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 ...
 

 
Weekend Report December 27-29, 2013
December 29, 2013

December 27-29, 2013       Select a studio's button to see that studio's 2013 Report Card THE HOBBIT overpowers five newcomers THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG and FROZEN managed to hold the top two spots rejecting the assault of five major new movies. ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES took third. AMERICAN HUSTLE fourth and the appalling WOLF OF WALL STREET fifth.   In FROZEN’s first wide release weekend it made $67 million. THE WOLF OF WALL STREET, with a budget also above $100 million, made $18 million. FROZEN made almost $28 million in its fifth weekend. By it’s fifth weekend THE WOLF OF WALL STREET will be virtually dead.   ...
 

 
The Biology of Pornography Addiction
December 29, 2013

By David Outten Scientists have been reluctant to refer to natural biological occurrences as addictions. They’ve been much quicker to declare that intakes such as alcohol, heroin or opium can cause addiction.   Now, with greater understanding of brain functions, scientists are finding that pornography causes the body to create chemical and electrical impacts similar to those of a drug habit. These measurable biological events impact desires and behavior. Just as eating a meal will cause the body’s hunger sensations to subside, so looking at pornography will cause sexual desire. Both involve chemical and neurological stimulus. Both can lead to biological training. Scientists have found that overeating increases the desire to conti...
 

 
Made in America: Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, and the Modern Celebrity Machine
December 26, 2013

By Kent Woodyard, Contributing Writer “That’s not what I represent. What I represent is positivity and brightness and lightness and amazingness. Nothing negative at all.” – Justin Bieber, in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter “It kind of just opened so many doors for me to be like, alright, I already p*ssed you off as much as I possibly can. So, now I can kind of just be freer and kind of do whatever it is that we want to do.” – Miley Cyrus, on her performance at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards As the late Art Linklater used to say, “Kids say the darnedest things,” don’t they? Especially youth who had platinum records before they had driver’s licenses. In case you missed it, 2013 was a rather eventful year ...
 

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