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New Released DVDs available for Rent. (Note: Many times in our reviews we will recommend you reading the reviews and family discussions found at Common Sense Media. They will list the scenes in the movie that may not be recommended for young children to watch.)

Our youngest children are adults now and we do not watch many movies made for children these days. I recommend parents read the review on Terabitia - CLICK HERE

Mauri Gandy of Just 4 Kids Magazine interviews Roma Downey of "Little Angels" DVD series.

Just in time for Christmas Roma Downey, actress from the popular "Touched By An Angel" television series has come out with a wonderful DVD series just for preschool children. Join Alex and Zoe, 4 year old twins in their amazing adventures as they travel back to visit Bible characters, learn moral values, the ABC's and 123's. Roma and I both wish we had these DVDs when our children were younger. I will be adding these DVDs to my grandchildren's collection.

2011 Movies

This Christmas we will be making We Bought A Zoo our annual Christmas Movie. The trailer is below and we will be posting our review soon. We are looking forward to enjoying this heartwarming family movie that is based on a true story.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH TRAILER

The Grace Card     - Another great Christian movie about forgiveness. The movie starts out slow and at first I was not impressed with the acting mainly at the police station. But the story of two police officers teamed together and the tangled mess of Mac McDonald's life of bitterness, anger and grief start to unfold. I really got into the movie when I heard Sgt. Pastor Sam Wright heartfelt speech convincing a young man not to shoot his police partner (Mac). The last half of the movie and the ending does a wonderful job capturing and revealing God's Grace when we learn to let forgiveness in our life. This movie is a must watch for families with teenagers.

Soul Surfer     - One of the Best movie's ever! I can not say enough about the story of Bethany Hamilton after she lost her arm from a shark attack. Her attitude on living life fully for Jesus Christ is one that every child and adult should watch. The movie is wonderfully made and had me crying with tears of rejoicing the beauty of her triumphant story. God is so good. He turns what the devil intends for bad to become an awesome story about His love. This true story is our pick of the decade. Acting was great especially by Helen Hunt who plays Bethany's mom and Dennis Quaid who plays her dad, and Carrie Underwood does an amazing job as Bethany's youth leader and Christian friend.

Just 4 Kids Magazine was recently sent two documentaries to review this year.

Winner of four BEST DOCUMENTARY awards, The Elephant in the Living Room is the emotional story with exclusive interviews of the highly controversial topic of dangerous animals being kept as common household pets. The documentary shows the emotions of Tim Harrison, an Ohio police officer whose friend was killed by his exotic pet, and Terry Brumfield, a big-hearted man who struggles to keep two pet African lions that he loves like his own family.

We give this film a big two thumbs up, but there are some scenes that may be to disturbing for children under 13.
For more information or to see the trailer go to The Elephant in the Living Room.com

The Grandfathers is a true story about the power of forgiveness and redemption transcending cultures and generations. This film is a complete story in itself and yet a welcome companion to Beyond the Gates of Splendor and End of the Spear. Many years ago Just 4 Kids Magazine did a review on "End of the Spear". This was an unforgettable true story that has a lasting impact on how far some missionaries go to show God's Love. The Grandfathers is a continuation of this story and how the story continues today with the grandchildren of these missionaries. There was a time during the story that the Holy Spirit hit me with His presence and I was touched to deep tears!

For more information on this movie go to The Grandfathers.com

2010 Movies and Books

Movie Review by Mauri Gandy
Mao's Last Dancer ~ The rags-to-riches true story of Chinese ballet dancer Li Cunxin who, at age 11, was chosen to train at Madam Mao's Beijing Dance Academy and later went on to become one of the world's greatest dancers. I recommend this movie for young viewers because it shows that by working hard you can achieve your dreams. I personally like the story because Li Cunxin tells his girlfriend that he is able to dance more freely in America because of the freedom he is given here. There are not many movies available for our youth to watch that shows the Communism way of life. Our text books no longer mention Communism, so if a child is to learn the truth of this type of government they must learn it from their parents. I recommend taking advantage of discussing Communism way of life with your children after watching the movie. I also recommend talking about the storyline of Li's friends staying in the home that Li was held in against his will until he was released. His friends stood with him until he was able to gain freedom. To read more about Lie Cunxin CLICK HERE.

