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Trailer: “Cutback”

by Dr. D ~

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Looks good! A new Christian movie coming soon from SkipStone Pictures. Watch the trailer below.

Here’s a link to the movie website

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-Toy Story 3 (G)

by Dr. D ~

Theater release: June 18, 2010 by Pixar Animation Studios; Directed by: Lee Unkrich; Runtime: 1 hour 43 minutes; Cast: Tom Hanks (Woody), Tim Allen (Buzz), Joan Cusack (Jessie), Ned Beatty (Lotso), Don Rickles (Mr. Potato Head).

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The best ‘Toy Story’ of all. An actual adventure with all sorts of good lessons and fun. I took two of my grandchildren to see it-ages 4 and 12- and both liked it. Usually in animated movies I get in a wonderful nap but not this time. Woody and Buzz are back along with Jessie and the potato heads.

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Andy is all grown up now and getting ready to head for college. What to do with all of his old toys? Store them, give ‘em away or dump ‘em. That is the dilemma– the toys are facing an uncertain future.

Through a number of unforeseen circumstances the toys end up at a day care center being mistreated by toddlers during the day and imprisoned by a toy mobster at night.

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The greatest fun was had when Barbie meets up with Ken there. It is delightful and hilarious when Ken does a private showing of his extensive wardrobe.

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A ‘Lots-o’-Huggin’ Bear’- Lotso for short ends up being the villain that acts like a mobster who tries to enslave our hero toys. In the process of escaping from Lotso’s organization Woody and the rest end up at the dump. For small children this part of the story is the scariest of all. For old guys like me too!

However, all ends up well as the toys help each other out and eventually find themselves in another very fine home. Obviously more stories to come.

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-Trailer: “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of The Dawn Treader”

by Dr. D ~

Here’s the trailer of the 3rd Narnia movie: “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of The Dawn Treader”

On December 10th, “The Voyage of The Dawn Treader” debuts bringing us back to the magic and wonder of C.S. Lewis’ beloved world via the fantastic ship, The Dawn Treader. Can’t wait, the trailer is awesome!

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-Law & Order Cancelled

by Dr. D ~

It lasted for 20 years and was nearly the longest running prime time show ever except for the venerable Gunsmoke. Now comes the word that Law and Order has been cancelled.

image In response, Instapundit made the following observation:

“IT MOVED LEFT, HEMORRHAGED VIEWERS, and now Law & Order has been cancelled.”

I personally stopped watching the show for that very reason. It became a trite presentation of the latest leftist cause de jour. They portrayed conservatives as bad, religionists worse, and politicians on the right the very worst—week after week. Only the quality of the show kept middle America from deserting it sooner.            *Top

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-Comedy Central Developing a ‘Jesus Christ’ Cartoon Show?

by Dr. D ~

image Comedy Central is said to be developing a new half-hour cartoon show called- “JC” .  It’s about Jesus Christ living ‘regular’ life in New York city trying escape the shadow of his "powerful but apathetic father".

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-Lord Save Us From Your Followers

by Dr. D ~

Coming on DVD: April 20,2010

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Review by Dana Chaffin

     Lord Save Us From Your Followers will be released on DVD April 20, 2010.  This is a humorous and insightful documentary about how America views Christians.  It answers the question, “Why is the gospel of love dividing America?”   The film does not add to the fight between “Us” vs. “Them”, but has a conversation with those who believe and oppose the Christian faith.  It is very entertaining and is meant to wake the Church up to see how others view our tactics.                     

“No one ever converted to Christianity because they lost the argument.”

  -Phillip Yancey, author, Rumors of Another World

Lord Save Us From Your Followers is a thought provoking documentary that demonstrates how Americans view Christianity.  It does not add fuel to the fire, but shows both sides and how their tactics are being viewed from the other side.  It is very surprising that statistics show that 9 out 10 Americans claim to be Christian.  So what’s all this “Cultural Wars” fighting about?  The writer/director, Dan Merchant, explains that a lot of the groups, in this so-called fight, cannot think outside their own beliefs.  Most are not willing to have a conversation with anyone from the other side, so we just shake our fists and scream our beliefs expecting to be heard.  I can not see any evidence that this is working.  People are talking about Christians from Politicians to athletes and preachers to students, but are they speaking of them positively?  This film uses interviews on the streets, with people opposing Christianity, with celebrities, and even an unusual confessional booth to show how each side sees the other.  It makes viewers stop and really think about how Christianity is being portrayed and is this how Jesus would approach it?  But some believe today there are so many issues – homosexuality, abortions, various other religions – how can we get our values across?  Through the interviews you will see that we are not doing it very well!  I think Dan Merchant says it best “I found that most people that have a problem with Christians don’t have a problem with Jesus!”

Lord Save Us From Your Followers is a must see for both Christians and non-Christians.  It does not condemn either side, but in fact shows how we can improve our relationships.  Isn’t that what Christianity is all about?  It proves that actions speak louder than words and that whoever screams the loudest does not win!  How did Jesus’ message of compassion, love, mercy, and empathy turn into fighting?  This film clarifies that as Christians we must act like Him!  Please visit www.lordsaveusthemovie.com to find out more information.               *Top

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-Letters to God (PG)

by Dr. D ~

Theater release: April 9,2010, A David Nixon Film; Cast: Jeffrey S. Johnson (Brady), Robyn Lively (Maddy), Tanner Maguire (Tyler), Maree Cheatham (Olivia), Michael Bolten (Ben), Bailee Madison (Samantha “Sam”), Ralph Waite (Mr. Perryfield), L. Derek Leonidoff (Pastor Andy Dugger).

