Category: Movie Reviews

Movie Review-Stranger Than Fiction

strangerthanfiction_bigearlyposter.jpgby Rick Pidcock

IRS agent Harold Crick is the living definition of doing all things “decently and in order.”  From counting the number of times he brushes each tooth, and counting the steps that it takes to get to the busstop, to calculating the amount of time that he spends on his coffee break, Harold’s life is completely structured.

What makes his life so complicated, however, is the fact that his every move is narrated by a voice in his head.  Little did he know that the voice was that of an author who was writing a book in which he was the central character. (more…)

Movie Review-Facing the Giants

by Rick Pidcock

facing-the-giants-dvd.jpgfacing-the-giants-dvd.jpgShiloh Christian Academy is your stereotypical small, Christian school with mildly apathetic students and a sports program that is well below average.  With some athletes leaving for better opportunities at bigger schools, and others transferring in due to disciplinary problems, head football coach Grant Taylor definitely has his giants to face.

Not to be outdone by his failures as a coach, is his inability to have children with his wife.  After four years of trying to have kids, they are both feeling hopeless.

Both of these trials, along with a smelly house, a broken down car, and angry boosters drive Coach Taylor to his knees.

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“The Screwtape Letters” Coming Soon

In May 2008, C.S. Lewis’s book The Screwtape Letters will be released nationwide.  Except this time, it will be at the theater.

Christianity Today reports:

“Walden Media, the company that brought The Chronicles of Narnia to the silver screen, has recently announced its intention of adapting yet another C.S. Lewis work.

The Screwtape Letters, one of Lewis’ more adult-themed pieces of fiction, is now set for a release in May 2008, with Ralph Winter Productions set to produce it.

The movie attempts to tap into the crossover popularity of the author whose first adaptation, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, pulled in $744 million worldwide, according to Variety. The sequel to this, Prince Caspian, is expected to release next year.

The Screwtape Letters is a book that takes on the form of a series of letters written from a senior devil, Screwtape, to a subordinate, Wormtongue. In the letters, the elder gives advice on how to secure the damnation of an earthly man who the letters refer to as ‘the Patient.'”

You can read the entire Christianity Today article here.

Movie Review-The Nativity Story

by Rick Pidcock

poster_1024.jpgA couple of weeks ago, a new movie came out called “The Nativity Story.”  A local radio station sponsored an opportunity for pastors to view the movie before its release.  However, due to scheduling conflicts, I was not able to make it.  And due to financial constraints, I will not be able to see it this year. 

Since the movie is about the incarnation of Christ, I thought it would be good to point you to a review by Bob Kauflin.  Please take a moment to read what he has to say concerning the movie.  You can read his review here.

Evangelistic Opportunities At Living Worship

By Rick Pidcock

A little over six months ago, I ventured off into the world of blogging.  And I must say that it has given me some really good opportunities to explore the gospel more thoroughly as well as develop my writing.

Another thing that has been encouraging is the unexpected evangelistic opportunities that have come through this blog.  I just thought I would share a few examples with you.  (more…)

Movie Review-The Terminal

by Rick Pidcock 

Last night, we gathered together with a group from our church to watch the Tom Hanks comedy The Terminal.  While most of our reviewed movies so far have had more clear messages, this one seemed to be just simply a funny movie, rather than a movie with a point. 

However, there are a number of key elements within this movie that ultimately point us to the gospel.  (more…)

Spiderman-Who’s THE Hero?

by Rick Pidcock 

Our series on having a gospel-centered view of entertainment continues with another movie review.  This time—Spiderman. 

1. What are the overall messages of the movie?

When I first saw Spiderman, I must admit that I was having a rather difficult time finding more than just one or two themes.  But I think that there are a number of beneath the surface messages that will serve very helpful to us.  (more…)