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of Mind and Music

July 9, 2016 // 0 Comments

by ChristianCinema.com PG-13 97 min A lyrical and extraordinarily beautiful story woven together by the music that permeates New Orleans and the jazz that made it famous. Renowned Neuroscientist Dr. Alvaro Cruz (Joaquím De Almeida) returns home from a lecture in Paris and in his absence his mother has succumbed to Alzheimer’s disease.   As he decides to take some time off work and reconnect with the love of music he shared with his mother, finding solace in New Orleans’ French Quarter, he hears the mesmerizing voice of Una Vida (Aunjanue Ellis). After repeat visits to hear her sing, he realizes that she is suffering from Alzheimer’s and that her unconventional “family,” including fellow musician (Bill Cobbs), cannot cope with her declining health.   Cruz puzzles his wife, Angela (Sharon Lawrence), by seeking out Una Vida’s long lost son in hopes of finally giving her resolution to the grief, loss and longing that has overshadowed her difficult but [...]

Beyond The Mask

July 9, 2016 // 0 Comments

PG 104 min ChristianCinema.com The leading mercenary for the British East India Company, Will Reynolds has just been double-crossed and now is on the run in the American Colonies. Working to redeem his name and win back the affections of the woman with whom he’s never been fully truthful, Will now hides behind a new mask in hopes of thwarting his former employer. As his past life closes in on him, Will must somehow gain the trust and the help of his beloved Charlotte – as well as Ben Franklin – while he races against time to defuse a plot of historical proportions. A revolutionary new family film that brings history to life in a faith-filled adventure celebrating grace, liberty, and the true freedom that can only be found in Christ. 2016 GOLD Crown Award Winner for Best Youth Film! 2016 SILVER Crown Award Winner for Best Picture! 2016 BRONZE Crown Award Winner for Best Evangelistic [...]

The Age of Adaline

May 1, 2015 // 0 Comments

By Plugged In Content Caution Getting some shifty soul to forge yet another set of fake identification documents has become old hat for Adaline Bowman. … Or, wait, it’s Jennifer Larson these days. No, she’s not a government agent or an international spy. Just a gentle, soft-spoken woman who every 10 years or so must uproot and retool her life, slipping into a different world and a different set of labels. Why? Well, if any curious sort ever caught a glimpse of all her passports and driver’s licenses the only sure thing they’d notice is that with each new name, each new birth date, the woman originally named Adaline always looks exactly the same. In the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s, all the way up to 2014, she’s consistently been a lovely and timeless 29. Adaline, you see, does not age. If that same curious passport glimpser also laid his hands on the right microfilm newspaper copy or set of sepia-toned photographs, or if he happened upon the right [...]

The Hobbit Director Talks

April 22, 2015 // 0 Comments

The Hobbit director talks to us as he wraps up two decades of storytelling As he wraps up nigh-on two decades of Middle Earth storytelling, The Hobbitdirector Peter Jackson answers questions from some of his most famous collaborators. This is a longer version of the interview that appears in Time Out Beijing’s January issue. Could Peter Jackson look any less like one of the most powerful men in movies? He’s dug out a rumpled shirt from the back of the wardrobe because we’re taking his picture today. And he’s no fan of shoes – ‘I only wore them today because there’s a bloody photo shoot!’ Yet there’s no mistaking his influence: the 53-year-old New Zealander is the man Hollywood trusted with 1 billion USD to make trilogies of JRR Tolkien’sThe Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit novels. Each of the five films so far has trousered in the region of $1 billion at the box office. Along the way Peter Jackson made beardy fantasy stories cool again (no Lord of [...]

