Fortunately, there are movies available today for all ages that entertain as well as have a positive effect on our world. It takes some effort and research to find the best through good reviews from trustworthy, wise sources (Sonoma Christian Home, Movieguide, Focus on the Family, Dove and more.) Uniquely, each week Sonoma Christian Home not only provides reviews of worthwhile, family movies, but it also publishes the top picks in movies in theaters for all ages that are not only entertaining; but they are redemptive, of good quality, and inspirational.
AFFIRM Films, a Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) company and Provident Films, provides a top pick in theaters for the fourth week of August. All Saints (rated PG) is due in theaters August 25, and stars John Corbett and Chonda Pierce. AFFIRM Films has brought to theaters some of the best in faith-based movies which inspire hope such as Risen, Miracles from Heaven, and War Room.
This movie is based on a true story. “Michael Spurlock, the real pastor of All Saints church, and his wife Aimee were able to impact an entire city after simply saying ‘yes’ to God, and ‘hello’ to a unique group of people placed in their lives,” said Rich Peluso, Executive Vice President of AFFIRM Films. “We think audiences will connect with this story, and be inspired to meet the needs of those around them.”
Having been ordered to shut down his tiny church, Michael Spurlock (John Corbett) with a group of refugees from Southeast Asia, risk everything to literally plant seeds for a future that could save them all.
Executive Vice President of Provident Films, Ben Howard, said, “When the Karen people knocked on his door, it would have been very easy to say, ‘sorry we are too busy today, we’re closing a church and we won’t be able to help you.’ But he reached out, and he loved them, and look what it led to. It’s a powerful story of how actively loving others can change the course of people’s lives, and ultimately the world.” See more about the All Saints movie on its website.
For the fourth week of August, Box Office Mojo reveals that the inspiring movie about sacrifice and grit, Dunkirk, remains at the top of the box office. This has been the top pick movie for adults since its release the third week of July. Dunkirk immerses audiences in the harrowing, heroic, amazing events of 1940, when Germany trapped Allied troops on the beaches of Dunkirk, France. Under skilled air and ground cover from British and French forces, British crews and boats, including civilian, courageously, carefully, and safely evacuated 330,000 French, British, Belgian, and Dutch soldiers from the beaches.
This powerful, enthralling, thrilling movie (rated PG-13) is most suited for adults, due to intense war violence, although there is little that is gratuitous or inappropriate in terms of language or behavior. The courage, sacrifice, and camaraderie of soldiers and civilians is deeply inspirational.
The acting and cinematography is outstanding. Although the dialogue is often difficult to understand, the action speaks for itself.
In this movie everyman and everywoman role models and heroes are significant in their positive potential influence on viewers. Research provides evidence that those who observe and identify with role models are significantly influenced by the role models for good. Those who role model courage and sacrifice can inspire it in others.
Although not depicted in the movie, it is also noteworthy that a National Day of Prayer that was declared on May 26 for the soldiers trapped at Dunkirk. People from all walks of life came to British churches to pray. It was this call to prayer that compelled many civilians to bring their boats to Dunkirk to help save the courageous.
There were miraculous answers to prayer. First, Hitler stopped the advance of his armored columns at the very point when they could have proceeded to annihilate the British army. Second, a huge storm over Flanders on May 28 grounded the German Luftwaffe squadrons and enabled the British army formations eight to twelve miles from Dunkirk to move up on foot to the coast in the dark and rain of storm. Third, the English Channel was amazingly calm as the vast armada of little ships, big ships, and warships rescued the stranded soldiers.
The British were so grateful for the great deliverance at Dunkirk that June 9 was appointed as a Day of National Thanksgiving. The Daily Telegraph published C. B. Mortlock’s article in which he stated, “…the prayers of the nation were answered…the God of hosts himself had supported the valiant men of the British Expeditionary Force.”
Also, remaining at the top of the box office is Cars 3. This movie is a rare G-rated animated comedy adventure for kids and families by Pixar. It has no foul language, but it has some light crudity. 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 celebrates small-town, American values. It is appropriate for all ages.
The top pick movies for the fourth week of August are the following: All Saints (PG) suitable for all ages, Cars 3 (G) which is appropriate for all ages, and Dunkirk which is appropriate for older teens and adults.
In weeks and months ahead for this year, there are many more promising family redemptive movies. They include the following: Extraordinary, 9/7; The Heart of Man, 9/14; Lego Ninjago, 7/22; Because of Gracia, 9/15; Steve McQueen, 9/28; Samson, 9/29; A Question of Faith, 9/29; Mully, 10/3-5; 6 Below: Miracle on the Mountain, 10/13; Revive Us 2, 10/17; Same Kind of Different as Me, 10/20; The Star, 11/10; Paddington 2, 11/10; Good-bye Christopher Robin, 11/10/2017; Ferdinand, 11/15; Let There Be Light, 12/24; and The Greatest Showman, 12/25.
Research movies before you see them. Remember that all that glitters may not be gold. Hold out for the best. Support in every way you can the best of family and redemptive movies, so that more like them will be made.
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