Profanities in Movies No Longer 'Swearing'?
Profanities in Movies No Longer 'Swearing'?
May 02, 2016

Profanities in Movies No Longer 'Swearing'? Film-rating agency downplays violations of 3rd Commandment By Ron Strom When is a religious profanity no longer “profane”? Sixty years ago, religious profanities typically were forbidden in Hollywood movies, as the Protestant and Catholic film offices held sway on issues of acceptability in the “Golden Age” of film. Today, however, in one Western nation, such profanities fail to register even the slightest concern with the primary movie-rating agency, which rarely mentions such expletives in its warning nor takes them into account when determining ratings. The British Board of Film Classifications, or BBFC, rates movies publicly screened in the United Kingdom and has been doin...
 

 
Movies with Strong Christian Content Are Flourishing
Movies with Strong Christian Content Are Flourishing
April 28, 2016

Miracles Made in Heaven: Movies with Strong Christian Content Are Flourishing, Short-Term and Long-Term Studies Show   Hollywood, Calif. – Movies with strong Christian, redemptive content and values are multiplying and flourishing, according to new 20-year and three-year studies. Movieguide®:  The Family Guide to Movies & Entertainment studied 128 movies with strong Christian, redemptive content in 1996, 2012 and 2015 and found that the number of movies with such content has increased 194 percent since 1996 and 38.30 percent in the three years since 2012, from only 16 such movies in 1996 to 47 in 2012 and 65 in 2015. The studies also showed that the box office totals for such movies in the United States and Canad...
 

 
Six Reasons Christians Should Love Captain America
Six Reasons Christians Should Love Captain America
April 28, 2016

By Ben Kayser, Managing Editor If you’re a red-blooded American, it’s not hard to love Marvel’s CAPTAIN AMERICA movies and all that they represent, including the latest installment CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR, but there’s something deeper that every believer, in every culture, can appreciate about the character Steve Rogers. Having grossed more internationally than domestically, the Captain America series has transcended nationalism (most evidently in THE WINTER SOLDIER and CIVIL WAR), and instead seems to be driven by values that stem from something higher. Here are six things Christians across the world can appreciate about Captain America as portrayed in the movies: 1. Captain America Believes in One God It’s a clas...
 

 
Where Have All the Great Romantic Comedies Gone?
Where Have All the Great Romantic Comedies Gone?
April 27, 2016

Where Have All the Great Romantic Comedies Gone? By Dr. Ted Baehr, Publisher There are fewer and fewer wholesome, fun, uplifting, chaste romantic comedies such as the Golden Age of movies like IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT and THE SHOP AROUND THE CORNER and more modern movies like SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE and RUNAWAY BRIDE. This question has come up with several interviews with the national news media, because the media sees MOVIEGUIDE® doing the economic analysis that helps them understand where the box office is heading. There could be many reasons why romantic comedies aren’t being made. The most obvious reason, for instance, is that the most successful movies seem to be action blockbusters and animated fantasy movies. However, a very i...
 

 
An Open Letter of Thanks to the John Templeton Foundation
An Open Letter of Thanks to the John Templeton Foundation
April 26, 2016

Thank you Sir John Templeton, Dr. John Templeton and John Templeton Foundation: An Open Letter of Thanks to the John Templeton Foundation   Thank you for the 24 years of support for the Annual Faith & Values Awards Gala & Report to the Entertainment Industry that has helped transform the mass media of entertainment, as Sir John Templeton and Dr. John Templeton. We are still blessed tremendously by Sir John’s inspired call in 1988, and his years of wise direction, as well as by the years of Dr. John Templeton’s faithful encouragement, guidance and support.  They made the world a better place in so many wonderful ways with their decision to award the Templeton supported Prizes for Inspiring Movies & TV, which S...
 

