I Took My Grandchildren to PADDINGTON
By David Outten
One of the great joys of being a grandparent is to spend quality time making lasting memories. I love art day with grandpa where we paint or make things in clay. One of the kid’s favorite grandpa games is hunting for hidden Happy Meal toys in a dark house using flashlights. I’m famed for building huge towers with blocks, and I still play hide and seek. It can be quite a challenge to hide when grandpa’s 6’ 6” tall.
Last weekend I was invited to a screening of PADDINGTON and took my son and his daughter. We loved it. It was quality family time.
This weekend I took my wife and three more grandchildren. Leaving the theater my four-year-old grandson said, “That was aweso...
Critics Choosing the Awards at the Critics Choice Awards
By Evy Baehr, associate editor of MOVIEGUIDE®
Not only did the stars come out, but the critics too last night at the Critics Choice Awards. The awards are based on the nominations from the Broadcast Film Critics Association. This year the top movie went to BOYHOOD. BOYHOOD follows the life of a boy for twelve years, though it sounds like a documentary, it is not, and it is an interesting take on life. Make sure to check out Movieguide®’s review here. Though BOYHOOD made best picture, BIRDMAN had the most wins, with seven awards.
Movieguid®’s pick for the Critics Choice Awards, UNBROKEN, did not win. Fortunately the Movieguide® picks that did win some award were ...
A Wide Variety of Animated and Live Action Movies Compete
for Best Family Movie at 23rd Annual Faith & Values Awards
Family 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 2014 at the 23rd Annual Movieguide® Faith & Values Awards Gala and Report to the Entertainment Industry.
The “Teddy Bear” Awards, as they are affectionately called, will be televised Saturday, Feb. 21, on the REELZ Channel.
Heading the list of nominees for the Best Family Movie of 2014 are (click for our review)...
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Rapper Lecrae Performs on The Tonight Show:
Reveals America’s Need for the Gospel and Repentance
By Paul Warner, Contributing Writer
Recent three-time Grammy nominated rapper Lecrae returned to “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” Friday with a performance of “Welcome to America” from his album “Anomaly,” which released in September.
Lecrae, a committed Christian, has risen in the church community as an artist who not only preaches the gospel through his music, but seeks to live it out in his walk. Ten years and seven albums later since his debut, Lecrae has earned recognition by breaking into the US Billboard 200 as #1 with his latest album, “Anomaly,” and since then, selling 240,000 copies of the album.
Iraq War & American Sniper Chris Kyle
By Richard M. Reinsch II
Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper tells the story of Navy Seal Chris Kyle, the deadliest sniper in American military history with 160 confirmed kills. The film opens in Fallujah with Kyle confronting what will be his first two kills, a woman and a young boy who advance with a grenade toward a column of Marines. Kyle’s juvenile Marine escort states the obvious: “If you’re wrong, they’ll send your ass to Leavenworth.” Kyle shoots the boy and then the woman when she picks up his dropped grenade and attempts to throw it.
Bradley Cooper’s portrayal of Kyle here and throughout the film might be called the “inward turn.” Kyle isn’t overwhelmed by the event...
America’s Favorite Movies and TV Shows Snubbed
By Tom Snyder, Editor, and Dr. Ted Baehr
Once again the Golden Globes Sunday night handed most of their awards to movies and television programs that few people have seen or watch, comparatively speaking.
For example, on the dramatic television front, a big winner was Showtime’s series THE AFFAIR, about an adulterous love affair.
Though the co-creator of the show said that the intent of the program is to show that adultery has bad consequences and to prove that marriage vows are “sacred,” the program had less than 750,000 viewers in the 2014 ratings, according to TV Series Finale on Dec. 23.
Also, the Globes gave its biggest movie award in drama to the mo...
On a Mission Anointed by God:
Actor Says God Told Him He Would Play the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.
By Ben Kayser, Managing Editor
In an exclusive interview with Movieguide®, breakout actor David Oyelowo boldly shared that God spoke to him and told him he would be playing the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in SELMA, a powerful movie about the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s 1965 march on Montgomery, Alabama for voting rights for African Americans.
“I first read the script in 2007,” Oyelowo told Movieguide®, “and felt very strongly that God told me I would play this role in this film. That’s the only way I could even entertain the crazy idea of me getting to play this.”
In an interview with The Huffington Post, Oyelo...
An Opinion About Everything: Interstellar Cosmology and Ontology
By Dr. Ted Baehr, Publisher
The movie THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING about physicist Stephen Hawking and to a large degree about his first wife is an overt clash of worldviews, but we live in an age of relativism where we deny the value of worldviews. Hawking’s first wife has been in the press quite a bit after the movie was released, making the point that his first mistress was physics. In fact, his first mistress was ontological materialism, as the character who plays his wife says in the movie, “Stephen, you won’t receive the knighthood because you’re just an old socialist.”
Of course, Socialism is humanism, and most modern humanism desires to make man the cent...
Christian Film/TV Awards Encourages Hollywood
To Insert More Faith and Values in Its Entertainment
For 30 years, Dr. Ted Baehr, founder and chairman of the Christian Film & Television Commission® ministry (CFTVC), has encouraged Hollywood to put more faith and values into its movies and television programs.
The number of movies with strong or overt Christian content has increased from only one or two a year to more than 65.
Many Entertainment Industry leaders say that the main reason for this positive change is the Annual Faith & Values Awards Gala and Report to the Entertainment Industry.
The Awards Gala doesn’t just honor the best, most inspiring movies and television prog...