Healed By Grace (2012) Rated NR

Riley Adams is on the verge of becoming a dancer when she has an accident which causes brain damage.  She heads to equine therapy to find the way back to her feet. Starring Tommy Beardmore, Larry Bower, Mark S. Esch, Natalie Weese.

What this film lacks in production quality it more than makes up for in its message. I think we have all had dreams and plans for our lives that didn’t go like we hoped they would, and this movie offers a wonderful message of encouragement. Riley struggles with the plans she had for her life and finds that God has another plan that, although unexpected, is even better.  The acting is better than that I have seen in some other Christian films.  Even with its minor deficits, it is still worth a watch.

 

 

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25th Annual Movieguide Award Winners 2017

Best Movie for Families

 Miracles From Heaven

Most Inspiring Performance for Movies

Melissa Joan Hart for God’s Not Dead 2
Adam Greaves-Neal for The Young Messiah

Best Movie for Mature Audiences

God’s Not Dead 2

Epiphany Prize to the Most Inspiring Movie of 2016

The Young Messiah

Epiphany Prize to the Most Inspiring TV Program of 2016

Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors

Bradley Foundation Faith & Freedom Award for Movies

Hacksaw Ridge

Grace Award for Most Inspiring Performance for TV

Faith Ford for Karen Kingsbury’s The Bridge Part 2
Devielle Johnson for Karen Kingsbury’s A Time to Dance

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) Rated PG-13

The adventures of Newt Scamander in New York’s community of witches and wizards. Based on the novel by  J. K. Rowling. Starring Eddie Redmayne, Sam Redford, Scott Goldman, Colin Farrell, Samantha Morton, Jon Voight, Ron Perlman, Johnny Depp.

I’ve never been a big Harry Potter fan, so I was a little wary of this film, but I found it to be pleasantly surprising. Unlike the Harry Potter films, this one is a fun and fantastical adventure with Newt Scamander.  While on layover in New York to pick up a mate for one of his fantastic beasts, some of his other beasts get loose, and he has to track them down.  Much more exciting than trying to find out the parentage of Harry Potter, this romp through a world of wizards and witches is worth a watch.

 

 

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New This Week in Theaters, April 20, 2017

 The Lost City of Z (PG-13)
Opens on Friday, April 21
Starring: Charlie Hunnam, Tom Holland, Robert Pattinson

A true-life drama, centering on British explorer Col. Percival Fawcett, who disappeared while searching for a mysterious city in the Amazon in the 1920s.

 Unforgettable (R)
Opens on Friday, April 21
Starring: Katherine Heigl, Rosario Dawson, Cheryl Ladd

A woman sets out to make life hell for her ex-husband’s new wife.

 Born In China (G)
Opens on Friday, April 21
Starring: John Krasinski, Xun Zhou

Venturing into the wilds of China, “Born in China” captures intimate moments with a panda bear and her growing cub, a young golden monkey who feels displaced by his baby sister, and a mother snow leopard struggling to raise her two cubs.

 Free Fire (R)
Opens on Friday, April 21
Starring: Cillian Murphy, Brie Larson, Armie Hammer

Set in Boston in 1978, a meeting in a deserted warehouse between two gangs turns into a shootout and a game of survival.

 The Promise (PG-13)
Opens on Friday, April 21
Starring: Charlotte Le Bon, Oscar Isaac, Christian Bale

Set during the last days of the Ottoman Empire, The Promise follows a love triangle between Michael, a brilliant medical student, the beautiful and sophisticated Ana, and Chris – a renowned American journalist based in Paris.

 Phoenix Forgotten (PG-13)
Opens on Friday, April 21
Starring: Matt Biedel, Hector Luis Bustamante, Ana Dela Cruz

20 years after three teenagers disappeared in the wake of mysterious lights appearing above Phoenix, Arizona, unseen footage from that night has been discovered, chronicling the final hours of their fateful expedition.

 Leap! (PG)
Opens on Friday, April 21
Starring: Elle Fanning, Dane DeHaan, Carly Rae Jepsen, Maddie Ziegler

An orphan girl dreams of becoming a ballerina and flees her rural Brittany for Paris, where she passes for someone else and accedes to the position of pupil at the Grand Opera house.

