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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]

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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]

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]

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17 MIRACLES Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) WHAT'S 17 MIRACLES ABOUT? Trailblazer Levi Savage leads a group of Mormon pioneers on a life-and-death trek across the United States, with tragedies and miracles along the way.   IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: A-) 17 Miracles not only stands among the best of the genre, it may be the best film yet from Mormon cinema. It is a moving, faith-inspiring ...[Read More]