Best Summer Movie Choices, 2020-21
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Happy New Year to my Friends! As ongoing gifts to you I continue to screen and recommend the best in artistry and content in redemptive movies and media. May we all pursue what is best. May we enjoy the good, uplifting gifts our Lord gives us in all aspects of our world. Warmly, Diane Howard, https://www.imdb.com/user/ur8306785/lists?ref_=ttls_otl_sm
The focus of this magazine is on Christian Missions and Ministries, as well as Redemptive Media and Movies. It is a joint effort between interviewer/ journalist Dr. Diane Howard and designer/illustrator David Ray Skinner to share the Gospel’s redemptive message that is currently being woven into Christian outreach work, movies, and entertainment today. Together we stay on the frontlines keeping the magazine updated with the latest developments. See what is new on this site.
Today, independent film, media companiesf are prevailing. These often have less challenges with compromising material than large corporations who have more individuals weighing in with their agendas that often include compromising ones. Redemptive movies have increasingly good content, artistry. We have more, better, authentic, redemptive movies providing solutions for today’s challenges, inspiring joy, Truth, vital connection.
J. R. R. Tolkien, master of heroic fantasy fiction, is presented for the first time in this new biographical movie. With skillful cinematography and acting, this compelling movie exhibits the author’s early life and writings. Tolkien endures challenges with classmates; love of his life, Edith; and WWI, to write the intense tales of Middle-Earth (fictional continent on prehistoric Earth), where characters, tales reflect the importance of Christian values.
In the film, high school brothers Zach and Dave Truett are raising themselves in a ramshackle house. Their mother has died of cancer, and their father, in his grief, has chosen alcohol over his sons. Standing at the location shoot of the house, McEntire reflected on how the story came about. “I wanted to write a film about something I knew, and I know small towns,” he said. “I know houses like this and growing up with brothers and growing up in church and playing sports..."
This film examines the unborn's right to life. It addresses the sanctity of life and if a child in the womb is a person. It focuses on a pregnant single girl who has been advised by her mother to have an abortion despite the objection of the child’s young father, who with his family file a lawsuit on behalf of the child’s right to life. The court must decide whether the child in Emma’s womb is a person or not and if it is endowed with unalienable rights in the Declaration of Independence.
War veteran SFC Travis Fox (TC Stallings) returns home to fight one more battle - PTSD. Fox and his best friend have been in their 6th combat deployment when all but Fox were killed in a deadly IED attack. Travis returns to his home to settle the affairs of his parents who had passed away. In searching for answers about his parents, he also struggles with PTSD and a secret hidden by his hometown friend.
14-year-old Annabel lives with her fisherman grandfather on an island paradise, surrounded by an extended family of loving but quirky neighbors and her best friend - a dolphin named Mitzy. Grandparents arrive with a shifty lawyer to bring her back to New York. Annabel and friends must save the day and prove that love conquers all! The cinematography is beautiful and the water acrobatics of Mitzy the Dolphin are spectacular.
Another Faith Content Network movie, Faith Under Fire, is now released. See my interview with Kevin Sorbo for this honest but inspiring movie. https://fruitinthedesert.com/.../faith-under-fire.../ . Tom is challenged to face his grief and embrace faith in the darkest hours of his life. This movie is available on DVD/VOD/Streaming starting December 8 and is also available through the Faith Content Network to churches, http://faithcontentnetwork.com/, with no hosting or license fees.
In this film with stunning cinematography, John Lennox memorably, clearly shares compelling evidence that science and history not only align with scripture but actively support the Biblical accounts. This has been the life-long passion of this internationally-renowned speaker, author on the interface of science, philosophy, and religion. Lennox breaks down the arguments, issues most often cited in apologetics debates, reflecting on very public, sold-out encounters with well-known atheists
A Father’s Legacy is a timely, thought-provoking, inspirational story that looks at family, redemption, and loyalty as it follows a young man on the run after an armed robbery. Hiding from the law, he sets out to find the father he never knew. Venturing further away from the city streets, he finds himself at the secluded home of a stranger.. As the days pass and the secrets about their past are revealed, they learn that they may have been brought together for a reason.
