Dr. Diane Howard, Movie Journalist, Reviews, Publicizes Top Movies, TV

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Diane Howard, Ph.D. (Performances Studies) covers top family, redemptive movies, TV as an entertainment editor for Good and valuable recommendations for a range of viewers (see https://fruitinthedesert.com/Fruits/redemptive-and-family-movies/)

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1. Aladdin (2019)

PG | 128 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

53 Metascore

A kind-hearted street urchin and a power-hungry Grand Vizier vie for a magic lamp that has the power to make their deepest wishes come true.

Director: Guy Ritchie | Stars: Will Smith, Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott, Marwan Kenzari

Votes: 83,679 | Gross: $336.24M

2. The Biggest Little Farm (2018)

PG | 91 min | Documentary

74 Metascore

Documentarian John Chester and his wife Molly work to develop a sustainable farm on 200 acres outside of Los Angeles.

Director: John Chester | Stars: John Chester, Molly Chester, Matthew Pilachowski

Votes: 795 | Gross: $4.00M

3. Breakthrough (I) (2019)

PG | 116 min | Biography, Drama

46 Metascore

When her 14-year-old son drowns in a lake, a faithful mother prays for him to come back from the brink of death and be healed.

Director: Roxann Dawson | Stars: Topher Grace, Josh Lucas, Chrissy Metz, Mike Colter

Votes: 3,125 | Gross: $40.71M

4. Dumbo (2019)

PG | 112 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

51 Metascore

A young elephant, whose oversized ears enable him to fly, helps save a struggling circus, but when the circus plans a new venture, Dumbo and his friends discover dark secrets beneath its shiny veneer.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Eva Green

Votes: 36,873 | Gross: $114.67M

5. Amazing Grace (2018)

G | 89 min | Documentary, Music

94 Metascore

A documentary presenting Aretha Franklin with choir at the New Bethel Baptist Church in Watts, Los Angeles in January 1972.

Directors: Alan Elliott, Sydney Pollack | Stars: Aretha Franklin, Reverand James Cleveland, Southern California Community Choir, C.L. Franklin

Votes: 978 | Gross: $4.45M

6. Tolkien (2019)

PG-13 | 112 min | Biography, Drama, War

48 Metascore

The formative years of the orphaned author J.R.R. Tolkien as he finds friendship, love and artistic inspiration among a group of fellow outcasts at school.

Director: Dome Karukoski | Stars: Nicholas Hoult, Lily Collins, Colm Meaney, Derek Jacobi

Votes: 5,506 | Gross: $4.54M

7. Penguins (2019)

G | 76 min | Documentary

69 Metascore

A coming-of-age story about an Adélie penguin named Steve who joins millions of fellow males in the icy Antarctic spring on a quest to build a suitable nest, find a life partner and start a family.

Directors: Alastair Fothergill, Jeff Wilson | Star: Ed Helms

Votes: 583 | Gross: $7.70M

8. Apollo 11 (2019)

G | 93 min | Documentary, History

88 Metascore

A look at the Apollo 11 mission to land on the moon led by commander Neil Armstrong and pilots Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins.

Director: Todd Douglas Miller | Stars: Buzz Aldrin, Joan Ann Archer, Janet Armstrong, Neil Armstrong

Votes: 8,003 | Gross: $8.96M

9. Unplanned (2019)

R | 106 min | Biography, Drama

10 Metascore

All Abby Johnson ever wanted to do was help women. As one of the youngest Planned Parenthood clinic directors in the nation, she believed in a woman's right to choose. Until the day she saw something that changed everything.

Directors: Chuck Konzelman, Cary Solomon | Stars: Ashley Bratcher, Brooks Ryan, Robia Scott, Jared Lotz

Votes: 7,140 | Gross: $18.85M

10. Kingdom Men Rising (2019)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary

Kingdom Men Rising is a documentary exploring what it means to be a real man in the midst of cultural trends where there is confusion about masculinity. Challenging men to rise above what we've become to lives of no more excuses.

Director: Kyle Lollis | Stars: Tony Evans, Tim Brown, Tony Dungy, Arthur Evans

Votes: 31 | Gross: $1.19M

11. The Pilgrim's Progress (2019)

PG | 108 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

An epic journey, faithfully adapted to modern-day. Christian faces distractions, challenges, and perils at every turn of the way. But ends victorious, with helpful guides, as he stays on the narrow path to the distant Celestial City.

