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Erica Galindo
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Last edited on: January 22, 2016.

On January 16, according to Deadline Hollywood, the movie “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” which has opened in theaters this week, is doing well at the box office. CNN reports that  ” ’13 Hours’ hopes to be the next ‘American Sniper’ at the box office.” This movie is based on the true story of the murder of our American ambassador by terrorists during an attack at a U.S. compound in Libya and how the security team struggles to respond to and make sense out of the American lack of support.

This movie also portrays the courage and sacrifice of the men who fought to save the lives of their fellow citizens in Benghazi against overwhelming forces. Sonoma Christian Home (SCH) has quoted the film, “…Faith teaches you how to live with courage, how to live with honor, gives you something to strive for. To me, that’s the American spirit….I’ve always had that strong relationship with God. And that’s what’s gotten me through in life.”

David Denman, John Krasinski, Pablo Schreiber and Dominic Fumusa in '13 Hours'; Photo Courtesy of Paramount Pictures.

David Denman, John Krasinski, Pablo Schreiber and Dominic Fumusa in ’13 Hours’; Photo Courtesy of Paramount Pictures.

This movie captivatingly presents what happened on the evening of the eleventh anniversary of the September 11 attacks, when a group of Islamic militants attacked the American diplomatic compound and a nearby CIA Annex in Benghazi, Libya. CIA security contractors, military veterans who served with the Navy SEALS, Marine Force Recon and the Army Special Force heroically undertook a desperate defense of the American Ambassador and his staff within the diplomatic compound.

These heroes were courageous and sacrificial as they fought to save the lives of fellow citizens in Benghazi against overwhelming force. SCH has reported “…they knew they were headed into a doomed battle, but their honor and bravery committed them to protect as many lives as possible.”

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SCH has also published a video that depicts what was most important to the men headed to battle: faith, belief in God, and conviction to do the right thing, even if it meant sacrificing their lives. The movie’s official site also provides multiple videos that include featurettes and trailers, as well as further information about this film. This R-rated movie is not appropriate for families, but it is an important movie for adults.

Mojo Box Offices’s latest data on movies in theaters that are worthwhile for various ages with viewer discretion recommended: number three “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” (PG-13, teens and adults); number 4  “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” (R, adults); number seven , “Norm of the North” (PG, all ages); number eleven “Joy” (PG-13, teens and adults); number 13 “Brooklyn” (PG-13, teens and adults); number 16 “Creed”(PG-13, teens and adults); number seventeen “Concussion (2015)” (PG-13, teens and adults); number nineteen “The Martian” (PG-13, teens and adults); and number 23 “The Peanuts Movie” (G, all ages). Movieguide.org, Sonoma Christian Home.com, and Dove.org provide valuable reviews, stories, trailers and more for these movies. 

Fandango also reports that this week, starting today, there are many performing arts films in theaters that are appropriate for teens and adults that include: Royal Ballet’s Rhapsody/The Two Pigeons; The Metropolitan Opera’s The Pearl Fishers; and Branagh Theatre Live’s Romeo & Juliet and more.  Further, redemptive movies “The Masked Saint” and “Caged No More” are in select theaters this week.

The top pick movie in theaters this week for adults for relevancy for the times in which we live is “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi.” The top pick movies for families in theaters this week are “The Peanuts Movie” and “Norm of the North.”

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