Movie Reviews

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The following overview lists all movie reviews elaborated by this ministry since the year 2023.

Alphabetical List

  1. American Gospel: Christ Alone (2018), by Brandon Kimber (5 out of 10 stars 〣 Reviewed 01/01/2024)
  2. The Ark and the Darkness (2024), by Ralph Strean (9 out of 10 stars 〣 Reviewed 20/03/2024)
  3. Blessed and Cursed (2010), by Joel Kapity (5 out of 10 stars 〣 Reviewed 14/01/2024)
  4. The Blind Side (2009), by John Lee Hancock (3 out of 10 stars 〣 Reviewed 02/06/2024)
  5. Bobbi Jo: Under the Influence (2021), by Brent L. Jones (10 out of 10 stars 〣 Reviewed 01/01/2024)
  6. Charge Over You (2010), by Regardt Steenekamp (2 out of 10 stars 〣 Reviewed 07/04/2024)
  7. Chasing After You (2019), by Paige B. Alston (8 out of 10 stars 〣 Reviewed 01/04/2024)
  8. Christmas Oranges (2012), by John Lyde (10 out of 10 stars 〣 Reviewed 04/01/2024)
  9. The Chosen (2021 -), by Dallas Jenkins (2 out of 10 stars 〣 Reviewed 12/06/2024)
  10. Clancy (2009), by Jefferson Moore (9 out of 10 stars 〣 Reviewed 11/05/2024)
  11. The Climb (2002), by John Schmidt (6 out of 10 stars 〣 Reviewed 25/05/2024)
  12. The Coming Convergence (2017), by Brent Miller Jr. (3 out of 10 stars 〣 Reviewed 05/05/2024)
  13. Dialtone (2009 Video), by Brian Lohr (8 out of 10 stars 〣 Reviewed 07/04/2024)
  14. Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors (2015), by Stephen Herek (9 out of 10 stars 〣 Reviewed 07/01/2024)
  15. The Emissary: A Biblical Epic (1997), by Robert Marcarelli (8 out of 10 stars 〣 Reviewed 02/06/2024)
  16. Foundations (2021), by Brett Varvel (9 out of 10 stars 〣 Reviewed 10/05/2024)
  17. Gods at War (2012– ), by Kyle Idleman (9 out of 10 stars 〣 Reviewed 02/01/2024)
  18. The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996), by Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise (5 out of 10 stars 〣 Reviewed 25/02/2024)
  19. I Can Only Imagine (2018), by Andrew Erwin, Jon Erwin (9 out of 10 stars 〣 Reviewed 04/01/2024)
  20. An Interview with God (2018), by Perry Lang (4 out of 10 stars 〣 Reviewed 13/04/2024)
  21. Is Genesis History? (2017), by Thomas Purifoy (9 out of 10 stars 〣 Reviewed 04/02/2024)
  22. It's a Life Worth Living (2020), by Keith Perna (9 out of 10 stars 〣 Reviewed 12/04/2024)
  23. Jesus of Nazareth (1977), by Franco Zeffirelli (9 out of 10 stars 〣 Reviewed 17/03/2024)
  24. Joseph: King of Dreams (2000), by Rob LaDuca, Robert C. Ramirez (7 out of 10 stars 〣 Reviewed 08/06/2024)
  25. Late One Night (2001), by Dave Christiano (9 out of 10 stars 〣 Reviewed 20/04/2024)
  26. Life Changes Everything: Discover Zac Ryan (2017), by Corey Paul (10 out of 10 stars 〣 Reviewed 16/03/2024)
  27. The Man from Earth (2007), by Richard Schenkman (2 out of 10 stars 〣 Reviewed 16/03/2024)
  28. Marjoe (1972), by Sarah Kernochan, Howard Smith (6 out of 10 stars 〣 Reviewed 16/03/2024)
  29. Mass (2021), by Fran Kranz (8 out of 10 stars 〣 Reviewed 17/03/2024)
  30. Modern Day Miracles (2017), by Luke Broersma (9 out of 10 stars 〣 Reviewed 01/01/2024)
  31. One Night with the King (2006), by Michael O. Sajbel (6 out of 10 stars 〣 Reviewed 28/01/2024)
  32. The Perfect Stranger (2005), by Jefferson Moore (5 out of 10 stars 〣 Reviewed 25/05/2024)
  33. Polycarp (2015), by Joe Henline (9 out of 10 stars 〣 Reviewed 30/04/2024)
  34. Prophecies of the Passion (2005), by Wayne P. Allen (7 out of 10 stars 〣 Reviewed 24/03/2024)
  35. Remember the Goal (2016), by Dave Christiano (10 out of 10 stars 〣 Reviewed 18/04/2024)
  36. The Resurrection of Gavin Stone (2017), by Dallas Jenkins (4 out of 10 stars 〣 Reviewed 05/05/2024)
  37. A Return to Grace: Luther's Life and Legacy (2017), by David Batty (2 out of 10 stars 〣 Reviewed 17/02/2023)
  38. Risen (2016), by Kevin Reynolds (6 out of 10 stars 〣 Reviewed 10/03/2024)
  39. Seven Days in Utopia (2011), by Matthew Dean Russell (6 out of 10 stars 〣 Reviewed 19/05/2024)
  40. The Soloist (2009), by Joe Wright (3 out of 10 stars 〣 Reviewed 12/05/2024)
  41. So, Who Is This Jesus? (1999), by Crawford Telfer (9 out of 10 stars 〣 Reviewed 25/03/2024)
  42. Stephen's Test of Faith (1998), by Stephen Yake (9 out of 10 stars 〣 Reviewed 05/05/2024)
  43. Time Changer (2002), by Rich Christiano (9 out of 10 stars 〣 Reviewed 06/01/2024)
  44. The Ultimate Gift (2006), by Michael O. Sajbel (7 out of 10 stars 〣 Reviewed 25/05/2024)
  45. Undaunted... The Early Life of Josh McDowell (2011), by Cristobal Krusen (8 out of 10 stars 〣 Reviewed 01/04/2024)

American Gospel: Christ Alone (2018), by Brandon Kimber (5*)

A must-watch, but requiring discernment, in order to not be drawn away from one evil into another evil.

This documentary does a good job in discerning the NAR, the Roman Catholic Church and other questionable teachers. But it requires a good portion of discernment in itself.

It rightly criticizes the Catholic emphasis on Works. But at the same time it shows a strong imbalance, and does not show any understanding of the important differentiation between 'Works of the Law' and 'Works of Faith'. It rather leads the viewer away from doing any works at all.

It shows a view Luther held in his worst days, but does not reflect that even he in his better days recognized 'Works of Faith' as necessary.

The documentary repeats over and over mantras such as 'Grace Alone' and 'Faith Alone', the latter being a popular-, but false reductionism. THEOS contributes His grace, love, mercy and JESUS' sacrifice. Our contribution to Past Salvation is to hear the Word, believe in JESUS and His resurrection, repent from being a sinner, confess with our mouth and have active faith. Present Salvation further implies sanctification, making disciples and baptizing them, obedience, discipline and self-denial by putting everything second to THEOS.