Director: Robert Fernandez | Stars: David Thorpe, John Rhys-Davies, Kristyn Getty, Ben Price

Votes: 134 | Gross: $0.62M

12. Patterns of Evidence: Exodus (2014)

Unrated | 115 min | Documentary, History

What is the validity of history found in the Bible? Is it fact or fiction? What does the hard evidence really have to say about the foundational story of the Old Testament: the Exodus out ... See full summary »

Director: Tim Mahoney | Stars: Charles Aling, Manfred Bietak, John Bimson, Mansour Boraik

Votes: 904

13. Patterns of Evidence: The Moses Controversy (2019)

140 min | Documentary

A filmmaker searches for scientific evidence that Moses wrote the first books of the Bible.

Director: Timothy Mahoney | Stars: Michael Shelomo Bar-Ron, William G. Dever, Manis Friedman, Duane Garrett

Votes: 17

14. Palau the Movie (2019)

120 min | Biography, Drama

A story of relentless grit, motivational strength and humbling triumph, PALAU is a film many will relate to. As a young man, a passion and vision to proclaim the Good News of Jesus to all ... See full summary »

Director: Kevin Knoblock | Stars: Gastón Pauls, Alexia Moyano, Santiago Achaga, Denise Yañez

Votes: 18 | Gross: $0.13M

15. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)

PG | 117 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

87 Metascore

Teen Miles Morales becomes Spider-Man of his reality, crossing his path with five counterparts from other dimensions to stop a threat for all realities.

Directors: Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman | Stars: Shameik Moore, Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali

Votes: 232,464 | Gross: $190.24M

16. Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018)

PG | 112 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

71 Metascore

Six years after the events of "Wreck-It Ralph," Ralph and Vanellope, now friends, discover a wi-fi router in their arcade, leading them into a new adventure.

Directors: Phil Johnston, Rich Moore | Stars: John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Gal Gadot, Taraji P. Henson

Votes: 93,895 | Gross: $201.09M

17. Mary Poppins Returns (2018)

PG | 130 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

66 Metascore

Decades after her original visit, the magical nanny returns to help the Banks siblings and Michael's children through a difficult time in their lives.

Director: Rob Marshall | Stars: Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer

Votes: 55,567 | Gross: $171.96M

18. Black Panther (2018)

PG-13 | 134 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

88 Metascore

T'Challa, heir to the hidden but advanced kingdom of Wakanda, must step forward to lead his people into a new future and must confront a challenger from his country's past.

Director: Ryan Coogler | Stars: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira

Votes: 526,333 | Gross: $700.06M

19. At Eternity's Gate (2018)

PG-13 | 111 min | Biography, Drama

76 Metascore

A look at the life of painter Vincent van Gogh during the time he lived in Arles and Auvers-sur-Oise, France.

Director: Julian Schnabel | Stars: Willem Dafoe, Rupert Friend, Oscar Isaac, Mads Mikkelsen

Votes: 17,529 | Gross: $2.29M

20. Incredibles 2 (2018)

PG | 118 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

80 Metascore

The Incredibles hero family takes on a new mission, which involves a change in family roles: Bob Parr (Mr Incredible) must manage the house while his wife Helen (Elastigirl) goes out to save the world.

Director: Brad Bird | Stars: Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell, Huck Milner

Votes: 209,204 | Gross: $608.58M

21. Christopher Robin (2018)

PG | 104 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

60 Metascore

A working-class family man, Christopher Robin, encounters his childhood friend Winnie-the-Pooh, who helps him to rediscover the joys of life.

Director: Marc Forster | Stars: Ewan McGregor, Hayley Atwell, Bronte Carmichael, Mark Gatiss

Votes: 54,826 | Gross: $99.22M

22. Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017)

PG | 107 min | Biography, Drama

54 Metascore

The relationship between writer AA Milne and his son, Christopher Robin, and how this became the inspiration for Winnie the Pooh.

Director: Simon Curtis | Stars: Domhnall Gleeson, Margot Robbie, Kelly Macdonald, Vicki Pepperdine

Votes: 20,687 | Gross: $1.74M

23. The Grinch (2018)

PG | 85 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

51 Metascore

A grumpy Grinch plots to ruin Christmas for the village of Whoville.

Directors: Yarrow Cheney, Scott Mosier | Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Cameron Seely, Rashida Jones, Pharrell Williams

Votes: 31,455 | Gross: $270.62M

24. Peter Rabbit (2018)

PG | 95 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

51 Metascore

Feature adaptation of Beatrix Potter's classic tale of a rebellious rabbit trying to sneak into a farmer's vegetable garden.

