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TUACAHN 2018: Family Reviews of PRINCE OF EGYPT, CINDERELLA, MATILDA, and MILLION-DOLLAR QUARTET

By Jonathan Decker (Clinical Director, LMFT) Tuacahn Ampitheatre, also known as Southern Utah's “Broadway in the Desert,” has a stunning lineup of plays for your family this season. But what to choose and how to spend your dollars? I saw them all, so let me help! THE PRINCE OF EGYPT Every single one of my friends who've seen this musical and posted on social media about it have adored ...[Read More]

PAUL, APOSTLE OF CHRIST Family Movie Review

PAUL, APOSTLE OF CHRIST Family Movie Review

By Trina Boice Grade: B In a Nutshell: Just in time for the Easter season, this Christian movie brings Paul and Luke, both faithful followers of Jesus Christ, to the big screen with their unique friendship and affirming messages. (Pre-order it here) This PG-13 film is VERY heavy, dark, gory, and even depressing.  In that regard, it's very realistic. The film states at the end that is has been “ded ...[Read More]

THE STAR Family Movie Review

THE STAR Family Movie Review

By Rachel Wagner It’s always tricky when a studio takes on a religious story. They can go mainstream and risk alienating faith-based viewers, or they can make the film overtly religious and turn off the more secular fans. This Christmas season, Sony Animation has taken on that challenge with their new movie, The Star. Unfortunately, the film gets caught up in the hijinks of an animal road trip mov ...[Read More]

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BEN-HUR Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) WHAT'S BEN-HUR ABOUT? A Jewish prince seeks revenge on the adopted brother who betrayed him into slavery, but encounters with Jesus Christ teach him a better way. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: C+) Watching the new Ben-Hur is like attending a concert by a decent cover band. The material is familiar and beloved with good reason, the right notes are being ...[Read More]

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THE YOUNG MESSIAH Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) WHAT'S THE YOUNG MESSIAH ABOUT? Based on the Anne Rice novel Christ Our Lord: Out of Egypt, this film explores the fictionalized, non-Biblical events of Jesus Christ's seventh year. (Buy or rent it here). IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: B) Beautifully-shot and featuring a moving musical score by John Debney (The Passion of the Christ), your appreciation f ...[Read More]

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RISEN Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) WHAT’S RISEN ABOUT? A Roman military tribune is tasked with finding the body of Jesus Christ in order to squash rumors of the Resurrection. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: A) After the dual disappointments of Noah and Exodus: Gods and Kings, this film is a refreshing reminder of how good biblical movies can be when they’re done right. A near-perfect marri ...[Read More]

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Who Was Noah? Hollywood vs Gospel

By Jonathan Decker (Clinical Director, LMFT) Note: this article was written from a Latter-day Saint perspective to coincide with the release of the 2014 film Noah.  Pop culture provides us with opportunities to engage with the people around us, share our beliefs, and clear up misconceptions. The Church’s high-road response to The Book of Mormon musical (purchasing ad space in the playbill, placing ...[Read More]

Think Bible Movies Are Lame? Here’s 10 Awesome Ones.

Think Bible Movies Are Lame? Here’s 10 Awesome Ones.

 By Jonathan Decker (Clinical director, LMFT) For centuries the Holy Bible has been the primary source of guidance in the lives of billions of Heavenly Father's children. Unfortunately, some readers get hung up on those long lists of genealogy, are intimidated by Isaiah or the Savior's parables, don't care much for ancient history, and are confused by biblical language. So how do we get them inter ...[Read More]

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LORD, SAVE US FROM YOUR FOLLOWERS Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) The clever title is accompanied by a clever film. Director (and star) Dan Merchant’s fair and thoughtful look at America’s “culture wars” is Exhibit A for the case that documentaries can be as moving, funny, and entertaining (if not more so) than mainstream films. (Buy or rent it here). Merchant, a Christian himself, sets out to examine the damage ...[Read More]

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How Are Believers Portrayed in Pop Culture?

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) Author's note: this article originally ran in 2009 in Meridian Magazine. I've not revised the text since, but have included some updated photos to illustrate a few points.  In college I attended a seminar entitled “Hollywood vs. Religion,” examining the contrast between the lifestyles and beliefs of those in the movie industry as compared with tho ...[Read More]