Top 10 Lists

UP

Quality:
****
Age:
All ages
UP, the new animated feature from Pixar and Disney, is about a 78-year-old widower and a young boy scout who find the adventure of a lifetime on a jungle plateau in Venezuela full of unknown dangers. UP is another heartfelt, family-friendly, utterly delightful animated classic from the wonderful team at Pixar and Disney.

FIREPROOF

Quality:
****
Age:
Older children to adults
FIREPROOF is an incredibly gripping, compelling, heartrending, transformational story about saving a marriage between a small-town fire chief and his working wife that is on the rocks. Impeccably plotted, it is a stirring presentation of the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the power of God’s amazing grace.

THE SOUND OF MUSIC

Quality:
****
Age:
All Ages
THE SOUND OF MUSIC is the most successful musical in history with a brilliant performance by Julie Andrews. It has a profound Christian message about seeking God’s will for your life and is as clean and wholesome as can be.

JULIE & JULIA

Quality:
****
Age:
Teenagers and adults
JULIE & JULIA is a savory cinematic dish about a young woman who is inspired by famous American cook and TV pioneer Julia Child to spend one year cooking all 524 recipes in Julia Child’s book on French cuisine and writing a blog about it. The movie deftly goes back and forth between the woman’s experience and Julia Child’s early career, but it contains some foul language, some light sexual references and some brief politically correct content.

THE QUIET MAN

Quality:
****
Age:
A bit of hilarious Irish blarney that gives a wonderful presentation of the give and take that a marriage needs to succeed. John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara star as the reluctant ex-boxer and his feisty bride who have problems with their egos and with her mean-spirited brother, played wonderfully by the great Victor McLaglen Director John Ford shows his usual flair for comedy.

IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE

Quality:
****
Age:
Jimmy Stewart plays the beleaguered but good-hearted George Bailey, who finds out what life would be like if he’d never been born. A very slight caution is urged because of the false angelology, although the movie is number one on our list because of its emotive revelation of man’s relationship to God, who answers our prayers.

SHADOWLANDS

Quality:
****
Age:
Teenagers & adults
SHADOWLANDS presents the challenging story of the brief and emotionally turbulent marriage of Christian author/scholar C.S. Lewis to American poet Joy Gresham. With outstanding (and understated) performances by Anthony Hopkins and Debra Winger, an intelligent script and gorgeous cinematography, this film presents an eloquent portrait of sacrificial love--indeed, of the emotions of love growing from selfless acts of love. Only an unfortunate failure to depict the resolution of a crisis of faith which naturally followed Lewis' tragic loss of his wife prevents this film from being a masterpiece on the order of CHARIOTS OF FIRE.

MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING

Quality:
***
Age:
Older teenagers and adults
MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING is a big fat independent movie that’s a celebration of one American woman’s ethnic heritage, including the remnants of her family’s Greek Orthodox Christian faith. The nominal Christian worldview in this movie is spoiled by a brief, implied sexual interlude, passionate kissing, some foul language, and abundant use of alcohol.

CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN (1950)

Quality:
****
Age:
Showing how to organize a large family (be fruitful and multiply), this real-life story of the Gilbreth family has a wonderful scene where the father and mother ironically skewer a prissy, stuck-up representative from the evil Planned Parenthood. Clifton Webb plays the unforgettable father, and Myrna Loy is the strong, supportive mother.

FATHER OF THE BRIDE

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In this heartfelt comedy, Spencer Tracy shines as the Father of the Bride who has to realize that his daughter has grown up.