Dr. Diane Howard, Movie Journalist, Interviews for Top Movies, TV

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Diane Howard, Ph.D. (Performance Studies), interviews top directors, actors, producers, as well as writers, for leading redemptive, family movies and TV as gifts for the Good of our world (see https://fruitinthedesert.com/Fruits/interviews/)

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1. 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

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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

8. 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

9. 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

10. 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

11. 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

12. 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

13. 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

14. 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

15. 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

16. 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

17. 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

18. 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

19. 12 Strong (2018)

R | 130 min | Action, Drama, History

54 Metascore

12 Strong tells the story of the first Special Forces team deployed to Afghanistan after 9/11; under the leadership of a new captain, the team must work with an Afghan warlord to take down the Taliban.

Director: Nicolai Fuglsig | Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon, Michael Peña, Navid Negahban

Votes: 51,325 | Gross: $45.50M

20. The Star (2017)

PG | 86 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

42 Metascore

A small but brave donkey and his animal friends become the unsung heroes of the first Christmas.

Director: Timothy Reckart | Stars: Steven Yeun, Keegan-Michael Key, Aidy Bryant, Gina Rodriguez

Votes: 5,219 | Gross: $40.85M

21. Steve McQueen: American Icon (2017)

Not Rated | 120 min | Documentary, Biography

Steve McQueen truly is an American Icon. One of America's most endearing and intriguing movie stars, he "is still the King of Cool" according to Esquire Magazine-50 years after the zenith ... See full summary »

Directors: Jon Erwin, Ben Smallbone | Stars: Stan Barrett, Mel Gibson, Barbara Leigh, Steve McQueen

Votes: 133 | Gross: $1.23M

22. Wonder (I) (2017)

PG | 113 min | Drama, Family

66 Metascore

Based on the New York Times bestseller, this movie tells the incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters the fifth grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time.

Director: Stephen Chbosky | Stars: Jacob Tremblay, Owen Wilson, Izabela Vidovic, Julia Roberts

Votes: 113,349 | Gross: $132.42M

23. Let There Be Light (I) (2017)

PG-13 | 100 min | Drama

An atheist goes through a near-death experience in a car accident before converting to Christianity.

Director: Kevin Sorbo | Stars: Kevin Sorbo, Sam Sorbo, Daniel Roebuck, Donielle Artese

Votes: 2,202 | Gross: $7.23M

24. Boo 2! A Madea Halloween (2017)

PG-13 | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror

17 Metascore

Madea, Bam, and Hattie venture to a haunted campground and the group must run for their lives when monsters, goblins, and the boogeyman are unleashed.

Director: Tyler Perry | Stars: Tyler Perry, Cassi Davis, Patrice Lovely, Yousef Erakat

Votes: 3,441 | Gross: $47.32M

25. Same Kind of Different as Me (2017)

PG-13 | 119 min | Biography, Drama

47 Metascore

International art dealer Ron Hall must befriend a dangerous homeless man in order to save his struggling marriage to his wife, a woman whose dreams will lead all three of them on the journey of their lives.

Director: Michael Carney | Stars: Greg Kinnear, Renée Zellweger, Djimon Hounsou, Jon Voight

Votes: 4,483 | Gross: $6.42M

26. 6 Below: Miracle on the Mountain (2017)

PG-13 | 98 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

40 Metascore

An adrenaline seeking snowboarder gets lost in a massive winter storm in the back country of the High Sierras where he is pushed to the limits of human endurance and forced to battle his own personal demons as he fights for survival...."

Director: Scott Waugh | Stars: Josh Hartnett, Mira Sorvino, Sarah Dumont, Kale Culley

Votes: 5,025

27. A Question of Faith (2017)

PG | 104 min | Drama

When tragedy strikes three families, their destiny forces them on a converging path to discover God's love, grace and mercy as the challenges of their fate could also resurrect their beliefs.

Director: Kevan Otto | Stars: Richard T. Jones, Kim Fields, C. Thomas Howell, T.C. Stallings

Votes: 834 | Gross: $2.59M

28. Chappaquiddick (2017)

PG-13 | 106 min | Drama, History, Thriller

67 Metascore

Depicting Ted Kennedy's involvement in the fatal 1969 car accident that claims the life of a young campaign strategist, Mary Jo Kopechne.

Director: John Curran | Stars: Jason Clarke, Kate Mara, Ed Helms, Bruce Dern

Votes: 9,769 | Gross: $17.40M

29. Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017)

PG-13 | 122 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

58 Metascore

Roman J. Israel, Esq., a driven, idealistic defense attorney, finds himself in a tumultuous series of events that lead to a crisis and the necessity for extreme action.

Director: Dan Gilroy | Stars: Denzel Washington, Colin Farrell, Carmen Ejogo, Lynda Gravatt

Votes: 24,008 | Gross: $11.96M

30. All Saints (2017)

PG | 108 min | Drama

63 Metascore

When a group of Burmese refugees join the congregation, the pastor of a failing Anglican church attempts to aid them by planting crops and enlisting the help of the community.

Director: Steve Gomer | Stars: John Corbett, Cara Buono, Myles Moore, Barry Corbin

Votes: 1,247 | Gross: $5.80M

31. The Case for Christ (2017)

PG | 112 min | Biography, Drama

50 Metascore

An investigative journalist and self-proclaimed atheist sets out to disprove the existence of God after his wife becomes a Christian.

Director: Jon Gunn | Stars: Erika Christensen, Faye Dunaway, Frankie Faison, Robert Forster

Votes: 6,584 | Gross: $14.68M

32. Fragments of Truth (2018)

75 min | Documentary

Dr. Craig Evans travels the globe to track down the most ancient New Testament manuscripts. Along the way, he highlights groundbreaking new evidence, demonstrating the reliability of the New Testament manuscripts.

