The good news, though, is there’s plenty of quality movies to watch.
If you’re looking for some good Christian films to watch this weekend, we’ve got you covered. Here are five worthwhile movies:
1. The Case for Christ (2017)
This Pure Flix movie, directed by Jon Gunn and starring the late Robert Forster, Faye Dunaway, Erika Christensen, and Mike Vogel, chronicles the journeys of real-life investigative reporter Lee Strobel, who set out on a mission to disprove the Christian faith and the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
His no-holds-barred search to discredit Christianity caused a major rift between Strobel and his wife, who became a Christian while he was still determined to falsify the faith at the center of his journalistic inquiry.
After two years of intense research and meticulous investigation, Strobel was compelled to accept the truths of Christianity. He went on to write about his incredible journey in his best-selling book, “The Case for Christ.”
2. An Interview with God (2018)
The Astute Films movie, directed by Perry Lang and written by Ken Aguado, stars David Strathairn, Brenton Thwaites, and Hill Harper. The fictional film tells the story of Paul Asher, a budding journalist who had just returned home after being deployed to Afghanistan.
When he comes home, Asher’s marriage — and life — is crumbling around him. His life, though, takes an interesting turn when he’s offered the intriguing opportunity to interview a mysterious man claiming to be God, played by Strathairn.
The film’s co-producer, Harrison Powell, said he hoped the film would encourage people to ask questions and start conversations about faith in God.
“Our thought is, film is art and great art should ask questions, sometimes more than it gives answers,” he said.
3. Same Kind of Different As Me (2017)
This Paramount Pictures film, based on the New York Times bestseller by the same title, stars Greg Kinnear, René Zellweger, Djimon Hounsou, and Jon Voight. It chronicles the real-life experiences of art dealer Ron Hall, who, after coming clean about an affair, is challenged by his wife Debbie to make up for his selfishness by volunteering with her at the local homeless shelter.
Initially cynical about the entire thing, Hall ultimately befriends a homeless man who introduces himself as Denver. Hall’s relationship with Denver ultimately leads to a moving reconciliation between himself and his father, played by Voight.
Variety described the faith-based film as a “sincere and sometimes clumsy plea for old-fashioned Christian empathy.”
4. Good Sam (2019)
Though it’s not a Christian movie in the traditional sense, the Netflix original film “Good Sam” is chock full of worthwhile faith-based lessons.
The movie, which boasts a “Dove Approved” seal, follows the story of intrepid New York City beat reporter Kate Bradley, played by Tiya Sircar, as she works to unmask the identity of a mysterious good Samaritan leaving bags of $100,000 on residents’ doorsteps.
In its review of the film, Movieguide said “Good Sam” is “filled with positive Christian, biblical messages that obviously draw on the biblical story found in Luke 10,” when Jesus tells his disciples the Parable of the Good Samaritan.
5. Samson (2018)
For those who want to see a biblical epic, the Pure Flix movie “Samson,” starring Taylor James, Billy Zane, Lindsay Wagner, and Caitlin Leahy, tells the story of Samson in the Old Testament book of Judges.
In the film, set not long before the reign of King David, the Hebrews in Israel are under the harsh rule of the Philistines. It’s prophesied that Samson will help God’s people defeat the Philistines with his supernatural strength. His weakness, though, is his sexual desire.
Throughout the action-packed film, viewers see how God helps Samson overcome his physical temptations to use him in greater ways.
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ചെന്നൈ:പ്രശസ്ത തമിഴ് നടൻ വിവേക് (59)അന്തരിച്ചു. പുലർച്ചെ 4.35 ഓടെയായിരുന്നു അന്ത്യം. ഹൃദയാഘാതത്തെ തുടർന്ന് ചെന്നൈയിലെ സിംസ് ആശുപത്രിയിൽ ചികിത്സയിലായിരുന്നു.
ഇന്നലെ നെഞ്ചുവേദനയെ തുടര്ന്ന് കുഴഞ്ഞുവീണതോടെ ആശുപത്രിയില് പ്രവേശിപ്പിച്ചു. ഹൃദയധനമനിയിലെ ബ്ലോക്ക് ഒഴിവാക്കാന് അടിയന്തര ശസ്ത്രക്രിയ നടത്തി. ഗുരുതരാവസ്ഥയിലായ നടൻ തീവ്രപരിചരണ വിഭാഗത്തിലായിരുന്നു.
