A Family Film To Keep Your Eye On -Beyond The Mask Official Trailer

From Burns Family Studios comes “Beyond the Mask,” the revolutionary new family film that brings history to life in a faith-filled adventure celebrating grace, liberty, and true freedom that can only be found in Christ.

Double crossed and on the run, an assassin for the British East India Company seeks to redeem his past by thwarting a plot against a young nation’s hope for freedom. Continue reading “A Family Film To Keep Your Eye On -Beyond The Mask Official Trailer”

Critics Display Massive Intolerance of Moms’ Choices In Reviews Of ‘Moms’ Night Out’

In what is turning out to be a cultural showdown between the “tolerant” elite and middle America, critics are blasting the new movie Moms’ Night Out as being sexist and anti-feminist. What that actually says about the critics is that they are only supportive of choices like their own. The choice of millions of moms who choose to stay at home with their children is attacked and … Continue reading Critics Display Massive Intolerance of Moms’ Choices In Reviews Of ‘Moms’ Night Out’

‘Return To The Hiding Place’ Receives Sold-Out Sundance Premiere

Premiering tonight at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival is Return to the Hiding Place, an award-winning faith-based World War II true-life drama about a family risking their lives to save their community from Nazi invasion, starring emerging actress Mimi Sagadin and Lord of the Rings actor John Rhys-Davies. Sagadin stars as the well-known Dutch hero of the Holocaust, Corrie ten Boom alongside renowned Emmy-nominated Rhys-Davies (Lord of the Rings, Indiana … Continue reading ‘Return To The Hiding Place’ Receives Sold-Out Sundance Premiere

A Princess without a Prince

As we pointed out in our last post, Princess Merida is a pretty conventional tomboy. However, “Brave” does not present a conventional happily-ever-after: its Disney princess is the first ever to not get a prince. From the beginning to the end, she is all the man she needs. …Which is handy, because in her world, there aren’t any others she can turn to.

Merida may not have been a particularly brave new kind of princess, but we believe that “Brave” presented the newest and bravest fairytale world in Disney princess history. Castles and tiaras notwithstanding, this brave new world is actually a lot more like ours, for two reasons.
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Soul Surfer: Beaches, Bikinis, and…Bibles?

The following review refers only to the Hollywood movie, Soul Surfer. It is not a critique of the real Bethany Hamilton, her testimony, or her ministry to others. Soul Surfer, the popular new movie produced by secular group TriStar Pictures, is all the rage this week. Heavily marketed to Christians, the film tells the dramatic story of 13-year-old Bethany Hamilton (played by 17-year-old AnnaSophia Rob), … Continue reading Soul Surfer: Beaches, Bikinis, and…Bibles?

Mangled: Stay at Home Daughters on the Silver Screen

Disney princesses, who doesn’t love them? Since Snow White’s debut in 1937, the ‘Disney Princess’ line has become a $4 billion franchise, whose merchandise includes everything from miniature ballgowns to designer handbags…for a mere $2.49 one can even purchase their child a personalized phone call from the princess of their choice.1 They’ve become an icon worldwide, representing the dreams of every little girl, the love of which is passed from generation to generation.2 The latest figure in this royal lineup is Rapunzel, Disney’s first CG princess and the heroine of their 50th animated classic, Tangled.

Most of us are probably familiar with the old fairy tale by the brothers Grimm. While the original tale was a pretty poorly written story, Disney has rearranged it a bit, applied their expert craftsmanship and added a dose of modernity for good measure. The plot line is still similar- a beautiful girl is kidnapped by an old hag, locked away in a hidden tower, the hero finds and rescues her, and they all live happily ever after. This time, though, Rapunzel is a princess whose hair possesses magical healing powers- an impetus for our old hag, Mother Gothel, to keep her locked away. And, instead of wandering around in misery and despair, Rapunzel and our hero, Flynn Rider, go on a grand adventure. Sounds pretty innocuous, right? Well, not exactly. The film is filled with beautiful imagery, delightful characters, great humor, and a story that never drags, but as I walked out of the theater last week, my thoughts were on a different vein. It was, in fact, the film’s perceived harmlessness that made it so disturbing. To be sure, there are a number of things to pick on- from thugs delivering sermons on the basic goodness of man, to magic droplets from the sun god, valley girl vernacular, and much more, but the most troubling parts of the film were the overarching themes.

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