Movies, TV that Help You Feel Happy, Hopeful
Today is our dark world, we need more than ever movies that lift our hearts, minds, spirits, and souls. Here are some engaging, feel-good movies and TV shows…
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PBS and Amazon Prime offer two new seasons of this delightful series. James Herriot’s adventures as a veterinarian in 1930’s Yorkshire are covered in in this seven-part series based on Heriot's beloved books. These episodes are full of humor, compassion and love of life. Heriot is a role model of integrity, hard work, care of animals and their owners. The cinematography and acting is lovely. It is refreshing to enjoy a wholesome comedy and drama without political agenda.
This is a delightful, G-rated Charlie Brown movie in which the Peanuts gang celebrates Thanksgiving. Peppermint Patty invites herself and her friends over to Charlie Brown’s for Thanksgiving. With Linus, Snoopy, and Woodstock, Chuck attempts to host a traditional holiday feast. In this Emmy-winning film, dinner becomes a disaster when Snoopy and Woodstock serve toast and popcorn as the main dish. However, Marcie steps in and saves the holiday. In the end, Linus tells the history of Thanksgiving,
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...
This delightful Disney, Pixar, G-rated movie for the whole family shows the power of teamwork. Bonnie, new owner, makes another, Forky. Old toys are challenged to include, help Forky. The movie is filled with many exciting adventures, events and has some good themes about the values of family, serving others. The importance of taking care of others; maturing to find real love in good positive, male/female monogamous relationships; sacrificial love; and finding the purpose are stressed.
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.
This is the sequel to the powerful Black Stallion movie with spectacular cinematography and fine acting. This sequel continues with good values related to friendships as well as to courage, perseverance, ingenuity and more. The adventure, suspense of the first movie continues with this one. It is appropriate for the whole family.
This is a powerful movie with spectacular cinematography and fine acting. The boy, stallion, and Mickey Rooney are all delightful. This film has good values related to family and friendships as well as to courage, perseverance, ingenuity and more. It has strong visuals and minimalistic dialogue. It is appropriate for the whole family.
This movie that takes place in the Alps has stunning cinematography. The close-up photography of animals and birds is wonderful and amazing. The relationship between a boy and the eaglet he enables to survive is endearing. This is a story of reconciliation, redemption, and healing on multiple levels. The music in this movie is also lovely.
PETER RABBIT deals with discovering what is true to resolve conflicts and find reconciliation. It is about the mischievous and adventurous Peter Rabbit, who leads his animal friends to battle against the McGregors. This movie is PG-rated and is appropriate for children through adults. This charming film is based on Beatrix Potter books and is full of delightful British humor.
PADDINGTON 2 is full of heart and laughs. This film (PG) is a sequel to the highly entertaining first PADDINGTON movie. These are based on the beloved books by English author Michael Bond. Although Paddington ends up in a prison in PADDINGTON 2, the sequel is less scary than the first PADDINGTON movie with Nicole Kidman as the menacing taxidermist in the first film. When Paddington is in prison, the initially intimidating-looking inmates befriend the kind Paddington with lots of physical comedy.
Best-selling author Max Lucado’s A Christmas Candle movie is a heartwarming story of faith, trust, and tradition. It is set in the little of village of Gladbury, England, where it is believed that an angel visits the Haddington Candlery every 25th year. The angel blesses a candle which was first given by the candle maker gave the candle to a poor orphan girl. The acting, story, and cinematography are lovely and delightful.
The holidays continue to bring out some of the best on television, such as It’s Your 50th Christmas, Charlie Brown. This 50th anniversary of A Charlie Brown Christmas is celebrated first with a retrospective followed by the animated classic movie. This report reveals why Craig Schulz, original creator Charles Schultz’s son, thinks interest in his father’s “Peanuts” has endured for so long.
In “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” Linus says, “Sure, Charlie Brown, I can tell you what Christmas is all about...‘And there were... shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them... for behold, I bring unto you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the City of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord..."
Miracles From Heaven features Jennifer Garner. Queen Latifah and Eugenio Derbez, Mexican comic star, bring delightful, heart-felt, comic relief to the movie. This film is based on Christy Beam’s bestselling book about the amazing true story of her daughter, Anna, who experienced a painful, debilitating disorder for four years but was restored and healed in a freak accident.
In response to faith and prayers, young Colton Burpo survives his surgery, which the doctors say is a miracle. But Colton also slowly and beautifully shares details of his amazing experiences in Heaven during the surgery with childlike innocence and speaks matter-of-factly about things that happened before his birth, which he could not possibly know. Colton is performed by Connor Corum and his father by Greg Kinnear. This is a delightful, inspiring movie based on true events.
GOODBYE CHRISTOPHER ROBIN follows A.A. Milne’s personal development and that of his writings. Having served in World War I, A.A., is called Blue because he suffers from PTSD and tries to write a book on the evils of war. With writer’s block, he decides to move the family to the countryside. At one point, Blue and his young son, Billy, are all by themselves, which leads them to grow in their relationship. They take hikes, long walks, when they pretend that Billy’s teddy bear is in his own world.
“The Star brilliantly tells the story of the first Christmas from the perspective of the adventurous animals who contributed to the journey and bore witness to the miraculous birth of Jesus Christ. The entire family will laugh and be inspired as they experience the power of faith, friends, and courage through the eyes of these brave, heroic animals,” said President & CEO of Franklin Entertainment and Executive Produce of Sony Pictures new film The Star, DeVon Franklin.
RACE FOR YOUR LIFE, CHARLIE BROWN-When the Peanuts gang goes to summer camp, they participate in a river-raft race against some cheating bullies. This classic movie, along with the other Peanuts movies created by the Schultz Family, presents enduring Christian themes through the stories of the comic antics of The Peanuts characters.
In Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch, love in families and in the community triumph over materialism, greed, and hostility. The story is about the people of Whoville, who are full of joy as they prepare for Christmas. The Grinch who decides to steal to visit every home in Whoville to steal Christmas trees, ornaments, and gifts. This is a delightful movie with skillful animation and entertaining comedy. It incorporates Christmas carols that focus on the redemptive love of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Childhood innocence comes alive in CHRISTOPHER ROBIN, Disney’s live-action and realistic CGI movie. This delightful movie celebrates the rediscovery of the joy, innocence, and value of childhood for all. CHRISTOPHER ROBIN addresses the importance of protecting childhood innocence for the well-being of us all. Christ said that we must become as little children to enter the kingdom and that the greatest in the kingdom of Heaven are as little children.
This entertaining, endearing, family movie promotes valuing, defending, caring for family and community. It also makes a case against deceit, manipulation, commercializing British traditions (and other national traditions). The live action animal characters in this film are amazing and delightful.
This film observes the amazing eight-year adventure of the Chesters as they trade city living for 200-acres of barren farmland. With determination, perseverance, they overcome conflicts, discovering how harmony can be found with nature. They unlock and uncover a biodiverse design for living that exists far beyond their farm, its seasons, and the wildest imaginations of us all. This charming documentary has breathtaking cinematography, captivating animals, and a message to appreciate nature.