christian cinema

ben hur

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]

young messiah

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]

risen movie

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]

once i was a beehive

ONCE I WAS A BEEHIVE Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) WHAT'S ONCE I WAS A BEEHIVE ABOUT? Still mourning her father's death, a teenager from a Protestant family gets roped into attending a Mormon summer camp.  IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: B+) Faith-based comedies often fall terribly flat. Wholesome doesn't always equal funny, and good intentions don't necessarily lead to polished screenplays (or performanc ...[Read More]

jesus

How Jesus Keeps Showing Up in Your Movies

By Jonathan Decker (Clinical Director, LMFT) The life of Jesus Christ has inspired, directly and indirectly, many of your Hollywood favorites. Don't believe me? Check out these examples of cinematic heroes as “types of Christ.” WHAT IS A “TYPE OF CHRIST?” When we speak of “types of Christ,” we're usually referring to prophets and others who, according to Bruce R ...[Read More]

11 Christ-Centered Christmas Movies

11 Christ-Centered Christmas Movies

By Jonathan Decker (Clinical Director, LMFT) Few holiday traditions are as time-honored as grabbing some hot cocoa, lighting a fire, and cuddling up in front of a Christmas movie. While films like White Christmas, Elf, A Muppet’s Christmas Carol, It’s a Wonderful Life, and A Christmas Story have rightfully earned their place as annually-watched classics, none of them focus specifically on Jesus Ch ...[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]

An Interview with the Stars of SAINTS AND SOLDIERS: AIRBORNE CREED

An Interview with the Stars of SAINTS AND SOLDIERS: AIRBORNE CREED

By Jonathan Decker, Clinical Director, LMFT This interview originally ran in Meridian Magazine in 2012.  Saints and Soldiers-Airborne Creed is the second film in director Ryan Little’s critically-acclaimed series of inspiring World War II films (read my interview with Little). With an emphasis on finding humanity and decency amidst the horrors of war, the Saints and Soldiers brand is also characte ...[Read More]

october baby

OCTOBER BABY Family Movie Review

OCTOBER BABY review (Grade: A-) Conveying several poignant messages with handsome production values and solid acting, October Baby emerges as an early candidate for the best faith-based film of the year. Tackling the thorny issue of abortion with compassion and intelligence, it tells the story of Hannah, a 19-year old who learns that her various health problems are the result of being born after a ...[Read More]

nativity story

Overlooked Gem: THE NATIVITY STORY (2006)

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) I absolutely love this film, not merely because it tells a story that's central to my beliefs, but because it tells it so well. The Nativity Story is a spiritually edifying film with a keen sense of historical insight, emotional authenticity, and scriptural accuracy. Indeed the only minor change I noted was that the three wise men arrive the night ...[Read More]