The Good and Bad in NOAH
By Dr. Jerry Johnson
Director Darren Aronofsky is known for movies that have a maverick and mystic quality. NOAH is no different. Rather than a straight forward retelling of the biblical story, it is more accurate to say this movie is inspired by the biblical character and flood event, mixed with a lot of creative license.
The story begins with Noah’s childhood and quickly transitions to his adult life in a world that has by spoiled by human sin. Noah (Russell Crowe) is warned by God in a dream that the earth will be destroyed by a flood. Noah’s wife (Jennifer Connelly) and Methuselah (Anthony Hopkins) both confirm God’s message and Noah’s mission to save the animals and his family through the ark.
Behind the Scenes of THE SINGLE MOMS CLUB:
Tyler Perry and Cast Discuss Their New Movie
By Evy Baehr, Executive Managing Editor
Tyler Perry and the cast of THE SINGLE MOMS CLUB discussed his newest movie recently. Typically, Perry adds some more Christian content to his movies, but this time it was a lot more subtle. However, the movie does stress the need for mothers and the heart they have for their children.
Following five mothers, THE SINGLE MOMS CLUB shows the struggles of a single parent and how it’s important to surround yourself with people who understand and will lend support. To read MOVIEGUIDE®’s full review, please go to http://www.movieguide.org/reviews/tyler-perrys-single-moms-club.html.
Q: When I first saw t...
By Tom Snyder and Ted Baehr with Ben Kayser
You can find a lot of silly, and even dangerous, things on the Internet these days.
One of the silliest, and perhaps one of the more dangerous, is the recent claim by a pastor and a self-described “Well-Behaved Mormon Woman” that the Disney movie FROZEN is promoting a homosexual agenda of normalization and same-sex marriage.
The press, including the left-wing propaganda website Huffington Post, has jumped all over this story, probably to make people of faith and values look as bad and as ignorant as possible.
Respectfully, MOVIEGUIDE disagrees with the Christian pastor and the Mormon lady.
In the first place, this pastor doesn’t cite any evidence from the movie for his positio...
By Mike McManus
The Academy Awards garnered an audience of 43 million – the largest for the Oscars in a decade and the largest outside of the Super Bowl.
My yardstick for evaluating them was the analysis of MOVIEGUIDE, a publication of The Christian Film & Television Commission. It reports that all 10 of the top movies in terms of sales had “strong or very strong Christian, redemptive, moral or biblical content.” The top ten films earned $4.95 billion.
By contrast, the nine films nominated for Academy Award Best Picture earned a total of only $792 million. The only picture, with uplifting moral themes – GRAVITY – earned a third of that total, $270 million. By contrast, 12 YEARS A SLAVE, which won best picture,...
Big Oscar Voting Scandal:
Some Voters Didn’t Watch Best Picture Winner 12 YEARS A SLAVE
By Ted Baehr and Tom Snyder
A big scandal has reared its head in the wake of last weeks Oscar ceremony:
Some Oscar voters are admitting they simply didn’t want to watch the Oscar winner for Best Picture and Best Supporting Actor and Actress, 12 YEARS A SLAVE. One voter actually said she didn’t want to watch the movie because she didn't want “more terrible stuff to keep in my head.”
And, at least two anonymous voters admitted they didn’t see the movie, but voted for it anyway because, given the movie’s political message and historical relevance, “they felt obligated to do so.”
In fact, during her Oscar monologue, even hos...
MOVIEGUIDE® Announces Winner of First Annual $50,000 Chronos Prize for Inspiring Screenplays by Established Filmmakers
Movieguide®: The Family Guide to Movies and Entertainment, founded by Dr. Ted Baehr, awarded the winners of the First Annual Chronos Prize for Inspiring Screenplays by Established Filmmakers at the 22nd Annual MOVIEGUIDE® Awards on Friday, Feb. 7 at the Universal Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles.
Supported by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation, to be presented annually by MOVIEGUIDE®, the Chronos Prize awards $50,000 to the top screenplay as chosen by Hollywood leaders. The prize, the first ever of its kind, honors established writers whose work seeks to “increase man’s love or understanding of God.”
1. Something to look up to
“I want to thank God because that’s who I look up to”
2. “God has graced my life with opportunities that I know are not of my hand or any other human hand”.
via: Reuters: Lucy Nicholson
3. “When You Got God you Got a friend.”
(Credit: REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson)
4. Something to look forward to.
“My family, that’s who and what I look forward to”
Source: Getty / Christopher Polk
5. Respect ourselves in order to respect others.
Credit: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP
6. People Need Som...
By Dr. Tom Snyder
Back in 1944 there was a song called “Accentuate the Positive” that instructed people to “accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative, and latch onto the affirmative.” Although the song’s lyrics, written by the great Johnny Mercer, were inspired by a heretical preacher in the 20th Century named Father Divine, the lyrics echo, in a way, what God’s Word, through the mechanism of St. Paul, teaches us in Romans 12:21, “Don’t be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”
This is exactly Movieguide®’s approach to movies and television. Although we do advise people that they probably don’t want their family to see certain movies, especially movies that we rate Minus 3 or 4, our focus...
By Ben Kayser, Managing Editor
When the SON OF GOD surpassed expectations and earned $25 million on its first weekend, it was once again clear that the Christian community has power over the box office.
Not surprisingly, Non-Christian skeptics criticized the movie, but they weren’t alone in some of their criticism. Many Christians, for various reasons, have issues with how the Bible was adapted for screen in SON OF GOD. They rightly compare what is shown in the movie to the Holy Scriptures and point out where the movie has deviated. This is beneficial, for Acts 17:11 calls us to be like the Bereans, searching out the Scriptures to find out what is true. No Christian wants to see the Savior misrepresented on screen.
Sadly, however, ...
By Dr. Ted Baehr
“And the angel said unto her, ‘Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favor with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: and he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.’
“Then said Mary unto the angel, ‘How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?’
“And the angel answered and said unto her, ‘The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son o...