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Now Streaming – September 2022

Netflix

A CINDERELLA STORY

Quality:
****
Content:
+3 Some minor questionable elements. (Media-wisdom is suggested to discuss.)
A CINDERELLA STORY STARS Hilary Duff in a modern re-telling of the Cinderella fairy tale. Wonderfully written and entertaining, A CINDERELLA STORY gets better and better as it goes along and extols all the cardinal Christian virtues in a positive, winsome, attractive way.

A KNIGHT'S TALE

Quality:
***
Content:
-1 Caution advised for older children, including teenagers, and sensitive adults.
Heath Ledger of THE PATRIOT stars in A KNIGHT’S TALE, where he plays a poor young man named William who poses as a noble knight to help feed himself and his friends. Although the rock music and modern dancing detracts from the story and there are some ribald moments, A KNIGHT’S TALE is an entertaining, warm, friendly movie with a Christian worldview and many moral elements.

A LITTLE PRINCESS

Quality:
****
Content:
+3 Some minor questionable elements. (Media-wisdom is suggested to discuss.)
Featuring Liesel Matthews, Liam Cunningham and Elanor Bron, A LITTLE PRINCESS is the heartwarming and delightfully funny story of a precious, precocious little girl seemingly orphaned by her father's war-time death. All ends well in this well-crafted adventure movie which could well become a family classic.

DESPICABLE ME

Quality:
****
Content:
+1 Moderately questionable elements. (Discernment required for young children.)
DESPICABLE ME is a very witty, heartfelt animated movie about an extremely sinful character transformed by the love of three little girls. The ending to DESPICABLE ME is so uplifting and redemptive that it overshadows some of the action violence, slapstick comedy and light scatological references.

DESPICABLE ME 2

Quality:
****
Content:
+2 Moderately questionable elements.
DESPICABLE ME 2 finds the former villain Gru joining the Anti-Villains League to stop a villain who’s turning Gru’s adorable little minions into monsters with a stolen secret formula. DESPICABLE ME 2 is one of the funniest, laugh-out-loud, hilarious, best conceived, well-plotted, most enjoyable movies ever. Every form of villainy is refuted, family is affirmed, doing the right thing is affirmed, and good triumphs.

SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN

Quality:
****
Content:
-1 Caution advised for older children, including teenagers, and sensitive adults.
In SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN, Snow White and the huntsman sent to kill her team up to lead an army against the evil queen who killed Snow White’s kingly father. SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN is an exciting, thrilling movie artfully infused with overt and symbolic Christian content, but caution is warranted for intense action violence, some scary elements, and the evil queen’s dark villainy.

DOLPHIN TALE 2

Quality:
****
Content:
+2 Moderately questionable elements.
In DOLPHIN TALE 2, Winter the dolphin’s surrogate mother dies and she must be paired with a companion in order to stay at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium in Florida. DOLPHIN TALE 2 is a refreshingly wholesome movie with some wonderful, morally uplifting themes the whole family can enjoy.

Amazon Prime

A FAMILY THING

Quality:
***
Content:
-1 Caution advised for older children, including teenagers, and sensitive adults.
A FAMILY THING is a beautifully acted and simply told story of an older man's search for his identity. A cantankerous, racist man from Arkansas named Earl Pilchard, played by Robert Duvall, finds out he is half black, so he goes to Chicago to find his fully black half- brother, Virgil, played by James Earl Jones. Expertly crafted, the movie demonstrates that in God and God alone, the races can be united.

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON

Quality:
****
Content:
+1 Moderately questionable elements. (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.

SKYFALL

Quality:
****
Content:
-2 Extreme caution for older teenagers and adults.
SKYFALL, James Bond’s 23rd outing, has Bond and his female boss, M, trying to stop a former revenge-minded British spy from selling the names of all undercover NATO agents in terrorist groups to the highest bidder. SKYFALL may be the most personal, redemptive, and emotionally powerful and satisfying, Bond movie yet, but strong caution is advised. Especially for some brief sexual elements and foul language.

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

Quality:
****
Content:
+1 Moderately questionable elements. (Discernment required for young children.)
In ROOKIE OF THE YEAR, a fantasy comes true when a 12-year-old Little Leaguer suddenly acquires a pitching arm so good, the Chicago Cubs want him to play for them. A delightful comedy, ROOKIE OF THE YEAR should tap into the dreams of children of all ages and capture a sizable summer audience, although this otherwise wholesome movie regrettably contains a few foul words, some childish name calling and repeated exclamations (e.g., "Oh, my God!").

WAR OF THE WORLDS

Quality:
***
Content:
-1 Caution advised for older children, including teenagers, and sensitive adults.
WAR OF THE WORLDS, starring Tom Cruise, is an exciting, morally uplifting remake of the novel by H.G. Wells, about the impact of an alien invasion on a man and his family. Directed by Steven Spielberg, WAR OF THE WORLDS is very suspenseful, and has a patriotic message, but the pacing is sometimes repetitive, the special effects sometimes overpower the storytelling, and there is a significant amount of foul language.

THE YOUNG VICTORIA

Quality:
****
Content:
-1 Caution advised for older children, including teenagers, and sensitive adults.
THE YOUNG VICTORIA is about the first few years of the Queen Victoria’s long reign in England during the 1800s, including her relationship and eventual marriage to the loving, dashing, and wise Prince Albert. YOUNG VICTORIA is a good movie with a positive Christian, moral view of romance and marriage.

Disney+ (Sing-Along Versions)

FROZEN (2013)

Quality:
****
Content:
+3 Some minor questionable elements. (Media-wisdom is suggested to discuss.)
FROZEN is an animated comic fantasy from Disney about a princess who must convince her sister, the queen, to bring summer back after she uses magic powers to freeze the kingdom. FROZEN is not only a funny, entertaining movie, with incredible animation, its highly redemptive, moral premise shows that true love is sacrifice.

FROZEN II

Quality:
****
Content:
-1 Caution advised for older children, including teenagers, and sensitive adults.
FROZEN II is a sweet animated sequel that follows Queen Elsa and her younger sister, Princess Ana, as they venture to learn about their past and unlock the secrets of an enchanted forest. FROZEN II provides exceptional, funny, exciting entertainment, with powerful plot points, great animation and a beautiful soundtrack. FROZEN II has a moral worldview about doing the right thing and showcases some allegorical Christian themes of sacrifice and love casting out fear, but a few scenes might scare some younger children and some of the elements are politically correct or pagan.

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