DO YOU BELIEVE? | Monday Movie Review

This is an image from the film DO YOU BELIEVE? that features Ted McGinley as Matthew preaching to his congregation.

Whenever I leave the theater after watching a Christian movie, I more often than not feel like something is missing. Maybe the film could have been more artistically crafted. Maybe the plot could have been more creatively unique. Maybe the characters could have been more depth. Maybe the thought behind … Continue reading

Lifted On The Cross in MOCKINGJAY Part 1 | FCC 51

This is the promotional image for the film HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY, PART 1.

On this episode of Finding Christ in Cinema, we take the elevator down to District 13 as we look for Christian themes in THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY Part 1! Is the Rebellion still holding on to the sinful nature of the Capitol? Is the Mockingjay symbol being held up in … Continue reading

Whole Armor of God in THE AVENGERS | FCC 50

This is a promotional image for the film THE AVENGERS that features all the heroes coming together.

On this episode of Finding Christ in Cinema, we assemble with the Theonauts and look for Christian themes in the capstone of Phase One of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, THE AVENGERS. How can the Avengers help us to better understand “Christian freedom”? Does it have anything to do with the … Continue reading

CINDERELLA | Monday Movie Review

This is a promotional image for the film CINDERELLA that features Lily James as Cinderella.

Sometimes, the classics just do it right, and Kenneth Branagh’s retelling of the Disney classic Cinderella does it right. The perfect balance of substance and spectacle, this film reinstates the value of the sincere heart and warmth that has been softly fleeting from our culture. Susan Wloszczyna of the Roger Ebert staff says it … Continue reading

A Better Land in SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION | FCC 49

This is an image from the film SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION that features Tim Robbins as Andy Dufresne kneeling in the rain.

On this episode of Finding Christ in Cinema, we are innocent just like everyone else as we look for Christian themes in THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION. What can we learn from Brooks, Red, and the Institution of Sin? Can it help us to understand Hope in the same way as Andy … Continue reading

THE SUNSET LIMITED | Monday Movie Review

This is an image from the film THE SUNSET LIMITED that shows Tommy Lee Jones and Samuel L. Jackson and White and Black sitting at a table.

If you like watching an artistically crafted philosophical debate unfold between a White suicidal professor and the Black railway worker that saved his life, you will love The Sunset Limited. Based on screenwriter Cormac McCarthy’s play of the same name, this film adaptation is the insightful dramatization of how abstract religious … Continue reading

Seeing Beyond in THE GIVER | FCC 48

This is a promotional image from the film THE GIVER, and it features Jeff Bridges in black and white with a thin strip of color going down the long of his face.

On this episode of Finding Christ in Cinema, we get our daily injection and go up to the Ceremony as we look for Christian themes in THE GIVER. Is Baby Gabriel a good fig or a bad fig? What about Jonas’s ability to “see beyond”? All that and more in … Continue reading

WHIPLASH | Monday Movie Review

This is an image from the film WHIPLASH that features Miles Teller as Andrew playing the drums as J.K. Simmons as Fletcher looks on.

J.K. Simmons shatters any preconceived notions of his acting ability with his award-winning portrayal of the menacing jazz instructor Terence Fletcher in Damien Chazelle’s latest drama Whiplash. Fletcher’s baseline is unadulterated rage, and anything else is almost just pretense. His furor ranges from debilitating, foul-mouthed mind games slapping them on the cheek to throwing … Continue reading

No Greater Love in THE VILLAGE | FCC 47

This is an image from the film THE VILLAGE that shows a monster in a red cloak watching the village from afar.

On this episode of Finding Christ in Cinema, we go through the forbidden Covington Woods and look for Christian themes in M. Night Shyamalan’s THE VILLAGE. Are the Elders trying to suppress the truth from everybody else? Is there no greater love than that between Lucius and Ivy? All that … Continue reading

OLD FASHIONED | Monday Movie Review

This is an image from the film OLD FASHIONED that features Rik Swartzwelder as Clay and Elizabeth Roberts as Amber sitting on the steps and going through the marriage counseling book.

If I’ve ever said anything bad about movies in the Christian genre (and you know I have…at least one of them), I am hereby now recanting such negativity because of Old Fashioned. This film is intelligently witty, competently profound, and most of all poignant (being released just in time to battle a … Continue reading