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Erica Galindo
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Last edited on: June 6, 2017.

For the second week of June the best redemptive, family pick is The Case for Christ. Box Office Mojo reports many other family movies at the top of the box office; but they range from best, to better, to good, and to more compromising.  Among other better picks are Born in China and The Batman Lego Movie for all ages after many weeks in theaters. Among some popular good movies with some inappropriate elements, especially for children, are the following top three at the box office: Wonder Woman (#1); Pirates of the Caribbean, Dead Men Tell No Tales (#2); and Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (#3).

Box Office Mojo reports that the movie, The Case for Christ, which was first released in the United States and in other countries in April 2017, persists at the top of box office. This captivating narrative drama, The Case for Christ produced by PureFlix, a company with a solid track record of producing excellent movies with redemptive content for all ages, as well as ever-improving artistry. 

The Case for Christ is based on the true story of the award-winning journalist and avowed atheist Lee Strobel, and takes place in 1980 when his investigative reporting earned him a promotion to legal editor at the Chicago Tribune. At the same time his career was taking off, his home life became a battle zone when his wife Leslie – who had been an agnostic – found faith in Christ.  Leslie perseveres with her new faith, while Lee struggles with evidence that leads him ultimately to faith in Jesus Christ.

Applying his well-honed journalistic and legal skills, Lee set out on a mission to disprove the newfound Christian faith of his wife. The result was unexpected and life-altering. See Sonoma Christian Home’s in-depth interview with Lee and Leslie Strobel.

The movie The Case for Christ is a must-see film for everyone who has ever pondered the existence of God, or the evidence related to the life, crucifixion, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Lee, who earned a law degree from Yale Law School, used his legal experience and training as a former courtroom analyst to thoroughly study and build a case to discredit the deity of Jesus. It is also a must-see movie for those who are persisting in faith and prayer for the faith of their loved ones.

Employing historical, personal, and medical records of evidence of the life, crucifixion, and resurrection of Jesus, Lee “cross-examined” a dozen leading experts with doctorates from schools such as Cambridge, Princeton, and Brandeis, who are recognized authorities in their fields. His careful research and scrutiny led him to stunning conclusions and results. This movie is appropriate for middle-schoolers through adults.

First released in China in August 2016 and in the United States in August 2017, Box Office Mojo reports that Born in China prevails at the top of the box officeThis outstanding Disneynature documentary is about unique animals in harsh, mountainous China, who demonstrate persistence, perseverance, and resilience.

This rare G-rated movie follows three families of pandas, snow leopards, and snub-nosed monkeys in their fascinating behaviors and antics, along with shaggy yaks, beautiful cranes, and small antelopes. Although this captivating, heart-grabbing movie is a real-life documentary, the featured animals are given names that appeal especially to children, even though natural lessons of survival are part of the story.

The movie first introduces a female snow leopard preparing on a harsh, snowy, mountainside a place to bear and raise her cubs. The movie also follows an adolescent snub-nosed monkey from his birth family to joining a roving group of maturing males dubbed, “the lost boys.”  A panda teaches her cub to swim, climb, and forage for bamboo. An expectant antelope participates in a migration of capering antelopes to raise her young in a safe environment.

The gorgeous cinematography in Born in China presents a range of landscapes, which includes lush forests, broad plains, and rocky mountains. Fandango provides behind-the-scenes video and YouTube presents other video features for Born in China. Good family movies like Born in China entertain but also positively enrich, educate, and edify.

The Lego Batman Movie has been at top of the box office, since its release. It is PG-rated but appropriate for all ages. It has good themes about the value of family, love, humility, relationships, changing bad behavior, and more.

Wonder Woman is a Warner Bros. Pictures/Time Warner movie and is better than the many of the current Marvel superhero movies with increased vulgarities. Wonder Woman is PG-13 and not appropriate for children. It is a moral, redemptive movie but has some obscenities and vulgarities. It directed by a woman and is about a gracious, wise, powerful woman. This movie sets a record for a Female Directed Feature. This movie and its real world director, challenge the idea that women’s success is handicapped by their gender.

Pirates of the Caribbean, Dead Men Tell No Tales is also PG-13 and is most appropriate for teens through adults. It is also a moral, redemptive movie and has only very mild poor language. It is a well-made comedy. Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie is a silly, slapstick comedy. It is PG and has no inappropriate language or immoral elements. It has a little bathroom humor.

Hold out for the best movies for your families. There are many outstanding redemptive, family movies coming to theaters soon. Beware that there are there are also other “family” movies in theaters that have undesirable language, situations, and philosophies. Therefore, caution is advised and research encouraged before making any choices for movies you and yours see.

What we as patrons and consumers attend, support, and promote in theaters will persist and encourage filmmakers to produce more of the same. Fortunately, many redemptive family movies are prevailing in theaters due to consumer interest and support. We reap what we sow in terms of participation and promotion.

The Bible tells us to think on the following: whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, and anything excellent or praiseworthy.

Top pick best movies in theaters for the second week of June are The Case for Christ for mid-schoolers to adults, as well as Born in China  for all ages.

In months, ahead there are many promising family, redemptive movies. They include the following:  Cars 3, 6/16; All Saints, 8/25; The Heart of Man, 9/14; Same Kind of Different as Me, 10/20; Mully, 10/4; The Star, 11/10; and Let There Be Light, 12/24.

Hold out to see and support the best. Try to avoid compromising movies that mix truth with error and add inappropriate elements. Research movies before you see them. Remember that all that glitters may not be gold.



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