christian cinema

lord save us from your followers

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]

believers in pop culture

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]

forever strong

FOREVER STRONG Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) WHAT'S FOREVER STRONG ABOUT? After getting arrested, a troubled teen rugby star joins a new team and learns integrity, humility, and unity from his inspiring coach. Rent or buy it here.  IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: B+) Solid based-on-a-true-story film by director Ryan Little (Saints and Soldiers) Capturing the essence of the values-based coaching styl ...[Read More]

fireproof

FIREPROOF Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) WHAT'S FIREPROOF ABOUT? A firefighter with a failing marriage takes a challenge from his father to follow Christ and make changes to save his union. Rent or buy it here.  IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: A-) Another solid outing from Sherwood Pictures, the Christian production company behind Facing the Giants and Courageous. Fireproof is a wonderful examin ...[Read More]

CHRONICLES OF NARNIA- PRINCE CASPIAN Family Movie Review

CHRONICLES OF NARNIA- PRINCE CASPIAN Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) Rent or buy Prince Caspian here.  While I enjoyed the first film's story more (it was so clearly an allegory for The Atonement, The Resurrection, the Battle of Armageddon, and the Millennium), this one is better made, better written, and better acted. Plus, it has a healthy share of Christian symbolism itself, some rocking battle sequences (how th ...[Read More]