 Citizen Jane: Battle for the City (NR)
Opens on Friday, April 21
Starring: Thomas Campanella, Mindy Fullilove, Alexander Garvin, Paul Goldberger

Citizen Jane is a timely tale of what can happen when engaged citizens fight the power for the sake of a better world. Arguably no one did more to shape our understanding of the modern American city than Jane Jacobs, the visionary activist and writer who fought to preserve urban communities in the face of destructive development projects. Synopsis by Rotten Tomatoes

Synopsis by IMDB unless otherwise stated.

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The Intouchables (2011) Rated R

When an aristocrat becomes a quadriplegic, he hires a man from the projects to help care for him. Based on the true story of Philippe Pozzo di Borgo and Abdel Sellou. Starring François Cluzet, Omar Sy, Anne Le Ny.

This is a brilliant film which takes two people with completely different life experiences and reveals how much we all have in common when it comes to facing life and its challenges. It is an emotional roller coaster ride, filled with both laughter and tears.  It shows us that all life is worth living and that, if we work through our differences, we can find value in each other and learn to get along.  Well written and acted, this movie is worth a watch.

 

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Fences (2016) Rated PG-13

A working class African American father struggles with raising his family in the changing times of the 1950s. Based on the play by August Wilson. Starring Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Stephen Henderson

When watching this film, it is easy to see that it was originally written as a play.  The long monologues and scene changes are very reminiscent of a stage play. This in no way detracts from the quality of either the story or the film. Davis gives the performance of a lifetime.  I felt it to my soul, the anguish, the pain, the hurt, and her unquenchable will to go on.  Washington is equally inspiring, portraying a man who has lost his dreams but continues to sacrifice and provide for his family.  For these stellar performances alone, this film is worth a watch.

 

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New This Week on DVD, April 18, 2017

 Before the Flood (PG)

A look at how climate change affects our environment and what society can do to prevent the demise of endangered species, ecosystems and native communities across the planet. Starring Eddie Albert, Lindsey Allen, Jake Awa, Leonardo DiCaprio

 Bigger Fatter Liar (PG)

Kevin Shepard is a tech-savvy young genius who uses his intelligence to slack off. When greedy video game executive Alan Wolf gets a hold of his ideas for a video game, Kevin and his best friend Becca set off for Seattle to make Wolf’s life miserable through a series of pranks. Starring Jodelle Ferland, Barry Bostwick, April Telek

 The Founder (PG-13)

The story of Ray Kroc, a salesman who turned two brothers’ innovative fast food eatery, McDonald’s, into one of the biggest restaurant businesses in the world with a combination of ambition, persistence, and ruthlessness. Starring Michael Keaton, Nick Offerman, John Carroll Lynch, Linda Cardellini, B.J. Novak, Laura Dern, Patrick Wilson

 Ocean Waves (PG-13)

As a young man returns home after his first year away at college he recalls his senior year of high school and the iron-willed, big city girl that turned his world upside down. Starring Nobuo Tobita, Toshihiko Seki, Yoko Sakamoto

 Sleepless (R)

A cop with a connection to the criminal underworld scours a nightclub in search of his kidnapped son. Starring Jamie Foxx, Michelle Monaghan, Scoot McNairy, Dermot Mulroney, T.I., Gabrielle Union

 Split (PG-13)

Three girls are kidnapped by a man with a diagnosed 23 distinct personalities, they must try to escape before the apparent emergence of a frightful new 24th. Starring James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Betty Buckley

 Teen Titans: The Judas Contract (PG-13)

Tara Markov is a girl who has power over earth and stone; she is also more than she seems. Is the newest Teen Titan an ally or a threat? And what are the mercenary Death stroke’s plans for the Titans? Starring Stuart Allan, Jake T. Austin, Taissa Farmiga, Christina Ricci

 The Watcher (NR)

Unaware of its terrible history, a young couple purchases their dream home. But it soon becomes clear that they may not be alone in the house… and that someone — or something — is determined to drive them out. Starring Erin Cahill, Edi Gathegi, Denise Crosby

 Masterpiece: Home Fires – Season 2 (PG)

A drama following a group of inspirational women in a rural Cheshire community during World War II.  Starring Clare Calbraith, Brian Fletcher, Samantha Bond, Ruth Gemmell, Claire Price, Daniel Ryan, Claire Rushbrook, Daisy Badger, Frances Grey, Fenella Woolgar, Leanne Best, Mark Bazeley, Leila Mimmack, Ed Stoppard

Synopsis by IMDB.

