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5 films highlighting Christian faith topics coming fall 2019

5 films highlighting Christian faith topics coming fall 2019

Director Marielle Heller and Tom Hanks on the set of TriStar Pictures film "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood." | Lacey Terrell

"A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood"

Release Date: Nov. 22

“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” starring Tom Hanks highlights the Christian faith that beloved TV personality Fred Rogers grounded his beliefs and hit show on. 

“Do you know what that means, to forgive?” Hanks, portraying Mr. Rogers, asks in a newly released preview of the film titled, “The Heart of the Story.”

“It’s a decision we make to release a person from the feelings of anger we have toward them,” he said. 

The film is based on an article written by journalist Tom Junod who formed a friendship with Rogers while writing a profile on his life and work. The movie details how their friendship evolved after their first encounter. 

Rogers worked in television for more than 30 years after graduating college. The only breaks he took from working in television were times he devoted to his Christian faith. The TV pioneer attended Pittsburgh Theological Seminary where he was ordained as a Presbyterian minister in 1963. 

“When I think of Fred, I often think of him in terms of what he did every morning, which was pray and think of the people he needed to pray for and write to those people,” the real-life Junod is heard saying of Rogers in the clip.

In the preview, Rogers is seen kneeling at his bedside reading the Bible.

“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” will debut in theaters nationwide on Nov. 22. 

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