Nearly all of the speakers are Calvinists. The same behavior has been noted in many books by that group, when a cult-like mentality is applied by exclusively selecting / endorsing Calvinist interview partners. A documentary on discernment should be balanced. Their attack on the RCC is also not credible and more of an effort in order to distract from their common patriarch, Augustine.


The Ark and the Darkness (2024), by Ralph Strean (9*)

Overall highly recommended. A wonderful documentary and a blessing to the world.

PROS

+ Great production quality.

+ Well investigated and clearly presented facts.

+ Good selection of scholars, without the pseudo-critical injections sometimes found in other documentaries, while leaving the viewer puzzled which parts ought to be endorsed.

+ One of the few documentaries which actually teaches the Good Message (towards the end, but with precision and love).

+ Excellent argument that museums intentionally do not show e.g. dinos & ducks together, and create a twisted and more dramatized version of the whole thing.

+ It is also very important to point out that barely 40 years have passed since the new consensus had been established.

CONS

- It is probably not true that Eden was buried under hundreds of meters of material. The traditionally proposed Lower / Southern Mesopotamia lies barely at 34 meters ASL, while the Karaca Dag location in Upper Mesopotamia, discovered by Spire and this ministry in 2021, and also proposed by CMI some months later as landing site for the ark, lies still only at 498 meters ASL (plateau around the mountain; 1957 meters the mountain itself). 34 meters ASL do definitely exclude any additional layers and 498 meters do not provide much leverage. We often forget that everywhere material got added, elsewhere it needed to go. The flood stripped bare vast regions, while adding substantially to many other regions. I rather suspect by a look at the current condition, that Mesopotamia as a whole lost during the flood a significant substance (except the mountains which rose during and after the flood). Inspiration for another documentary.

- Usage of the later flood date which collides with the pyramids (2518/2348 BC versus the correct 3298 BC in the Greek OT) and 370 days duration versus the correct 360 days (equal to one year, see Rev 11:3, 13:5) provided in the Greek OT (from 27/02 until 27/02 = exactly one year, not from 17/02 until 27/02). A small detail, but a stumbling block for some unbelievers.

- I would have wished to see a little bit more on the abyss, e.g. to have a quick look at Ringwoodite, and to mention with some words the probable connection between the Pacific Ring of Fire (as localization for the underwater fissures) and the nearby Gran Canyon.

- Another very interesting point would have been the 2 great land bridges (Bering btw. Russia & US, 45 meters BSL; and Doggerland btw. Europe & GB, 35 meters BSL) which clearly existed until the flood.


Blessed and Cursed (2010), by Joel Kapity (5*)

A mixed bag. 

This movie is hard to review.

Did it draw me closer to THEOS or inspire me to serve more in church? Sadly not.

It is too worldly, showing a church which is rather a club than a church. A church which is rather a business, with its elders being rich and condescending to people under their responsibility. Of course part of it was intentional, to show how the star made his way through those obstacles. But there is little to no holiness and the wording 'oh you are so annointed' is constantly being abused, by confusing it with the singing talent and charisma of a singer. 

I like his performance, which is good for a singer who is not an actor by default. Only one scene was bad, when he first pretended to be shy and then suddenly made the biggest show and waved his arms. That change was too sudden and poorly instructed. The rest was good.

But the movie, although long in time, has no real substance, something you walk away and say, yes, that inspired me. I fear that it rather creates a mentality of performance in churches, and of making it more like a business. Worth watching, but not worth recommending it to someone who wants to grow in Christ and especially in holiness.


The Blind Side (2009), by John Lee Hancock (3*)

A movie with some good morals and based on a good story, but used to promote a Christianity which is not Christian at all. 

PROS

+ A truly beautiful story.

+ It displays an overall very good moral, to care for the less privileged.

+ Leigh opposes her friends when they ridicule Michael.

CONS

- It comes along with a white-savior mentality and the propagation of the American dream.

- Several lies and problematic practices are displayed:

Leigh (supposedly a Christian) broke into the principals' computer to find out Michael's grades.

Leigh scanned a picture off an Internet ad for a toddler boutique and displayed it at Michael's graduation.

Her husband lies when saying that the instructor lost cell phone service.

- A sex scene is included, where Leigh even brags about her skill to multitask while having sex. It can probably not become anymore anti biblical than this, but luckily we do not see any skin.

- Leigh wears extremely provocative dresses throughout the movie.

- Leigh slapped the b.. of the instructor and said about a recruiter in front of her husband: "I find him extremely handsome."

- Leigh showcased outmost disrespectful treatment of players, grabbing one by the helmet and then pushing him back. She later says that she would cut off the p.. of Michael if he would get a girl pregnant. Michael is being honored after throwing another player over the fence.

- Leigh is displayed throughout the movie as the factual head of her family, which is a highly problematic and anti biblical showcase.

- Several profanities (Leigh uses the bi-word, and we hear from another character the SoaB words).

- The true spiritual character of the movie shows when it unabashedly promotes a political party and bashes the other:

Quote: "Who would have thought we would have a black son before we knew a democrat?" [this is evil]

- Promotion of gun associations:

Quote: "I'm in a prayer group with the DA, and a member of the NRA." [this is evil]

- Throughout the movie, the University of Mississippi is promoted, which supports Freemasonry, specifically the fraternities Alpha Phi Alpha, Kappa Alpha Psi, Omega Psi Phi, Phi Beta Sigma, Delta Sigma Theta, Sigma Gamma Rho and Iota Phi Theta.

- The movie includes a prayer and a holding of hands at the dinner table, but this is absolutely everything when it comes to the spiritual discipleship of Michael. They want him to find his 'salvation' in football, but not a word is lost and not a scene is shown where Michael receives any spiritual guidance from his parents, or from any other character in the movie. This movie is abusing Christianity, and is in many parts the antithesis of Christianity.


Bobbi Jo: Under the Influence (2021), by Brent L. Jones (10*)

A highly encouraging documentary. 

This documentary is one-of-a-kind. You watch it and you will never forget it.

Some of the content is very hard to watch, but at the end it simply shows the extremes of society we often willingly or unwillingly ignore. It shows the results of a fallen world and what might happen if we live in total disobedience to Him, or if simply circumstances hit us.

But on the other hand it shows the wonderful redemption and forgiveness of our sins we can experience, and that He can restore a totally broken life into something millions of viewers and hearers will praise afterwards, no matter if they are believers or not.

It is incredible what one single person can do, and Bobbi Jo is simply a very powerful example of how to help literally thousands of others, no matter all the obstacles she experienced even after she got physically and spiritually saved. 

What a powerful testimony, and what a powerful woman.


Charge Over You (2010), by Regardt Steenekamp (2*)

Hardly a Christian movie. 

The movie opens with a scene where paramedics cut open the shirt and expose the bra of a young woman.

Then we find a scene where evolution is promoted, while the professor mentions intelligent design as an afterthought and as an 'and if you believe in that ...' option.

Soon after the main protagonist is found to participate in fortune telling, and she wears inappropriate clothing in nearly every scene of the movie.