    After my young adult children and I read the book "The Last Song" we watched the movie together at our local theater. I was really glad that my children advised me to finish the book before we viewed the movie. Miley Cyrus did a good job in her first movie in a young adult role. But I was able to feel the deep emotions during the movie because of reading the book. So our advise is to read the book first! We really did enjoy reading the book together as well as watching the movie.

Book Review by Jamie Gandy
“THE LAST SONG”
BY: NICHOLAS SPARKS.
The Last Song was a really enjoyable read, one in which I didn’t expect to be so Christian based. And though it’s not considered one, for those that look between the pages of this book. You’ll see how Mr. Sparks brings out his faith in this book and yet still makes it so that those that don’t believe in Jesus Christ could read it and also enjoy it. We see these Christ like characteristics in Steve, the father to the main character in this book. He wishes to make amends with his two children; Ronnie and Johan by having them come to his beachfront home in South Carolina. Ronnie, his daughter, is so full of anger and rebellion towards him for leaving them three years earlier, but Jonah is overjoyed to be spending the summer with his father.

As the book unfolds time and again the father shows Christ’s love and forgiveness towards his unruly daughter. But with the help of a young man and a nest of un-hatched loggerhead turtles she begins to open her heart, not only to them, but also to the father she hated. When an incident happens that Ronnie is accused of shoplifting she is charged of the crime and is forced to go to court over it, her father being the only one who believes that she is innocent, which begins the start of Ronnie’s own forgiveness towards her father for trusting her. After this the two begin spending more time together, and as the end draws near Ronnie is shocked by the fact of a deadly truth that ends up rocking her new world.

Jamie and Mauri Gandy shared reviews on the book and movie “The Last Song” during the April 8th Live With JCI-Ministries Television Show.

“The Last Song” is currently playing at theatres. The main character is played by Miley Cirus. Mauri, Jonathan and Jamie recommend that you read the book before you watch the movie. The book gives a much deeper view of each character’s faith in God. Steve, the father is searching for God’s presence. You will love what he discovered at the end of the book.

2009 Movies

"Come What May"

This movie is an absolute must see family movie for christians. It deals with the subject as to when life begins and is best understood by children 10 and over. 40 homeschooled teens are featured in the roles of the students of Patrick Henry College who take on the National Moot Court Championship debate of overturning the Supreme Court ruling of Roe vs. Wade. "Come What May" reminds us that choosing what is right is never easy, but it is always worth the cost. The characters of Caleb Hogan and Rachel are inspiring. For more family discussion ideas on the subject of unborn babies and pictures go to God's Gift of Life.com. "Come What May" can be purchased at your local christian bookstore or order online by clicking on the link above. I could not find it to rent at blockbuster's.

LOVE TAKES WING This movie is wonderfully made revealing a depth of love for the orphanage children that starts a great discussion on the topic for families and Sunday School classes. Below is a discription from Jason Buchanan of All Movie Guide.
Janette Oke's "Cherished Love" series continues with this tale of a small town physician who relies on her faith and her friends to get her through the hard times. Dr. Belinda Simpson (Sarah Jones) is still grieving the recent death of her husband when she accepts a new post as town physician in Sikeston. Upon arriving in Sikeston, Dr. Simpson finds that the children at the orphanage run by Miss Hattie Clarence (Cloris Leachman) have been stricken with a mysterious ailment. In Dr. Simpson's quest to ensure that no more children fall sick or die, she discovers that the townspeople blame the orphans for infecting the entire town, and would like to see the orphanage shut down completely. When the locals reject Dr. Simpson based primarily on the fact that she's a woman, she falls back on her faith, and her friendships with her best friend Annie (Haylie Duff) and town blacksmith Lee (Jordan Bridges) to win their trust. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide
"Nim's Island" is a family movie about an eleven year old girl (Aligail Breslin) who lives on a private island with her father (Gerald Butler). Nim decides to stay on the island alone when her father travels on a two day business trip. A storm destroys his boat and keeps him from coming home when promised. Nim becomes afraid and emails her new friend Alex Rober (Jodie Foster) asking her to come to help her. Alex had not left her home in sixteen weeks but she finally decides Nim really needs her and begins her real live adventure.

The Adventures of Donkey Ollie is available to watch online free from your computer. Young children love this great christian video.

"Bolt" Even my seventeen year old daughter loved this fun movie about a girl and her tv star dog. CLICK HERE to read reviews by parents at common sense media.

