On January 23, Forbes reports that ” ‘Kung Fu Panda 3’ Kicks Up Awesome $6.5M In China Preview,” demonstating the interest in family movies around the world. This family movie is due in American theaters January 29. ( See Movieguide.org for reviews that include the philosophical basis and worldviews of movies, including popuar family or animated movies which may seem innocent but promote some harmful ideas. “Kung Fu Panda 3” has references to Eastern religions throughout, for example.)
Although as we are finding more violence, immorality, and evil on TV and in movies, we also continue to see a growing Renaissance of artistry and Reformation of content with redemptive and family movies continuing in popularity and success around the world. Although there are increasing stark contrasts in acceptability in TV and movie offerings, there are more and more suitable movies for individuals, families, and groups that are entertaining and authentic but also hopeful, uplifting, and redemptive. There are also more reviews and information for people to find redemptive and family TV and movies.
As we look ahead at what is coming to theaters in 2016, we see that many good family and redemptive movies are due for the rest of the year. These include (with dates known at this time, although dates for release can change): “The Pastor,” January 25, “Kung Fu Panda 3,” January 29; “Providence,” February 12; “Race,” February 19; “Risen,” February 19; “Young Messiah,” March 11; “Miracles from Heaven,” March 18; “The Little Prince,” March 18; “God’s not Dead 2,” April 1; “The Jungle Book,” April 15; “I’m Not Ashamed,” April 20; “Same Kind of Different as Me,” April 29; “Finding Dory,” June 17; “BFG,” July 1; “Captain America: Civil War,” May 6; “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2,” June 3; “Star Trek Beyond,” July 22 ; “Ben-Hur,” August 12, “Pete’s Dragon,” August 12; and “Star Wars: Rogue One,” December 16.
On January 23, The American Thinker gives a penetrating and sobering review of the movie “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” which has opened recently in theaters this week. This movie is based on tragic true events when our American ambassador was murdered by terrorists during an attack at a U.S. compound in Libya. It also deals with how the security team struggles to respond to and make sense out of the American lack of support. This movie also depicts the courage and sacrifice of the men who fought to save the lives of their fellow citizens in Benghazi against overwhelming force. Sonoma Christian Home (SCH) has provided quotations from the film, “…Faith teaches you how to live with courage, how to live with honor, gives you something to strive for. To me, that’s the American spirit….I’ve always had that strong relationship with God. And that’s what’s gotten me through in life.” This R-rated movie is not suitable for families, but it is an important movie for adults.
On January 23, Mojo Box Office reports its latest data on movies in theaters that are worthwhile for various ages with viewer discretion recommended: number five “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” (PG-13, teens and adults); number seven “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” (R, adults); number ten, “Norm of the North” (PG, all ages); number 12 “Brooklyn” (PG-13, teens and adults); number fifteen “Joy” (PG-13, teens and adults); number 19 “Creed”(PG-13, teens and adults); number twenty-one “Concussion (2015)” (PG-13, teens and adults); number twenty-two “The Martian” (PG-13, teens and adults); and number 24 “The Peanuts Movie” (G, all ages). (Movieguide.org, Sonoma Christian Home.com, and Dove.org provide valuable reviews, stories, trailers and more for these movies.)
“Caged No More” is now in theaters. (See Christian Cinema.com for information and reviews of faith-based movies like “Caged No More.”) The Bolshoi Ballet’s “The Taming of the Shrew” is in select theaters January 24 and the Metropolitan Opera’s “Turandot Live” is in select cinemas January 31.
Further, many other promising family and redemptive movies are in development for theaters: “Left Behind 2,” “Full of Grace,” “Do You Believe 2,” “The Resurrection of Gavin Stone,” “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair,” “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Magician’s Nephew,” “Ten Commandments,” “King David,” “Apostle Paul'”(with Hugh Jackman), “Pontius Pilate,” “Butterfly Circus,” “The Adventures of Tintin 2,” “Touchdown on the Tundra,” “Wanted,” and a slate of HD Texas movies.
Furthermore, Disney live-action remakes of classic animated family movies in development include: “Aladdin,” “The Jungle Book,” “Mulan,” “Dumbo,” Winnie the Pooh,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Pinocchio,” “Fantasia,” “Tinker Bell,” and “Chip ‘n’ Dale.”
Even in the midst of “this present darkness” and danger in our world in what has been “The Worst of Times,” the Reformation of content and Renaissance of artistry in media prevails and continues making it in many ways the “The Best of Times” with more of the Best yet to come.
The top pick movie in theaters this week for adults for timely relevance continues as “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi.” The top pick movie for families in theaters this week is “The Peanuts Movie.”