As the holiday weekend is upon us, are you planning on heading to the theater? Join SCH Editor at Large, Dr. Diane Howard as she lists SCH’s top movie picks this week in theaters, the last week of May.
On May 21, Box Office Mojo reports that “Jungle Book” and “Zootopia” are still strong in theaters. Fandango reports that “Ratchet and Clank,” “Miracles From Heaven,” “God’s Not Dead 2,” “Risen,” and “The Young Messiah”; are still in theaters. These are all top family and redemptive movies picks in theaters for the last week of May. Movieguide provides excellent reviews on the quality and content of these and other movies.
One of the most promising events in theaters this week is the “The Shakespeare Show: presented by Fathom Events on May 23. This live show was recorded at the Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-Upon- Avon. The stage director is Gregory Doran. David Tennant and Catherine Tate are hosts. The cast includes: Judi Dench, Ian McKellen, Benedict Cumberbatch, Helen Mirren, John Lithgow, David Suchet, Joseph Fiennes, Rufus Wainwright, Tim Minchin, Al Murray, Meera Syal, Alison Moyet, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Paapa Essiedu, Pippa Nixon, Alexandra Gilbreath, the RoyalBallet, the Orchestra of the Swan and many more. This is a special event with theatrical performances and Shakespeare-inspired musical performances to mark the400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death. William Shakespeare is one of the most influential storytellers of all time.
In the future there is much to look forward to in cinemas. The most outstanding movie due in theaters this summer is “Ben-Hur.” The whole history of Civil War, Union General Lew Wallace and his writing “Ben-Hur”; is fascinating. YouTube presents an overview of this history. The remake of this epic movie is timely in its themes of violence and vengeance in contrast with the overcoming, redemptive, sovereign love of Christ.
There are many more promising family and redemptive movies for various ages due out in months ahead: “Not Ashamed,” “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2,” “Star Trek Beyond,” and more. Many other promising family and redemptive movies are in development for theaters. They include: “Left Behind 2,” “Full of Grace,” “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” (with Hugh Jackman), “Pontius Pilate,” “Butterfly Circus,” “The Adventures of Tintin 2,”, “Touchdown on the Tundra,” “Wanted,” a slate of HD Texas movies and more.
Disney, which has demonstrated the top box office draw for family movies (especially when they are based on classics that have already stood the test of time and are morally clear) has promising redemptive, family, live-action remakes in process such as “Beauty and the Beast,” “Dumbo,” and “Mary Poppins.”
For the last week of May top events in theaters for a range of ages include: “Shakespeare Show,” “Miracles From Heaven,” “God’s Not Dead 2,” “Risen,” “The Young Messiah,” “Jungle Book,” “Zootopia” and “Ratchet and Clank.”
Written by Diane Howard, Ph.D. (Performance Studies), dianehoward.com