Then there is the first scene of extramarital sex, followed soon after by an even more intimate scene.

That was 30 minutes in.

Those scenes alone have the strong potential to lead someone away from the Lord.

Later the movie endorses Nietzsche (well known to have hated THEOS by declaring: "God is Dead"):

"Nietzsche is arguing that we have peeled God off and put ourselves in his place. Now the magnet in the story is ridiculed by the people in the marketplace for making his search for God known, they laugh at him and make sarcastic excuses."

The warfare displayed is also not a spiritual warfare which could come from the Bible. It is just a primitive copy of the paranormal stuff we find in secular movies, with a touch of THEOS in it and with a happy end.

The whole story might include some good elements, but it is the last I would recommend to anyone I want to bring to THEOS. This movie rather brings people away from Him and builds a very bad foundation for someone who becomes a Christian.


Chasing After You (2019), by Paige B. Alston (8*)

A good movie with a strong Christian theme. 

While the beginning of the movie appears somehow flat, it becomes increasingly deeper and more meaningful.

PROS

+ There is actually a lot of Christian talk and content, and not just one of the many 'faith-based' movies with maybe five Christian phrases.

+ It generally displays good morals to strive for.

+ No heresies.

+ No blasphemy, just once he took the name of JESUS with his friend in vain, but not in a negative way.

CONS

- Improper dress of the main actor which could lead to other Christians to adapt such a provocative style.

- It is not understandable why she did not choose a marriage with the father of their child when he asked her to move in together.

- Her boyfriend is talking at the grave to his dead father, which is surely not a biblical practice.

- The background music is partly problematic.

- The end is very abrupt.


The Chosen (2017-), by Dallas Jenkins (2*)

Great production & entertainment, but it does not even serve as milk.

The following is not a typical review of this ministry. The author of this ministry has watched season 1, and the first episode of season 2, but relies for most of the following points on external discernment collected here in a condensed form.

PROS

+ Great production quality.

+ Great acting.

NEUTRAL

o Although there can be learned a lot from the series, the bottom line is rather confusion about what belongs now to the Bible and what not. Christians with a very solid foundation could in theory watch the content while being able to discern the differences. But tragically most viewers are precisely those with no-, or with a weak biblical foundation, and typically without the general ability for spiritual discernment.

CONS

- Dallas Jenkins admitted that 95% of The Chosen's content is not from the Bible.

- Originally initiated by three Mormon businessmen having approached Jenkins. The executive producer and the distributor are Mormons. Many episodes were filmed on a Mormon property in Utah, where previously only Mormon productions were allowed to be filmed.

- JESUS is being shown as seeking counsel from His disciples before preaching the Sermon on the Mount (Season 2, Episode 8, min 20).

- JESUS is prematurely arrested before Gethsemane (Season 1, Episode 7, min 33).

- JESUS makes fun of JOHN's diet of carobs and honey, which would have been impossible to happen.

- JOHN THE BAPTIST is being displayed as 'creepy John', contrary to the Bible stating that "no one born of women is greater than him" (Mat 11:11, Luk 7:28).

- MARY MAGDALENE is backsliding from her faith in the series, which is an heretical twisting of the Bible. While backsliding was not foreign to JESUS' circle, it resulted in this instance in the condemnation and death of Judas. To assume that Mary shipwrecked her faith and was restored a second time, is not only heretical, but provokes a laissez-faire faith in viewers. (Season 2, Episode 8).

- Highly problematic actors: Jonathan Roumie (New Age; open support of the Hallow app > Catholic Mysticism / Contemplative Prayer; privately use of the 'Divine Mercy Chaplet' > meditative Catholic prayer ritual by Saint Faustina).


Christmas Oranges (2012), by John Lyde (10*)

A fantastic movie. 

It is a movie with low budget and surely not with spectacular settings and cinematography. It is a movie that goes back to the basics, to the core of the human being. Children who have lost everything, except to now be together in a setting, where they experience some love, but sadly also much hate and control by the leader of the orphanage who has his own struggles.

It is a movie which shatters into pieces our modern sense of entitlement. Never would I have thought how one orange as a Christmas gift could mean so much for children who have nothing else but themselves and a home to live in.

And in the end it is a beautiful testimony of THEOS, how He can break an old and bitter man through the grace and talent of a small girl.

There is no happy end, but a good end. Good according to His providence.


Clancy (2009), by Jefferson Moore (9*)

A very beautiful movie.

What a beautiful surprise of a movie. A tremendous story which could have been perfectly written by THEOS.

PROS

+ Great lessons for life, no matter if you believe or not (yet).

+ Great example how to treat homeless people with respect and love, knowing that each one has his or her own story, which is often not by election. We will be surprised in eternity how many homeless people there will be and how few majors.

+ Great production, great and very creative script.

+ Wonderful teaching of the Good Message (just a little bit too much focussed on heaven instead on a renewed earth, but a truly secondary issue here). The inclusion of her book is so very special and the Good Message can hardly be told in a more beautiful way through a child. What a memorable scene. Also very beautiful how he then framed her book.

NEUTRAL

o She was a bit too optimistic if you see her character from a worldly perspective. But seeing it through spiritual eyes, she could have indeed had such joy in the midst of suffering and violence.

o A good example of caring neighbors, but I would have inserted at least a scene where they intend to talk to the mother. They were caring but also well aware of the consequences. Overall a good lesson and warning for single parents who are about to get into a similar pattern.

CONS

- She prays once to a statue of JESUS. It would have been better for this scene to have her pray sitting down on a bench.

- Sadly no redemption of him, but a real transformation.

- Sadly no redemption of her mother, but her restoration would have probably filled another movie.


The Climb (2002), by John Schmidt (6*)

Good movie, but sadly a promo tool for Billy Graham. 

PROS

+ The movie puts the spotlights on opposing selfishness, and is today more relevant than 22 years ago. Our culture is now saturated with those types of 'me, me, me'. I do that mountain on my own, I am my own boss in life, I, I, I. What a wonderful lesson Jason could learn in this movie, and is able to teach many others trapped in that selfish mentality today.

+ It elevates the family and the responsibilities of a father. At the same time it elevates the role of a father of the bride and shows how good protection looks alike, but also how biblical forgiveness should be alike.

CONS

- I never saw in a movie such a blatant endorsement, even including a closeup of one of his books. Billy Graham was one of the biggest frauds of Christian history, and this is also the reason why I sadly cannot promote this overall very good movie. (He was a great admirer of the 33° Mason Norman Vincent Peale; had a strong tendency towards Universalism; key figure in the ecumenical movement; used Roman Catholic lay people as supervisors and altar workers; close collaboration with the Vatican and the Pope; endorsement of female pastors)

- The advice Ned gives to the then girlfriend of Jason, when she was trying to get out of fornication, was 'we all go through periods like that'. This is a deeply troubling advise, which has contributed to the notion that it is ok in younger years to commit some 'mistakes', and then simply ask later for forgiveness.