Director: Reuben Evans | Stars: Georgia Angelopoulos, Jacques Berchtold, J. Keith Elliott, Craig A. Evans

Votes: 25

33. Connect (II) (2018)

Not Rated | 70 min | Documentary

In a social media-centered world, the smart phone has become a cultural rite of passage for kids. But is that rite all wrong? How can this generation of parents blaze a new trail to equip ... See full summary »

Director: Caleb Price | Stars: Kirk Cameron, Ian Armstrong, Ken Graves, Kathy Koch

Votes: 81

34. My Daddy's in Heaven (2017)

TV-14 | 92 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

Becca, Adam and their 5-year-old daughter Acie are a perfect family until a tragic accident during a 4th of July celebration kills their father. Struggling with grief, Becky decides she ... See full summary »

Director: Waymon Boone | Stars: Lee Benton, Corbin Bernsen, Michael Aaron Carico, Jenn Gotzon Chandler

Votes: 121

35. Living Biblically (2018)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

An adaptation of the non-fiction book by A.J. Jacobs, in which a man tries to live in accordance with the Bible's teachings as close as possible.

Stars: Jay R. Ferguson, Lindsey Kraft, David Krumholtz, Tony Rock

Votes: 942

36. The Long Road Home (2017– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Action, Biography, Drama

American forces occupying Iraq are ambushed in a Baghdad neighborhood.

Stars: E.J. Bonilla, Jon Beavers, Joey Luthman, Darius Homayoun

Votes: 2,236

37. Frankly Faraci (2017– )

TV-G | 30 min | Talk-Show

Host Matthew Faraci travels country searching for amazing people doing amazing work in their communities and around the world. Frankly Faraci is a Dove Channel Original Series.

Stars: Matthew Faraci, Paul Anderson, Adam Berg, Jason Gray

38. I'll Push You (2017)

100 min | Documentary, Adventure, Drama

It all started with three little words. I'll Push You is an up-close and personal look into the dynamics of a life-long friendship between of two best friends - Justin Skeesuck and Patrick ... See full summary »

Directors: Chris Karcher, Terry Parish | Stars: Patrick Gray, Justin Skeesuck, Ted Hardy, Michael Turner

Votes: 44

39. Tortured for Christ (2018)

77 min | Biography, Drama

A cinematic retelling of the testimony of 'Voice of the Martyrs' founder, Pastor Richard Wurmbrand, as written in his international bestseller "Tortured for Christ".

Director: John Grooters | Stars: Emil Mandanac, Raluca Botez, Eduard Adam, Virgil Aioanei

Votes: 116

40. The Resurrection of Gavin Stone (2016)

PG | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

36 Metascore

A washed-up former child star, forced to do community service at a local megachurch, pretends to be a Christian to land the part of Jesus in their annual Passion Play, only to discover that the most important role of his life is far from Hollywood.

Director: Dallas Jenkins | Stars: Brett Dalton, Anjelah Johnson-Reyes, Neil Flynn, D.B. Sweeney

Votes: 1,574 | Gross: $2.28M

41. Fences (2016)

PG-13 | 139 min | Drama

79 Metascore

A working-class African-American father tries to raise his family in the 1950s, while coming to terms with the events of his life.

Director: Denzel Washington | Stars: Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Jovan Adepo

Votes: 87,602 | Gross: $57.64M

42. Moana (I) (2016)

PG | 107 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

81 Metascore

In Ancient Polynesia, when a terrible curse incurred by the Demigod Maui reaches Moana's island, she answers the Ocean's call to seek out the Demigod to set things right.

Directors: Ron Clements, John Musker, Don Hall, Chris Williams | Stars: Auli'i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Rachel House, Temuera Morrison

Votes: 227,435 | Gross: $248.76M

43. I'm Not Ashamed (2016)

PG-13 | 112 min | Biography, Drama

31 Metascore

The true story of Rachel Joy Scott - the first student killed in the Columbine High School shooting on April 20, 1999.

Director: Brian Baugh | Stars: Masey McLain, Ben Davies, Cameron McKendry, Terri Minton

Votes: 2,821 | Gross: $2.08M

44. Deepwater Horizon (2016)

PG-13 | 107 min | Action, Drama, History

68 Metascore

A dramatization of the disaster in April 2010, when the offshore drilling rig called the Deepwater Horizon exploded, resulting in the worst oil spill in American history.

Director: Peter Berg | Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell, Douglas M. Griffin, James DuMont

Votes: 134,445 | Gross: $61.28M

45. A United Kingdom (2016)

PG-13 | 111 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

65 Metascore

The story of King Seretse Khama of Botswana and how his loving but controversial marriage to a British white woman, Ruth Williams, put his kingdom into political and diplomatic turmoil.

Director: Amma Asante | Stars: David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike, Tom Felton, Jack Davenport

Votes: 12,340 | Gross: $3.90M

46. Laughing at the Moon (2016)

PG | Comedy

Somewhere in the city, inside a small loft apartment, three unsuspecting people are about to encounter something very strange...but they just might find the meaning of life. This is a ... See full summary »

Director: Alyssa Addison | Stars: Alyssa Addison, Erin Bethea, Carrie B. Thompson, Jennifer Loveday

Votes: 22

47. Hacksaw Ridge (2016)

R | 139 min | Biography, Drama, History

71 Metascore

World War II American Army Medic Desmond T. Doss, who served during the Battle of Okinawa, refuses to kill people, and becomes the first man in American history to receive the Medal of Honor without firing a shot.

Director: Mel Gibson | Stars: Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey, Teresa Palmer

Votes: 371,106 | Gross: $67.21M

48. Sully (2016)

PG-13 | 96 min | Biography, Drama