December 13-15, 2013
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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...
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...
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, ...
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...
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!
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...
By Carl Kozlowski, Contributing Writer
Most movies are designed to provide escape for audiences wanting to take their minds off the sometimes harsh realities of life. In contrast, OUT OF THE FURNACE, actually shines an unflinching light on the lives of Russell and Rodney Baze, two fictional yet highly realistic and relatable brothers slogging their way through life in the dying steel town of Braddock, Pennsylvania.
Rodney, played by Casey Affleck, is a soldier suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) after serving four grueling tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. His brother Russell, played by Christian Bale, is struggling with plenty of other problems himself. He’s working hard days in the same steel mill t...
By Stephen Poppe, Contributing Writer
It’s a low-point in American television indeed when I find myself turning to the comforting blue hue of the television guide station for relaxation. At least, I can be confident that it won’t denigrate my political beliefs or openly mock me as an ignorant conservative with some ridiculous caricature. In this TV culture which enjoys portraying Tea Party supporters as backwoods hicks and finds humor in repeatedly portraying Republicans as fat, white old men while ignoring ongoing scandals because of the political orientation of the current administration in the White House, I’m finding it harder and harder to watch television without repeatedly finding offense in the portrayal of the those who ...
December 6-8, 2013
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FROZEN warms up to first place for the weekend
Disney Animation’s FROZEN passed THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE to take the weekend box office crown. In a very distant third was the one new movie of the weekend OUT OF THE FURNACE. Disney then capured the fourth and fifth spots with THOR: THE DARK WORLD and DELIVERY MAN.
FROZEN became the sixth animated movie in 2013 to pass the $100 million mark. It may even become the third to pass $200 million. Next year Pixar won’t be in the competition as they’ve postponed THE GOOD DINOSAUR’s release until 2015.
By Peter Moorman, Staff Writer
DUCK DYNASTY is coming to the big screen next year.
Two stars of the popular A&E television series DUCK DYNASTY will make their big screen debut in the Spring of 2014. Willie Robertson and his wife, Korie, are featured in the new movie GOD’S NOT DEAD.
GOD’S NOT DEAD is a new Christian movie about faith and the lengths one young man will go to defend his belief in God.
The movie stars Kevin Sorbo from SOUL SURFER and the TV series HERCULES and ANDROMEDA, Shane Harper of HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 2, and features a concert appearance by Christian “superband” Newsboys. It also stars Dean Cain of LOIS & CLARK: THE NEW ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN.
The Robertson family has been making waves this year ...