- While it might be true that THEOS can (and will upon repentance) forgive any sin, there is no assurance that we are ever drawn to the awareness of those sins and to the respective repentance. The further down the road, the more a miracle it requires getting out of it. But to the credit of this movie, this bad advice is obviously (and at least in parts) 'overwritten' by the later repentance of Jason.

- When Jason repents, he asks JESUS to come into his heart. This is a formula foreign to the Bible and part of the evangelism scheme of Billy Graham, which enabled him to count the 'conversions'. Another part of this scheme, as now more often seen in churches, is the lifting of hands and then counting those lifted hands as saved people.


The Coming Convergence (2017), by Brent Miller Jr. (3*)

Good teaching mixed with very bad teaching. 

This documentary starts out to denounce false prophets from the past, who employed vague prophecies, but curiously enough falls just minutes later into a very similar pattern.

1. One key message of this documentary is the fig tree prophecy - standing for the end times which ought to begin with the rebirth of Israel.

First they say in one sentence that many scholars believe the fig tree to be Israel. One sentence later, now from another commentator, they suddenly change to "Now understanding that the fig tree IS Israel" ...

They confuse a UN declaration done in 1948 with the -SPIRITUAL- rebirth of Israel, while ignoring that people in Israel are currently far away from THEOS and little to no spiritual rebirth as biblically specified has taken place. The vast majority of people still denies JESUS and some Jewish denominations even plainly deny THEOS.

Then they calculate 80 to 120 years from that date, exclusively based on the very generic statement of Psalm 102:12: "Let this be recorded for A GENERATION TO COME, so that a people yet to be created may praise the Lord"

They now state that the word usually translated with 'TO COME', means the 'LAST' generation. But looking at the Greek text, which is the text the 1st century church received as authoritative, we find a clear contradiction to this, because it uses the word 'HETEROS', which -as we all know very well- means 'ANOTHER' or 'DIFFERENT' (Strong's G2087)!

Greek text (here Psalm 101:19): Let this be written for ANOTHER generation; and the people that shall be created shall praise the Lord.

Even the KJV translates the verse with "... remembrance unto ALL GENERATIONS."

It is abstruse exegesis to use this generic verse, to inject 'LAST' into it and then connect it to the fig tree prophecy!

2. Later they state that 3 specific countries will be attacking Israel, but they do not inform us how they see those countries in the biblical context (especially Russia, probably extrapolated from 'Gog').

3. They justify in minute 45 a nuclear war through Ezekiel 39:12, supposedly including a command to leave the bodies alone for 7 months, which in their opinion is an indicator for a nuclear war. But this is a plain lie, because the text states that the people of Israel will be in the very place being affected, cleaning it up for 7 months.

4. When it comes to the 'kings from the East' that wage war, they accuse the big players in what we commonly know as the East. But this is based on a bad reading of the world's map. The biblical map almost certainly connects the world at the Bering Strait, meaning that the East is America!


Dialtone (2009), by Brian Lohr (8*)

Strange concept which justifies the means. 

Does this movie have the potential to bring the viewer closer to the LORD?

Yes, it has.

Does this movie have the potential to bring those close to the viewer closer to the LORD?

Yes, it definitely has.

Is this movie biblical?

Rather not. We cannot play LORD nor go back in time. BUT we are definitely in power to influence our future and the future of others.

Therefore, although being based on an unbiblical concept and with a great creative license, it is a good movie which stimulates the minds of the viewers in a very powerful way.

The music is sometimes a bit overly dramatic, but the concept is well-elaborated and fulfills its purpose.

Clear recommendation.


Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors (2015), by Stephen Herek (9*)

A truly wonderful movie. 

Worthy is His name, and He works out all things for good, even in the difficult times of life. Sometimes we are so richly blessed, little Dolly with a big family, that we do not realize the blessing until He takes away part of it. 

We do not understand why a child has to die so early, but forget that all those little children do not have to go through this hard school of life and work out their salvation with fear and trembling. They just go over into Eternity, because they do not know yet the difference between good and evil (Deu 1:39) and have not yet reached the Age of Accountability.

Remarkable actors (especially Dolly and her mother), beautiful settings, thrown back in time into a typical life of hard work and little diplomacy in words. And a story of a stubborn father, as so many out there, who refused to follow our faith, even though modeled at perfection by his wife. Her perseverance will be decisive.

* The only negative point of the movie is the scene where little Dolly argues with THEOS. This dialogue is overly dramatic and the language is nearly blasphemous. The script writers should not have chosen such language. We can utter our doubts and frustrations, but this one went way too far.



The Emissary: A Biblical Epic (1997), by Robert Marcarelli (8*)

Wonderful movie about the life of Paul. 

It is an art in itself to avoid producing another lengthy movie, to compact much material into a format of less than an hour, but still to make this movie appear long. It appears as some commentators prefer longer movies, but I appreciate compact productions with a high content of information as found here.

PROS

+ Great summary and highlights of Paul's life.

+ Mostly great acting.

+ Good production considering a limited budget.

NEUTRAL

Words are added / subtracted to Saul's vision and other stories, but it is never to the spiritual detriment of the viewer and expected to a certain degree in such a movie. And it is good to see a great faithfulness in the dialogue with Agrippa. The accuracy could be higher, but is already much higher than most Christian movies which rather use bits and pieces from the Bible, but not such lengthy passages.

JESUS is shown in the cloud and in Paul's vision. This is not necessarily problematic, but it still doesn't feel right to produce such images of Him.

CONS

- The camera is often excellent, but also sometimes a bit wild.

- Paul healed the son of the sorcerer, a story I do not remember from the Bible. The burning of the books would have implied multiple sorcerers.

- The boat from the last mission trip is way too small and very few prisoners (maybe a dozen compared to 276 people in the biblical account) are present. But the small budget justifies this.

- Paul is not martyred in the Bible.


Foundations (2021), by Brett Varvel (9*)

Great education. 

It is a sad testimony for the world that we need such movies. A world which assumes to have become smarter, has become much more drawn into their sin, into self-centered lifestyles.

It would be very easy for evolutionists to accept the other, much more logical side. But they would never, at no cost. Because that would mean to let go of that lifestyle of endless 'possibilities', of freely being able to chose between evil (and good).

But what the people don't see is that while coming to THEOS, they could still chose between good and evil. With the huge difference that they would not be drawn anymore to do evil, but would find fulfillment in their purpose, to not only live for self, but for the well of others.

We don't know if one of the coming generations will wake up to the lie of millions of years. Maybe. Then people would look back and would say how ridiculous their parents or grandparents had been.

Sadly we are right now at the point of people looking back in ridicule at their grandparents, saying how narrow-minded and religious they had been. Yes, they have sometimes been a bit too legalistic, but what is better, a bit too legalistic (or let's say spiritually cautious knowing very well the dramatic consequences there could be) or being drawn to an extreme which has no precedent in any past millennia.

Humans have believed many things we would call today funny at best. But what society believes right now, that we came from fish and monkeys, is not funny anymore.

Look at yourself. Are you not a wonder?


Gods at War (2012– ), by Kyle Idleman (9*)

Warmly recommended. 