"Hotel for Dogs" Adapted from author Lois Duncan's 1971 children's book of the same name, director Thor Freudenthal's Hotel for Dogs follows two mischievous orphans as they attempt to hide dozens of stray dogs in an abandoned hotel.

"Marley and Me" I loved this movie, but there are a few scenes that is not recommended for young children. "Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston go to the dogs with Marley & Me, a tale of a couple embarking on the adventure of marriage, career, family, and the world's worst dog. At least that's how writer and newlywed John comes to describe his blonde lab, Marley, when he takes the puppy home and finds that the fluff-ball has an uncanny ability to eat and/or destroy just about anything. As years go by, John and his wife, Jennifer, contemplate having babies and moving across the country, while Marley grows into 100 lbs. of funny, wild, completely untrainable canine companionship -- as well as one of the most important people in the family. Marley & Me is based on the best-selling autobiographical book by columnist John Grogan." ~ Jeremy Wheeler, All Movie Guide.

"Beverly Hills Chihuahua" Not a favorite in my household but if your kids love dog talking movies they may like this one too. A pampered Chihuahua accustomed to the living the good life in glamorous Beverly Hills must rein in her heiress instincts and rely on the kindness of strangers in order to find her way back home after becoming hopelessly lost in Mexico.

Actor Adam Sandler stars in this children's fantasy concerning a hotel handyman who gradually begins to realize that the imaginative bedtime stories he tells his niece and nephew are somehow beginning to manifest themselves in the real world. If you love Adam Sandler you will love this movie. It is one of his best, and a fun adventure movie for children.

The Velveteen Rabbit
This movie captured my heart, and inspires me to show more love to my children and grandchildren!
This movie was inspired by the classic novel by Margery Williams. It takes the story to a greater level revealing Christian truths of love, friendships, family, and sacrifice. The Easter season is the perfect time to show this movie of a special rabbit who comes to life after sacrificing his own self because of his love for his owner. The Velveteen Rabbit is magicly directed by Michael Landon Jr. using an enchanting combination of live-action drama and animated adventure. Not only do I highly recommend all families to watch this movie together, I am inviting my own grandchildren over to watch it with me! I had not read the classic novel until after I watched the movie, but I had heard the famous story. You can read it HERE/ The new movie takes the storyline to a much deeper christian meaning of love. Instead of a nursery room the rabbit had been stored in a magic attic where favorite toys of Toby's stern grandmother and distant father were also stored. Toby's lonely cold afternoons were spent in the magic attic where his imagination and adventures awaken the world around him. After watching the movie you can use the movie's discussion guide to explain that the Velveteen Rabbit's sacrifice is a symbol of how Jesus sacrificed His own life because He loved us. Visit The Velveteen Rabbit Movie.com to view the trailer and to download your FREE discussion guide to read together as a family, Christian group or Sunday School class.

The Tale of Despereaux
A great animated movie for children to watch. A rat accidently falls into the queen's bowl of soup. The queen faints and dies after she realized that a rat was in the soup she had eaten. The King is so upset with grief that he bans all rats from the kingdom and no one is allowed to eat soup anymore. His princess becomes so sad that she locks herself away. The brave mouse Despereaux takes on adventures that saves the kingdom. The main theme of this movie is how FORGIVENESS can restore life in ourselves and everyone around us. Be sure and take the time to watch this movie with your kids and talk with them about how forgiveness is so very important.

2008

NEW RELEASE MOVIES

FIREPROOF ~ CLICK HERE for our review

Prince Caspian - The Chronicles of Narnia
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for our Review and page full of great resources and links.
"If there is only one movie you watch with your family this year - THIS IS IT!"
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NEW RELEASE VIDEOS


AUGUST RUSH
is a wonderful family movie for children 8 and over. The ending will make you cry with tears of joy. I especially enjoyed the ending when August first saw his parents and then looked up towards heaven. I am sure he was Thanking God for finally answering his prayers to find his parents through playing music.

CLICK HERE for video review from Common Sense Media.

 

AVENGING ANGEL Kevin Sorbo plays a humble preacher who loses his wife and daughter by a ruthless act of violence and greed. After this tragedy he becomes conflicted between his faith and his desire for revenge. The Preacher can no longer stand idly by when other innocent people are overrun by the same men who destroyed his family. This is a Hallmark Movie that can be watched by the whole family. We recommend this movie, especially if you like westerns.

