The Miracle of Second Chances:
This Is Why We Celebrate New Years!
By David Outten, Production Editor
Why do we celebrate New Year’s Day?
What’s so new about January 1st?
Think of it like this: It’s a time when we emotionally put the past behind us and start fresh. Sometimes, we make resolutions about how something’s going to be better. Sometimes, we just want to emotionally declare an end to a difficult segment of our life.
The key concept of New Year’s is the opportunity to begin again.
There is no more profound way to begin again than to give your life to Jesus Christ. Jesus described it as being born again. All the mistakes of your past are forgiven – wiped clean from God’s Book of Life. In re...
How To Please Christian Audiences (and Make Lots of Money)
By David Outten and Tom Snyder
Why did GOD’S NOT DEAD and HEAVEN IS FOR REAL do so well while MOM’S NIGHT OUT and THE IDENTICAL didn’t?
Could NOAH have been as big a hit as THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST?
Why did FIREPROOF and COURAGEOUS do better than THE SONG?
Dr. Ted Baehr, Chairman of the Christian Film and Television Commission has been meticulously studying audiences – and Christian audiences in particular – for more than 30 years. Movieguide® reviews, rates and analyses up to 300 or more movies a year, and sees and analyses more than 400 TV episodes and programs.
Dr. Baehr urges people wishing to make movies that will please the Christian audience to...
Redeeming the Broken Relationship Between Hollywood and Christ’s Church
By Dr. Ted Baehr, Publisher, with Dr. Tom Snyder, Editor
Lately, there have been several edgy Christian articles gloating over the financial failure or near failures of some mediocre Hollywood movies. Too often, these articles sound like schadenfreude, which means taking pleasure in other people’s pain.
The church wants Hollywood to make movies reflecting a biblical worldview. MOVIEGUIDE(r) wants these movies to get better and better. Even so, when Hollywood makes mistakes, we shouldn’t gloat and take pleasure in their mistakes. Instead, we should try to help these Hollywood filmmakers to 1) Know the Truth that will set them free; 2) Underst...
By Dr. Ted Baehr, Publisher
MOVIEGUIDE® has put together a list of great movies for the Christmas season, starting with the movie that shows clearly the reason for the season, THE NATIVITY STORY.
1.THE NATIVITY STORY
NATIVITY STORY is one of those very rare movies that brings the Gospel alive in a compelling, interesting, entertaining manner that shatters expectations. The movie references and quotes Scripture throughout. King Herod sends out the troops to kill all the innocents in Bethlehem and stop the prophecy that there will be born a King of Kings and Lord of Lords. The movie then flashes back to a year earlier in the town of Nazareth, introducing the audience to the life of Joseph and Mary. Soon, an angel of G...
Christmas Shopping Choices:
10 Family-Friendly Video Games
By David Grue, Contributing Writer
With video games becoming more and more popular, the market has exploded with a variety of games across an increasing number of platforms. Many of the games that receive the most publicity are extremely violent and vulgar.
However, game developers have not neglected the family audience completely. There are a great number of games that can be enjoyed in a family setting, providing positive entertainment for everyone. The following games are high quality, family-friendly titles, but caution for younger children is advised for the fighting games.
Mario Kart 8
Platform: Wii U
ESRB Rating: E - Everyo...
Faith and Prayer on the Set of UNBROKEN:
Angelina Jolie Dropped to Her Knees in Prayer While Directing UNBROKEN
By Diana Tyler, Contributing Writer
There’s little doubt that the heavily anticipated movie UNBROKEN will greatly impact and inspire audiences worldwide when it hits theaters Christmas day. It tells the incredible, true story of World War II prisoner of war survivor Louis Zamperini and his unimaginable journey of hardship and suffering that he endured only because of his steadfast refusal to back down, his dogged determination to hang onto hope, and ultimately his insistence on forgiving those who sought to break both his body and spirit.
With such an epic, heartrending tale to envision and recreate for the big scree...
Nothing new under the Hollywood Sun:
The Censored Movie Not In Theaters This Christmas
by Ron Maxwell
It is with a sense of "deja vu" that we watch the spectacle of threats, cowardice and censorship on display at SONY PICTURES. Yes, there's nothing new under the sun.
Political censorship, blackmail and intimidation are as old as civilization and already have a well pedigreed history in Hollywood. The examples are so rife it would take a shelf full of books to expose the whole sorry litany.
There's the grim, absurd tale of the epic movie "1776," produced in 1914. Only because the "bad guys" of this movie are British, the US government seized the prints, prevented the movie's release and arrested the director. Yes, you read that ri...
Timeless Messages with a 21st Century Upgrade:
Behind the Scenes of the New ANNIE
By Ben Kayser, Managing Editor
The beloved musical ANNIE has been a favorite for many families, but when Sony announced the remake with Jay-Z and Will Smith serving as producers and Will Gluck as the Director, they decided to do it differently this time. They gave a 21st Century upgrade to the beloved story about a 10-year-old orphan girl looking for a family who’s befriended by a billionaire.
That doesn’t mean, however, that the story has been changed beyond all recognition. You don’t mess with a winning formula.
“The message of ANNIE in every iteration is a message of hope, optimism, inspiration,” Director Will Gluck told MOVIEGUIDE® in...
Hollywood Reeling from Sony Cyber Attacks;
Families Threatened, Charges of Racism Leveled
By Dr. Tom Snyder, Editor
Hollywood is “reeling” from some cyber hack attacks on Sony Pictures Entertainment, the company behind such hits as SKYFALL, MEN IN BLACK III and the SPIDER-MAN movies.
According to the New York Times on Dec. 10, “The leaked information has been used to open false mortgage accounts and even buy women’s handbags at Beverly Hills boutiques.”
The cyber attacks probably emanate from North Korea, which is extremely upset about Sony’s new comedy starring Seth Rogen and James Franco, THE INTERVIEW, about two podcast hosts invited by North Korea to interview its dictator, Kim Jong-Un, with the CIA asking the two...
The Perfect Christmas Gift
Almost everyone delights in celebrating Christmas by giving gifts, especially to family members.
There is joy in giving and getting to see the reaction of the recipient. Most of us also love to give children lots of toys. Teenagers often want the latest electronic device.
What each of us should never forget, however, is the perfect Christmas gift – when God sent his Son that each and every one of us might be saved.
Consider what this perfect gift means to your family this Christmas morning. As you tear wrapping paper to see what each family member has been given, also please consider the other divine gifts from Jesus Christ’s sacrifice, such as the gifts of liberty and peace.
Too often, many pe...