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September 5, 2014 / Pastor George Fike

Two great films for your family

The last picture I reviewed was “Noah” – definitely not a family movie.  I want to recommend two new films to you that are outstanding for your family.  They support true Christian values: discipline, perseverance, faith that God wants the best for you.  In fact, the Bible verse that I think spiritually undergirds both of these films is:

“For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.” 2 Chronicles 16:9

When the Game Stands Tall


The first film is already playing in theaters as of this writing. “When the Game Stands Tall” tells the story of De La Salle High School in California and its coach Bob Ladouceur at the end of its record-breaking 151 game win streak spanning 1992 and 2003. Why should you see it?  A great story about character.  SPWA president Steve Bersch noted that the themes in the film transcend sports and cinema: “At its core, this is a timeless and universal story about character, hard work and love”.   (from Wikipedia) Also, the football action is great, at the level of Friday Night Lights.

Check out the trailer below:

The Identical



The second movie will open soon.  It is called “The Identical.”  And let’s get this out of the way: the story owes a lot to the “King of Rock and Roll.”  The lead actor, Blake Rayne, definitely has the same style and look as Elvis Presley.  The story is total fiction, but the point of the story is being true to the gifts and calling of God.  Why see it?  Besides the uplifting message, Ray Liotta is a must-see.  This is probably the finest acting he has done.  And thankfully, his portrayal of a hellfire and brimstone preacher goes beyond the typical Hollywood distortion and exudes honesty and passion for Christ.

Check out the trailer:

We need to reward brave Christian producers by supporting these films.  Only if they are profitable will Hollywood continue to produce such.  Will they win Academy Awards?  Probably not.  But they present excellent examples of Christian values.  How many other films do that?


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