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Now Streaming – April 2021

Disney+ - 4/16/2021

NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM - 4/1/2021

Quality:
****
Content:
-1 Discretion advised for older children.
NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM stars Ben Stiller as Larry Daley, a dreamer who takes a job as a night guard at the local museum of natural history, where, to his surprise and consternation, the exhibits come to life and cause problems. NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM is exciting, charming, tender, and amusing entertainment that teaches responsibility, self-control and the need for fathers being good role models, but some jokes about humanist evolution require a slight caution.

NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: BATTLE OF THE SMITHSONIAN - 4/1/2021

Quality:
***
Content:
+1 Discernment required for young children.
NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: BATTLE OF THE SMITHSONIAN finds the hero of the first movie and his museum friends trying to stop an evil Egyptian king’s plot to rule the world. It is a charming, creative family adventure sprinkled with humor, romance, excitement, and history, including two brief positive references to God and an implied reference to Jesus Christ and His positive impact on history.

SQUANTO: A WARRIOR'S TALE - 4/9/2021

Quality:
****
Content:
+3 Some minor questionable elements.
The exciting historical-adventure drama, SQUANTO: A WARRIOR'S TALE, tells the amazing legend of a Native American Indian and his enslavement at the hands of English traders, his daring escape and his miraculous return to his New England homeland where he risks his life for peace and helps Pilgrim settlers survive in the early 1600s. Disney's SQUANTO is free of offensive content -- save for appropriate action violence -- and contains an exceptionally positive portrayal of Christian belief and principles.

THE KID WHO WOULD BE KING - 4/16/2021

Quality:
****
Content:
-1 Discretion advised for older children.
THE KID WHO WOULD BE KING is a fun, heartwarming fantasy adventure movie that takes the legend of King Arthur and the Sword in the Stone, and sets it in modern time centered around children. THE KID WHO WOULD BE KING is a charming, creative spin on King Arthur folklore, with some very positive moral messages mixed with some occult magic and adventure violence, so caution is advised for older children.

RIO - 4/16/2021

Quality:
****
Content:
+1 Discernment required for young children.
RIO is a colorful animated comedy about Blu, a cockatoo who gets into all sorts of trouble when some thieves in Rio de Janeiro steal him from his American owner. RIO is a funny, action-filled animated comedy for older children, teenagers and adults, with fun characters, enjoyable twists and turns, and a mostly positive moral, redemptive worldview stressing heroism, friendship, sacrifice, and courage.

Amazon Prime - 4/28/2021

EVAN ALMIGHTY - 4/1/2021

Quality:
****
Content:
+1 Discernment required for young children.
EVAN ALMIGHTY stars Steve Carell as Evan Baxter, the anchorman from BRUCE ALMIGHTY, who has become a U.S. Congressman, but sees his political career put on hold when God commands Evan to build an ark. EVAN ALMIGHTY is a funny, heartwarming family movie with a thrilling ending that makes up for the movie’s theological mis-steps, such as the important fact that the movie does not make it clear that, when God appears to us in human form, he always appears as Jesus Christ as noted in John 1.

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON - 4/1/2021

Quality:
****
Content:
+1 Discernment required for young children.
HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON is about the scrawny but brainy son of a Viking chieftain who helps the community end a 300-year feud with fire-breathing dragons. HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON is funny, entertaining, exciting, and heart-warming family fun, with a redemptive message, but some of the action may be too scary for very young children.

MASTER AND COMMANDER: THE FAR SIDE OF THE WORLD - 4/1/2021

Quality:
****
Content:
-1 Discretion advised for older children.
MASTER AND COMMANDER, which is subtitled THE FAR SIDE OF THE WORLD, is a rousing sea adventure set in 1805, starring Russell Crowe in another fine action role as the captain of a British fighting ship crossing cannons with a French ship serving Napoleon. Except for some foul language, violence, and minor negative elements, the movie contains great period detail, excellent direction, fine performances, wonderful effects, and strong, positive Christian references.

