christian cinema

out of liberty

Family Review: OUT OF LIBERTY is a Gritty, Inspiring True-Story Western

By Jonathan Decker WHAT’S OUT OF LIBERTY ABOUT? Weary jailer Samuel Tillery is tasked with protecting Joseph Smith and other Latter-day Saint prisoners in Liberty Jail until they can get a fair trial, a job made difficult by angry mobs who want the men dead. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: A) Between Out of Liberty, The Fighting Preacher, The Other Side of Heaven 2, and last year’s Jane and Emma, Latter-d ...[Read More]

Family Review: BREAKTHROUGH Is An Unusually Solid Christian Drama

Family Review: BREAKTHROUGH Is An Unusually Solid Christian Drama

By Trina Boice Republished with permission from The Movie Review Mom.  WHAT’S BREAKTHROUGH ABOUT?      Based on a true story, Breakthrough is an uplifting movie that has been mostly dismissed as another one of those “preachy” Christian films.  It’s about an adopted boy who fell through frozen ice on a lake and was immersed for 15 minutes, something that should have resulted in his death.  His fait ...[Read More]

run the race

Family Review: RUN THE RACE is Cliched, But Well-Acted, Christian Drama

By Trina Boice Republished with permission from The Movie Review Mom.  WHAT’S IT ABOUT?      This faith-based football drama (produced by NFL superstar Tim Tebow) takes a look at the importance of family and faith in the midst of challenges. The metaphor of running a race is compared to the spiritual challenge of earning faith, especially during obstacles in life.  In the New Testament of the Bibl ...[Read More]

Jane and Emma

JANE AND EMMA Family Movie Review

By Trina Boice  WHAT’S JANE AND EMMA ABOUT? Based on the true story of Jane Manning, this touching movie illustrates the sweet friendship between her and Emma Smith, wife of Latter-day Saint prophet Joseph Smith. It’s a story you have probably never heard before, but one that will warm your heart, strengthen your faith, and add greater depth to your knowledge of history.  Jane was one of the first ...[Read More]

I CAN ONLY IMAGINE Family Movie Review

I CAN ONLY IMAGINE Family Movie Review

By Trina Boice WHAT’S I CAN ONLY IMAGINE ABOUT? Imagine what it would be like to walk with Jesus.  That’s the crux of the story line of this movie and the best-selling song by the popular Christian band “Mercy Me.”  Timed perfectly for release during the Easter season, its opening weekend earned an impressive 17.1 million dollars, making it Roadside Attractions' biggest box office debut to date. R ...[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]

INSTRUMENT OF WAR Family Movie Review

INSTRUMENT OF WAR Family Movie Review

By Rachel Wagner At first glance, a gritty war movie seems like an odd choice for BYUTV, and an even stranger choice for a Christmas movie, but that’s what we get in the new film Instrument of War and surprisingly it really works. Instrument of War is the inspirational true story of WWII bomber pilot, Clair Cline, who is captured by the German Army and placed in a prisoner of war camp called Stala ...[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]

the stray

THE STRAY Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) WHAT’S THE STRAY ABOUT? A man’s life, and relationship with his family, is saved by a stray dog. Autobiographical film from director Mitch Davis (The Other Side of Heaven). IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: B+) While fans of Lassie, Where the Red Fern Grows, and My Dog Skip will definitely find much to enjoy here, one doesn’t have to be a “dog person” or ev ...[Read More]

love, kennedy

LOVE, KENNEDY Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) WHAT’S LOVE, KENNEDY ABOUT? A terminally-ill teen inspires a community with her love and faith in this new film by T.C. Christensen (17 Miracles, Ephraim’s Rescue, The Cokeville Miracle). Based on a true story. Available on Bluray and DVD. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: A-) To see a T.C. Christensen film in a crowded theater is to experience surround-sou ...[Read More]