By Dr. Ted Baehr, Publisher, with Dr. Tom Snyder, Editor
Twenty years ago, when Jesus’ name was used in a movie, it was usually used as a curse word. Last year, 67 percent of the movies released had at least some pro-Christian, pro-biblical content. This year, in 2014, an incredible number of the major movies being released have positive, overt biblical, and often evangelical, content. As might be expected, many of these movies have attracted criticism. Sadly, some of the most spiteful, angry and mean-spirited criticism has come from Christians.
MOVIEGUIDE® was built on the premise of exposing the fruitless works of darkness and commending the good. As a result of doing this consistently for many years, we have seen a great growt...
Love and Hope:
Imagining Heaven in HEAVEN IS FOR REAL
By Carl Kozlowski, Contributing Writer
What is heaven like?
That is one of the greatest questions faced by mankind, as nearly everyone on the planet believes in some form of the afterlife, even as different religions think of it and even name it in different ways. Even among Christians, the stories of what people who have had near-death experiences have seen have varied greatly.
In 2010, a small-town Nebraska preacher named Todd Burpo took the world by storm with the release of his book, HEAVEN IS FOR REAL, which claimed to detail the true story of what happened when his four year old son Colton believes he left his body during an emergency appendix surgery, visited Heaven and...
This is not the first time the British Broadcasting Corporation has been denounced for its largely left-wing viewpoints, but in an article published by Breitbart London, the BBC is taking it even further.
BBC Three (which, like the PBS-TV in the United States, is run by the government) recently aired a panel discussion show entitled “Free Speech,” but many critics are complaining that the panel is biased because it only had left-wing contributors. The panelists included:
Mehdi Hasan, who currently works for the Huffington Post UK, and has been criticized for describing Non-Muslims (especially atheists) as “people of no intelligence” and comparing them to “cattle.”
Baroness Susan Kramer, a member of the Liberal Democra...
When we started MOVIEGUIDE® in 1985, the major studios in Hollywood released few movies with any positive Christian content or values – less than 3%! By the time we started the Annual MOVIEGUIDE® Faith & Values Awards Gala and Report to the Entertainment Industry in 1992 and 1993, however, there were 27 such movies, or about 10.38% of the market share. Incredibly, 22 years later, in 2013, at least 179, or 65.57%, of the movies released by the movie industry contained at least some positive Christian, redemptive content! That’s a numerical increase of almost 563% and a percentage increase of nearly 532%!!!
Also, when we started in 1985, less than 6% of the major movies were aimed at families. In the past several years, mo...
More than 100 leaders are coming together May 15-17 in Alexandria, Va., near Washington, D.C., to train, network, and strategize at the Coalition To End Sexual Exploitation 2014 Summit.
Morality in Media (MIM) and PornHarms.com are hosting the summit.
During the summit, MIM is partnering with the Leadership Institute to conduct classes by top media and fundraising instructors on how to greatly improve social networking and Internet outreach; dramatically increase fundraising efforts; and, get your message across to local and national media.
Top speakers will present the most up-to-date research findings on the harmful effects of pornography.
The speakers will include brain surgeon Dr. Donald L. Hilton, Dr. Sharon Cooper of the Univers...
By Rod D. Martin, Contributing Writer
Auteur filmmaker Darren Aronofsky may well have produced his masterpiece in Noah, a cinematic and – astonishingly, for a self-proclaimed unbeliever – theological tour de force.
But it’s not for everyone. Definitely not. As in, repeat after me three times: “It’s an art film. It’s an art film. It’s an art film.” And, if your tastes run elsewhere, you’re just going to hate this movie.
Many of Christendom’s best and brightest, from Movieguide’s Ted Baehr to Focus on the Family’s Jim Daly, have vouched for NOAH’s orthodoxy. Others have certainly disagreed, such as Brian Mattson, who thinks the whole production is a big Gnostic head fake. And maybe it is (though the ...
By Rachal Marquez, Contributing Writer
If someone were to mention the name Kermit Gosnell, most people wouldn’t know who he was. Sadly, this is evidence of entirely how little media attention this horrific story has received. In 2013, a jury convicted former physician Kermit Gosnell of killing babies born alive at his abortion clinic in Philadelphia. He’s been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Remarkably, though, this story received little attention from the media, in comparison to the plethora of coverage that usually surrounds stories about convicted murderers, especially when the victims are children. However, the filmmaking team of Phelim McAleer, wife Ann McElhinney, and their partner, Magdalena S...
By Diana Tyler, Contributing Writer
Since well before the release of Darren Aronofsky’s epic actioner NOAH, religious leaders and Christian critics have been discussing the extra-biblical material inserted into Hollywood’s new adaptation of the story.
From the portrayal of the title character as a crazy, bedraggled, even murderous zealot to some potentially New Age symbolism and TRANSFORMERS-like “Rock Monsters,” even Christians with merely a smidgen of Old Testament literacy would be able to detect freewheeling deviance from the Genesis account.
In the midst of the social media debates and online articles arguing whether NOAH is to be commended or condemned, one thing that Christians can’t dispute is recent evidence wh...
By Ben Kayser, Managing Editor
“They who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” ~ Benjamin Franklin
“This isn’t freedom, this is fear.” ~ Captain America
As CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER storms into theaters, one can’t help but wonder what those in Washington D.C. are thinking of the latest Marvel cinematic installment. With dialogue and themes that feels as if it’s been written by America’s founding fathers, it’s not too often we get to see a movie that so deeply exposes governmental overreach on such a large scale.
Could this movie bring a political shift or change? What kind of impact could this story have?
Watch the CAPTAIN AMERICA: ...
A study conducted by the General Social Surveys of NORAC at the University of Chicago found that 34.1 percent of American families making less than $9,000 per year averaged watching more than five hours of television per day. Of families making more than $150,000 per year, only 1.1 percent watched more than five hours a day.
Obviously, someone not working has more time to watch television, but the findings show a gradual decline in television viewing as incomes rise. Thus, working people making $30,000 watch more than twice as much television as those making $75,000.
Percent watching 5+ hours of television
Less than $9,999
$10,000 to $19,999
$20,000 to $29,999