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Hayley Atwell

 

 Agent Carter (2015–2016) Rated TV-PG

In 1946, Peggy Carter is relegated to secretarial duties in the Strategic Scientific Reserve (SSR). When Howard Stark is accused of treason, he secretly recruits Peggy to clear his name with the help of his butler, Edwin Jarvis.

 The Prisoner (2009– ) Rated NR

An update to the cult favorite series from the 1960s about a government agent who is kidnapped and sent to a remote island known as “the Village”.

 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013– ) Rated TV-PG

The missions of the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division.

 Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) Rated PG-13

Steve Rogers, a rejected military soldier transforms into Captain America after taking a dose of a “Super-Soldier serum”. But being Captain America comes at a price as he attempts to take down a war monger and a terrorist organization.

 Cassandra’s Dream (2007) Rated PG-13

The tale of two brothers with serious financial woes. When a third party proposes they turn to crime, things go badly and the two become enemies.

Synopsis by IMDB.

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Dylan Minnette

 

 Lost (2004–2010) Rated TV-14

The survivors of a plane crash are forced to work together in order to survive on a seemingly deserted tropical island.

 Grey’s Anatomy (2005– ) Rated TV-14

A drama centered on the personal and professional lives of five surgical interns and their supervisors.

 The Mentalist (2008–2015) Rated TV-14

A famous “psychic” outs himself as a fake and starts working as a consultant for the California Bureau of Investigation so he can find “Red John,” the madman who killed his wife and daughter.

 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999– ) Rated TV-14

This show introduces the Special Victims Unit, a new elite squad of NYPD detectives who investigate sexually related crimes.

Prisoners (2013) Rated R

When Keller Dover’s daughter and her friend go missing, he takes matters into his own hands as the police pursue multiple leads and the pressure mounts. But just how far will this desperate father go to protect his family?

 Awake (2012) Rated TV-14

After a car accident takes the life of a family member, a police detective lives two alternating parallel lives, one with his wife and one with his son. Is one of his “realities” merely a dream?

 Ghost Whisperer (2005–2010) Rated NR

A newlywed with the ability to communicate with the earthbound spirits of the recently deceased overcomes skepticism and doubt to help send their important messages to the living and allow the dead to pass on to the other side.

Synopsis by IMDB.

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Spotlight (2015) Rated R

A specialized group of investigative reporters are handed the story of a lifetime by their new boss.  What they find may be the undoing of everything their community (and much of the world) holds dear. Starring Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Mark Ruffalo, Liev Schrieber, John Slattery, Stanley Tucci.

This film is absolutely brilliant.  Based on the true story of how the Boston Globe exposed the Catholic Church’s cover-up of epidemic  child molestation by its priests, this film focuses on the journalists involved in the investigation.  Assigned to the story by their new managing editor, Marty Baron, this group defies convention to uncover a decades-old scandal reaching all the way to the Vatican.  Although the nature of the scandal is both sordid and horrific, the way the film handles this sensitive subject is both as understated and carefully done as possible.

I was especially impressed with the painstaking, unrelenting process of putting a story like this together: the months of research and interviews, compiling of resources, risking of friendships, relationships, and reputations to get to the truth of the matter at all costs.  I can’t pinpoint just one exceptional performance because they were all truly remarkable in their portrayal of these real characters.  I also loved the way this film represented those staunch supporters of the Catholic faith by respecting the shock and grief they experienced as this story unfolded (ie: Sacha Pfeiffer’s grandmother).

It’s hard to imagine that anyone missed out on the wave of related scandals throughout our country and the rest of the world (I’m sure a similar scandal was uncovered in a city near you), but even if you are familiar with what happened, this film provides great insight into all sides of the story from its initial breaking source.  I highly commend and recommend this film as worth a watch.

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