mormon cinema

Fighting preacher

Family Review: THE FIGHTING PREACHER Promotes Kindness in the Face of Intolerance

By Jonathan Decker WHAT'S THE FIGHTING PREACHER ABOUT? A Latter-day Saint boxer and his wife are called to take care of the farm of church prophet Joseph Smith, 80 years after the faith left Palmyra, New York. Met with aggressive persecution and bigotry by the locals, he tries to change things with his fists, but his wife sees that the hand of friendship and kindness is what is needed. IS IT ANY G ...[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]

TREK Family Movie Review

TREK Family Movie Review

By Henry Ferreyra Trek (rent or buy it here) is another in a long line of LDS movies that have now been released to the masses. The movie features the tag line “a Mormon thing” which made me want to prepare myself for cheesy moments. Although the movie started out weak and a bit contrived, it had a strong finish that surprised me. LDS cinema started off with some great movies like God’s Army and T ...[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 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]

10 Latter-day Saint Movies That Anyone Could Love

10 Latter-day Saint Movies That Anyone Could Love

By Jonathan Decker You don't have to be Jewish to enjoy Fiddler on the Roof, Catholic to love Rudy, Hindu to appreciate Ghandi, or an evangelical Christian to be a fan of The Blind Side. Similarly, there are films about Latter-day Saints that are simply good movies. They entertain and tell compelling stories without trying to convert the audience. Here are ten films that have won over mainstream c ...[Read More]

LDS Film Festival Prepares to Inspire

LDS Film Festival Prepares to Inspire

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) For 16 years the LDS Film Festival has been a showcase for uplifting, powerful cinema from both Latter-day Saint filmmakers and others with shared values. There’s a truly phenomenal lineup for this year’s festival (March 1-4 at the Scera Theater in Orem) including a Studio C documentary, a film in which Donny Osmond plays a terrorist, a 24-hour fi ...[Read More]

other side of heaven

Director Mitch Davis Talks THE OTHER SIDE OF HEAVEN

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) This week marks 15 years since the theatrical release of The Other Side of Heaven, the lush and engaging Latter-day Saint missionary biopic which launched the careers of megastar Anne Hathaway and TV favorite Christopher Gorham. The film tells the love story of Elder John H. Groberg and his future wife Jean, exchanging letters as he serves the peo ...[Read More]

saturday's warrior

SATURDAY’S WARRIOR Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) WHAT'S SATURDAY'S WARRIOR ABOUT? Several siblings leave heaven for Earth, experiencing together the struggles of mortal life in this musical interpretation of Latter-day Saint doctrine. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: B) Mainstream audiences are likely unfamiliar with Saturday's Warrior, but for lifelong Mormons the musical is a staple of their culture. P ...[Read More]