Movie Review – Mom’s Night Out

Mom’s Night Out

Synopsis: A group of exhausted mothers venture into the city for a rare night out on the town, but their carefree evening without kids doesn’t go quite as planned in this family-friendly comedy.

Starring: Sarah Drew, Sean Astin, Patricia Heaton, Trace Adkins, and Jason Burkey

Director: Andrew and Jon Erwin

 

My Review: ♥  ♥  ♥  ♥  ♥

I love this movie. Love it. Have I said how much I love it. If you’re into vulgar comedy that uses cuss words and sexual innuendos to get a laugh, you won’t like Mom’s Night Out. This movie’s comedy is well thought out and uses situations from every day life that moms can relate to. That’s why it is one of the funniest movies I’ve ever seen. At one point, I was laughing so hard I couldn’t breath. I didn’t disturb others in the theater with my outbursts because they were all laughing out loud as well. Yet it was also heartwarming. This is a family friendly movie with no bad language or vulgarity that is really funny. I loved it so much that I’ll probably buy the DVD so I can watch it over and over again whenever I need a laugh.

 

 

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God’s Not Dead Movie Review

God’s Not Dead

GOD’S NOT DEAD features a talented cast of actors including Kevin Sorbo (SOUL SURFER, HERCULES, ANDROMEDA), Shane Harper (GOOD LUCK CHARLIE, HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 2), David A.R. White (BROTHER WHITE, REVELATION ROAD and JERUSALEM COUNTDOWN), and Dean Cain (LOIS & CLARK: THE NEW ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN), with special appearances by Christian super-band Newsboys and “Duck Dynasty’s” Willie and Korie Robertson.

My Review:  ♥  ♥  ♥  ♥  ♥ A lot of people have been talking about the movie, God’s Not Dead. I went to see it a couple of weeks ago and wanted to add my thoughts. I highly recommend it. It’s a great movie with many nuances and no trite answers. Here’s some of the things I loved about the movie.

I loved the storyline about a young man who wouldn’t deny Christ to bow down to the god of political correctness even though it cost him. He reminded me of the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego when they wouldn’t bow down to the king’s idol.

I loved that the story didn’t use a bunch of caricatures. Not every unbeliever was a jerk in this movie, and not every Christian wasn’t a jerk.

I loved that it showed a gambit of different beliefs and perspectives. Not only did it show athiests and Christians, but the girl who tried to hide her Christianity for fear of reprisals, the man from China who had been taught God is not real and would have to face political reprisals, the woman who was a Christian living with her atheist boyfriend, and the woman who thought she didn’t believe in God until she came face to face with her own mortality.

I loved that not everything turned out wonderful. Sometimes bad things happen. Sometimes there are costs to following Jesus. And sometimes bad people get away with horrific things with seemingly no consequences. This movie showed that.

I loved that the young man defending Christianity used science and philosophy in his argument. It is not illogical or unscientific to believe in God. In his ending argument, the main character showed that it is a choice to believe in God or not. But when a professor or anyone else tries to stop the discussion and force his atheistic viewpoint, he is trying to take away our choices.

There are other great things I loved about the movie, but if I said anymore, I would have to give a spoiler alert. All I can say is you should go see this movie. And take a friend who is questioning his belief in God.

My final comments about this movie – God’s not dead!

 

Movie Review – Son of God

I went to the movies and saw Son of God a few days ago. From what I understand the movie took in 26.5 million the first weekend at the box office. Nobody expected that since the movie didn’t even open in all the theaters. I was deeply moved by it and highly recommend Christians take their unsaved friends and family to see it. Even if you don’t take someone with you, it’s worth seeing for no other reason than to show Hollywood that this type of movie is a money maker. Here are my thoughts on the movie.

Accuracy: There were some creative licenses taken with the timeline of Jesus’ life and with the some of the dialogue for dramatic affect. Some parts were also left out. This was done to present a story dramatically to show the political intrigue of Pilate, the Pharisees, and Jesus as they reached the climax in Jerusalem. It in no way detracted from the story or caused me to pause at the changes. They were true to the concept of the Gospel even if they did rearrange it a little. Beside, if they had focused on the whole story of Jesus instead of a slice of His life and times, the movie would have been way to long. I’d have to give them an A minus.