 

THE SEEKER This family movie is filled with magical characters, thrilling action and spectacular visual effects. Even though this movie does not mention God it clearly shows the fight between good and evil. Will Stanton is a chosen warrior destined to restore the light back to earth. Will travels through time to gather the hidden signs that hold the ultimate power to protect the world. There are some scenes with thousands of snakes and birds attacking that may scare younger children.

CLICK HERE to read review from Common Sense Media.

2007

WARNING TO ALL CHRISTIAN PARENTS

On December 7th a movie called The Golden Compass" will be out in theatres. It is based on the first of a trilogy of books for children called HIS DARK MATERIALS written by Phillip Pullman of England. Phillip Pullman is a proud athiest who belongs to secular humanist societies. The movie has been dumbed down to fool kids and their parents in the hope that they will buy his trilogy where in the end the children kill God and everyone can do as they please. Nicole Kidman stars in the movie. With a budget of 208 Million, this is New Line Cinema's biggest and highest-budgeted film for this year.

This is just a friendly warning that you sure won't hear on the regular TV. Jody Reynolds of Austin, Texas has reviewed the trilogy "His Dark Materials" CLICK HERE to read her review, and direct quotes from Phillip Pullman.

(Below is quote from snopes.com/politics/religion/compass.asp)
" I heard that Phillip Pullman has made remarks that he wants to kill God in the minds of children, and that's what his books are all about. He despises C.S. Lewis and Narnia, etc. This movie is a watered down version of the first book, which is the least offensive of the three books. The second book of the trilogy is THE SUBTLE KNIFE and the third book is THE AMBER SPYGLASS. Each book gets worse and worse regarding Pullman's hatred of God. In the trilogy, a young girl becomes enmeshed in an epic struggle against a nefarious Church known as the Magisterium. Another character, an ex-nun, describes Christianity as "a very powerful and convincing mistake." As I understand it, in the last book, a boy and girl are depicted representing Adam and Eve and they kill God, who at times is called YAHWEH (which is definitely not Allah). Since the movie would seem mild if you viewed it, that's been done on purpose.

They are hoping that unsuspecting parents will take their children to See the movie, that they will enjoy the movie and then the children will want the books for Christmas. That's the hook. Pullman says he wants the children to read the books and decide against God and the kingdom of heaven."

If you decide that you do not want to support something like this, Just 4 Kids Magazine suggest that you boycott the movie and the books.

DECK THE HALLS
If you want a family fun night watching a dvd during Christmas this is our pick. It had our family laughing out loud! Danny DeVito and Matthew Broderick star as two warring neighbors determined to outdo each other in creating the best lighting display on the planet. Despite Steve's annual holiday zeal, the rest of his family have grown to resent the seemingly endless family rituals leading up the Winterfest carnival over which their terminally cheerful patriarch presides. Though it seems that nothing in the world could dampen the spirits of the local "King of Christmas," Steve soon finds his royal status challenged when used-car salesman Buddy Hall (Danny DeVito) moves in next door and covers his house with enough festive lights to make it visible from the deepest crater of the moon.

CHRISTMAS CARD
An American soldier fighting the War in Afghanistan falls in love with a woman who sent him an anonymous Christmas card in this patriotic Hallmark Channel movie starring Emmy Award-winner Ed Asner, Desperate Housewives' John Newton, 102 Dalmations' Alice Evans, and Deadwood's Peter Jason. Jason Buchanan.

This movie is a truly delightful romantic movie for families to watch together during the Christmas season. It will inspire you to send a christmas card or two over to our soldiers serving overseas.

CHRISTMAS BLESSING
If you watched "The Christmas Shoes" you will love this sequel. The young boy who buys the beautiful red dancing shoes for his mother before she dies grows up to become a doctor. He goes back home and meets a young teacher who teaches him how to live life to the fullest. Rob Lowe also stars in this sequel. It was a wonderful movie for my teenage daughter and I to watch together.


"The Ultimate Gift"
is the best movie I have seen this year. A spoiled rich grandson travels in adventures set in place by his multi-millionairre grandfather before he died. The grandson learns the true meaning of love and happiness when he meets an 8 year old girl who becomes his only friend. The movie focuses on friends and giving to others. This movie will touch your heart like only a few movies can. The acting is fantastic.


