend and sold into slavery, his thirst for vengeance leads him into the deadly sport of Roman chariot racing. However, behind the scenes, events are taking place which Ben-Hur doesn’t truly understand. Who is this mysterious prophet with whom he keeps crossing paths? What plan has God laid out for him and his family? A great film in every aspect, Ben-Hur should not be overlooked.
It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown
Sometimes you just need a movie to help you smile, and who better to do that than Snoopy and the Peanuts gang? In its 12th prime-time television outing, Linus tries to convince his friends that the Easter Beagle will make a holiday appearance when he arrives on Sunday morning. Given his previous tale about the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown and company are more than a little skeptical. Thankfully, everyone’s favorite puppy decides to step in and save the day!
The Gospel of John
Though not the most compelling Christian film in the genre, The Gospel of John nonetheless earns a place on this list for its unwavering commitment to scripture. The movie is a word-for-word reenactment of Jesus’ ministry with no additions or subtractions. This attention to detail is truly striking, and it’s impressive the cast were able to pull off such a difficult feat and deliver solid performances at the same time. Plus, former Lost fans will get a kick out of watching Henry Ian Cusick (AKA: Desmond) portray the Son of God.
Though it certainly falls outside the traditionally faith-filled conversation surrounding Easter, this upbeat musical is still worth a view thanks to good, old-fashioned nostalgia. Fred Astaire stars a dancer suddenly deprived of his partner when a former colleague sweeps her away for a solo career. Luckily, he finds a replacement in a lovely chorus dancer played by Judy Garland. Overflowing with color and classic songs, Easter Parade is for everyone looking to get dressed up and dance on a wonderful Easter morning.
One of the oldest movies on this list, The Robe has still retained its luster over time. Richard Burton portrays a military tribune named Marcellus Gallio who wins the robe of Jesus in a dice game. Haunted by his role in the crucifixion, Gallio slowly comes to understand what Jesus was trying to accomplish with his death. After converting to Christianity, Gallio must face the scorn of his peers and the madness of his emperor, leading to a climactic ending viewers won’t soon forget. Brimming with the message of God’s grace and eternal love, The Robe is an Easter movie guaranteed to touch your heart.
What is your favorite movie to watch over Easter? Share in the comments below!
- 2017Jul 07
Director Ava DuVernay has never shied away from controversial subjects. Before taking the reins of the upcoming Wrinkle in Time movie, DuVernay showcased her ability with such films as Selma and 13th, both of which chronicled the systemic injustices heaped upon African Americans. Now, according to Relevant Magazine, DuVernay hopes to bring that same passion to an upcoming Netflix miniseries on the Central Park Five, one she’ll be creating, writing, and directing.
The Central Park Five is the name given to a group of five Harlem teenagers who were wrongly arrested for the rape of a woman in 1989. Though eventually exonerated in 2014, their story has resurface in modern news after a major newspaper ad surfaced calling for the boys’ execution. The ad in question was written by now-president Donald Trump, who has still refuses to acknowledge their innocence. Though no release date or casting announcement has been given, it’s likely the series will hit Netflix sometime in 2019.
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- 2017Jul 07
According to Entertainment Weekly, Joan Lee, the longtime wife of Marvel Comics legend Stan lee, has died. Born in England, Joan met Stan while working as a hat model. Marvel comics issued a statement not long after her passing,
“We are so saddened to hear about the loss of Joan Lee. We lost a member of the Marvel family today and our thoughts and prayers go out to Stan and his daughter Joan in this difficult time.”
The news also caused a large number of Marvel fans to express their condolences on social media. Though Joan was only slightly connected to the Marvel brand, she did make a cameo appearance in X-Men: Apocalypse and provide voice work for several animated series.