I warmly recommend this great series which is apparently part of a bigger volume of productions done by Kyle Idleman and City on a Hill Productions. It is low budget, which makes it in my opinion even better than high-budget series such as Alpha.

Kyle Idleman has a great talent on how to use little budget and ordinary settings, be it just a simple beach or a bar, and to make something great out of it without requiring a whole lot of different settings, actors et al.

And he has a great talent in bringing the Good Message home to the people, to make them understand in natural ways, what pastors sometimes fail to properly communicate to their congregations. Those series fill a very important gap and we can only learn similarly from books, but usually in a much more time-consuming way than those relatively compact series.

In this particular series, Idleman reflects on the different gods we all have in our lives. Not to think of stone, bronze or wooden idols we know from Bible history and easily understand, but those concepts of idolatry we have bigger struggles with to understand. 

No matter if money, sex, prosperity, popularity and you name it, he shows us where we often fail and how to become better Christians by staying away from those false gods or idols.

The series is still available on Youtube, so I warmly recommend you to watch it and to share it with those people you also know to struggle in some, or all of those areas of life.


The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996), by Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise (5*)

A great movie, but not a recommendation. 

A masterpiece of a movie I would like to recommend, but I sadly cannot do so because of palm-reading and associations to witchcraft on the good side of the characters.

The movie is great in many aspects, and it is good to see Disney having taken justice against the Catholic Church, and having revealed their often unbiblical, or let us say rather evil motives against those the church should protect.

This movie showed one of the ugly facets, which only centuries ago had still been visible, and has damaged the image of THEOS' church until today.

The true church will protect the innocent and those cast out by society.


I Can Only Imagine (2018), by Andrew Erwin, Jon Erwin (9*)

A must-watch.

This movie is warmly recommended. I watched it a couple of years ago and can still remember this remarkable story based on true events. It starts as a story so often told and lived, within a broken family, with a drinking father and all the ugly consequences.

But this story involves much more, a son who goes out to find himself and to follow his calling, despite the negative messages received over the years from his father, saying that 'you are not enough' and 'you won't make it to anything'. Although Christian life is not necessarily about realizing oneself and gaining a big name, this story is surely orchestrated by THEOS and shows His wonderful redemption and restoration in the midst of brokenness. Not a perfect restoration and with scars remaining, but still very powerful.


An Interview with God (2018), by Perry Lang (4*)

Well made, but problematic. Catholic / Jesuit influence / movie. 

PROS

+ Very good plot.

+ Very good music.

+ Very good acting.

+ Overall well made.

CONS

- It is fundamentally wrong to display THEOS in such a way. It is not blasphemous, but has the great potential to permanently damage a believer's journey and relationship with Him. I watched the movie, but intentionally only listened to the scenes with 'god'. Even this was partly disturbing because of words and attitudes the LORD would never display.

- The movie contains some erroneous theology. It is stated as fact that JESUS repeated only 6 out of 10 commandments (probably to justify Catholic idols, because precisely the commands I-IV are excluded in their interpretation). But JESUS affirmed every single command repeatedly (I-Mat 22:37; II-1Joh 5:21; III-Mar 3:29; IV-Luk 14:3; V- Mat 19:19; VI-Luk 18:20; VII-Mat 5:27-28; VIII-Mat 15:19; IX-Mat 15:19; X-Rom 13:9).

- The first opening quote comes from William Cowper, an Anglican.

- The second opening quote comes from Henry Ward Beecher, a Presbyterian.

QUOTES

- Quote in minute 72:

"sono l'unico vero dio" (I am the only true God).

Your Italian is very good.

Loyola Rome, junior year abroad.

Well, that's time well spent."

>> Loyola Rome is a Jesuit University.

- Quote at the end of the movie:

"Having faith is not worth much if you don't really believe."

>> They turn it upside down. Belief is first. Even Satan believes. Faith is much more than belief.


Is Genesis History? (2017), by Thomas Purifoy (9*)

Highly recommended. 

It was a beautiful surprise to find this movie.

And it is a rare find to have producers and so many contributors to stand with the Bible, in times where only 2 out of 200 professors at Wheaton College are believing in a true Genesis account. Wild times as we also see through the ratings, either 10 stars or 1 star, especially in Canada, Australia and UK, while the same documentary has 9 stars on Amazon.

This documentary is a wonderful defense of the biblical account and the producer has a great talent in interviewing the right people. 

There was one small error, the localization of Babylon which is obviously wrong (Eze 26:7 "For thus says the Lord Yahweh: "Look! I am bringing to -TYRE- Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon from the NORTH). 

The rest is just wonderful. Highly recommended.


It's a Life Worth Living (2020), by Keith Perna (9*)

Wonderful, encouraging movie. Clear recommendation. 

It had been a while since I cried at a movie, but this one got me. It is not easy to watch, as it shows in a quite natural way the consequences of broken families and the ugly facets of conflict and drug abuse. But so worth it.

PROS

+ Overall good acting, just sometimes the changes in mood were a bit forced and over pronounced.

+ Overall quite authentic.

+ Very encouraging, especially for those who had been involved in such drug abuse.

+ A strong Christian theme, although the conversations related to CHRIST did not always flow naturally. This theme includes restoration & salvation, and restoration of others.

CONS

- Some scenes came across a bit artificial (especially the scene when he visits her at her office, but still a beautiful moment).

> Overall clear recommendation.

Jesus of Nazareth (1977), by Franco Zeffirelli (9*)

A Monumental Masterpiece of Christian Cinema .

* Review of the 104 min version.

PROS

+ Very well-made for the 80's.

+ Very authentic and lively conversations; not always truthful to the Bible, but overall showing very well how the individual people groups would have spoken and interacted without being stiff as often seen in other movies.

+ Excellent actors.

+ The Lord's Prayer is fully recited, what a monumental scene.

+ Beautiful scene where JESUS heals the servant of the Roman ruler.

CONS

- The narrative is overthrown and stories are mixed.

- The story of the woman caught in adultery is not found in the Bible (Joh 7:53-8:11 is added).

- Some false quotations, e.g. "it took centuries to rebuild this temple ...".

- The phrase during JESUS' trial "I too know some Greek" shows a fundamental lack of understanding that Greek was the predominant language in that time, and even the Romans spoke rather Greek than Latin in that area.


Joseph: King of Dreams (2000), by Rob LaDuca, Robert C. Ramirez (7*)

A wonderful production.

PROS

+ Great animations - made with a lot of effort, love and creativity.

+ Overall faithful to the Bible.

+ Great teaching of one of the most beautiful stories of the Bible.

+ Beautiful songs.

+ No swearing, no problematic content or doctrines.

CONS

- It does not fit Joseph's character and the biblical narrative to see Joseph standing in front of all his relatives on a mountain, while raising his arms and seeking admiration. He was made special, but did probably not pretend to be special.

- Joseph would have certainly not used an amulet to protect himself from evil.

- His father would not have said: "You are a miracle child".

- There is basically no display of the faith of Jacob, nor of Joseph, but the faith and the ceremonies of the Pharaoh are displayed.

