By Dr. Ted Baehr, Publisher
MOVIEGUIDE® has put together a list of great movies for the Christmas season, starting with the movie that shows clearly the reason for the season, THE NATIVITY STORY.
1.THE NATIVITY STORY
NATIVITY STORY is one of those very rare movies that brings the Gospel alive in a compelling, interesting, entertaining manner that shatters expectations. The movie references and quotes Scripture throughout. King Herod sends out the troops to kill all the innocents in Bethlehem and stop the prophecy that there will be born a King of Kings and Lord of Lords. The movie then flashes back to a year earlier in the town of Nazareth, introducing the audience to the life of Joseph and Mary. Soon, an angel of G...
Christmas Shopping Choices:
10 Family-Friendly Video Games
By David Grue, Contributing Writer
With video games becoming more and more popular, the market has exploded with a variety of games across an increasing number of platforms. Many of the games that receive the most publicity are extremely violent and vulgar.
However, game developers have not neglected the family audience completely. There are a great number of games that can be enjoyed in a family setting, providing positive entertainment for everyone. The following games are high quality, family-friendly titles, but caution for younger children is advised for the fighting games.
Mario Kart 8
Platform: Wii U
ESRB Rating: E - Everyo...
Faith and Prayer on the Set of UNBROKEN:
Angelina Jolie Dropped to Her Knees in Prayer While Directing UNBROKEN
By Diana Tyler, Contributing Writer
There’s little doubt that the heavily anticipated movie UNBROKEN will greatly impact and inspire audiences worldwide when it hits theaters Christmas day. It tells the incredible, true story of World War II prisoner of war survivor Louis Zamperini and his unimaginable journey of hardship and suffering that he endured only because of his steadfast refusal to back down, his dogged determination to hang onto hope, and ultimately his insistence on forgiving those who sought to break both his body and spirit.
With such an epic, heartrending tale to envision and recreate for the big scree...
Nothing new under the Hollywood Sun:
The Censored Movie Not In Theaters This Christmas
by Ron Maxwell
It is with a sense of "deja vu" that we watch the spectacle of threats, cowardice and censorship on display at SONY PICTURES. Yes, there's nothing new under the sun.
Political censorship, blackmail and intimidation are as old as civilization and already have a well pedigreed history in Hollywood. The examples are so rife it would take a shelf full of books to expose the whole sorry litany.
There's the grim, absurd tale of the epic movie "1776," produced in 1914. Only because the "bad guys" of this movie are British, the US government seized the prints, prevented the movie's release and arrested the director. Yes, you read that ri...
Timeless Messages with a 21st Century Upgrade:
Behind the Scenes of the New ANNIE
By Ben Kayser, Managing Editor
The beloved musical ANNIE has been a favorite for many families, but when Sony announced the remake with Jay-Z and Will Smith serving as producers and Will Gluck as the Director, they decided to do it differently this time. They gave a 21st Century upgrade to the beloved story about a 10-year-old orphan girl looking for a family who’s befriended by a billionaire.
That doesn’t mean, however, that the story has been changed beyond all recognition. You don’t mess with a winning formula.
“The message of ANNIE in every iteration is a message of hope, optimism, inspiration,” Director Will Gluck told MOVIEGUIDE® in...
Hollywood Reeling from Sony Cyber Attacks;
Families Threatened, Charges of Racism Leveled
By Dr. Tom Snyder, Editor
Hollywood is “reeling” from some cyber hack attacks on Sony Pictures Entertainment, the company behind such hits as SKYFALL, MEN IN BLACK III and the SPIDER-MAN movies.
According to the New York Times on Dec. 10, “The leaked information has been used to open false mortgage accounts and even buy women’s handbags at Beverly Hills boutiques.”
The cyber attacks probably emanate from North Korea, which is extremely upset about Sony’s new comedy starring Seth Rogen and James Franco, THE INTERVIEW, about two podcast hosts invited by North Korea to interview its dictator, Kim Jong-Un, with the CIA asking the two...
The Perfect Christmas Gift
Almost everyone delights in celebrating Christmas by giving gifts, especially to family members.
There is joy in giving and getting to see the reaction of the recipient. Most of us also love to give children lots of toys. Teenagers often want the latest electronic device.
What each of us should never forget, however, is the perfect Christmas gift – when God sent his Son that each and every one of us might be saved.
Consider what this perfect gift means to your family this Christmas morning. As you tear wrapping paper to see what each family member has been given, also please consider the other divine gifts from Jesus Christ’s sacrifice, such as the gifts of liberty and peace.
Too often, many pe...
A Long Goodbye, But the Legacy Continues. . .
Behind the Scenes of THE HOBBIT’s Concluding Chapter
By Peter Wooding, Contributing Writer
The cast of THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES flanked either side of the movie’s director, Sir Peter Jackson, at the world press conference in London recently for possibly the last time this group of people would ever work together.
You could feel both a buzz of excitement in the room and a tinge of sadness that this was the end of a journey, as this talented ensemble entered a packed room at the prestigious Claridge’s Hotel in London.
MOVIEGUIDE® asked Peter Jackson first of all how he hoped the film would inspire young people. Expecting something very profound about the hero...
Five Things Every Christian Should Do About EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS
Ben Kayser, Managing Editor
EXODUS was made by Christians and non-Christians alike. It takes hundreds and many times even thousands of people to get a movie like Exodus developed, produced, filmed and distributed. Among those many people are Christian individuals who put an immense amount of creative, physical and emotional energy into the movie. Hollywood is made up of people, and God calls us to love these people. Be slow to anger and gracious in word and thought regarding the filmmakers.
The best way to keep a Godly perspective on things is to pray. Pray for the unbelieving filmmakers that desperately need Jesus. Pray that God ...
** FROZEN Merchandise Dominates Holiday Sales
More than a year after its initial release, Disney’s animated movie FROZEN is still proving its immense popularity.
FROZEN is already the highest grossing animated film of all time and is now set to be one of the most popular gift themes for kids this Christmas. In addition to sales of the movie on DVD and Blu-ray, FROZEN merchandise has replaced long-standing leader Barbie as the best-selling toy for girls this season, according to a survey by the National Retail Federation.
A Walmart company spokesperson said Walmart is offering more than 700 Frozen-themed options in its stores, and retailers everywhere are stocking up. In fact, shipments of FROZEN merchandise have seen a 470 p...