The ongoing Reformation of content and Renaissance of artistry continues in American cinema in 2015. On May 28, Mojo Box Office reveals that there are many good movie picks for redemptive/family movies available in theaters even after months and many weeks. These include the following according to their current box office ranking (and linked to specific reviews): 4. Avengers: Age of Ultron, 8. Home, 15. Cinderella, 16. Where Hope Grows (up from last week), 18. Monkey Kingdom, 21. Little Boy, 23. McFarland, 24. Spongebob: Out of Water, 33. Paddington, 38. Do You Believe, 39. When Marnie Was There, 44. Beyond the Mask. 46. Big Hero 6, and 50. Noble.
Moviegoers looking for family films for children should exercise caution with the current Walt Disney Pictures movie, Tomorrowland. In this film, whenever Casey Newton (Britt Robertson) touches a lapel pin with the letter “T” on it, she is transported to Tomorrowland that is filled with huge robots and sleek buildings. Casey recruits the assistance of scientist Frank Walker (George Clooney), who has visited Tomorrowland before and has made discoveries about the future.
Because mankind’s fate hangs in the balance, the two adventurers travel to Tomorrowland seeking to uncover its mysterious secrets. Violent scenes in the movie includes the following: robots who look like humans get heads cut off, little girl holds up a head, adults shoot young girls, man’s hand gets cut off, teenage girl beats man in the head and more. The movie also includes obscenities and profanities that are not appropriate for children
Another redemptive movie, Brother’s Keeper, opens May 29 that is more appropriate for adults and not for children. Brother’s Keeper, which takes moviegoers on a journey through rural Georgia in the 1950s involves young love caught up in a crime of passion, counterfeit justice, forgiveness forged through pain, and God’s mercy that leads to ultimate sacrifice.
The movie is about identical twins who have grown up watching out for one another, after a small-town tragedy that has left them orphans at a young age. One of the twins, Pete, ends up in jail, when he is framed for murder. As Pete wrestles with God about his fate, which the most powerful family in town has orchestrated. His brother Andy struggles to find a way to help his brother, even if it means coming to peace with God and giving up his desires for revenge.
Through ongoing screenings of the leading redemptive films and in ongoing interviews with leaders in family and redemptive movies (Sonoma Christian Home, Pure Flix, Metanoia Films, Burns Family Studios, Provident Films, LightWorkers Media , NBC and more), it is increasingly clear that many good family and redemptive movies, as well as television programs, are in production.
Some of the redemptive and family films in various stages of production for the near future include the following and more:
- July 1 – Faith of our Fathers
- August – Shake off the World
- August 28 – War Room
- Fall 2015 – Adrenaline
- September 18 – Captive
- September 30 – Hillsong: Let Hope Arise
- October 16 – Woodlawn
- January 22 – Risen
- February 26 – Ben-Hur
- March 11 – Christ the Lord: Out of of Egypt
- March 23 – God’s not Dead 2
- March 23 – Miracles from Heaven
- April 29 – Same Kind of Different as Me
- Spring 2016 – Providence
- Summer 2016 – Left Behind 2
- Summer 2106 – 90 Minutes in Heaven
Other family and/or redemptive movies in development include the following: Do You Believe 2, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Magician’s Nephew, Ten Commandments, King David, Apostle Paul, Pontius Pilate, Unveiled, and HD Texas movies.
Written by Diane Howard, Ph.D., Performance Studies, dianehoward.com