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  • 'Least of These' film opens Feb. 1

    by Michael Foust/The Alabama Baptist, posted Wednesday, January 30, 2019 (16 days ago)

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP) -- A missionary's murder that shocked the world 20 years ago is the focus of a movie opening in theaters this weekend -- and its filmmakers hope the project helps spark a renewed interest in long-term missions.

    "The Least of These" (PG-13) tells the story of Graham Staines, an Australian missionary who took medicine and the Gospel to India's lepers and was killed in 1999 for allegedly violating the region's laws against "forced" conversions. A subsequent investigation cleared his name and showed that everyone who became a Christian did so willingly.

    The film stars Stephen Baldwin as Staines; Shari Rigby ("October Baby," "Overcomer") as his wife Gladys; and Sharman Joshi as Manav, a newspaper journalist investigating Staines. Read More

  • 50 years of movie ratings in the spotlight

    by Lynde Langdon/WORLD , posted Wednesday, November 07, 2018 (3 months ago)

    ASHEVILLE, N.C. (BP) -- The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) last week celebrated the 50th birthday of the movie rating scale, which started as an attempt to ward off censors and became a part of the collective consciousness of U.S. moviegoers. The organization released survey results showing that 91 percent of American parents were familiar or very familiar with the G, PG, PG-13, R, and NC-17 classification system, and 95 percent thought it was helpful.

    "We could point to many factors behind the ratings' success," MPAA CEO Charles Rivkin wrote in an open letter. "But the clearest one of all comes directly from its founding mission: to maintain the trust and confidence of American parents." Read More

  • 'Gosnell' helps uncover 'horrors of abortion'

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, October 10, 2018 (4 months ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- A trio of forthcoming movies hailed by pro-life activists -- led by "Gosnell" opening Oct. 12 -- could influence Americans' thinking on abortion, critics say.

    Christians "have been behind the curve, and we're just now starting to realize the importance" of promoting the sanctity of unborn life through film, Christian filmmaker and media consultant Phil Cooke told Baptist Press. Gosnell's potential impact is indicated by "just how furious people on the other side, the pro-abortion people, have been in trying to stop the movie, trying to reduce its credibility, trying to not get it aired in theaters." Read More

  • MOVIES: From Tinker Bell to Wonder Woman

    by Phil Boatwright, posted Wednesday, July 25, 2018 (6 months ago)

    Phil Boatwright suggests films that can entertain families from young to old. "Isn't it more fun to share a good film with someone you love?" he asks. Read More

  • MOVIES: There's no expiration date on art

    by Phil Boatwright, posted Tuesday, May 29, 2018 (8 months ago)

    In defense of old movies, Phil Boatwright believes some memorable scenes can elevate a soul "with the same visual profundity" as Michelangelo's "Pieta" in St. Peter's Basilica. Read More

  • CHRISTMAS MOVIES: Beyond 'Ho, Ho, Ho'

    by Phil Boatwright, posted Wednesday, December 20, 2017 (one year ago)

    Phil Boatwright looks beyond traditional Christmastime fare at some cinematic treasures that convey themes for reflection during this season of celebrating Christ's birth. Read More

  • 'Genesis: Paradise Lost' docudrama back 1 final night

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, December 05, 2017 (one year ago)

    PENSACOLA, Fla. (BP) -- A docudrama defending the Genesis 1 creation story is back in theaters one final night Dec. 11, producer Eric Hovind has announced.

    "Genesis: Paradise Lost" will show creation unfold in 3-D animation that Hovind described as utilizing "cutting-edge cinematography, trusted creation science and biblical accuracy" in a Nov. 28 press release. A panel discussion including historians, researchers, scientists and Christian leaders is included in the production.

    "Over the past 150 years, we have seen an increasing attack on the idea that God created the heavens and the earth," said Hovind, president of the ministry Creation Today. "By focusing on creation and the science behind it, 'Genesis: Paradise Lost' will reinforce how the universe was intelligently designed by a divine Creator." Read More

  • MOVIES: Steve McQueen film more than 'celebrity salute'

    by Phil Boatwright, posted Wednesday, September 27, 2017 (one year ago) photo
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- "Steve McQueen: American Icon" premieres theatrically nationwide for one night only, Sept. 28. Why do I mention it?

    My reason has to do with the fact that this documentary isn't just another celebrity salute. Rather, it's a revealing biography of a tormented man seeking and ultimately finding redemption -- through Jesus Christ. Viewing it, one can see God's guiding hands at work.

    The new film about screen idol Steve McQueen ("Bullitt," "The Towering Inferno," ... Read More

  • OSCARS: 'Excessive,' 'overdose of snarky humor'

    by Phil Boatwright, posted Monday, February 27, 2017 (one year ago)

    BP file photo.
    KANSAS CITY, Kan. (BP) -- Despite the $200,000 gift bags each major Oscar contestant would receive and the gastronomic delight that would later be served up by Wolfgang Puck, there were some awfully grim faces on the Dolby Theater stage throughout last night's Oscar telecast.

    In addition to Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway announcing the wrong film as Best Picture, dark clouds seemed to form each time President Trump's agendas were mentioned. And they came up a lot. Read More

  • 'The Shack' film stirs debate as did preceding book

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, February 27, 2017 (one year ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- A fictional and emotionally destroyed Mack Phillips answers a mysterious invitation to a remote, isolated cabin. There he finds a trinity of fatherly love in a woman named "Papa" whose cohorts teach Phillips forgiveness and the faith to run on water -- literally.

    It's the synopsis of the movie "The Shack," based on William Paul Young's New York Times bestseller and award-winning book by the same title, that some described as a biblically sound parable. And as with the 2007 controversial book that sold more than 20 million copies, others are criticizing the movie as a farce that serves to ... Read More