"GRACIE"
is a wonderful movie for girls who love to play sports. It is rated PG13 because of scenes of 15 year old Gracie and her boyfriend kissing in the back seat of her car. It gets pretty heavy before her dad catches them. The movie is dedicated to William Shue, the older brother to actress Elisabeth Shue who plays the mother of Gracie. The character Gracie and her family is actually taken from true life stories of Elisabeth and her family. It touches on how her family dealt with the loss of her older brother and her determination to play varsity soccer on the boys' team. My 16 year old daughter and I really liked the story but I was really touched when I watched the added feature commentaries with director Davis Guggenheim, actress Elisabeth Shue and actor Andrew Shue. Their stories touched my heart. The movie does not talk about their faith in God, but it is a wonderful movie to watch as a family with teenagers.


"Miss Potter"
is about the true story of Peter Rabbit author Beatrix Potter's career and how her classic children's books got started. The move is really aimed more at adults than kids. My teenage daughter and I enjoyed watching it together. Read more reviews at Common Sense Media.


The Derby Stallion
Fifteen year old Patrick (Zac Efron), finds a friend in Houston (Bill Cobbs) who is a misunderstood horse trainer, also labeled as the town drunk. Patrick looks past Houston's faults and finds a kind caring person. He finds a friend who he can talk to and who in return understands him. In their growing friendship Patrick and Houston help each other to become better people. This film is filled with good lessons and recommended for children 12 years and older because of violence from the rich town bully. The movie received the Dove Award.


"Peaceful Warrior"
is a true story written by Dan Millman. There are several scenes that are not recommended for children, but a family with older teens will enjoy this movie. Read the full review by Common Sense Media HERE. There are many wonderful teachings by Dan's new friend/teacher. However we strongly recommend that parents watch the movie with their teens. After watching the movie discuss how these teachings are simular to what Jesus Christ taught us. Without Jesus as the core of our belief we can easily be led astray to new age and peace teachings. Remember the teachers in your child's school will not mention Jesus, so if you don't who will?


The Last Sinner Eater
is set in Appalachia in the 1850s. The Last Sin Eater is the story of a community committed to its myth of a human "sin eater," who absolves the dead of their sins, and the ten-year-old child who shows them the truth of Jesus. Written by Francine Rivers and produced by Michael Landon Jr. The reviews I read were not very good so I let this one sit on the top of our entertainment center for 2 weeks. I was surprised at what a great film for christian families this is. It shows how generations can be trapped into feeling guilty from the sins of our forefathers. The movie clearly shows how Jesus can set us free.


The Theory of Everything
is a moving story on faith and family that is ideal to watch together as a family. Dr. Eugene Holland (Victor Lundin) is on a quest to prove the existence of God through science. When he discovers that he has only a few months to live he tells his caseworker that his son should be told. His son, Doug Holloway (David de Vos) had never met his real father before. He was adopted when he was a baby after his mother died from cancer. The father and son begin their relationship, and their adventures together is a true delight to watch. We support Christian movies and families need more movies like this! Produced by Christian Cinema. Dove award for family approved.


Music and Lyrics
Young girls will most likely want to watch this because of popular Drew Berrymore, and we are excited to report that you will actually not mind them watching it. Moms will probley even enjoy watching it with their daughers. Alex Fletcher (Hugh Grant) is a has been pop star from the 80s. He is asked by tweens current star Cora Corman (Haley Bennett) to write a new hit song for her. She said she wants Alex to write the song because when she was seven years old he sang a song that really helped her get through her pain after her parents got a divorce. Alex is excited about the potential of getting his fame back, but he has trouble writing the lyrics. His specialty is the music. While trying to write lyrics with another writer he over hears Sophie Fisher (Drew Berrymore) singing her own words to his song. Sophie is the young lady hired to take care of his plants. Alex likes the words that she comes up with. It seems to come naturally to Sophie. Their friendship begins and dreams come true. I give this love comedy a two thumbs up, and I think I will watch it again tonight! My 16 year old daughter laughed many times during this romance comedy. (Note: there is one scene where Alex and Sophie sleep together. Cora's dancing at her concert is very sexy, and it is hard to believe she is suppose to be a tweens idol. She starts her concert by getting out of a Buda statue. Read Common Sense Media's review.)

DeJavu
Is an intense triller that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Danzel Washington has an outstanding preformance as usual, and the ending will have your family talking for hours. The rating is PG-13 for the violence and bombing of the ferry explosion. There are some sexual scenes. If your family enjoys watching action movies we recommend this one.