Message: The message of this movie is that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, God Incarnate, who came to Earth and died on the cross for our sins, and that we can only obtain salvation through believing in Him. It was not watered down or said apologetically. Jesus declared it many times in the movie. It was the main theme. I’ll give them an A plus plus plus for this.

Remake of The Bible: Some have criticized Son of God as a remake of The Bible on the History Channel. This story did have a number of clips from The Bible. But overall, it made a compelling story even if you had seen The Bible. This didn’t feel like a remake. Instead it felt like the story told from a different perspective. But because it did use some scenes from The Bible, I’ll give this a B minus.

Interesting Features: I loved some of the interesting perspectives and features in this movie that were in the Bible but weren’t shown in some of the other movies made about Jesus. I loved how they showed that Pilate was not an innocent bystander of the high priest’s schemes. He was an evil man who sentenced a man to death he knew to be innocent for expedience’s sake. It wasn’t the first time he killed an innocent person. This is the historically accurate Pilate of the Roman Empire.

I also was pleased that they showed the women in Jesus’ life were disciples who followed Him just as the men were His disciples. Mary Magdalene, who was not a prostitute or Jesus’ girlfriend as some imply, was a main character in this movie.

The images of the Passover where the lamb was slain at the same time Jesus died as the Lamb of God were powerful. When Jesus died and an earthquake shook the temple and tore the veil, I was enthralled.

There were other great scenes in this movie like how the crowds would show up wherever Jesus went and how the children would follow Him around. I also loved how they showed that not all of the Jews agreed with the Pharisees. The High Priest, Caiaphas, made sure the people who would do his bidding were the only ones allowed to enter when Jesus’ fate was decided. Another great part of the movie was after Jesus ascended to Heaven and Peter told everyone that they needed to get busy. And there was a hint of Jesus appearing to John at the end of his life as He did in the book of Revelation to declare that He was coming again.

Overall Rating:  ♥  ♥  ♥  ♥  ♥

Overall, I give this movie five stars even with the problems I mentioned. I don’t know how this movie could have been made better. The message that Jesus is the Son of God was powerfully portrayed. At the end, after the credits stopped rolling, I sat there for a moment taking it in. I didn’t want to leave. I was deeply moved by this movie.

Movie Review – Courageous The Movie

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Courageous The Movie

A Sherwood Picture from the creators of Fireproof

Courageous The Movie Website

 

 

 

 

My Review:  ♥  ♥  ♥  ♥  ♥

I am blown away once again by another Sherwood Picture movie. This company that started in a church has proved you can make powerful pictures with a low budget.

While their first two films were awesome, Flywheel and Facing the Giants, the acting left a lot to be desired. It wasn’t surprising since they used members of their congregation as their actors. But even with the first two movies, the message was so powerful it was easy to overlook the acting. Then Fireproof came out. The acting stepped up a notch and combined with another powerful message, and the Christian music band, Casting Crowns, leant their support to make that movie great.

But Courageous surpasses them all. Casting Crowns has done a terrific job writing the theme song for this movie. The actors are believable and very good. Robert Amaya will have you holding your sides from laughing so hard without being cheesy or over the top. I won’t give any details away except be prepared to laugh and cry. Alex Kendrick has become an excellent actor and director. He’s always been top notch as a screen writer. The comedy mixed with tender moments and a powerful message is nothing less than brilliant. Unlike a few other Christian movies, Courageous is able to deliver it’s message while telling a compelling story without coming across as preachy. I highly recommend this film as a model all Christian movie makers should follow.

The Devil Movie Review

The Devil

A group of people are trapped in an elevator and the Devil is mysteriously amongst them.