- The first communication of Joseph with the LORD is at min 42, complaining to the LORD.

- According to the movie, Joseph also asked his brothers for forgiveness which is rather not true. He offered forgiveness.


Late One Night (2001), by Dave Christiano (9*)

Highly recommended. 

I am surprised how many emotions a short movie of half an hour can include. This movie is challenging in many aspects, to both believers and unbelievers.

It leaves the unbeliever with the choice if to continue making fun of those Christians and of THEOS, or if to take those warnings about our destiny seriously.

And it challenges a believer who is too comfortable, and who is rather a nominal Christian.

And even more importantly, it challenges the Christian church to become more serious about the business of THEOS and less about money, signs and miracles. The overall image of the church is very important and we have to cleanse the church by a proper discernment of false teachings, which leave such impressions on unbelievers.


Life Changes Everything: Discover Zac Ryan (2017), by Corey Paul (10*)

A truly excellent movie. 

It was a pleasant delight to have seen this movie. It is apparently filmed on a low budget, but it is very well-made and the script is perfect.

I was only wondering when it would turn out to be a Christian movie and this finally happened in the last part of the movie. It was then just a bit too spontaneous and felt more like injected as afterthought (what it certainly was not).

It is a very beautiful story with a sudden and perfect ending, which leaves the viewer pondering about the essential message of the movie: do not murder innocent babies or embryos.

We never know what the Lord has prepared and what consequences such an act could have.


The Man from Earth (2007), by Richard Schenkman (2*)

Heretical movie, to be avoided by Christians. 

This movie is maybe helpful for those who want to widen their horizon and for those who are still searching for spiritual truth. But sadly it is not a movie any professing Christian would agree with, nor has it the least potential in bringing someone to CHRIST.

It is technically well-made and the music is good, but the whole concept does not make sense and comes from a confused mind. Everyone expects that this confused story makes some sense in the end, but it does end as abruptly as it entered our mind. Spiritual brainstorming with a dead end.

CONS

- A lot of swearing.

- He implies that Buddha was the greatest man ever lived.

- He claims that he lived 14 000 years, but at the same time that dinosaurs were not around in that time.

- He said that Moses is based on a Syriac myth.

- He claims that he -was- CHRIST and met the apostles.

The movie is deeply heretical and should be strictly avoided by any professing Christian.


Marjoe (1972), by Sarah Kernochan, Howard Smith (6*)

Lots of courage, but no salvation.

This documentary is a hard, but necessary pill for us Christians. Especially for those who like Marjoe confess His name with great words and fake tongues, but have no substance in their faith.

This whole scandal comes as no surprise, but still surprises in its magnitude of insolence. We know about many false teachers and similar techniques, but it is enlightening to hear from the very mouth of one who deceived so many with simple salesman tactics and motivational talent.

Kudos to his courage to speak about him having been a con-man, but at the same time with sadness to see no true repentance of his acts which would have enabled him to find the true Christ, no matter how evil his past was.


Mass (2021), by Fran Kranz (8*)

Truly memorable. Much needed production. 

At first I was suspicious about the title, but there was no connection to the Catholic 'Mass', simply an unfortunate choice while limiting the potential reach of the movie.

The movie is truly excellent, and I highly recommend it. It is a surprise that no other denomination has come across with such a movie, which is urgently needed in America, where one tragedy follows another tragedy. 

Even in the midst of all that evil, there can be forgiveness and reconciliation.

PROS

+ Excellent actors.

+ Powerful display for reconciliation.

+ Powerful testimony against violent video games, mobbing at schools and unbelieving psychologists who try to improve someone while neglecting the Lord.

CONS

- JESUS' name was spoken several times in vain.

- It takes place in an Episcopal Church, a "middle way between Roman Catholic and Protestant traditions". But it does not show any Anglican elements, only once the term 'parishioners' is used and the EC is mentioned twice as reference for the meeting place.

- No pastor present (at least in the background) to lead people to Christ and to ultimate forgiveness.


Modern Day Miracles (2017), by Luke Broersma (9*)

Highly recommended. 

One of the best-rated Christian documentaries out there and rightly so.

Some of the content is hard to watch, but overall the documentary is highly inspirational, both from the viewpoint of simply seeing the good others do, and also from the viewpoint of potentially encouraging others to imitate those good deeds.

It is not a high-budget documentary and some viewers might expect more, but it intentionally slows us down to the basics of life. A very good, but still ordinary movie shows ordinary deeds of humans with an extraordinary mercy and grace towards others, namely to relieve their suffering. It is heartbreaking to see such suffering and to imagine much more suffering in those countries, but it is beautiful to see what can be done, even though at only a small scale.


One Night with the King (2006), by Michael O. Sajbel (6*)

Beautiful movie, but not faithful to the Bible.

This movie can be enjoyed and brings the biblical story beautifully to life. A story of improbabilities, of ordinary people used for the LORD's mighty purposes.

It is low budget which shows in the poor renderings of panorama shots, but this is ok. If a scene needs to be faked, let it be obvious that it is a fake. This is in some way honest.

But what is not good is the biblical accuracy. If a movie is based on a specific story in the Bible, it should at least be 70-80% in line with the Bible, but this movie was maybe faithful by 40-50%.

Despite that, I still recommend this movie, but suggest at the same time to read the biblical account immediately afterwards, in order to not confuse the biblical narrative in our minds.


The Perfect Stranger (2005), by Jefferson Moore (5*)

A good movie, but impossible to recommend. 

This movie is difficult to review. The director and main actor does (almost) not show any transgressions, by not adding extrabiblical elements to the story. 

He tells a background from JESUS' childhood which is added to the Bible and therefore problematic. But the remainder of the dialogue is true to the Bible and possibly not far from His real character. One could argue that JESUS did not speak with a more intense and dramatic voice, but those of us who know the Bible, know better.

But I have a serious problem with the whole concept, to show JESUS at a dinner table. He certainly could do this, in a similar form He appeared in the Old Testament long before his incarnation as the Messenger of Great Counsel, better known as the Angel of the Lord. We do not know how many or few times He actually appeared, but we know that he appeared without doubt to many people and did even go before / behind Israel during the Exodus, meaning that he was seen at the same time in some form by hundreds of thousands of people.

But still, this does not give us the allowance to create such an image of a JESUS, who just happens to sit in a restaurant. JESUS works today in visions, e.g. Muslims often have those dreams and visions before they come to Christ.

Many people would argue for the validity of the concept, but here is the catch. This movie gives us the example of goodness (M. Teresa) versus evil (H**ler). Now JESUS in the movie answers 'alright', which is rather affirmative to her assertion of MT being good. He continues to say that 'she did many good things', which might be even correct in a very limited sense.

But JESUS would never affirm the goodness of Mother Teresa, and appearing today, He would tell us how we got fooled by the Catholic Church and by the media in believing she was a saint. He would warn us that we have to develop a better discernment and not trust what the world calls morally good.