Catch and Release
Jennifer Garner is great in her acting role, but we do not recommend the movie for young teens or to view together for family night. It is rated PG-13, but the sex scenes went too far to even watch with my 18 and 15 year olds. The story is about a young woman whose fiancé dies the night before their wedding. She discovers that he had been seeing another woman, and he had a four year old son. For more details on why you should not watch the movie read the review at Common Sense Media.


Night at the Museum:
Our family really enjoyed laughing together while watching this funny movie. Even Dad decided to continue to stay up and watch it with us. If you have younger kids you might want to check the reviews written by Common Sense Media on Night at the Museum. They give details on language and some scenes that may trouble younger children. I liked the way the movie brought history to life, and recommended it to my grandchildren.

The Pursuit of Happiness
Will Smith is outstanding in this movie based on a true story of a father who tries to survive living on the streets with his young son. The son is played by Will Smith's real son who captured my heart in his great acting. We highly recommend watching this movie together as a family. It has a feel good ending that touches your heart about overcoming difficulties and not giving up.

Marie Antoinette
The movie won Best Costume Design for 2006, and they are fantastic. I enjoy movies that are based on real characters, and Kirsten Dunst does an outstanding job of bringing Marie to life. She shows another side that history books fail to report. wanted to know more about her after the movie was over and started researching from my computer. It is rated PG 13. I think young girls will enjoy the movie and you'll even get some history in. Check out Common Sense Media for details and family discussion ideas.

Everyone's Hero is a cute animated movie made for kids, and baseball fans. The movie is dedicated to the late Christopher and Dana Reeve who help direct this movie. Yankee Irving, a 10 year old boy searches for the stolen baseball bat that belongs to Babe Ruth. His father was fired from his job as security guard at the baseball park. Along the journey to recover the bat he makes true friends. My grandkids watched this movie several times during their stay at our house over the weekend. They especially enjoyed the talking baseball and bat. Not only does the young boy save his father's job, he gets a chance to to bat at the major league game. Yankee believes that dreams do come true if you do not give up, and keep swinging.


Happy Feet
is a cute movie with great animation. There are some scenes and songs that might imply too much sexual content for young children. Common Sense Media has some great ideas for questions parents can discuss with you children after you watch the movie.


The Nativity Story
tells the familiar biblical tale of Jesus' birth. The movie focuses on Mary and Joseph's experience, and what they're thinking and feeling. I always enjoy movies on bible stories however this movie was not a favorite for me or my family. Mostly I was expecting more from the actress who played Mary, she did not move me. Our local church did a play a few years ago, and the young lady who played Mary did such an excellent job in her acting and singing that she had me crying with deep feelings as a woman and thinking how Mary must have loved God so much to trust Him in what she was about to go through. The movie may move too slow for young children. Common Sense Media has listed more details in their review.

JESUS CAMP
Read our review by CLICKING HERE.

JESUS CAMP, directed by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady. The movie follows Levi, Rachael, and Tory to Pastor Becky Fischer's "Kids on Fire" summer camp in Devil's Lake, North Dakota, where kids as young as 6 years-old are taught to become dedicated Christian soldiers in "God's army." The film follows these children at camp as they hone their "prophetic gifts" and are schooled in how to "take back America for Christ." The film is a first-ever look into an intense training ground that recruits born-again Christian children to become an active part of America's political future. Jesus Camp was nominated by The Oscars as best documentary.

Blue Butterfly
A dramatic adventure about courage, redemption and love. This 2004 movie is based on true events and is a great movie to watch together as a family. A terminally ill boy is inspired to find a real Blue Butterfly. He contacts the TV host who inspired him to collect Butterflies and finally convinces him to take the adventure together to search for this special Butterfly. William Hunt is the TV host, and the whole movie is full of awesome rain forest scenery. Check out the website for a study guide and activities to download.