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Review by Dana Chaffin

     Letters to God, an inspiring faith based film, opens in theaters April 9, 2010.  The story is extremely touching, inspired by a true story, and the hope beyond the movie is unstoppable.  The message is about hope and trusting God, no matter the circumstances.  The production is high-quality with an outstanding cast and crew.  It is produced by David Nixon (Facing the Giants, Fireproof) and written by Patrick Doughtie, the actual Tyler’s father.

The Story

    Letters to God is the heartwarming story of a young boy’s battle with cancer and how he touches the lives of those around him.  Tyler Doherty (Tanner Maguire) is an 8 year old boy diagnosed with a rare brain cancer.  He writes letters to God asking Him to help those around him deal with his cancer.  He explains that his letters are like texting your best friend.  Tyler sees the stress his mom, Maddie (Robyn Lively) is under trying to run the family after his father passes away.  He unselfishly asks God to help his mom laugh again.  He is concerned about what his family and friends will do after he is gone.  Not once does he complain or question why he has cancer.  The postman Brady McDaniels (Jeffrey Johnson), going through his own battles with alcohol abuse and a bitter divorce, receives the letters.  He is confused with what to do with the letters at first, but finds himself on a mission for God. 

Beyond the movie

Letters to God is more than just a movie; it is a movement of hope.  The official website, www.letterstogodthemovie.com, offers a multitude of information and encouragement.  There you can watch the movie’s trailer, find theaters showing the film, preorder the soundtrack, find resources about cancer, and write your own letter to God.  

Letters to God is a powerful film of how one boy moves those around him to look to God for answers.  It is very well done with an experienced cast and crew.   Although the film tackles the issue of a young boy with cancer, the message is of hope.  God can use any situation to bring people into a relationship with Him, even a young boy’s letter.  See the movie, visit the website, and join the movement of hope!

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-How to Train Your Dragon (PG)

by Dr. D ~

Theater release: March 26, 2010 by Dreamworks Animation/Paramount; Directed by: Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois; Runtime: 1 hour 39 minutes; Cast: Jay Baruchel (Hiccup), Gerard Butler (Stoick), Craig Ferguson (Gobber), American Ferrera (Astrid), Jonah Hill (Snotlout), David Tennant (Spitelout), Christopher Mintx-Plasse (Fishlegs).

imageOne of the best animation flicks that I have seen in a long time. I took my grandson to see it and didn’t really expect much but rather than getting comfortable and taking a nap, I actually watched the whole thing and really enjoyed it.

The film presents a fantasy world where a Viking village is constantly under attack by dragons. the villagers had become expert dragon fighters and expert on dragons, so they thought. Meanwhile, our film hero Hiccup tries to become a dragon fighter but fails. When he finally brings down a dragon he finds that he cannot finish the job and kill him. He is a complete disappointment to his father.

He secretly befriends the dragon he could not kill and in the process learn more about the dragons than anyone else in the village. In his training to learn to fight dragons he is able to hold his own with every dangerous variety known. His only weakness is that he refuses to finish them off. Which is perceived as a weakness by his father.

The girl that he really likes –Astrid, finally finds out about his secret friend and in the end the reluctant warrior saves the day, gets the girl, and gains the respect of his father and everyone else in his village including the dragons.            *Top 

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-Amish Grace

by Dr. D ~

*TV Premiere: Sunday March 28, 2010 on LMN at 8pm ET

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Review by Dana Chaffin

Amish Grace will air Sunday March, 28, 2010 on Lifetime Movie Network (LMN) at 8 pm ET.  This movie is a touching story based on true events of tragedy, faith, and forgiveness.  An Amish community endured a great tragedy, but they never lost faith.  The scenes of prayer, faith, and forgiveness are outstanding.

     Amish Grace the movie is based on the book Amish Grace: How Forgiveness Transcended Tragedy by Donald B. Kraybill, Steven M. Nolt, and David L. Weaver-Zercher.  On October 2, 2006 at an Amish community schoolhouse in Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania a disturbed man upsets the peaceful community.  He enters the one room schoolhouse shooting 10 young girls, killing 5 and critically injuring the other 5 girls before killing himself.  This movie does not concentrate on the murders, but more so about the unbelievable forgiveness offered by the Amish community.  Immediately after the community was turned upside down, Amish leaders go to the home of the shooter offering forgiveness and compassion to his widow.  Even the father of one of the deceased girls offers comfort to the widow.  The movie highlights facts of the actual events that caught national media attention.  The incredible cast includes stars like: Kimberly Williams-Paisley (According to Jim, Father of the Bride) and Matt Letscher (Medium, Brothers & Sisters, Boston Legal).

Amish Grace is extremely inspirational and illustrates that faith can overcome even the most tragic circumstances.  Luke 6:37 says, “Forgive, and you will be forgiven.”  As Christians we are to forgive, even our enemies.  There is a lot to learn from the forgiveness in this film.  This is an emotional movie so be sure to have plenty of tissues.

     You can find out more about the book, print a study guide, find forgiveness resources, and more at www.amishgrace.com.

Amish Grace airs Sunday March 28, 2010 on LMN at 8pm ET. Go to www.mylifetime.com to watch the movie trailer and read more about the movie.             *Top

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-Green Zone: Another Hollywood Anti-Iraq War Flop- Will They Ever learn?

by Dr. D ~

image Heavy PR and advertizing notwithstanding, Green Zone opened with a miserable $14.3 million box office over the last weekend. The film was shown in over 3,000 theaters which is usually reserved for potential hits only to fall on its proverbial face. When will Hollywood ever learn. It joins a dozen or so failed anti-Bush anti-war conspiracy films that seems to dominate the thinking in this liberal leaning industry. They spend hundreds of $millions on films like this and then wonder why no one pays to see them. <<Read the rest on my Main page>>                 *Top

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