JESUS knows that Teresa lied in 1994, when she argued that the abuse allegations against Jesuit priest Donald McGuire were untrue and when she successfully enabled years of further abuse. He knows that she lied, when she defended him again, right before he was convicted to 25 years of prison after 40 years of horrific crimes. He knows that she committed idolatry when she called Mary our patroness and our Mother, and when she claimed that it is her who is always leading us to JESUS.

While the movie correctly states that there is only one way to JESUS, Teresa would have never believed such a thing, being a Universalist. She rather said things such as "All is God - B's, H's, C's, etc., all have access to the same God." This woman went as far as to directly worship Buddha.

Now we have the catch. People watch this movie, their picture of JESUS is transformed away from the holy, and they wrongly assume that He would call good what in reality is evil.

This is not JESUS.


Polycarp (2015), by Joe Henline (9*)

Great throwback in time. 

This is a great journey back in time, right into Early Christianity. It does leave out the real brutality which happened in that time, but still gives us a good sensation how the dynamics in that time had been, and challenges us to stand firm in our faith, no matter how big or -compared with those events- rather small our opposition might be.

PROS

+ Great representation of Early Christianity.

+ Great plot.

+ Great screenplay.

+ Great actors.

+ No problematic theology, but a wonderful proclamation of the Good Message.

CONS

- Many scenes are obviously rendered on a computer. Usually this is not visible (and generally not problematic at all), but sometimes details are missing in rendered materials (e.g. the doors of the government building appear very plain) and / or the movement of the picture is unsteady. Probably the worst scene is minute 68, where Polycarb is about to escape and stands in front of a poorly animated backdrop of a hill. It is painfully obvious that the actors stand before a huge screen / animation, and it would have been very inexpensive to film this scene in the setting of an actual hill.

Rendering should be used when it comes to complex buildings that are expensive to actually reproduce, but never to avoid the trip to the next hill.

- It would be more authentic if the language throughout the movie would be Greek with English subtitles. All the people in that place and time, including the Jews, spoke Greek. It is a bit strange to watch such a movie in English language.


Prophecies of the Passion (2005), by Wayne P. Allen (7*)

A wonderful testimony for Christ. 

PROS

+ Great comparison of OT prophecies, having been fulfilled in the time of Christ.

+ Great outlook into our future, the Second Coming of Christ.

+ Overall a wonderful testimony for Christ.

CONS

- They claimed that Christ died before the Passover Lamb was eaten and before Judas died. This firstly contradicts the narrative thread in Matthew 27, where Judas' death and the final purchase of the potter's field both happened before JESUS' death and even before His first trial before Pilate. A field could not be purchased without the involvement of Roman officials (plus payment of taxes) and therefore took time (impossibly some hours in the night; in our societies usually days or weeks). It also does not seem plausible to have Judas die on the very same day as JESUS and therefore to take away significance from JESUS' death, but he rather died in the hours after he knew that JESUS was going to be condemned - and several days before JESUS.

- A Fast-Track trial is not biblical. JESUS died on the penultimate day of the Passover Week - on the second, not the first Day of Preparation.

- Amnon Shor states that JESUS prayed at the Last Supper the Jewish Hamotzi prayer: "Blessed are You, LORD our God, King of the universe, Who brings forth bread from the earth." There is no scriptural basis for this and it would have been unusual that He spoke such prayer in Hebrew and not in Greek. The NT specifically points out the rare instances where something was uttered in Aramaic / Hebrew (see Mar 5:41-42, Mar 7:34, Act 22:1-2, Joh 20:15-17), and then translates this into Greek, clearly affirming the niche existence of Hebrew in that time. We should abstain from injecting things into the Bible that are not there, and especially from Judaizing.

- Almost exclusively academics are being interviewed.

- Involvement of Focus on the Family, Greg Laurie, John Bloom (Calvinist), Lee Strobel (de facto Catholic) and Paul Crouch (TBN, Kenneth Copeland).


Remember the Goal (2016), by Dave Christiano (10*)

A wonderful movie, highly recommended. 

This movie surprised me greatly. The cover looked like a primitive movie, and the beginning of the movie seemed flat. But this movie became 'better' very quickly, and turned out to be a very great movie.

+ Great Christian theme which develops after a third of the movie.

+ Great teaching of Christian values (how to care for your body, how to obey a leader, how to obey parents, how to restore relationships with parents, how to overcome opposition, how to be faithful, how to stay sexually pure and most importantly how to trust Him ...).

+ A good reflection on the unhealthy pressures many parents not only in the US are generating, and how their interference -if tolerated- could lead to results contrary to the ones desired. A beautiful reminder to parents to sometimes let go and trust teachers and coaches, instead of being overly demanding.

+ Highly inspirational and enjoyable.

+ No questionable theology, quotations or endorsements. No objectionable clothing.

+ Probably the first review I did not find anything to object to. This says a lot. My sincere compliments to the director and the crew.


The Resurrection of Gavin Stone (2017), by Dallas Jenkins (4*)

Some good elements, but very laissez-faire.

This movie is difficult to review. It has the Christian element of restoration. But sadly there is no restoration when it comes to the main actor.

PROS

+ Great actors.

+ Great script.

CONS

- When he looks for a Christian testimony, he gets to Bono. To mention him as a Christian, is ridiculous.

- The pastor states that the other candidates are "terrible actors", which is a strong anti-Christian attitude.

- They quote the Catholic Assisi.

- They allow him to take communion, even though he is obviously not a Christian. This displays a very bad example for churches in America.

- They play the scene of the women caught in adultery, a passage that is foreign to the original Bible.

- At the end of the movie the pastor's daughter falls in love with an unbeliever who would probably lead her in real life away from church or cause serious problems, if no conversion occurred. Worse than that, they offer him indirectly new roles in the church.

This movie has some beautiful elements, but is laissez-faire in many regards and puts pressure on American churches to rather not chose the 'boring and real' Christians to play a role, but to put up a show no matter what.

It is hard to write those words, because the movie causes positive emotions. But from a Christian perspective and for the sake of building up healthy churches, stay away from this movie.


A Return to Grace: Luther's Life and Legacy (2017), by David Batty (2*)

Timothy Dolan? Really? 

Explicit promotion of Timothy Dolan, directly involved in the earlier s**ual abuse scandal. It is hard to grasp why a Catholic even appears in a documentary on the Reformation, but it is even harder to grasp why specifically one had been chosen who had been involved in covering up such a scandal.

The documentary also does not even mention once Luther's connections to the Augustian order, that he famously wanted Hebrews, James, Jude and the book of Revelation removed from the Christian Canon, that he gave his blessing to have Anabaptists executed simply based on their correct opposition of infant baptism and emphasis on adult baptism, his ruthless rejection of biblical inerrancy in his commentary on Chronicles, his anti-Judaistic views that contributed significantly to the development of antisemitism in Germany and of the Nazi Party, and his entire rejection of the biblical concept of 'Free Will'.

I do not expect all those details to be reflected, but I expect at least some discernment and honesty. Minor issues can be left out, but to overlook all those details previously mentioned and to only paint a grossly distorted picture with the positive attributes, is certainly not a Christian attitude.