Director: Will Gluck | Stars: James Corden, Fayssal Bazzi, Domhnall Gleeson, Sia

Votes: 28,419 | Gross: $115.25M

25. Buttons (I) (2018)

115 min | Drama, Family

Two orphan children meet a pair of unexpected visitors who change their fortunes and lives forever.

Director: Tim Janis | Stars: Alivia Clark, Julia Burrows, Roma Downey, McClairen Eisenhour

Votes: 66 | Gross: $0.15M

26. Show Dogs (2018)

PG | 92 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

31 Metascore

Max, a macho, solitary Rottweiler police dog is ordered to go undercover as a primped show dog in a prestigious Dog Show, along with his human partner, to avert a disaster from happening.

Director: Raja Gosnell | Stars: Will Arnett, Ludacris, Natasha Lyonne, Stanley Tucci

Votes: 3,512 | Gross: $17.74M

27. I Can Only Imagine (2018)

PG | 110 min | Biography, Drama, Family

30 Metascore

The inspiring and unknown true story behind MercyMe's beloved, chart topping song that brings ultimate hope to so many is a gripping reminder of the power of true forgiveness.

Directors: Andrew Erwin, Jon Erwin | Stars: J. Michael Finley, Madeline Carroll, Dennis Quaid, Trace Adkins

Votes: 11,673 | Gross: $83.48M

28. God's Not Dead: A Light in Darkness (2018)

PG | 105 min | Drama

33 Metascore

Pastor Dave responds to the unimaginable tragedy of having his church, located on the grounds of the local university, burned down.

Director: Michael Mason | Stars: Megan Alexander, Adeeja Rochele Anderson, Carrlyn Bathe, Lauren Taylor Berkman

Votes: 2,743 | Gross: $5.73M

29. God's Not Dead (2014)

PG | 113 min | Drama

16 Metascore

College philosophy professor Mr. Radisson's curriculum is challenged by his new student, Josh, who believes God exists.

Director: Harold Cronk | Stars: Shane Harper, Kevin Sorbo, David A.R. White, Dean Cain

Votes: 38,201 | Gross: $60.76M

30. The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014)

PG | 122 min | Comedy, Drama

55 Metascore

The Kadam family leaves India for France where they open a restaurant directly across the road from Madame Mallory's Michelin-starred eatery.

Director: Lasse Hallström | Stars: Helen Mirren, Om Puri, Manish Dayal, Charlotte Le Bon

Votes: 70,021 | Gross: $54.24M

31. An Interview with God (2018)

Unrated | 97 min | Drama, Mystery

An up-and-coming journalist finds his world and faith increasingly challenged when he's granted the interview of a lifetime - with someone who claims to be God.

Director: Perry Lang | Stars: Brenton Thwaites, Yael Grobglas, David Strathairn, Hill Harper

Votes: 2,112 | Gross: $1.25M

32. Samson (2018)

PG-13 | 110 min | Action, Drama

17 Metascore

After losing the love of his life to a cruel Philistine prince, a young Hebrew with Supernatural strength defends his people, sacrificing everything to avenge his love, his people, and his God.

Directors: Bruce Macdonald, Gabriel Sabloff | Stars: Taylor James, Billy Zane, Lindsay Wagner, Caitlin Leahy

Votes: 3,540 | Gross: $4.72M

33. The Miracle Season (2018)

PG | 101 min | Drama, Sport

44 Metascore

After the tragic death of star volleyball player Caroline "Line" Found, a team of dispirited high school girls must band together under the guidance of their tough-love coach in hopes of winning the state championship.

Director: Sean McNamara | Stars: Helen Hunt, Erin Moriarty, William Hurt, Danika Yarosh

Votes: 3,382 | Gross: $10.23M

34. Indivisible (II) (2018)

PG-13 | 119 min | Drama, War

53 Metascore

INDIVISIBLE is the extraordinary true story of Army Chaplain Darren Turner and his wife Heather. When war etches battle scars on their hearts, they face one more battle: the fight to save their marriage. One marriage, one family, under God.

Director: David G. Evans | Stars: Sarah Drew, Justin Bruening, Jason George, Tia Mowry-Hardrict

Votes: 843 | Gross: $3.51M

35. God Bless the Broken Road (2018)

PG | 111 min | Drama, Family, Romance

31 Metascore

While grieving the loss of her husband, a financially struggling widow meets a race car driver.

