1. Words on Bathroom Walls (Theaters: Aug. 21)
A witty teenage student is diagnosed with a mental illness and learns to face the future thanks to support from his family, his Catholic high school priest, and his girlfriend. The film stars Charlie Plummer (All the Money in the World), Taylor Russell (Waves) and Andy Garcia (Godfather Part III, The Untouchables). Due to strong language, this one is not for children. Rated PG-13 for mature thematic content involving mental illness, some sexual references, strong language and smoking.
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2. Queen Esther (Streaming: Sept. 4, 5, 6)
It’s the first-ever live broadcast of a Sight & Sound Theatres production. Queen Esther is a Broadway-like musical that tells the story of the courageous Old Testament woman who saved her people, the Jews, by foiling an evil plan. It will be broadcast live from Lancaster, Pa., on Sight & Sound’s streaming service, Sight-Sound.TV, with multiple cameras and behind-the-scenes interviews. It’s entertaining, gripping and inspiring. The Sept. 4 production will take place live; the others are encores. Visit Sight-Sound.TV.
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3. A Rush of Hope (Streaming: Sept. 4-7)
On Labor Day Weekend, this “cinematic crusade” featuring Greg Laurie and others will stream on Harvest.org and Harvest’s Facebook page, delivering the gospel in an “artistic way,” according to its website. “What is the meaning of my life, and what happens after I die? There are answers to these questions,” Laurie says in the trailer. It will feature music from For King and Country, Mercy Me and Jeremy Camp, as well as movie clips from the Erwin Brothers. The same filmmakers who made I Can Only Imagine and I Still Believe are producing it. Visit Harvest.org/a-rush-of-hope.
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