Home

April 15, 2015 // 0 Comments

By Plugged In Content Caution What makes someplace a home? From the perspective of the little six-legged space aliens called the Boov, that’s a difficult question to answer. They seem to be eternally on the run—from planet to planet and solar system to solar system—in constant dread of their mortal enemy, the Gorg. So, finding a place to settle down isn’t easy. As their beloved leader, Captain Smek, is so fond of saying, “It’s never too late … to run away.” The one thing that these squishy multicolored minions have in their favor, however, is some pretty cool, high-powered, planet-clearing technology. If they do happen to come upon a potential new home world while zipping to and fro, why, they can clear it out in a New Boov Minute. Take this planet they just discovered called “Earth.” It’s something of a fixer-upper, but it’ll work. All they have to do is levitate and relocate the backward and simple creatures that currently [...]

Insurgent

April 15, 2015 // 0 Comments

By Plugged In Content Caution It’s nice to know your place in the world. Or so Tris imagines. After all, she’s has never had that comfort—even in a dystopian world where everyone’s supposed to know their place. Insurgent’s society—set in the decaying, fenced-off city of Chicago—has been split into five factions: Abnegation (where the selfless folks go), Amity (peaceful farmers), Candor (honest judges), Dauntless (for the courageous and athletic), and Erudite (the smart ones). But even though Tris was raised in the Abnegation faction and was accepted into Dauntless, she never felt wholly at home in either place. That’s because she is, it turns out, Divergent—a blend of characteristics from more than one faction. Divergents fall outside the norm. They’re impossible to control. And, according to Jeanine (who leads the new ruling faction, Erudite), that makes them dangerous. So Jeanine’s got plans to take care of the Divergent problem [...]

Jupiter Ascending

April 15, 2015 // 0 Comments

By Plugged In Content Caution Most queens don’t clean toilets. I just can’t imagine Elizabeth II scrubbing the ceramic thrones at Buckingham Palace. Queens likely have someone else do that sort of thing—someone like Jupiter Jones. Jupiter’s a toilet-cleaning professional—a pro bowler, if you will. She, her mother and her aunt provide maid services for Chicago’s upper class, ensuring that their penthouse apartments gleam. And while it’s a living, it’s not much else. “I hate my life,” Jupiter grumbles as she crawls out of bed at 4:45 every morning. She slogs through her day with all the enthusiasm as a cat living in some sort of sick, sad world without laser pointers. Her job doesn’t allow for a lot of free time. And even if she had it, she doesn’t have the money to enjoy it. She’s so in need of a little extra cash—green she’d spend on a shiny brass telescope—that she’s hatched a plan with her cousin [...]

Birthed an Art Form

April 9, 2015 // 0 Comments

A century ago this week, New Yorkers began lining up to watch The Birth of a Nation. Though the country was still more than a decade removed from the first talking picture, this black-and-white silent epic was apparently like Gone With the Wind, Star Wars and Avatar all rolled into one. Some theaters charged patrons $2 to see the thing (when movie tickets typically cost a dime), and it was the first movie to be screened at the White House. To this day there is general agreement that it remains one of film history’s most innovative—and most shameful—artifacts, too great to be ignored but so terrible you wish you could. Writes Time’s Richard Corliss: The most ambitious and powerful film of its time was also the most controversial, indeed notorious. The rhetorical fire it kindled makes recent arguments over the validity of such Oscar-nominated films as Selma and American Sniper seem like the most decorous debates in the Red Hat Society—for The Birth of a Nation not only was [...]

Big Hero 6

April 6, 2015 // 0 Comments

By Plugged In Hiro Hamada is a pretty brainy kid. He’s only 14 and already a high school graduate. But his big brother Tadashi still isn’t sure Hiro’s really living up to his full potential. All the teen’s been doing lately is spending time entering homemade robots in back-alley battle-bot tourneys. He needs to go to college! He needs to do more with his big brain! So Tadashi (they lost their parents years earlier) takes Hiro to the University of San Fransokyo science lab to get him interested in “real” science. It works. For a while. But then Tadashi is killed in a fiery accident, and Hiro withdraws into grief and depression. Now it’s up to Tadashi’s invention—an inflatable, balloon-like, health care robot named Baymax—to bring Hiro back to life. And when Baymax indirectly helps prove that Tadashi’s death wasn’t so much an accident as the result of a nefarious plot, Hiro is spurred into action. He starts out by giving [...]