At 9:30 p.m. on Saturday night, a packed theater in Franklin, Tenn., was completely quiet. As the credits rolled, some folks were filing out, but many more were standing, still looking at the screen, honoring the man whose life they'd just seen portrayed on the silver screen.
Before the movie, I'd never seen the parking lot so crowded. I had to park more than a quarter-mile away, hidden in the corner of a restaurant parking lot (hoping I wouldn't be towed), and watched in amazement as people were streaming into the theater from parking spaces scattered far and wide. It almost goes without saying when a January movie release breaks $90 million in three days, but I felt as if I was witnessing an important cultural moment. This movie was striking a chord in America beyond any post 9/11 movie — beyond even the best of movies about the War on Terror, including Lone Survivor. I think I know why.
First — and most important — it's a phenomenal movie. America is awash in "message movies," left and (recently) on the right. While there are some people who'll attend movies just to make a statement, most of us want to see good movies, with the right statement merely an optional bonus. American Sniper is better than good. It's one of the best war movies I've ever seen, and is now in the pantheon of my all-time favorite movies of any type. Bradley Cooper is outstanding, and the movie pulls off something I've never truly seen in a war film: It creates fully realized characters both inside and outside the combat environment. By the end of the movie, we feel that we understand who Chris Kyle was, who is wife is, what they endured, and what motivated them. They're not one-dimensional heroes but fully realized people who did heroic things. more >>
David Oyelowo just played the role of Martin Luther King Jr. in the hit movie "Selma." This actor knows that God led him to a role of a lifetime. He's now opening up about it and it's amazing!
Hearing this British actor profess his faith so confidently will have you saying AMEN! Instead of playing this iconic figure as a legend, he decided to play him as a human being. Doing it this way has helped David understand and embrace this role even better. If you have not seen this movie yet, you should try your best to get to the movie theater soon, because you will truly be touched by David Oyelowo's performance.
Listen to what David had to say about his faith below: more >>
In theaters for one night only on Monday, a new documentary has religious leaders including Eric Metaxas and Billy Graham's daughter Anne Graham Lotz discussing the Exodus both as it is in the Bible and among ancient findings in Egypt.
"Patterns of Evidence: The Exodus" by filmmaker Tim Mahoney calls into question hundreds of years of archeological discoveries that suggest there is no evidence of the biblical Exodus. The film is being screened in 560 select theaters across the U.S. on Monday in an event that will also feature a Q&A with an all-star panel.
Fox News Channel's Gretchen Carlson served as moderator for an expert discussion of the Exodus with the aforementioned Metaxas and Lotz as well as Father Jonathan Morris and Dennis Prager on Sunday, Jan. 18. Sharing their reactions to "Patterns" and answering questions about the documentary, the panelist heaped praise on Mahoney for his investigative documentary for its hard look at the Biblical story of the Exodus. more >>
Real life "American Sniper" widow Taya Kyle believes that her late-husband, Chris, is watching down on his family from heaven and recently recalled the heartbreaking moment their children learned he had been killed.
The tragic love story of Taya and Chris and their journey through fate and the perils of the Iraq war is unraveled in Clint Eastwood's Academy Award-nominated film, which is based on Chris' 2012 best-selling autobiography.
In 2013, the Navy SEAL, widely considered to be the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history for having killed at least 255 people, was fatally shot by a former Marine he was trying to help overcome PTSD. more >>
When Angela Bassett signed on to direct the Lifetime television biopic of the late singer Whitney Houston, the veteran actress knew she would face some criticism.
Still, the 56-year-old actress known for her portrayals as Tina Turner, Betty Shabazz and Rosa Parks in biopics over the years, felt she had a special reason to make her directorial debut in Lifetime's "Whitney." Bassett, a Christian actress, told The Christian Post why taking on the television film "Whitney" meant so much to her after working with the late singer on the movie "Waiting To Exhale" in the 1990s.
"It's the relationship I had during a very special time period of my life with a beautiful young woman. I was transfixed by her grace, beauty, charm, generosity, her laughter," Bassett recalled when speaking about Houston to CP. "When this project came to me I had fear of the regret I would have if I said no. I would have only done so if I fell into the fear that I didn't have any experience as a director at that point." more >>
President Barack Obama will take on hosting duties for a special screening of "Selma" at the White House on Friday night.
Although the biopic on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. earned just two Oscar nominations the day before, Obama is expected to host guests including the cast and crew of "Selma" at the screening, giving the film additional recognition and prestige this award season.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced 2015's nominees on Thursday with "Selma" up for both "Best Picture" and "Best Original Song." Despite the film's countless accolades, British-born David Oyelowo, who portrayed Dr. King in the film, and director Ava DuVernay were not among the nominees in their respective categories. more >>