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FLICKA

Flicka is a touching and inspiring movie. It shows us the power and grace of a horse and the caring and love of a girl who is much like the spiritful horse Flicka. This flim also shows us the meaning of tough love from a father. Flicka gets a two thumbs up from me. Jamie Gandy

Tim McGraw stars as the dad to Katy. The movie is based on the popular old book "My Friend Flicka" written in 1941. It is a truely delightful movie for families to watch together, especially for horse lovers. Flicka the horse reminds me of the horse in the animated film "SPIRIT". The movie begins with Katy coming home for the summer from a private school. She had problems conforming to the school's rules and fails her major exam. On her second day back home she rides off early in the morning before anyone awakes. She missed the freedom of her beloved ranch home. While riding back home her horse refuses to continue to go any further. He bucks Katy off and when she gets up she sees a beautiful black mustang. While she is admiring the mustang the horse rides up on his hind legs to scare off a mountain lion that was about to attack Katy. The lion and the mustang both run off in different directions, and Katy is left to walk back home. She is determined to find the mustang and make the horse her own. Her father does not want mustangs on his quarter-horse ranch and is determined that Katy stay away from Flicka. The battle between Katy's free spirit and her father's sterness continues through out the movie. The family works out their communication problems after several tragic events.

Viewing this movie together as a family will give you an opportunity to discuss how important it is for family members to communicate together. Why is it important to communicate with your family? Why is obediance to your parents important? Do you think Katy obeying her father would have prevented Flicka getting hurt and Katy getting sick? Add your own questions and have a great family night. For more information on ratings and scenes in the movie that you may not want your children to watch read review by Common Sense Media on. Flicka.
World Trade Center
Starring Nicolas Cage. True Story about two policemen, Will Jimeno and John McLoughlin who were trapped in the rubble of the collapsed World Trade Center towers after they went in to help rescue others. We recommend watching this movie with your teenagers. It may be too intense for younger children. Our teenagers will remember the devostating day that the World Trade Center fell to the ground. This movie will help you see what happened that dreadful day through the police men's eyes. It will take you on the emotional journey of the wives and families as they waited for the news of their loved ones. Jamie, 15 years old, said it made her realize how fragle life is. "We should be more careful in what we say to our loved ones. You never know if it will be the last words you say." Jonathan, 17 years old, is still talking about the excitement he felt as the two men continued to get into worse circumstances. It had him realize how devostating this day in history really was. He was most amazed at the scene of the gun randumly going off that threatened their lives. He said the sub-title should be "The Worst Day Possible".

In John McLoughlin's own words: 'I feel someone had to tell the story of the people who were in the Trade Center before and after it collapsed. It needs to be told how this horrific tragedy brought Americans and the world together to help those in need. The people involved in putting this movie together are truly making an extraordinary attempt to tell those stories and the stories of those who are no longer with us.'

One Night With the King
I was expecting a great movie, but the movie fell short of my expectations. The costumes are beautiful and the movie does a good job of taking us back to the era of the Bible times of Esther. I think the story is lost with trying to teach too much history during such a short time. Kids may lose interest in trying to understand all the information. Christianity Today has listed some good questions to ask your children after viewing the film together. Go to:http://www.christianitytoday.com/movies/reviews/2006/onenightwiththeking.html

LOVE's ABIDING JOY
Directed by Michael Landon, Jr., this fourth installment in Janette Oke's beloved "Love Comes Softly" series is now a satisfying, heartwarming feature. Following a treacherous journey West, Missie (Erin Cottrell) and her husband (Logan Bartholomew) have set up a homestead where they've begun to raise a family. And now that a railroad line connects the states, Missie's father (Dale Midkiff) is able to visit. But when the joyful reunion is interrupted by tragedy, the faith and love of this family is once again challenged in a story you and your family will never forget.
Great Family Movie to watch together. It could open up discussions on death, and heartache of family members when someone dies in the family. the movie does a great job in taking you back to the pioneer days and how our forefathers lived.

The Illusionist
Our teenagers followed Jessica Biel weekly for years when she played Mary in Seventh Heaven. Her starring role in this film is why we choose the movie. My husband was only going to watch the first few minutes, however he was immediately trapped by the storyline, and watched the whole movie with us. If you want to watch an interesing magician movie with your teenagers we recommend this for a night of entertainment. There is a love scene that is not recommended for children. For more details of this scene and others read the review by Common Sense Media

INVINCILBLE
This true story is a wonderful movie to watch together with your family. I especially recommend it for teens. I recommended the movie to my son-in-law who is a Jr. High Coach. He also enjoyed the movie. The year is 1976, and Vince Papale (Mark Wahlberg) is a substitute teacher by day and a bartender by night. After his wife dumps him and he loses his teaching job, things are looking grim for the 30-year-old Philly resident when he is encouraged to try out for the football team. The movie is rated PG but may not be recommended for young children because of the bad words, drinking and bar scenes. You will feel encouraged by Vince's triumph in making the team. It is one of the best family movies of the year. Read the review and family discussion questions at Common Sense Media

The Guardian

My husband and I watched this Coast Guard movie with our 2 teenagers. We would not recommend young children viewing the movie because of the violent storm scenes of Coast Guardsmen risking their lives to save others. There are also some intimate scenes of unmarried sex, and bar drinking fight scenes that are not intended for children.