തമിഴ് കോമഡി താരങ്ങളിൽ ശ്രദ്ധേയനായ നടനാണ് വിവേക്. സാമി, ശിവാജി, അന്യൻ തുടങ്ങി ഇരുന്നൂറിലധികം ചിത്രങ്ങളിൽ അഭിനയിച്ചിട്ടുണ്ട്. മൂന്ന് തവണ തമിഴ്നാട് സർക്കാരിന്റെ മികച്ച ഹാസ്യനടനുള്ള പുരസ്കാരം നേടിയ വിവേക് 2009 ൽ പത്മശ്രീയും നേടി.
പ്രമുഖതാരചിത്രങ്ങളില് സഹതാരമായി തിളങ്ങിയിട്ടുള്ള താരം നായകവേഷത്തിലും എത്തിയിട്ടുണ്ട്. പിന്നണി ഗായകനെന്ന നിലയിലും ശ്രദ്ധിക്കപ്പെട്ടു. രാജ്യം പത്മശ്രീ നല്കി ആദരിച്ചിട്ടുണ്ട്. കമല്ഹാസന്റെ ഇന്ത്യന്-2 ആണ് വരാനിരിക്കുന്ന ചിത്രം. തമിഴ്നാട്ടിലെ വനവത്കരണപദ്ധതികളിലടക്കം സജീവ പങ്കാളിയായിരുന്നു.
Dolly Parton receives Grace Prize at Movieguide awards, says she seeks God’s ‘guidance’ everyday
Movieguide’s Movies That Inspire honored Dolly Parton on Easter Sunday on The REELZ Channel with its Grace Prize. The legendary country singer declared that God’s grace has always been a part of her life.
The popular award show run by the organization that provides movie reviews for Christians was held virtually this year due to the COIVD-19 pandemic, showcasing films released in 2020 that highlighted redeeming faith and family content.
Movieguide’s Movies That Inspire celebrated five award winners during its broadcast, including Parton.
The American singer and actress won the Grace Prize for Most Inspiring Performance for her role in “Dolly Parton’s Christmas On The Square.”
“That’s been a big part of my whole life,” Parton shared of grace while accepting the honor.
“I talk a lot about faith and family because my grandpa was a preacher, my mother was very, very spiritual, so I grew up very spiritual and I’m a spiritual person, myself,” she continued. “I really have a lot of faith, and I thank God every day [for] everything good that happens to me, and I pray for guidance.”
She concluded her speech by saying that every accolade she receives in life gives her reason to thank God.
“When I do get recognized for things like this, it just makes me think, ‘Well, praise the Lord!’” Parton concluded.
“Safety,” a football movie streaming on Disney+, was named the Best Movie for Families of 2020.
“Greyhound,” featuring Tom Hanks, was chosen as the Best Movie for Mature Audiences of 2020.
The Christian thriller “Infidel” won the Faith and Freedom Award.
Lastly, the Epiphany Prize for Most Inspiring Movie was given to “I Still Believe.”
“I appreciate Movieguide and everything that you do to help educate both Hollywood and the general public on movies that uplift and inspire and model a Christian worldview and the transformational power of Christianity,” “I Still Believe” Director Andy Erwin said upon accepting the award.
“I just think that there’s such power in the truth,” Erwin continued. “You just can’t argue with the transformation in someone’s life that Christianity brings, that the Gospel brings. I love it when someone watches the movies and says, ‘If that can happen to that person, maybe it can happen to me.’ In this case, if the person on the screen can achieve their dreams, maybe the person watching can, too. That’s why we love inspirational, true stories.”
Every year, Movieguide founder Ted Baehr offers a detailed economic analysis of the inspiring family-safe content popular at the box office.
Movieguide’s Movies That Inspire co-host Evelyn Baehr Carroll said this year’s analysis shows that “movies with less cursing, with less nudity, with less violence, do better at the box office because … you can sell tickets for a family of four to a positive movie.”
“That’s much more money than selling a ticket to one person to an R-rated movie,” she argued.
“It’s clear these cleaner movies do better,” she continued. “What we’ve seen since starting Movieguide 40 years ago is that there’s far more content out now than ever, and 80% of movie content actually has redeeming content. These are movies for families or even movies for mature audiences that have biblical worldviews.”
Movieguide’s annual “Report to the Entertainment Industry” has consistently shown the effect of offensive language on ticket sales.
“It’s all very statistical, and we’ve been able to present that to the entertainment industry and help them make more movies with less offensive content,” Carroll added.
Carroll has worked with her dad over the past decade and has seen firsthand how Movieguide has influenced Hollywood, which in turn has resulted in “wholesome movies with great themes in them.”
The awards show broadcast on REELZ also celebrated the movies “I Am Patrick,” “The Croods,” “Created Equal: Clarence Thomas In His Own Words” and “Waiting For Anya,” among others.
The full list of movies and television shows selected for the best content of 2020 by Movieguide can be found here.
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