Director:  John Erick Dowdle

Writers:  Brian Nelson (screenplay), M. Night Shyamalan (story)

Stars:  Chris Messina, Caroline Dhavernas, and Bokeem Woodbine

My Review:  ♥  ♥  ♥  ♥  ♥

THE DEVIL, a M. Knight Shyamalon movie, is a sleeper that didn’t get that many great reviews at the box office. You might remember Shyamalon movies of the past like SIGNS, SIXTH SENSE, and THE VILLAGE. The movies he’s made over the last six years have not done well. This movie doesn’t have any big stars in it. The actors are all unknown.

So considering all that, why would I rate this horror flick so high? It’s because this movie surprised me. It had a Christian worldview of the devil that was more accurate than some of the Christian movies I’ve watched. There is so much to like about this movie.

First, the symbolism is great. A suicide gives enterance to the devil to come and torment a group of people bound for Hell before he kills them. The suicide victim falls on a “Bethel Bakery” truck. The building is located at 333 Locust. Then there’s the cop whose family was killed by a hit and run driver on Bethlehem Road. I’m sure I missed some of the symbolism. There’s a lot of it there. But I plan to watch it again, and I’ll keep my eyes open to it.

Next, there’s a lot of doctrinal truth in this movie. The movie begins with the Bible verse 1 Peter 5:8. The last line in the movie is brilliant. “If the devil exists, than so does God.” I also love that the way the devil gains access to a person is because that person decieves himself about how bad his sin really is. There’s no man is basically good garbage in this movie. While I don’t want to give it away, there is also a thread of redemption running through this movie.

I also loved that the movie was able to surprise me. It shouldn’t have. When it happened, I had a moment of “Of course”. But I got so involved in the movie, I didn’t see it coming. That doesn’t happen often, but M. Knight movies seem to be able to do that to me.

This movie is great for adults who don’t mind some violence and a little language (a couple of S words), but I wouldn’t recommend it for children or young teens.

Recommended Movie: Disney’s A Christmas Carol 3D

 
 Rated PG for scary sequences & scary images
 
Cast: Jim Carrey, Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Bob Hoskins, Robin Wright Penn, Cary Elwes
 
Director: Robert Zemeckis
 

 

Description:

Charles Dickens’ timeless tale of an old miser who must face Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet-to-Come, as they help to bring kindness to his otherwise cold heart. The Ghosts remind him of the man he used to be, the hard truth of what the world is today, and what will happen if he does not strive to be a better man. Set around Christmas, the most joyous day of the year, Scrooge realizes the sharp contrast of his own personality. 

Jim Carrey plays four separate roles in this updated version of A Christmas Carol. Carrey portrays Scrooge, as well as the three ghosts (Past, Present, and Yet-to-Come). His dynamic character roles keep the four characters as diverse as being played by four actors. 

My Review:  ♥  ♥  ♥  ♥

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens is my all time favorite Christmas story. I love to read it every year. I almost have it memorized. Because I love the original novel so much, I have never found a movie adaptation that does it justice. However this one comes close. The special effects are better that I imagined when I read the novel and are enough to recommend this movie. So is the great acting by Jim Carrey who played four characters so differently that I didn’t think it was the same actor until I saw the credits. But these things are not why I recommend this movie. 

One problem I’ve had with every “Christmas Carol” movie including the Patrick Stewart and George C. Scott versions (my favorites until this movie came out) is the drastic instantaneous change in Scrooge. That’s not how the book portrayed. In the book, Scrooge began to see the error of his ways almost immediately. The gradual realization, repentance, and change is what make the characterization in the story superb. But until now, every movie adaptation has had Scrooge fight with the ghosts until, at the end, he’s scared straight. This never cut it with me. 

The Disney version does a better job with this. Scrooge shed a tear when the first ghost reminds him of his past. He continues his reformation throughout the movie making the change more believable. I wish the movie had been longer, and they had shown more of the scenes from the novel. But they did remain true to the script. My favorite part was the panoramic view when Scrooge watched the people going to church while the camera focused in on the cross.  

A Christmas Carol truly is a story of repentance. I’m glad Disney filmed the movie this way. I recommend this movie.