Director: Harold Cronk | Stars: Matthew Derek Davis, Arthur Cartwright, Adam Agee, Liam Matthews

Votes: 641 | Gross: $2.85M

36. The Long Goodbye-The Kara Tippetts Story (2019)

89 min | Documentary

Kara Tippetts, a wife and young mother with terminal breast cancer shares the raw edges of dying with grace, dignity and a sense of humor.

Director: Jay Lyons | Stars: Kara Tippetts, Ann Voskamp, Joanna Gaines, Joni Eareckson Tada

Votes: 17

37. A Dog's Way Home (2019)

PG | 96 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

50 Metascore

A female dog travels four hundred miles in search of her owner throughout a Colorado wilderness.

Director: Charles Martin Smith | Stars: Ashley Judd, Jonah Hauer-King, Edward James Olmos, Alexandra Shipp

Votes: 8,195 | Gross: $41.95M

38. Run the Race (2018)

PG | 101 min | Drama, Sport

35 Metascore

Against the backdrop of high school football and track, two brothers in a small Southern town face escalating problems with two different world views, straining - but ultimately strengthening - the bonds of brotherhood.

Director: Chris Dowling | Stars: Tanner Stine, Kristoffer Polaha, Evan Hofer, Kelsey Reinhardt

Votes: 778 | Gross: $6.42M

39. Unbroken: Path to Redemption (2018)

PG-13 | 98 min | Biography, Drama

39 Metascore

The next amazing chapter of Olympian and World War II hero Louis Zamperini's powerful true story of forgiveness, redemption, and amazing grace.

Director: Harold Cronk | Stars: Samuel Hunt, Merritt Patterson, Bobby Campo, David Sakurai

Votes: 1,518 | Gross: $6.22M

40. Unbroken (I) (2014)

PG-13 | 137 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

59 Metascore

After a near-fatal plane crash in WWII, Olympian Louis Zamperini spends a harrowing 47 days in a raft with two fellow crewmen before he's caught by the Japanese navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp.

Director: Angelina Jolie | Stars: Jack O'Connell, Miyavi, Domhnall Gleeson, Garrett Hedlund

Votes: 130,760 | Gross: $115.64M

41. Beautifully Broken (2018)

PG-13 | 108 min | Drama

A refugee's escape, a prisoner's promise, and a daughter's painful secret converge in this inspiring real life story of hope. As three fathers fight to save their families, their lives ... See full summary »

Director: Eric Welch | Stars: Benjamin A. Onyango, Scott William Winters, Emily Hahn, Caitlin Nicol-Thomas

Votes: 273 | Gross: $1.21M

42. Paul, Apostle of Christ (2018)

PG-13 | 108 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

52 Metascore

The story covers Paul going from the most infamous persecutor of Christians to Jesus Christ's most influential apostle.

Director: Andrew Hyatt | Stars: Jim Caviezel, James Faulkner, Olivier Martinez, Joanne Whalley

Votes: 5,792 | Gross: $17.56M

43. Son of God (2014)

PG-13 | 138 min | Biography, Drama, History

37 Metascore

The life story of Jesus is told from his humble birth through his teachings, crucifixion and ultimate resurrection.

Director: Christopher Spencer | Stars: Diogo Morgado, Amber Rose Revah, Greg Hicks, Adrian Schiller

Votes: 17,637 | Gross: $59.70M

44. A.D. The Bible Continues (2015)

44 min | Drama

Follows the book of ACTS. Shows the complete message of Christ and the transformation of Saul to Paul and how the high priest of Judea does not believe in what has taken place after the Crucifixion of Christ.

Stars: Richard Coyle, Vincent Regan, Adam Levy, Joanne Whalley

Votes: 4,013

45. The Bible (2013)

TV-14 | 440 min | Documentary, Action, Drama

A religious historical dramatic miniseries about God's creation and physical landmark events leading up to the Crucifixion and Resurrection of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Stars: Keith David, Robert Powell, Jake Canuso, Diogo Morgado

Votes: 9,979

46. Like Arrows (2018)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama

When conflict, rebellion and resentment overwhelm their family, Charlie and Alice are forced to change their parenting strategy, and are surprised to find effective, life-long solutions were closer than they imagined.

Director: Kevin Peeples | Stars: Micah Lynn Hanson, Alan Powell, Elizabeth Becka, Garry Nation

Votes: 202 | Gross: $0.84M

47. The Dating Project (2017)

Not Rated | 71 min | Documentary