“A Week Away” shines joy and light, pointing the way to healthy, jubilant freedom, connection, and hope. When many have been in lockdowns, socially isolated in restrictive, sad situations, especially our young people (many of whom have been experiencing depression, loss of hope), this movie takes viewers through its young characters into the light of healthy outdoor sunshine, positive relationships, and gives joyful hope for the future. It is the first high-energy, dance musical of its kind.
Despite the fact that many long-standing movie studios and theater chains are failing, many new independent, family-friendly, redemptive studios and outlets are producing and providing good, uplifting, truthful movies and media in the ongoing Reformation of film and new alternative media. Many of these first-run movies are being distributed and screened by churches with no hosting or liscensing fees. See http://faithcontentnetwork.com/.
Faith Content Movies are prevailing in the ongoing Reformation of media through the Faith Content Network making new movies available to churches and through emerging independent studios. New alternative media and paradigms of production and distribution are growing to provide media, movies that align with Biblical Truth and are redemptive, uplifting... Whatever is true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, admirable— if anything is excellent or praiseworthy— think on these things. Philippians 4:8
An amazing new distribution paradigm is providing top faith content movies to churches. While Hollywood movies studios and theaters have been struggling and failing, an amazing development has been the production and distribution of some of the best faith content movies through Fathom Events in collaboration with Faith Content Network, which is an association of churches around the country to which any church can apply.
COLORS OF CHARACTER: An Artist’s Journey to Redemption is about the extraordinary journey of prolific artist Steve Skipper. Skipper has broken down racist walls in fine art. Skipper became a Christian, when he was a member of a Birmingham, Alabama street gang. His life was transformed. Focused on faith and painting, Skipper gained notoriety in the sports world for his meticulous artistic style of super-realism. Skipper continued his journey, painting the stories of the Civil Rights movement.
Despite the fact that many long-standing movie studios and theater chains are failing, many new independent, family-friendly, redemptive studios, and outlets are producing and providing good, uplifting, truthful movies and media in the ongoing Reformation of film and new alternative media.
Summer is a great time for families to watch good movies with outdoor scenes, as well as Christian themes worth discussing. Fortunately, there are many worthwhile choices on streaming sites. These movies not only entertain, but they enlighten and edify. They have excellent artistry and content. They provide outstanding discussion starters for families and create interest in being in the great American outdoors. Here are top choices for a range of ages and demographics of excellent movies.
Some of the best redemptive films in 2020, have been produced, distributed through Fathom Events with Faith Content Network in which first-run, top quality faith, family movies are provided for churches to show. It is free for approved churches to host one of these movies. Programming are ticketed events for which eligible churches share in the box office receipts. There are no licenses, up-front costs for churches to show some of the best quality movies.
Amazing new distribution paradigm has been recently bringing top belief-based movies for the big screen to churches. Viewers can gather right at their churches' facilities to see these good movies. While Hollywood movies studios, theaters have been struggling, failing in recent years, the production, distribution of high-quality, faith content movies has been growing. Fathom Events and Faith Content Network supports churches to distribute first-run, first-rate, belief-based movies.
The Water Man is a heartfelt, gripping, redemptive family (PG) movie. It has wonderful themes about the importance of hope, family, new beginnings and much more. The cinematography is stunning and the acting is outstanding. It is veteran actor David Oyelowo's directing debut and does not not disappoint. In the story young Gunner Boone sets out on a dangerous quest to find a mythical man who may be able to bring healing to his mother and finds something more important than health itself- Hope!
“A Week Away” shines joy and light, pointing the way to healthy, jubilant freedom, connection, with friends, family. When many have been in lockdowns, socially isolated in restrictive, sad situations, especially our young people (many of whom have been experiencing depression, loss of hope), this movie takes viewers into the light of healthy outdoor sunshine, positive relationships, and gives joyful hope for familes, friendships. It is the first high-energy, dance musical of its kind.
THE PILGRIM'S PROGRESS, rated PG, is an animated adventure movie that is appropriate for older children through adults. This deeply significant film is based on John Bunyan’s powerful classic story. It contains universal themes about the Christian journey of overcoming perils, life/death struggles on the way to the Celestial City. This film has been produced to inspire American families as well as to support missionaries and churches in volatile regions around the world.