In the age of Disney, Pixar and $200 million animated blockbusters, a modest Pennsylvania-based ministry has — somehow — captured the hearts and minds of children with cartoons about church history.
More than a decade after helping spark the movie-filtering craze, ClearPlay appears to be the last company standing.
Actor David Oyelowo of 'A United Kingdom': 'Christ Is the Rock on Which I Build My Life' (Interview)
David Oyelowo did not have to look very far for inspiration for his newest film, A United Kingdom.
Hollywood certainly knew what it was doing when it combined two of the favorite things of most U.S. kids — Legos and Batman — into an animated film.
Singer and actor Harry Connick Jr. had a unique idea for a talk show. He just didn't know if anyone else would go along with it.
R-rated films typically aren't known for their spiritual themes, sermons and biblical references. There is the rare exception – The Passion of the Christ comes to mind – but in most cases R-rate movies carry content that most Christians simply would rather avoid.
CHICAGO – The movie poster for Deepwater Horizon tells us it's inspired by a "true story of real life heroes," which, at first blush, seems confusing.
If a tidal wave hit a small coastal town and swept away the school building — killing all the children inside — how would it impact your view of life and of, well, God?
Making movies based on well-known historical events can be a bit tricky — especially if it is about an event that nearly every person in the theater will remember.
When the first Ben-Hur trailer was released earlier this year, my concerns were the same as many other moviegoers and critics. It appeared heavy on action, short on story, and – aghast! – simply not a good film.
CHICAGO – Each time my young son and I walk into a movie theater, I give him a friendly reminder: Let's look for a few lessons in the film we can learn.
Movies that include giants or tiny creatures can be some of the most enjoyable films on the big screen — and they often are accompanied by great life lessons for children and parents, too.
Kids once learned lessons about life through books. That's still the case for many children, but for the rest of them, movies have helped fill the gap.
Twenty years ago, few Christians in America believed same-sex marriage ever would be legalized. And 10 years ago, not many of us could have imagined we'd all be debating whether a 5-year-old boy who'd rather be a girl can have his pick of restrooms at the local public school.
Our culture tends to toss around the word "miracle" far too easy. We use it for great moments in military history (Miracle at Dunkirk) and sports history (Miracle on Ice), and we even slap it on our favorite condiments (Miracle Whip)
No doubt, plenty of Christians will view "The Young Messiah" with skepticism, wondering how a film with little supporting text in Scripture can be, well, acceptable.
Americans love the underdog, perhaps because our own country was founded by a group of colonists that, at the time, faced long odds in their battle against the British.
"There's definitely a lot of kids going to see ['Deadpool'] to make that kind of money," Bob Waliszewski, director of Focus on the Family's Plugged In department, told the Christian Examiner.
Some of the best discussions I've ever had in church small groups have revolved around what the Bible doesn't tell us.
Mike Huckabee is out of the Republican presidential race, but he says he won't stop advocating for his beliefs.
The New Testament doesn't reveal Pilate's reaction when he learned of Jesus' resurrection, although Christians throughout the centuries have wondered what he would have done. A new movie that hits theaters Feb. 19 tackles that idea … with a twist.
"The Finest Hours" may not be fully family friendly, but the story of the crew's sacrifice and selflessness — particularly in our often narcissistic, selfish culture — is incredibly inspiring.
As I tucked my 4-year-old daughter into bed last night, I kissed her softly on the cheek, told her I loved her, and reminded her that I was in the next room to protect her. She always sleeps better when I say that, and, well, I thoroughly enjoy doing it. If ever there was a little girl made of "sugar and spice," it's her.
I was five when the first "Star Wars" movie was released, eight when "The Empire Strikes Back" came out, and 11 when "Return of the Jedi" hit theaters. My parents let me watch those latter two films on the big screen, but kept me home for the first one.
The best sports movies aren't even about sports. Instead, the best sports movies use sports as a backdrop to tell the story of something far more significant and important, something that even non-sports fans can embrace.