New Movies Celebrate Faith and Family

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New Movies Celebrate Faith and Family

Top picks in theaters for the first week of July celebrate faith and family. Despicable Me 3 joins four other top pick movies for this week. The other top picks, which have prevailed in theaters for many weeks, are the following: Cars 3, Born in China, The Case for Christ, and Champion. These movies remain as the best redemptive and family movies in theaters for the first week of July.

Despicable Me 3, which is PG- rated, has some light crude elements and lots of cartoon violence, but is moral and redemptive as it celebrates faith and family in the midst of action-packed adventures. Gru, wife Lucy, and their three adorable daughters (Margo, Edith and Agnes) along with the Minions and Gru’s twin brother, Dru (both twins are skillfully voiced by Steve Carrell), are involved with fast-paced adventures filled with heart and satirical humor for all ages.

Cars 3 is a rare G-rated animated comedy adventure for kids and families by Pixar. See videos, photos, and more on IMDb. In this movie, legendary Lightning McQueen is blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers. Suddenly pushed out of the sport he loves, he wants to get back into the game. He needs the help of an eager young race technician. She has her own plan to win with inspiration from the late Fabulous Hudson Hornet along with a few unexpected turns. Cars 3 celebrates good, small-town, American values. It is appropriate for all ages.

The Case for Christ, which was first released in the United States and in other countries in April 2017, also prevails at the top of box office. This is a captivating narrative drama produced by PureFlix, a company with a solid track record of producing excellent movies with redemptive content for all ages, as well as ever-improving artistry

The Case for Christ is based on the true story of the award-winning journalist and avowed atheist Lee Strobel, and takes place in 1980 when his investigative reporting earned him a promotion to legal editor at the Chicago Tribune. At the same time, his career was taking off, his home life became a battle zone when his wife Leslie – who had been an agnostic – found faith in Christ. Leslie perseveres with her new faith, while Lee struggles with evidence that leads him ultimately to his own faith in Jesus Christ.

Applying his well-honed journalistic and legal skills, Lee set out on a mission to disprove the newfound Christian faith of his wife. The result was unexpected and life-altering. See Sonoma Christian Home’s in-depth interview with Lee and Leslie Strobel.

The movie The Case for Christ is a must-see film for everyone who has ever pondered the existence of God, or the evidence related to the life, crucifixion, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Lee, who earned a law degree from Yale Law School, used his legal experience and training as a former courtroom analyst to thoroughly study and build a case to discredit the deity of Jesus. It is also a must-see movie for those who are persisting in faith and prayer for the faith of their loved ones. Faye Dunaway portrays Dr. Roberta Waters in this film.

Employing historical, personal, and medical records of evidence of the life, crucifixion, and resurrection of Jesus, Lee “cross-examined” a dozen leading experts with doctorates from schools such as Cambridge, Princeton, and Brandeis, who are recognized authorities in their fields. His careful research and scrutiny led him to stunning conclusions and results. This movie is appropriate for middle-schoolers through adults.

Champion was released in May 2017 and also continues at the top of the box office. With an inspiring Christian worldview and beautiful cinematography, Champion is a story about an arrogant dirt track car racer, Shawn, played by Andrew Cheney (Beyond the Mask). Challenged by another driver – Ray Reed – Shawn gets angry and deliberately runs into his vehicle. The crash kills Ray.

Furthermore, Ray’s estranged father, Jack, who has recently reconciled with Ray, has watched the accident from the stands and resumes having harsh feelings for his son. Shawn, who consumes too many drugs and alcohol, loses custody of his daughter. The problems seem insurmountable.

Champion grapples with the concept of true winning. It deals honestly with the struggles of fathers and their children. It presents issues of guilt, trials, and forgiveness. The acting is good. This movie that inspires with its story about true overcoming and real winning is engaging. It is PG-rated and is appropriate for middle-schoolers through adults.

What we as consumers patronize and support will continue, as we encourage filmmakers to produce more of the same. Fortunately, many redemptive family movies are persisting in theaters due to consumer interest and support. We reap what we sow in terms of participation, support, and promotions.

Beware that there are also other “family” movies in theaters that have undesirable language, situations, and philosophies. Therefore, caution is advised and research encouraged before making any choices for movies you and yours see.

The Bible tells us to think on the following: whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, and anything excellent or praiseworthy.

In weeks and months ahead there are many promising family, redemptive movies. They include the following: 6/30; Nuts 2, 8/11; All Saints, 8/25; Extraordinary ,9/7; The Heart of Man, Ferdinand, 7/17 9/14; Lego Ninjogo, 7/22; Samson, 9/29; Same Kind of Different as Me, 10/4/2017; Revive Us 2, 10/17; Mully 10/20; The Star, 11/10; and Let There Be Light, 12/24.

Hold out for the best. Avoid compromising movies that mix error with truth and vulgarity with what is good. Research movies before you see them. Remember that all that glitters may not be gold.

The learn more about this author, please visit Dr. Diane Howard