- Facing the Giants (In Theaters Now)
In his six years of coaching, Grant Taylor has never had a winning season. Even the hope of a new season is squelched when the best player on his Shiloh Eagles decides to transfer schools. After losing their first three games of the season, the coach discovers a group of fathers are plotting to have him fired. Combined with pressures at home, Coach Taylor has lost hope in his battle against fear and failure.
However, an unexpected challenge helps him find a purpose bigger than just victories. Daring to trust God to do the impossible, Coach Taylor and the Eagles discover how faith plays out on the field … and off.
With God, all things are possible … (from the movie’s website)
- Love’s Abiding Joy (In Theaters Now)
Synopsis: Based on the novel by Janette Oke, grandparents Clark and Marty are reunited with their daughter and her family. Their hope and faith are tested, however, by an unforeseen tragedy (from Yahoo’s Movie page). This is the fourth in a series of movie adaptations of Jannete Oke’s bestselling series. The other movies are on DVD. This is the first one to be release in the theaters. I know it may seem a little cheesy, but the first three movies are good.
- One Night with the King (Opens Friday, October 13)
Synopsis: An epic motion picture set in an imaginative world of adventure, intrigue and romance, One Night With the King follows a young girl who rises from peasant to princess by going against the culture and seeking the King’s heart rather than the riches of the kingdom.By ‘chance’ she is born with exceeding beauty to a people who have been carried away as slaves to the most powerful kingdom in the world. By ‘chance’ her parents are killed while she is young leaving her to be taken in by her uncle, a man who has found favor as a royal scribe. By ‘chance’ the Queen is executed by the unknowing King, spurned on by the ruthless plotting of palace princes hungry for power. By ‘chance’ the King is left feeling alone, pushed and prodded, desperate to live up to and avenge the battles of his father. By ‘chance’ Esther is carted off to the palace to become part of the Kingís harem at the same time a vengeful young prime minister with the Kingís ear is rising to prominence with a plan for orchestrating the genocide of her people.
So begins the story of Esther, One Night With the King, a story that reveals that all of life is under God’s command. Power, position and prominence are one thing, but when Esther must choose between all she’s ever dreamed of and the fate of her people, will she be able to find the courage to step forward and embrace her destiny? (From the movie’s website)
- The Nativity Story (Opens December 2006)
Synopsis: This movie covers a two-year period of Mary and Joseph’s life, which culminates in their leaving Nazareth and journeying 100 miles to Bethlehem for the birth of Jesus. Tim Challies has a pre-review here. The movie website provides much more information, including a trailer. Additionally, there are a couple of unofficial blogs here and here which seek to chronicle the events leading up to the movies release.
- Rocky Balboa (Opens December 22, 2006)
Synopsis: Former heavyweight champion Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) steps out of retirement and back into the ring, pitting himself against a new rival decades after his initial glory. When a computer simulated boxing match declares Rocky Balboa the victor over current champion Mason “The Line” Dixon, the legendary fighter’s passion and spirit are reignited. But when his desire to fight in small, regional competitions is trumped by promoters calling for a rematch of the cyber-fight, Balboa must weigh the mental and physical risks of a high profile exhibition match against his need to be in the ring. (From Yahoo’s movie page) There is an official movie blog located here.
- Amazing Grace (Opens February 23, 2007)
- Synopsis: Ioan Gruffudd takes the powerful lead as Wilberforce, a firebrand politician known for his charm, wit and zeal. Undaunted by the boys’ club atmosphere amongst his colleagues, he is recognized early in his career as a man of great integrity and courage. A life-altering meeting with ex-slave Olaudauh Equiano (the feature debut of international music star Youssou N’Dour) inspires Wilberforce to confront the dehumanizing slave trade, an economic force so vital to the Establishment that it forces him into a fierce conflict with the most powerful people in the nation.
His friend – and future British Prime Minister – William Pitt (Benedict Cumberbatch) is an ideal foil. Pitt hews to the straight and narrow, while Wilberforce storms through the doors, hollering for reform. The pair harbour great hope for their country, but change is slow to arrive. Not to be defeated, Wilberforce, aided by a diverse coalition of allies, including former slave trader John Newton (Albert Finney), passionate abolitionist Thomas Clarkson (Rufus Sewell), and his spirited wife and political compatriot Barbara Spooner (Romola Garai), Wilberforce begins a movement that would ultimately change history.
Acclaimed filmmaker Michael Apted has crafted a brilliant account of his perseverance, showing how an exhausted Wilberforce musters the strength for the final, all-important effort against injustice. The film is lush with period detail and blessed with tremendous performances – including the matchless Finney as Newton, a former slave trader-turned-penitent man of the cloth, whose desperate guilt steels Wilberforce’s resolve in moments of doubt.
A powerful, stirring film, AMAZING GRACE is directed by Michael Apted and written by Steven Knight. The film is executive produced by Jeanney Kim and produced by Terrence Malick, Edward Pressman, Patricia Heaton, David Hunt, and Ken Wales. AMAZING GRACE is a presentation of Bristol Bay Productions. (From the official movie blog)