The movie begins with an older Coast Guard played by Kevin Costner who is the only survivor of a horrific helicopter accident during a storm rescue. After leaving the hospital his supervisor demands that he take a break and take a job as a teacher to train the new recruits. Ashton Kutcher stars as a student who seems confident in his ability and the records that he holds as a swimming champion, but later in the movie we learn of the tragedy that lead him to the academy. The story is heart warming and makes you realize how valuable the Coast Guard is to us. The directing is awesome... the movie had me clutching the sofa pillow tight ready to hide my eyes, but not wanting to miss a moment of the action! Read "The Guardian" review by COMMON SENSE MEDIA for more details and for some family discussion ideas.

Just My Luck
This movie was just OK. It will be enjoyed by tweens - especially girls. The movie is Rated PG13 because of sexual content. There are kisses between primary couple; and one character is revealed to be a professional escort. Read the review and discussions questions from Common Sense Media.

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Charlotte's Web - January 2007

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Our Review for September is the DVD "FLYWHEEL" This movie was produced by Sherwood Media Productions. The same producer of "Facing the Giants". CLICK HERE for Review

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August 2006

CLick HERE to go to blog on "Blah Blah Blah"

This month I received the book "Blah Blah, Blah" to review. The night I opened to read the first chapter I could not put it down. It opened my eyes even more to how our kids and young adults are being lead down the paths of other world views through the movies and teachings in our school and college classrooms. I highly recommend the book to teens, young adults and parents. Even though our magazine is written for children we will do a book review on "Blah Blah Blah" in September. I asked a friend of my 19 year old daughter to write the review. I am excited to read her review - she is searching herself, and I believe God will use this book to help her discover the real truth.

It is because of reading this book that we pulled our August magazine review on "The Abominable Snowman," new DVD. I was excited about the interactive dvd that has kids make decisions that determines the outcome of the movie. It is delightful, and teaches about the region of the Himalaya Mountains. However the kids encounter Zodak, a Buddist guide who leads you through a fast travel at unimaginable speeds to the icy crest of Mt. Everets. Zodak points towards the topmost point of Mt. Everest and says "That is the route to Shangri-La" and he dissappears.

It was decided to pull the review from our August magazine at a special called meeting of Just 4 Kids Magazine staff. Seventeen year old Jonathan Gandy said, "The purpose of our magazine is to help guide kids and their parents to Christian beliefs, this movie does not promote Christian living. Therefore it does not belong in our magazine."

We are keeping the link on our webpage ~ With Warning to parents. If you let your kids watch this video watch it with them, and teach them that most of the population in the Himalayas have the religious belief in Buddhism or Hinduism. I believe it is better to teach your children the truth at home before he learns it in school or from the cartoons on television.

July 2006 Dvd "The End of The Spear"
PLUS Booklet written for Kids ages 9 - 12

"The Dangerous Journey of Sherman the Sheep" (html) or
(pdf file) by Dean Davis ~ Download Activity Guide

Two of my five year old grandsons watched "CARS" with their parents. The five year olds were ready to go home half way through the movie. However this movie has some great real life lessons that the red hot speedy car learns. This movie can lead to some wonderful discussions as a family. Read the outstanding review by Agape Press on "CARS" CLICK HERE!

June 2006 Books: "Stallions at Burnt Rock" and "House"

June 2006 Dvd: "Duma"

May 2006 Dvd "Beyond The Gate of Splendor" and Book "Warriors - Starlight"

April 2006 Dvd "The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. Book "Under God"

April page 2 Dvd "Dreamer"

Have you seen a good CHRISTIAN movie recently or read a great book for kids on Christian beliefs? Please share it with us so we can pass it on to other Christians. Email mauri@just4kidsmagazine.com ~~ RETURN HOME

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