By Jared Lafitte, Contributing Writer
Imagine a scenario in which a multi-platinum selling rapper who captivates tens of millions with foul lyrics is brought to his knees before God and commits to change. He then takes his talents to the movie screen and reaches tens of millions more.
It’s a real story.
If God can save the rapper known as Ja Rule, God can save anybody. The New York-based rapper, whose real name is Jeffrey Atkins, grew up as a Jehovah’s Witness but eventually walked away from religious involvement. He rose to the forefront of the hip hop world in the early 2000s, producing hit songs with lyrics that would make any loyal Movieguide® reader shudder.
Fast forward to 2013. Atkins was released from prison in May after ...
By Dr. Ted Baehr, Publisher
Recently, an article in China Daily reported that China Consumers Association called for a film ratings system to protect minors from inappropriate movie scenes because many parents bring their children to movies as a family activity and have expressed concern over violent and erotic scenes.
Regrettably, the mass media of entertainment, which is centered to a large degree in Hollywood, has become not only the primary teacher of children, but also the primary parent.
According to Cornell University, thanks to a great extent on Hollywood, 9 out of 10 children abandon the values of their parents.
That’s because the mass media of entertainment centered in Hollywood is redefining the norms of morals and morali...
By Evy Baehr, Executive Managing Editor
FROZEN is one of the best Disney princess movies in recent years. The story is about two sisters, Elsa and Anna, who were best friends. However, when Elsa cannot control her special ice powers, the two sisters are separated. When their parents tragically die, Elsa has to step up and become Queen. The two sisters have to be together again, but don’t know how to communicate properly. After getting in a fight, Elsa freezes the entire land and runs away. Anna knows her sister just needs to hear her apology, so she goes to find Elsa.
FROZEN has a wonderful message about family and sacrifice. MOVIEGUIDE® had the chance to speak to Mark Henn about his role in the movie as an animator. Henn has been ...
Here are some of our favorite movies that relate to Thanksgiving and the virtues that make America great.
The story of several generations of a family, from the arrival of immigrant Sam Krichinsky in the suburb of Baltimore called Avalon, down through his children and grandchildren. The holiday of Thanksgiving plays a crucial role throughout the film. Starring Armin Mueller-Stahl, Elizabeth Perkins, and Joan Plowright; directed by Barry Levinson.
9. LITTLE WOMEN
1933 & 1994
Quality: Acceptability: +3
The 1933 version with Katharine Hepburn and the 1994 version with Winona Ryder: Louisa May Alcott's classic story of four sisters in Civil War era New England contains positive...
By Evy Baehr, associate editor of MOVIEGUIDE®
FROZEN is an animated comic fantasy from Disney about a princess who must convince her sister, the queen, to bring summer back after she uses magic powers to freeze the kingdom. FROZEN is not only a funny, entertaining movie, with incredible animation, its highly redemptive, moral premise shows that true love is sacrifice. Read the full review.
Here are seven fun and important lessons that can be learned from FROZEN.
1. Don't stand too close to the fire.
2. Some things you may want aren't always the best for you.
3. Be happy with what God has given you.
4. It's always beneficial to reach out and help people, even if you don...
November 22-24, 2013
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THE HUNGER GAMES catches fire to take the weekend
THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE opened to the second largest box office of 2013 coming within $10 million of IRON MAN 3. This is an amazing feat in that Lionsgate is not one of the big six MPAA studios and the budget was considerably less than several major studio tentpoles.
Disney/Marvel’s THOR: THE DARK WORLD cam in second and has barely made more in three weeks than HUNGER GAMES 2 made in three days. THE BEST MAN HOLIDAY came in third, DELIVERY MAN 4th and FREE BIRDS 5th. Disney’s FROZEN opens wide this week,...
By David Outten, Production Editor
Predicted long ago by Movieguide®, the landscape of the entertainment industry is shaking violently. The latest loser is Blockbuster’s video stores. Blockbuster recently announced the closure of their remaining DVD rental stores. The rising star, Netflix, recently announced deals with Marvel and Disney and plans to expand their made-for-Netflix catalogue.
Another loser in the landscape is anyone who makes movie prints of movies or ships those prints around the country. In just the last few years, the percentage of theaters using digital projection has gone from a small minority to almost all.
Hollywood itself is shaking. Though this trend has been with us for awhile, the percentage of movies and te...
MOVIEGUIDE®: Making Big Waves in Hollywood and Around the World
With only a small budget and less than 15 fulltime workers, a small not-for-profit is making big waves in Hollywood and around the globe.
Founded in 1985 by Dr. Ted Baehr, MOVIEGUIDE® is a ministry dedicated to redeeming the values of the entertainment industry according to biblical principles by influencing industry executives and artists to adopt higher standards and by informing and equipping the public about the influence of the mass media.
Each year around Oscar time, MOVIEGUIDE® hosts its Annual Faith & Values Awards Gala and Report to the Entertainment Industry in Hollywood.
At this event, which is now approaching its 22nd year, the best family-...
By Carl Kozlowski, Contributing Writer
It’s rare that Hollywood offers a strongly pro-life message in movies, and even rarer to find a deep message of any kind in a movie starring Vince Vaughn, but with his new movie DELIVERY MAN (read the review here), Vince Vaughn moves beyond his long-beloved status as the fastest-talking wisecracker in comedy and finds surprising new depths as a man who suddenly learns that he’s about to be a father to one child and has already unwittingly been the father to more than 500 others.
DELIVERY MAN stars Vaughn as Dave Wozniak, a deliveryman for his family’s Brooklyn-based butcher shop. He’s a lovable slacker who racks up more parking tickets than timely deliveries, but he’s forced to grow up wh...
By Carl Kozlowski, Contributing Writer, with Tom Snyder, Editor
Of all the things that viewers and the MPAA movie ratings board can find objectionable in a movie, the use of foul language has to be the most confounding. Prior to the launch of the modern movie ratings (G, PG, R) in 1968 (with P-13 launched in 1984 and NC-17 in 1990), no obscenities worse than “d” or “h” words were allowed, and God’s name was rarely if ever invoked in vain.
Now, with the new ratings system allowing them to say whatever they want in movies, filmmakers suddenly flooded movie theatres with all manner of expletives and profanities. Sure, many family movies still exist in which barely an offensive word exists, but the question to be asked is: why...