mormon cinema

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]

singing with angels

SINGING WITH ANGELS Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) WHAT’S SINGING WITH ANGELS ABOUT? A woman finds renewed faith and strength singing with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir while facing several personal and family struggles. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: B) With gorgeous music and beautiful cinematography, Singing With Angels is in many ways a delight for both the eyes and ears. When the choir sings, the movi ...[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]

batman

BATMAN’S MORMON CONNECTIONS

By Jonathan Decker (Clinical Director, LMFT) Note: this article was originally written for the site Mormon Movie Guy in 2012. It is written from a Latter-day Saint perspective. Did you know that Chris Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy feature not one, but two Brigham Young University alumni? Or that two of its actors starred in separate movies about Latter-day Saint missionaries? While this may not seem ...[Read More]

charan prabhakar

Charan Prabhakar: How to Keep the Faith While Breaking into Hollywood

By Jonathan Decker (Clinical Director, LMFT) Note: This interview originally ran in Meridian Magazine in 2013. It is written from a Latter-day Saint perspective.  This is a special interview for me: Charan Prabhakar is one of my very best friends. But lest you think this article is born of nepotism, he’s also a very talented actor whose hard work at honing his craft has paid off. In the last year ...[Read More]