God’s Not Dead: A Light in Darkness (movie)

A church destroyed. A congregation silenced. A relationship shattered. Yet even in life’s darkest valleys, a small flame can light the way toward healing and hope.

A deadly fire rips through St. James Church, devastating the congregation and Pastor Dave. Adjoining Hadleigh University uses the tragedy to kick the congregation off campus. The escalating controversy creates a dilemma for the small church—can Christians fight for their rights and be the light for Christ at the same time?

Facing a court case and his own struggle to see Christ’s light in heartbreak, Dave asks for help from Pearce, his estranged brother—a big-city lawyer and an atheist—to fight for the church’s right to exist. The family reunion opens old wounds, as the brothers wrestle with the questions that pulled them apart years ago: Is God really good all the time? Where is God when bad things happen? Can Christ really heal the brokenhearted?movie’s website


This is the third installment in the God’s Not Dead franchise and although I have now watched all three, I can’t fully recommend them. I find that they oversimplify Christian faith and the endings are almost too neat and tidy to be realistic. This one was no different. However, saying all of that, I really liked the line towards the end of the movie that went something like, “It’s easy to know what the church is against, but it’s getting harder to know what it stands for.” I think the creators of the movies have good intentions of creating a movie that will mobilize Christians to stand up for their faith even when it differs from society, although the storyline in which they chose to do this won’t resonate with everyone and it could have been done in a better way.

“DVD has been provided courtesy of Pure Flix and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.”

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God Bless the Broken Road (movie)

God Bless the Broken Road tells the story of a young mother who loses her husband in Afghanistan and struggles to raise their young daughter in his absence. The film combines elements of faith, country music, and stock car racing while paying tribute to those who serve in the United States Military. – from movie’s website

I thought this movie was decently done cinematically and the scenes moved the story along. However, the storyline itself was cliché and the scenes mentioning God directly seemed forced. They didn’t come across as natural as I would have liked. My favorite part was probably when they included Micah Tyler, a Christian musician, and his music in the movie in one of the scenes. If someone is looking for a nice feel-good faith movie, this fits the bill. It fits into the faith film category so don’t if you don’t want overtly Christian themes, this movie isn’t for you.

“Film has been provided courtesy of Pacific Northwest Pictures and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.”

Paul, Apostle of Christ movie

PAUL, APOSTLE OF CHRIST is the story of two men. Luke, as a friend and physician, risks his life when he ventures into the city of Rome to visit Paul, who is held captive in Nero’s darkest, bleakest prison cell. But Nero is determined to rid Rome of Christians, and does not flinch from executing them in the grisliest ways possible. Before Paul’s death sentence can be enacted, Luke resolves to write another book, one that details the beginnings of “The Way” and the birth of what will come to be known as the church.

Bound in chains, Paul’s struggle is internal. He has survived so much—floggings, shipwreck, starvation, stoning, hunger and thirst, cold and exposure—yet as he waits for his appointment with death, he is haunted by the shadows of his past misdeeds. Alone in the dark, he wonders if he has been forgotten . . . and if he has the strength to finish well.

Two men struggle against a determined emperor and the frailties of the human spirit in order to live out the Gospel of Jesus Christ and spread their message to the world. – from movie’s website


When I heard about this movie, I was curious about how they were going to portray Paul’s life. I was pleased with how they did it. One of my favorite parts of the movie was how they incorporated actual passages from the Bible with lines spoken by the characters and they felt authentic coming from them in their contexts. Of course, there was creative license within the movie because no one knows the whole story and they had to make it into a story that worked for a film. Even with the creative liberties taken, it seemed like it could happen that way and it followed what is given to us in the Bible.

The movie also reminded me of things I don’t normally think of, such as Luke never actually meeting Christ on earth despite writing one of the Gospels and that he was a Greek not a Jew. Another reason I was looking forward to this movie was because the actor who played Jesus in the Passion of the Christ, Jim Caviezel, was in it. This movie was not nearly as gory as the Passion of the Christ but the violence and gore were implied and we were shown enough to know what was going on.

Overall, I think it was a great movie and I would recommend it for people to watch.

“Film has been provided courtesy of Sony Entertainment Releasing Canada (Affirm Films) and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.”

Samson movie

Samson is based on the powerful, biblical epic of a champion chosen by God to deliver Israel. His supernatural strength and impulsive decisions quickly pit him against the oppressive Philistine empire. After being betrayed by a wicked prince and a beautiful temptress, Samson is captured and blinded by his enemies. Samson calls upon his God once more for supernatural strength and turns imprisonment and blindness into final victory. – from film’s website


Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to see a screening of the whole movie yet, but I was given the opportunity to watch a montage of various scenes from the movie, ahead of its release.

From the scenes I watched, it appeared well done cinematically which is often a knock against Christian films. It would have been nice to see how scenes transitioned into one another to see if they worked well. Despite the story of Samson including a lot of fighting and killing, from the scenes I saw, it was fairly clean. In one of the scenes see a severed head with a little blood on it but never see the part of the head where it was severed. There are other scenes where you know killing is going on but you don’t see much of the blood or gore of it. With how Samson is portrayed, you can easily see how he let Delilah trick him. I would have liked to see how they ended the movie because of how it ends in the actual story or if they changed it. Overall from what I saw, it is fairly accurate to the biblical story, although like usual they added things that weren’t in the original, and would be okay as a family movie as long as you’re aware that there is a lot of fighting and killing.

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All Saints movie

ALL SAINTS is based on the inspiring true story of salesman-turned-pastor Michael Spurlock (John Corbett), the tiny church he was ordered to shut down, and a group of refugees from Southeast Asia. Together, they risked everything to plant seeds for a future that might just save them all.

After trading in his corporate sales career to become a pastor, Michael’s first assignment is All Saints, a quaint country church with a dozen members. It comes with a catch: he has to close the church doors for good and sell the prime piece of land on which it sits. While developers eagerly eye the property and the congregation mourns the inevitable, Michael and his family look forward to moving on to an established church where they can put down roots.

But when the church hesitantly begins welcoming Karen (kuh-REN) refugees from Burma—former farmers striving for a fresh start in America—Michael feels called to an improbable new mission. Toiling alongside the Karen people, the congregation attempts to turn their fertile land into a working farm to pay the church’s bills and feed its newest people.

Jeopardizing his family’s future by ignoring his superiors, Michael must choose between completing what he was assigned to do—close the church and sell the property—or listening to a still, small voice challenging the people of All Saints to risk it all and provide much-needed hope to their new community. – from movie’s website


All Saints is an inspirational story based on a true story. It contains clean humor and was well done cinematically for the genre. I think my favorite line of the movie is when Forest says, “Only chickens I got is in a KFC box.” Some acting moments felt more forced than others but it didn’t detract from the storyline and the humor wasn’t too cheesy like you sometimes find in Christian movies. I’m not sure how it would appeal to people who aren’t Christians because of some of the Christian lingo and some of the jokes about denominations. However, I didn’t feel like it was overdone. I hope this film makes Christians think about what they’re doing to help other people, especially people with less than them and minorities. As a faith film, I didn’t find it cringe-worthy like a lot of them out there and I laughed numerous times because I found it funny and not because it was ridiculously cliché and cheesy. I also loved how a lot of the Karen people played themselves in the movie and that the movie was set at the real All Saints church.