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Erica Galindo
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Last edited on: June 22, 2017.

There are usually more family movies in theaters during the summer. However, there is a wide range of appropriate content, especially for children. Cars 3, Born in China, The Case for Christ, and Champion are still in theaters at the top of the box office as best redemptive and family movies for the fourth week of June.

Box Office Mojo reports that Cars 3 is number one at the box office. It is a rare G-rated animated comedy adventure for kids and families by Pixar. See videos, photos, and more on IMDb. In this movie, legendary Lightning McQueen is blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers. Suddenly pushed out of the sport he loves, he wants to get back into the game. He needs the help of an eager young race technician. She has her own plan to win with inspiration from the late Fabulous Hudson Hornet along with a few unexpected turns.

Cars 3 is about Lightning McQueen who has learned to slow down and care for others. It celebrates good, small-town, American values. It is appropriate for all ages.

Another rare G-rated movie is Born in China. First released in China in August 2016 and in the United States in August 2017, Born in China persists 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 delightful 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.

Box Office Mojo also reports that the movie, The Case for Christ, which was first released in the United States and in other countries in April 2017, prevails 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.

Actress Faye Dunaway portrays Dr. Roberta Waters in new 'The Case For Christ' Movie - Lee Strobel Interview Case For Christ

Actress Faye Dunaway portrays Dr. Roberta Waters in new ‘The Case For Christ’ Movie. Photo Courtesy of Pure Flix Entertainment.

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.

Champion was released in May 2017 and also continues at the top of the box office. With an inspiring Christian worldview and beautiful cinematography, Champion is a story about an arrogant dirt track car racer, Shawn, played by Andrew Cheney (Beyond the Mask).  Challenged by another driver – Ray Reed – Shawn gets angry and deliberately runs into his vehicle. The crash kills Ray.

Furthermore, Ray’s estranged father, Jack, who has recently reconciled with Ray, has watched the accident from the stands and resumes having harsh feelings for his son.  Shawn, who consumes too many drugs and alcohol, loses custody of his daughter. The problems seem insurmountable.

Champion grapples with the concept of true winning. It deals honestly with the struggles of fathers and their children. It presents issues of guilt, trials, and forgiveness. The acting is good. This movie that inspires with its story about true overcoming and real winning is engaging.  It is PG-rated and is appropriate for middle-schoolers through adults.

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

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.

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 movies in theaters for the fourth week of June for all ages are Cars 3 and Born in ChinaThe Case for Christ and Champion are the top picks for mid-schoolers through adults.

In weeks and months ahead there are many promising family, redemptive movies. They include the following: Despicable Me 3, 6/30; Nuts 2, 8/11; All Saints, 8/25; Extraordinary ,9/7; The Heart of Man, 9/14; Same Kind of Different as Me, 10/4/2017; Revive Us 2, 10/17; Mully 10/20; The Star, 11/10; and Let There Be Light, 12/24.

Hold out for the best. Avoid compromising movies that mix error with truth and vulgarity with what is good. Research movies before you see them. Remember that all that glitters may not be gold.



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