The Battle for Values at the Movie Theaters
The Battle for Values at the Movie Theaters
January 22, 2014

  By Jared Laffite, Contributing Writer If there’s any type of person I respect, those who have served in the armed forces are right near the top of the list. Even so, I probably couldn’t handle watching LONE SURVIVOR, a violent movie recounting the true story of four Navy SEALs who battle a small Taliban battalion in Afghanistan. Even though, I consider myself the most iron-stomached person I know. Apparently, however, a huge portion of the American population responded extremely favorably to LONE SURVIVOR, despite its violent tale. After strong initial screenings, LONE SURVIVOR grossed an incredible $38.5 million in its first weekend of wide release, the second-highest January release in history (2008’s CLOVERFIELD grossed $4...
 

 
WOLF OF WALL STREET Banned Overseas
WOLF OF WALL STREET Banned Overseas
January 21, 2014

By David Outten Malaysia and Nepal have banned Martin Scorsese’s hedonistic orgy, THE WOLF OF WALL STREET. Meanwhile, Lebanon has censored the explicit movie while Singapore has restricted its viewing to people age 21 and over. Finally, in India, a perverted orgy and reference to “all nuns are lesbians” were cut out. Even The Hollywood Reporter refers to WOLF as “a three-hour raunch fest featuring sex, drugs, and 506 variations of the F-word.” Their story says Scorsese himself had to trim some things to get an R-rating in the United States. In the United States, states and cities used to have review boards that could ban or censor movies and the studios had to live with concerns about making different prints for different locat...
 

 
Things Get Nutty: Behind the Scenes of THE NUT JOB
Things Get Nutty: Behind the Scenes of THE NUT JOB
January 20, 2014

By Rachel Marquez, Contributing Writer THE NUT JOB is an animated movie set in a 1950s city park. Surly is a devious, troublemaking squirrel. The park animals have been storing up food for winter, but their supply isn’t enough. When Surly gets greedy, he accidentally destroys their home and all their food with it. Because of this, they banish him from their park. When he comes across a giant nut store in the city, he decides to plan a heist. To do so, he’ll need some help. The question is, will Surly be willing to share the food with others in need? THE NUT JOB is a fun movie with a lot of moral lessons that can be read in the full review here. Movieguide® had the opportunity to hear from the movie’s two lead stars, Will Arnett a...
 

 
Disney Report 2014
January 20, 2014

        In 2014 Disney offers families THE MUPPETS MOST WANTED, PLANES: FIRE AND RESCUE and a documentary on BEARS. MALIFICENT is a live action prequel to SLEEPING BEAUTY but it remains to be seen if it will be too dark. CAPTAIN AMERICA: WINTER SOLDIER is their AVENGERS member movie for 2014 and GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY is a new Marvel movie with an abundance of evil, sinister looking characters. Their product later in the year is more of a mystery. Average Box Office Disney ACCEPTABILITY 0%   +4 0%   +3 0%   +2 0%   +1 0%   -1 0%   -2 0%   -3 0% ...
 

 
Weekend Report January 17-19, 2014
Weekend Report January 17-19, 2014
January 20, 2014

January 17-19, 2014       Select a studio's button to see that studio's 2014 Report Card RIDE ALONG tops the weekend The action police comedy RIDE ALONG topped the weekend with very strong showing for January. LONE SURVIVIOR came in a strong second and the new family animated movie THE NUT JOB came in a solid third. JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT was a bit soft in fourth.   In fifth place was FROZEN which has been a stunning success. It surpassed Pixar’s MONSTERS UNIVERSITY to become the top Disney Animated release of 2013, and it’s not that far from DESPICABLE ME 2, which hold the top spot in 2013 animated movies.   Color codes +4E...
 

 
Faith and Family Awards Reach Epiphany
Faith and Family Awards Reach Epiphany
January 18, 2014

Faith and Family Awards Reach Epiphany Nominations Announced for $200,000 Prizes for Most Inspiring Movie and TV Program of 2013 at 22nd Annual Faith & Values Awards Gala, Set for Feb. 7   Hollywood, Calif. – Epiphany is coming! Dr. Ted Baehr, media critic and founder of Movieguide®:  The Family Guide to Movies and Entertainment and the Christian Film & Television Commission®, announced the nominees for the $100,000 Epiphany Prize for the Most Inspiring Movie of 2013 and the $100,000 Epiphany Prize for the Most Inspiring TV Program of 2013. The announcement of the winners of the Epiphany Prizes will be the highlight of the 22nd Annual Faith & Values Awards Gala and Report to the Entertainment Industry, to be h...
 

 
The Oscars Road to Perdition
January 17, 2014

  Oscar 2014:  Senseless, Tasteless, Elitist Claptrap By Dr. Ted Baehr and Dr. Tom Snyder Hollywood just announced its 2014 Oscar nominations for 2013 movies, and we have to say that these are among the most disappointing Oscar nominees in years. The vast majority of the nominees are boring, uninspiring, tasteless, elitist, senseless, or politically correct. For example, in the Best Picture category, Oscar voters senselessly nominated sloppily made, mostly R-rated, and sometimes politically correct, adult dramas, often with disagreeable, unsympathetic characters. They only nominated two really superb movies, GRAVITY and CAPTAIN PHILLIPS. NEBRASKA had some uplifting moments, but its director foolishly refused to delete one obscenit...
 

 
Inspiring Movies for Mature Moviegoers
Inspiring Movies for Mature Moviegoers
January 17, 2014

  Ten Movies Vie for Best Movie for Mature Audiences 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 live action movies competing for “Best Movie for Mature Audiences” 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. The list of nominees for the Best 2013 Movie for Mature Audiences in the “Papa Bear” catego...
 

 
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 ...
 

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