Family Friendly Movie Nominees
Family Friendly Movie Nominees
January 16, 2014

A Wide Variety of Animated and Live Action Movies Compete for Best Family Movie at 22nd Annual Faith & Values Awards Hollywood, Calif. – Family and child advocate Dr. Ted Baehr, founder of Movieguide®:  The Family Guide to Movies and the Christian Film & Television Commission®, announced a wide variety of animated and live action movies competing for “Best Family Movie” of 2013 at the 22nd Annual Faith & Values Awards Gala and Report to the Entertainment Industry on Feb. 7. The “Teddy Bear” Awards, as they are affectionately called, will be held Friday, Feb. 7 at the Universal Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles near the heart of Hollywood. Heading the list of nominees for the Best Family Movie of 2013 are such maj...
 

 
Who Will Remember Allison?
Who Will Remember Allison?
January 15, 2014

  By George M. Weaver It was a beautiful Atlanta spring day in May 1987, but it was the worst day of my life. An early morning biopsy delivered the devastating news that my beloved wife, Allison, had breast cancer at age 34. It was, indeed, the worst day of my life to that point. Many worse days lay ahead. With a small tumor and no evidence of spreading, the initial prognosis was excellent. Just to be safe, Allison had aggressive surgery and six months of chemotherapy. Buoyed by condense in what seemed to be a guarantee against recurrence, we traveled to Charleston, the site of our honeymoon, to celebrate her recovery. Everything fell apart a mere eight months later when a bout of back pain proved to be a massive recurrence of cancer ...
 

 
Kirk Cameron’s "Secret" New Movie
Kirk Cameron’s "Secret" New Movie
January 13, 2014

By Ben Kayser, Managing Editor With the success of FIREPROOF and limited release of UNSTOPPABLE, it’s no surprise that Kirk Cameron had another project hidden up his sleeves. Monday night Cameron posted the following status on his Facebook page, “Ok, I've got a secret to share. No one has heard this yet. Shhhh. . . brand new movie coming out soon – about family, faith, and baseball, with me and my wife Chelsea together in the movie, and guess who's playing my brother? Comedian Tim Hawkins (Chic-Fil-A song)!! It turned out soooo good and I can't wait for you and your family to have it for your family movie night.” Cameron went on to ask his fans if they’d prefer to see the movie, titled MERCY RULE, come out in theaters, on ...
 

 
Golden Globes – Wrong Again!!!
January 13, 2014

By Dr. Ted Baehr, Publisher & Ben Kayser, Managing Editor The Golden Globes has once again chosen to honor movies that don’t reflect that values or tastes of American audiences, or even moviegoers overseas. Sunday night, the 88 or so members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, through the Golden Globes, awarded their favorite movies of 2013, but they clearly weren’t the public’s favorite movies. To top it all off, the boring show contained inappropriate crude comedy and lots of narcissistic, Hollywood insider, self-congratulation. AMERICAN HUSTLE took home best Musical or Comedy. While it’s earned $118 million worldwide, it has largely disappointed audiences with its unsympathetic characters and vulgar storyline. A...
 

 
Patriotism at the Movies
Patriotism at the Movies
January 09, 2014

By Darin Miller, Contributing Writer No year at the movies is truly complete without a good war movie, and 2013’s LONE SURVIVOR goes wide this Friday, Jan. 10, in many theaters. Starring Mark Wahlberg, it’s the latest in a genre stacked with classics. The movie is based on a failed mission along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, where a Navy SEAL mission in Taliban territory became one man’s fight for survival. It’s an important addition to the genre. LONE SURVIVOR is a tale of overcoming adversity. Like BLACK HAWK DOWN, it’s a visceral portrait of the quality of our nation’s men and women in uniform – a group known for incredible courage and self-sacrifice. War movies are an incredibly successful genre partly because so...
 

 
5 Ways to Honor God While Watching Movies
January 07, 2014

By Ben Kayser, Managing Editor Growing up as a young kid with a big imagination in the midwest, my appetite for movies was anything but healthy. From a very young age, I would read and write reviews, pour over daily box office results, and beg my parents or older brothers to take me to the latest movie, any movie. Thankfully, I had parents who cared about what my siblings and I watched. It was a common practice in the Kayser household to read a review from MOVIEGUIDE® and do legitimate research on the media we were consuming. What impacted me the most, however, wasn’t a list of movies I was and wasn’t allowed to see (though that list was important). What influenced me and continues to impact me today was how my family watched movie...
 

 
On Set with HEAVEN IS FOR REAL
On Set with HEAVEN IS FOR REAL
January 06, 2014

By Evy Baehr, Executive Managing Editor Sony Affirm is making HEAVEN IS FOR REAL, based on the best selling novel. HEAVEN IS FOR REAL follows the story of a little boy, Colton, who literally dies, goes to Heaven, and returns. His accounts of Heaven are supported by verses from the Bible. Colton also tells his parents that he met his sister in Heaven, though he never met his sister because she died in his mother’s womb. Movieguide® had the opportunity to meet the real family in the story on the set of HEAVEN IS FOR REAL. The family shared that many people have been reached with the Gospel from the books, seeing the truth of life after death. They hope even more people will be reached when the movie comes to theaters on April 16. Fin...
 

 
What Movies Do Moviegoers Prefer?
What Movies Do Moviegoers Prefer?
January 02, 2014

What Movies Do Moviegoers Prefer? Long-Term Studies Show Movies with Strong Christian, Redemptive Content Make the Most Money by Far Two new long-term studies by Movieguide®:  The Family Guide to Movies & Entertainment show that moviegoers prefer to see movies with strong Christian, redemptive worldviews and content. Family and child advocate Dr. Ted Baehr, founder and publisher of Movieguide®, announced the findings today as part of the run-up to Movieguide®’s 2014 Report to the Entertainment Industry, an annual comprehensive financial analysis of the domestic, overseas, and home video film market. Dr. Baehr will reveal highlights from the 2014 report at the 22nd Annual Faith & Values Awards, to be held Friday, Feb....
 

 
8 Great Messages We Saw in Movies This Year!
8 Great Messages We Saw in Movies This Year!
December 30, 2013

By Evy Baehr, associate editor of MOVIEGUIDE®   1. Sacrificial Love is True Love in FROZEN     2. Evil Should Not Be Ignored in THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG       3. Liberty Is Worth Fighting For in THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE       4. Being Good Is More Important than Power or Wealth in THOR: THE DARK WORLD       5. Perseverance in GRAVITY     6. Protecting your family in TURBO     7. Christian Faith Conquers Racism and Bigotry in 42     8. We must take a leap of faith to help others in MAN OF STEEL   ...
 

 
The Limits of Control: A Deeper Look into THE HOBBIT’s Worldview
December 30, 2013

  By Jonathan Councell, Contributing Writer Boromir, in the movie THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING (2001), muses that “it is a strange fate that we should suffer so much fear and doubt over so small a thing. Such a little thing.” With the release of the second installment of Peter Jackson’s retelling of J.R.R Tolkein’s THE HOBBIT, with its dramatic action sequences, and its epic settings, it is more essential than ever to remind ourselves of the smaller things representing the core of Tolkein’s whole enterprise. Whether it be seven companions, a lesser wizard, Halflings, Gollum, or the One Ring itself, the large and empty spaces that surround the journeys of these characters seems to press in and emphasize the singularly inner and ...
 

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