Each Human Life Sacred/Of Value- Top Movies/TV
Dr. Diane Howard
The Railway Children
This is a lovely, charming, heart-felt movie with universal themes about children who learn to care for others and win the hearts of their community. The acting is very good. The characters are multi-dimensional and authentic.
The Bible is a biographical, dramatic miniseries covering God’s creation through landmark events leading to the Crucifixion and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. This outstanding miniseries has good acting, production, and cinematography. It weaves the Biblical accounts together keeping integrity of Scripture with emotional, spiritual depth, and engagement. Some details are left out and some added for dramatic effect. This miniseries brings the Bible to life in all its power and significance.
Son of God
Hollywood Reporter, “...religious organizations throughout ... country... buying out screens and distributing tickets to... thousands ...for ‘Theater Take-Overs’ ... Feb. 27, ...night before the film’s officially released...” Further, Crossroads Church is bringing thousands to a Cinemark theater, where Son of God will be showing on 13 screens at the same time. Saddleback Church is buying out screens in eight different theaters...
Ends of the Earth
A documentary exploring faith, passion and how hope emerges from tragedy, Ends of the Earth weaves together true stories of Mission Aviation Fellowship pilots - past and present - who strive with missionaries and local believers to take the gospel to the most remote places on Earth.
The Secret of Roan Inish
This is a charming family movie with wonderful cinematography and delightful, musical Irish dialects. It is an endearing film about heart-felt connection between family, friends, and animals. The Celtic storytelling and music is delightful.
A Hidden Life
Based on real events, this film is about unsung hero, Franz Jägerstätter, who refuses to fight for the Nazis in WW II. When this Austrian peasant farmer conscripted into the German Nazi Army, faces imprisonment, execution, and the rejection of his own community, his unwavering faith and his wife's keep their spirits alive. Malick's breath-taking cinematography, skillful use of symbols, slow pacing powerfully engage the audience's hearts, minds. Jägerstätter leaves a strong legacy of honor.
The cinematography, acting, music in this movie are outstanding. It is about a Southern slave, married to a free man. She longs to be free and runs away. She gets to freedom. taking the name of Harriet Tubman. She returns to the South to get her husband, who thinks she is dead and discovers he is now married to another woman. She returns to the North through the Underground Railroad with a group of slaves who also become free. Through God and prayer, she continues to free more.
Dear Evan Hansen
The generation-defining Broadway musical “Dear Evan Hansen” has now become a soaring cinematic event as Tony, Grammy, Emmy Award winner Ben Platt reprises his role as an anxious, isolated teenage boy aching for understanding, belonging in chaos and cruelty of the social-media age. In 2021, the themes of this story are even more relevant today. Added are the challenges for teens who have been isolated further by pandemic school lockdowns now trying to re-socialize with their school peers.
Order of Rights
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.
Free Burma Rangers
This incredibly powerful movie is available Fall of 2021 as part of the Faith Content Network available to churches without fees (licensing, hosting...), to theaters as Fathom Events, on streaming and more. This film explores the extraordinary 20-year journey of missionaries Dave and Karen Eubank. The film follows them, their three young children, and Free Burma Rangers as they venture into war zones where they are fighting to bring hope.
Blind Eyes Opened
BLIND EYES is broad, comprehensive, but inspirational about human trafficking. This captivating documentary features the gripping stories of six courageous individuals who were trafficked in America. Their accounts expose the reality of sex trafficking in the U.S. and engage audiences to think about their own communities. While their stories are tragic, their testimonies are full of hope in Jesus Christ. These stories reveal that even from the darkest pits of sex trafficking, God can restore.
In this dramatic true story, which captivated the world in 2010, a huge explosion trapped 33 miners deep underground in Chile. On the surface, an international team worked frantically to save them. Food rations and human hope were spare, but with deep determination and fervent prayer from those below and above, the miners lasted 69 days and were saved. This riveting film stars Antonio Banderas.
Priceless is another heroic movie based on true events. It is about a down-on-his-luck man who drives a truck all night to earn some fast money, not knowing it contains human cargo for sale. When he discovers that his “cargo” is two sisters being sold into human trafficking, James must decide whether to walk away or stay and fight for these girls. This movie exposes the evils of the sex trade. Again, the movie is about sacrificial love.
Juliet Stevenson performs Mother Teresa with a humble, gently loving spirit in this profoundly moving, timely movie. Mother Teresa is most concerned with offering care and comfort to the masses, who are starving, sick or dying. Her courage, focus, and sacrificial unconditional love despite resistance from many fronts is deeply inspiring. Her commitment to prayer, following her Lord’s leading in all she does, and love for all, which includes her enemies. She exemplifies Biblical pure religion.
The Least of These
This film is based on the powerful true story of Graham Staines, a missionary in India. He serves the leper population in India. With his sons, he meets an unexpected, tragic fate that his wife handles with great Christian courage, faith, and dignity. The story is told through the eyes of a fictional young journalist who goes undercover intending to expose Staines as illegally proselytizing leprosy patients. However, the journalist finds a man who has given himself completely, unselfishly.
Star-Studded Cast Serves Children in Film Event 'Buttons'| Interview - Sonoma Christian Home
Buttons is musical film from creator and director, Tim Janis. It tells a lovely story of how deeds of kindness, especially for vulnerable children, leave lasting legacies. Buttons, is a delightful, musical tale with universal themes about the faith and answered prayers of a nun (Roma Downey) as two guardian angels (Dick Van Dyke and Angela Lansbury) rescue vulnerable orphans.
This is the true story of Abby Johnson, who worked for Planned Parenthood. Abby was the director of the local Planned Parenthood office and was asked to go into the operation room to hold the ultrasound device so the doctor could suck out the baby. Running to the bathroom, she vomited. The movie then cuts back to how Abby as a young woman at Texas A&M from a Christian home, became involved with Planned Parenthood. She eventually left her job and Planned Parenthood took her to court.
Christina Noble suffered harshchildhood abuse, which broke everything but her spirit. After unthinkable adversities, she escaped slums of Ireland for Vietnam at 44. She encountered extreme poverty and horrifying loss of innocence of thousands of street children. She did not retreat or give up in rescuing these children. NOBLE is her story about how she has helped nearly one million children and their families since 1991. She displays ILC (internal locus of control- courage, determination...)
FUMC partners again with the Faith Content Network to bring the first-run movie Never Again? to The Beltonian Theatre, Nov. 2, 6 p.m. All are invited. This event educates today’s generation about the Truth of anti-Semitism featuring Holocaust survivor and a former radical Islamist. This film is especially significant today in light of what is happening with Israel, the Abrahamic accords and more. Tickets may be purchased in advance on the Beltonian Theatre Facebook event page or at the door.