 
10 Movies Now on Netflix that Won Movieguide® Awards
10 Movies Now on Netflix that Won Movieguide® Awards
April 26, 2016

10 Movies Now on Netflix that Won Movieguide® Awards Netflix is a great resource for streaming movies for the family! Here are 10 movies that are guaranteed GREAT for the family because they have won our very own Movieguide® Awards in years past. Click through the title to find out why! But hurry, because Netflix is constantly changing what movies they carry each month. Happy streaming! 1. HOME +3 Content, **** Quality 2. THE PRINCE OF EGYPT +4 Content, **** Quality 3. SPY KIDS +1 Content, ** Quality 4. WHAT IF... +4 Content, **** Quality 5. LINSANITY +4 Content, *** Quality 6. THE BIBLE +4 Content, **** Quality 7. CHICKEN RUN +3 Content, **** Quality 8. PIGLET'S BIG MOVIE +4 Content, **** Quality 9....
 

 
We Are Such Stuff as Dreams Are Made On
We Are Such Stuff as Dreams Are Made On
April 21, 2016

Shakespeare’s Influence on Movies, 400 Years After His Death To commemorate the 400th anniversary of Playwright William Shakespeare’s death on April 23, 1616, MOVIEGUIDE® offers the following examples of five of the best adaptations of Shakespeare on film. Shakespeare’s positive influence on Western Civilization and its arts and letters has been tremendous. This is also true of cinema. As noted below, Shakespeare shared a strong, biblical, Christian value system with others of his day. His plays contain many important references to Scripture. Sadly, that tendency is often lacking in today’s culture, but not totally thanks to the efforts of ministries such as MOVIEGUIDE®. This list focuses on actual adaptations of Shake...
 

 
Saturday Night Live Mocks God in an Outrageous Skit
Saturday Night Live Mocks God in an Outrageous Skit
April 21, 2016

Saturday Night Live Mocks God in an Outrageous Skit By Diana Tyler, Contributing Writer   We’re told in Scripture that in the last days, “scoffers will come, mocking the truth and following their own desires.” Last week, “Saturday Night Live” helped prove this prophecy true. In the faux movie trailer outrageously titled “God is a Boob Man,” SNL mocked both the new Christian film GOD’S NOT DEAD 2, as well as multiple court cases related to religious freedom. The production features a baker who is sued for refusing to make a wedding cake for a homosexual couple, alluding to the real-life case in which Colorado baker Jack Phillips was found guilty of discrimination. After being pressured by an aggressive, Je...
 

 
Behind the Scenes of THE HUNTSMAN:  WINTER’S WAR with the Stars
Behind the Scenes of THE HUNTSMAN: WINTER’S WAR with the Stars
April 20, 2016

Behind the Scenes of THE HUNTSMAN:  WINTER’S WAR with the Stars By Evy Baehr, Executive Managing Editor   What happens when you’re in a room with Hollywood stars like Chris Hemsworth, Emily Blunt, Jessica Chastain, and Charlize Theron? Comments about family and acting, mixed with laughter and a behind-the-scenes look of the movie set for THE HUNTSMAN:  WINTER’S WAR. When asked why she wanted to be in the movie, Chastain said she wanted to play something lighter than what she usually does. “I had just done a lot of movies where I was playing characters going through very dark things,” she explained, “and I was so bored with my life. I was like, ‘Oh my gosh I’m always on a set, and I’m constantly playing ...
 

 
REEL COWBOYS OF WESTERN CINEMA: Charles Starrett
REEL COWBOYS OF WESTERN CINEMA: Charles Starrett
April 18, 2016

REEL COWBOYS OF WESTERN CINEMA   A Century of Silver Screen Heroes on Horseback    No. 18 in the Series By Gary Eugene Brown   Born into a life of privilege, he was able to attend exclusive prep schools. Being the grandson of a wealthy industrialist, he didn’t want for anything. He obtained a degree in Philosophy from an Ivy League college. His prowess on the football field, led to a small movie part, thus beginning his journey to Hollywood. After a few years starring in low budget, Hollywood melodramas, he was offered the opportunity to become a major studio’s number one cowboy star.  He remained with them for an unbelievable seventeen years.  A particular screen role later on called for him to play a cowboy hero...
 

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