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Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, July 3. [Synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.] Wide Faith of Our Fathers Director: Carey Scott Cast: Stephen Baldwin, Kevin Downes, David A.R. White, Rebecca St. James, with Si Robertson, and Candace Cameron Bure Synopsis: "With the Vietnam War raging in 1969, two young fathers report for duty. A man of great faith and a doubtful cynic. A quarter-century later, their sons, Wayne and John Paul (David A.R. White and Kevin Downes), meet as strangers. Guided by handwritten letters from their fathers from the battlefield, they embark on an unforgettable journey to The Wall-the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. Along the way, they discover the devastation of war cannot break the love of a father for his son." Magic Mike Xxl Director: Gregory Jacobs Cast: Channing Tatum, Brandon Cyrus, Elizabeth Banks, Amber Heard, Matt Bomer, Jada Pinkett Smith, Joe Manganiello, »
- Steve Greene
Two men on a road trip find themselves bonding just like their Vietnam-veteran dads once did in “Faith of Our Fathers,” a clumsily told story of friendship and wartime remembrance that has a tough time serving up a halfway believable moment, let alone a moving and powerful testimony about the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Amazingly graceless as it veers from broad situational comedy to stiff, po-faced military drama, this latest dubious cinematic sermon from Pure Flix (which also produced the 2014 faith-based hit “God’s Not Dead”) seems likely to appeal strictly to that segment of the audience that would seem to require it least — namely, believers who have trouble telling the difference between art and propaganda, or understanding why the difference matters.
- Justin Chang
John Sullivan, co-director of Dinesh D’Souza’s popular documentary films, is suing the producers of God’s Not Dead claiming that he and actor Brad Stine originated the plot of what became one of the biggest Christian films of the modern era. In a lawsuit filed Friday against Pure Flix Entertainment and co-founder David A.R. White, Sullivan and Stine allege they co-created and wrote a comprehensive original treatment for a faith-based film similar to what eventually became God’s Not Dead and negotiated its production with Pure Flix, which then cut the two out of the equation. God’s
- Paul Bond
Over a year after its release and with a sequel supposedly in the works, the faith-based hit starring Kevin Sorbo has been hit with a lawsuit claiming producers took its premise in bad faith. John Sullivan and Brad Stine today sued Pure Flix Entertainment and its CEO David A.R. White, seeking at least $10 million in damages and alleging that God's Not Dead was based on a “faith-based Dead Poets’ Society” concept called Proof that they came up with back in 2009. "God's Not… »
Is Hollywood making room for Jesus? Everyone at Monday night’s Los Angeles premiere of Pure Flix’s “Do You Believe?” at the ArcLight seemed to hope so.
Lee Majors (“The Six Million Dollar Man,” “The Big Valley”), who plays J.D. in the theological film, thinks the incredible success of Pure Flix’s last film forecasts more religious projects. “There’s a hunger and a thirst for this kind of film in Middle America, as ‘God’s Not Dead’ proved with a million-dollar budget (from which) it made $62 million. I think Hollywood is going to look at (the topic) more closely, and I don’t know why they don’t do more,” Majors reasoned.
Cybill Shepherd, who plays Teri in the film, echoed Majors’ pro-faith sentiments. “In old-time Hollywood, they used to do faith-based movies all the time,” Shepherd said. “’The Ten Commandments’ was the first movie my parents took me to. »
- Marianne Zumberge
5 items from 2015
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