Risen (2016), by Kevin Reynolds (6*)

A good movie, but not a recommendation. 

PROS

+ Good actors.

+ In general well-made, good movie set.

+ Interesting idea to tell a story from the viewpoint of a roman soldier.

CONS

- The earthquake was erroneously shown to have occurred before His death.

- The phrase "surely this man was innocent" occurred too early.

- It is not credible that a Roman ruler (Clavius Aquila) let Bartholomew go, after he ridiculed him in front of his guards.

- Thomas stormed into the room (instead of JESUS entering it), and hugged JESUS before being shown His wounds without asking for it.

- The miracle of a leper after His resurrection is not biblical.

- The 'Simon, do you love me'- conversation is fragmented.

- JESUS would certainly not have appeared in a black robe. We associate black robes on the shore of a lake with another character ...

- There were many scenes where an outsider such as Clavius would not have fit in, but it was an honorable idea to tell the story from his viewpoint.


Seven Days in Utopia (2011), by Matthew Dean Russell (6*)

A good movie, but not recommended. 

PROS

+ Teaches some good values and Christian principles.

+ Strong example for unity in villages, when it comes to holding together and helping even a stranger.

+ Good example how to obey and follow the wisdom of older and more experienced people.

NEUTRAL

No redemption of the main actor, but a beautiful restoration.

CONS

- A bit too American and over the top.

- Too much driven by performance thinking.

- They play with money. Although not specified as such in the Bible, it has a negative taste.

- They endorse rodeo, which is already problematic by worldly standards.

Overall a good movie, but not one that I would recommend based on gambling and rodeo.


The Soloist (2009), by Joe Wright (3*)

An interesting movie, but definitely not Christian. 

It is strange that this movie was being recommended as being Christian. It shows a good message of a social gospel, but nothing else. No restoration, no redemption.

PROS

+ Great example how to help homeless people. He did it while being a professional, but still with some heart and persistence involved.

+ Great production quality and story-telling.

+ Perfect acting.

CONS

- Initial quote by Sigmund Freud.

- 2x SOAB, F-word.

- Use of the name of 'God' in vain.

- Blasphemy through 'GDa'.

- Although being clear that Nathaniel could have only been helped by THEOS, the movie actually ridicules the efforts of the Christian musician who prayed for him.

- The movie goes as far as to have Steve being proclaimed god by Nathaniel, then the journalist 'commands' him in his name and answers him that he is granted eternal life by him. Outmost blasphemy. The director of this movie has a serious problem with THEOS.


So, Who Is This Jesus? (1999), by Crawford Telfer (9*)

A wonderful documentary which I can highly recommend. 

Great documentary for that time. Not high quality in picture and low budget overall, but this makes it more authentic and does not take away anything. In fact, considering the small means, it is a great documentary.

He goes into the key places and shows ordinary people (who sometimes make interesting faces behind his back ...). More importantly, he teaches the Good Message in a simple and compact, yet comprehensive way. And he traces the way of JESUS CHRIST all the way back to the Old Testament and then connects to the one who announced Him, John the Baptist.

It is a wonderful documentary which I can highly recommend.

CONS

- Endorsement of Martin Luther King at the beginning of the movie (he was not a Christian at all)

- JESUS did not die on a Friday, but on the penultimate day of the Passover week (the 2nd, not the 1st Day of Preparation).


Stephen's Test of Faith (1998), by Stephen Yake (9*)

Great short movie. 

I am a bit skeptical when it comes to visions, but Stephen's vision of the real Stephen is obviously not being sold as something that indeed occurred. Not to say that visions cannot occur anymore, which would be far from the biblical truth. But we all know how much abuse has been done.

This being said, we see a great idea behind the movie, to have the boy go in his dream through a quick time travel throughout Christian history. A low-budget movie, but well-made and without any expectation for more. It fulfilled its purpose in a wonderful way, to educate both children and adults about our history, and not to repeat (or at least to a lesser degree) the endless accounts of Christians going on a holiday trip to Rome and coming back with a big smile, knowing little about what place they had been.

This movie did probably a more important job than many other lengthy movies and dozens of books, written without discernment and watering down the boundaries of the church.

It is very important in our times of increasing Ecumenism, when we are about to forget the past of the 'church' and think that everything is at peace, just right before the other side will one day show its ugly face again.


Time Changer (2002), by Rich Christiano (9*)

A great movie - Warmly recommended.

When a brother recommended this movie, I was at first skeptical.

The title nor the motion picture appears any Christian. But watching the movie, I was greatly surprised about a profound and very edifying movie. It is apparent that the makers used an extraordinary portion of fantasy for this movie, but this stretch is surely inspired by the Spirit.

Every one of us would do good to go mentally back in time, may it just be to the 80s, to see a glimpse of the decent and much more moral world we are currently losing at a speed of transformation and especially transgression never seen before.

Today we sadly do not consider many things as transgression anymore, things which would have been scandalous just a few decades ago. Today many of us are quick to call fundamentalist, what would have been utterly normal or regarded as high good back then.


The Ultimate Gift (2006), by Michael O. Sajbel (7*)

Morally an excellent movie, but definitely not a Christian one. 

I am somehow surprised.

Surprised about a beautiful movie, and a magnificent storyline I did not expect. But also surprised why this movie has been, and is being endorsed as a Christian movie.

Yes, there are some scenes inside a room with a statue of Christ and the name of 'God' is mentioned. Yes, there is quite a transformation of an arrogant and selfish guy toward a person he himself did not even know that existed within him. There are a lot of elements that are morally good.

But morals are, although being part of Christianity, equally found in the world. Moral does not make someone a Christian, but only the proclamation to follow JESUS. Now JESUS is not even mentioned in this movie, neither does the main actor find any kind of salvation in this movie. He became a better person, but spiritually not an inch closer to eternity with THEOS than before. This might be a hard pill for some, but the Bible does not teach us that becoming a better I than you had been before, makes you a Christian. Such stories are beautiful, but to be really saved we need to accept the offer for salvation from JESUS CHRIST.

No amount of good deeds and charities and donations will bring you into Eternity. Only to follow Him, and then of course plus the good deeds that follow this decision.


Undaunted... The Early Life of Josh McDowell (2011), by Cristobal Krusen (8*)

Highly encouraging biography.

This biography is truly remarkable and well recommended to watch.

What a beautiful testimony of a family that converted from violence, deceit, abuse, drunkenness, hate, suicide and near murder - to a widely restored family of forgiveness, love, compassion and most importantly of faith in THEOS.

He allows a lot of suffering when every member of a family is rejecting Him, but only one member of the family already changed the whole trajectory.

THEOS obviously loves to write stories as such, with some stark contrasts between good and evil, making a powerful testimony to the world and a further motivation to seek him.

PROS

+ Very powerful testimony.

+ They put a lot of effort into adapting his different stages of life with the proper settings.

+ Just about right length.

CONS

- It was kind of shocking to hear in such testimony the two evil names of C. S. Lewis and Billy Graham. This is very sad, but hopefully it was simply a lack of discernment and not a conscious endorsement of the evil within the 'Christian' world.