Top 10 Lists

IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE

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****
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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.

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.

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.

A MAN CALLED PETER

Quality:
****
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This fine movie demonstrates a contemporary champion of the faith, Scotsman Peter Marshall, who became clergyman and U. S. Senate chaplain.

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.

SENSE AND SENSIBILITY

Quality:
****
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After two hundred years, Jane Austen has become one of the popular screenwriters in Hollywood. Her latest adaptation, SENSE AND SENSIBILITY, showcases the Dashwood women as they are driven out of their home and seek true love. Though flamboyantly acted, it shows marvelous restraint, respects the church and faith and elevates good sense over the vagaries of unrestrained passion.

THE QUIET MAN

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****
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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.

RUNAWAY BRIDE

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***
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RUNAWAY BRIDE, the re-teaming of Julia Roberts and Richard Gere, is a triumph. Shockingly clean by Hollywood standards, there are only 2 mild obscenities and some off-color humor, but no nudity or sexual immorality. In a movie about a woman who keeps running the wrong way down the aisle, this movie resists the temptation to salt the scenes with sex and instead relies on the story to keep the audience hooked. The movie received a PG rating because there are a couple of slightly off-color jokes.

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.

PRIDE & PREJUDICE

Quality:
****
Age:
Older children to adults
PRIDE & PREJUDICE is another wonderful version of Jane Austen’s beloved novel about the romantic conflict between a young woman and a rich nobleman in England around the turn of the 19th Century. PRIDE & PREJUDICE is a magnificently accomplished, thoroughly engaging entertainment that strongly extols Christian virtues such as love, charity and forgiveness.