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  • MOVIES: Ben Hur & 'Hollywood's golden age'

    by Phil Boatwright, posted Wednesday, January 11, 2017 (one year ago)

    Movie critic Phil Boatwright is saddened that the newest generation of youth is unfamiliar with movies from the past. "But why should they be?" Boatwright asks. "They are bombarded by entertainment venues that neglect Hollywood's golden age" that gave us such classics as "Ben Hur." Read More

  • MOVIES: Greatest moments ever

    by Phil Boatwright , posted Monday, October 10, 2016 (2 years ago)

    Admitting that Hollywood has never been "a beacon of religious propriety," movie critic Phil Boatwright offers his list of greatest movie moments that steal the show. Read More

  • MOVIES: Setting the world straight in 2016

    by Phil Boatwright, posted Friday, July 29, 2016 (2 years ago)

    As political leaders, social activists and the entertainment industry seemingly seek to reconstruct our nation ideologically, writes Phil Boatwright, the movie critic recommends the love of Christ to the rescue. Read More

  • MOVIES: 'Spiritual profundity' on big screen

    by Phil Boatwright, posted Thursday, April 28, 2016 (2 years ago)

    Movie critic Phil Boatwright shares spiritual lessons amplified on the silver screen. "It's rare to get spiritual profundity at the movies, but occasionally, Hollywood is helpful," he writes. Read More

  • MOVIES: Why I stopped going to movies

    by Phil Boatwright, posted Friday, April 15, 2016 (2 years ago)

    "Frankly, I'd be embarrassed watching many of last year's movies with my mom, or on a first date, or with Jesus by my side," movie reviewer Phil Boatwright laments. "Hollywood (generally) isn't feeding that part of me that will live on." Read More

  • MOVIES: 'God's Not Dead 2'

    by Phil Boatwright, posted Thursday, March 24, 2016 (2 years ago)

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. (BP) -- "God's Not Dead 2," the sequel to the 2014 film about religious freedom of expression, reminds us that in an age when just about everything of a secular or sexual nature is freely discussed in the classroom, Jesus is not allowed to enter.

    The dramatic sequel from Pure Flix Entertainment concerns a high school teacher who finds herself in legal hot water merely for answering a student's question about Jesus.

    Containing a significant insight, God's Not Dead 2 (rated PG) has its main protagonist facing discrimination and oppression, sending the message that at some point we each may be ... Read More

  • MOVIES: Hollywood & 'The Young Messiah'

    by Phil Boatwright, posted Thursday, March 10, 2016 (2 years ago)

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. (BP) -- "The Young Messiah," a new film based on an Ann Rice novel, presents a unique perspective concerning mankind's Savior. In this latest big-screen adaptation, Christ the child and his family are coming to terms with His divine nature as they journey home from the seven-year Egyptian exile.

    I suspect theologians will now raise an eyebrow. When it comes right down to it, most films about Christ are somewhat speculative.

    Even when these films adhere to Scripture, they still include incidents, dialogue and inference that incorporate dramatic license. With Scripture and historical documents vague about this time in Christ's life, a movie built entirely around Jesus as a 7-year-old will arouse suspicion in many. Read More

  • MOVIES: The Holy Spirit at work

    by Phil Boatwright, posted Wednesday, February 17, 2016 (2 years ago)

    Of the many elements movies with a spiritual punch share, there is one inescapable component of a successful faith-based film: subtlety or, if you will, that gentle suggestion. Movie critic Phil Boatwright's gives his take on what makes or breaks a faith-based film. Read More

  • MOVIES: 'The Principle' and the significance of life

    by Phil Boatwright, posted Thursday, January 21, 2016 (2 years ago)

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. (BP) -- A documentary titled "The Principle" has inflamed the scientific community as it ultimately sides with the Christian worldview that in the beginning, God created all. Yay for us. But there could be a problem.

    In the words of Rick Delano, the documentary's writer/producer: "The Principle brings to light astonishing new scientific observations challenging the Copernican principle, the foundational assumption underlying the modern scientific worldview. The idea that the Earth occupies no special or favored position in the cosmos has launched the last two scientific revolutions -- the Copernican Revolution and Relativity -- and, as Lawrence Krauss has said, we could be on the verge of a third, with 'Copernicus coming back to haunt us.' Interviews with leading cosmologists are interspersed with the views of dissidents and mavericks, bringing into sharp focus the challenges and implications not only for cosmology, but for our cultural and religious view of reality." Read More

  • OSCARS: R-rating prevalent in Oscar nominees

    by Phil Boatwright, posted Friday, January 15, 2016 (2 years ago)

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. (BP) -- Recently I predicted that the majority of the films nominated this year as Oscar's best picture would be rated R. Guess what?

    I was right.

    No matter the genre, no matter the story, it appears that many in the land of make-believe equate serious subject matter with R-rated content. Because of this, most positive themes found in many motion pictures this past year are eclipsed by abusive and coarse content. ... Read More