THAT THING YOU DO - 4/1/2021

Quality:
****
Content:
+1 Discernment required for young children.
THAT THING YOU DO, written and directed by Tom Hanks, documents the rise of fictional band, The Wonders, from Erie, Pennsylvania. It clearly shows all the excitement and challenges of being in a band when rock was young and relatively clean. The Wonders rises to the top of the charts and even a TV appearance in Hollywood. Marred only by a few obscenities, this movie has a mild Christian worldview and demonstrates the struggle between artistic integrity and "selling out."

ARRIVAL - 4/28/2021

Quality:
****
Content:
-2 Discretion advised for adults.
ARRIVAL is a very well made, beautifully crafted science fiction movie about coming into contact with aliens who give humans the gift of a new language. Underneath ARRIVAL’s dubious science fiction propositions is a deeper, poignant story of death and grieving, but MOVIEGUIDE® advises strong caution for the movie’s false circular view of reality, which may confuse or sway viewers.

Netflix - 4/3/2021

ESCAPE FROM PLANET EARTH - 4/3/2021

Quality:
**
Content:
-1 Discretion advised for older children.
ESCAPE FROM PLANET EARTH is an animated comedy about two alien brothers who get captured on Earth and imprisoned in Area 51. ESCAPE FROM PLANET EARTH isn’t a great movie, but it has some good themes of heroism and family, but also some Anti-American, liberal political undertones that require caution.

Hulu - 4/1/2021

SHREK 2 - 4/1/2021

Quality:
****
Content:
-1 Discretion advised for older children.
SHREK 2, the first sequel to the 2001 animated Oscar-winning hit, has Shrek trying to keep his marriage to Fiona intact, despite an evil plot by Fiona’s underhanded Fairy Godmother. SHREK 2 contains a few inappropriate jokes and a politically correct tone, but it also has a light Christian worldview and many biblical, moral messages showing that magical spells and fairy tale enchantments cannot bring real happiness and extolling forgiveness, repentance, self-sacrifice, thinking of others before yourself, selfless love, honor, valor, and the courage to do the right thing.

THE POLAR EXPRESS - 4/1/2021

Quality:
****
Content:
+1 Discernment required for young children.
THE POLAR EXPRESS is a fun-tastic holiday adventure for the whole family about a boy who travels on a magical train to the North Pole. THE POLAR EXPRESS lacks any references to Jesus Christ, the real reason for the Christmas season, but it is superbly done and contains positive moral lessons for children of all ages.

HBO Max - 4/1/2021

ELLA ENCHANTED - 4/1/2021

Quality:
**
Content:
-1 Discretion advised for older children.
ELLA ENCHANTED is a retelling of the Cinderella story that, although it has great potential to be involving and interesting for children, spends more time advancing a socialist political message than entertaining them. Anne Hathaway is the movie’s saving grace, but there is not enough there to entertain young children.

MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON - 4/1/2021

Quality:
****
Content:
+3 Some minor questionable elements.

STUART LITTLE - 4/1/2021

Quality:
***
Content:
+2 Moderately questionable elements.
In the new family movie, STUART LITTLE, a human family in New York City adopts a little mouse named Stuart, who has trouble fitting in despite his big courageous heart. A nutty fairy tale with excellent special effects, STUART LITTLE contains pro-family and redemptive messages marred by four mild obscenities.

PureFlix

MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN

Quality:
****
Content:
+4 Biblical worldview, with no questionable elements whatsoever.
MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN is a heartrending, faith-affirming drama about the true story of a 12-year-old girl suffering from a very serious medical disorder. The cast and the filmmakers do a beautiful job making this story come alive.

BANDSLAM

Quality:
***
Content:
+1 Discernment required for young children.
BANDSLAM is the story of Will, a teenager who never fits in because of an instance in his past which continues to trouble him. Though it has a few profanities and some teenage kissing, this movie is very positive with much to commend, including its strong Christian worldview and humor

BECAUSE OF GRACIA

Quality:
***
Content:
-1 Discretion advised for older children.
BECAUSE OF GRACIA is the story of a Christian high school senior whose life is changed for the better after he meets a girl named Gracia. BECAUSE OF GRACIA, the movie, is an entertaining movie with a strong Christian worldview and serious topics that Christian parents can discuss with their own teenagers, though some of the acting and lighting could be done better.