Five Lessons You Can Learn from THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG
Five Lessons You Can Learn from THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG
December 19, 2013

 THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG is a stirring, enthralling adventure epic about the importance of using courage and compassion to advance God’s kingdom. In it, Bilbo and the dwarves travel through a dark and evil forest to get to the Lonely Mountain, so they can rally the folk of Middle Earth to help the dwarves overcome an evil dragon and restore a lost kingdom, read the full review here. Here are 5 life lessons from THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG.   1. Greed leads to corruption       2. Evil must not be ignored       3. Anyone can be courageous       4. Fight for your friends.       5. To destroy darkness, you must have the light.     ...
 

 
The Ultimate Christmas Gift
December 19, 2013

By David Outten, Production Editor What is Christmas? It’s the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, God’s gift to mankind. This celebration has devolved into a very secular shopping season highlighted by days called Black Friday and Cyber Monday. For many children and adults Christmas has simply become a day to receive gifts and have a big meal. Some seek to have the holiday renamed “winter holiday.” The truth about Christmas was proclaimed by angels in the Gospel of Luke, “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior – yes, the Messiah, the Lord – has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David.” Messiah means “the anointed one” – the King declared so by God himself. U...
 

 
New “Ten Commandments” Series Coming Soon
December 18, 2013

  By Diana Anderson-Tyler, Contributing Writer The basic cable and satellite channel WGN America is just eight months old, but isn’t wasting any time taking on ambitious, original projects.  It has just teamed with the renowned Weinstein Company (THE KING’S SOPEECH) to produce a ten-part event series about the Ten Commandments, the first such endeavor since Cecil B. DeMille’s classic 1956 epic starring Chalton Heston. Each installment of the series, set to begin filming in March, will focus on one commandment, such as idolatry, theft, or murder, and will be presided over by a different topnotch director. As Mel Gibson’s THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST, Sandra Bullock’s THE BLIND SIDE, and this year’s THE BIBLE docudrama proved,...
 

 
Movieguide® LES MISÉRABLES Christmas Giveaway!
Movieguide® LES MISÉRABLES Christmas Giveaway!
December 17, 2013

Do you love LES MISÉRABLES and the faith filled message it tells. As a Christmas gift to you, Movieguide® is giving away a free iPod Shuffle and a copy of the Epiphany Award Winning movie!  LES MISÉRABLES is a movie version of the beloved musical play of Victor Hugo’s novel about an ex-convict whose life is redeemed but is hounded anyway by a legalistic policeman. LES MISÉRABLES is a brilliant adaptation of this inspiring, spiritually uplifting Christian story that beautifully depicts God’s transformational powers though the Gospel of Jesus Christ, but it contains some harsh scenes showing the brokenness of humanity without God. Read the full review here and enter the giveaway below!   a Rafflecopter giveaway  ...
 

 
Weekend Report December 13-15, 2013
December 16, 2013

December 13-15, 2013       Select a studio's button to see that studio's 2013 Report Card THE HOBBIT soars to top the weekend THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG topped the weekend with more ticket sales than the next nine movies combined. FROZEN came is second which is good for its third wide-release weekend. TYLER PERRY’S A MADEA CHRISTMAS did not open as strongly as hoped but managed third.   THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE finally cooled to fourth place followed by THOR: THE DARK WORLD clinging to the fifth spot. AMERICAN HUSTLE and SAVING MR. BANKS opened in limited release and will widen this coming weekend, in competition with ANCHORMAN 2: THE LE...
 

 
Can Dreams Shape Our Lives?
December 16, 2013

By Roberta Green Ahmanson How do dreams shape our lives? Christianity began in a culture in many ways similar to our own idolatrous culture and our brothers and sisters down through time have also faced the same question, and responded by allowing Scripture to drench their imagination and dreams. Those dreams shaped culture for more than a thousand years. So let us take a closer look at the relationship between such dreams and reality. We become what we worship. Our vision shapes our concrete future. The Bible is very clear on this. Where there is no vision it warns, the people will “cast off restraint” and “perish” (Prov. 28:12). Today we live in a world languishing for lack of genuine prophetic vision, based in reality. This af...
 

 
Making a Blockbuster Fantasy Epic: Behind the Scenes of THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG
December 13, 2013

By Tom Snyder, Editor   MOVIEGUIDE® recently got the chance to attend a press conference in Beverly Hills with Director Peter Jackson and some of the cast and crew of Part Two of THE HOBBIT trilogy, THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG. Among the interesting things MOVIEGUIDE(r) discovered were that two of the actors, Benedict Cumberbatch, who voices Smaug, the evil dragon in the story, and Evangeline Lilly, who plays a compassionate female elf archer, are longtime childhood fans of the novel and Christian writer J.R.R. Tolkien, who also wrote THE LORD OF THE RINGS, the unofficial sequel to THE HOBBIT. In the following interview, Director Peter Jackson discusses some of his thinking behind the new movie and how it fits into the whole story, ...
 

 
Five of the greatest moments in ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’
December 13, 2013

 By Evy Baehr, Executive Managing Editor   1. Shermy:  “Every Christmas it's the same. I always end up playing a shepherd.”       2. Linus Van Pelt:  “I never thought it was such a bad little tree. It's not bad at all, really. Maybe it just needs a little love.”       3. Linus Van Pelt:  “And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, ‘Fear not: for behold, I bring unto you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the City o...
 

 
‘Black Nativity,’ an Unsung Masterpiece
December 11, 2013

By Dr. Tom Snyder, Editor The Christmas season is the best season for a lot of really great movies. This season, Disney’s wonderful animated work, FROZEN, is seeing some well-deserved accolades from both critics and moviegoers. However, there is another movie this season that has not received the acclaim that it so richly deserves – BLACK NATIVITY, starring the super-talented Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett, Jennifer Hudson, Tyrese Gibson, and relative newcomer Jacob Latimore. BLACK NATIVITY is a musical drama inspired by Langston Hughes’ play of the same name. It’s a brilliant, uplifting piece of filmmaking that highlights God’s Grace. It is entertaining, heart-rending, uplifting, amusing, and faith-filled. The story follo...
 

 
THE ULTIMATE LIFE DVD Giveaway!
THE ULTIMATE LIFE DVD Giveaway!
December 10, 2013

THE ULTIMATE LIFE DVD Giveaway!   For a limited time, Movieguide® is giving away a free DVD copy of THE ULTIMATE LIFE starring Peter Fonda and Bill Cobbs! THE ULTIMATE LIFE is a family-friendly drama depicting one man’s journey from poverty to riches and the lessons he learned along the way. THE ULTIMATE LIFE is a well-made, fun, heartwarming sequel to the beloved movie THE ULTIMATE GIFT. Uplifting and fun, the movie gives a lot more background to THE ULTIMATE GIFT. It depicts how Jason’s grandfather developed his friendships, his business and the “Twelve Gifts” he passes onto Jason. The grandfather learns that success comes from hard work and being a leader of men. Most importantly, the movie teaches that family is the greates...
 

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