Dr. Diane Howard; Movie Editor, Reviewer; Interviews Principals for Top Movies, TV

by DrDianeHoward | created - 25 May 2019 | updated - 22 Dec 2021 | Public

Diane Howard, Ph.D. (Performance Studies), movie/TV editor, publicist, reviewer interviews top directors, actors, producers, as well as writers, for leading redemptive, family movies & TV with the best content and artistry for the Good of our world (see https://fruitinthedesert.com/Fruits/interviews/)

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1. Greyhound (2020)

PG-13 | 91 min | Action, Drama, History

64 Metascore

Several months after the U.S. entry into World War II, an inexperienced U.S. Navy commander must lead an Allied convoy being stalked by a German submarine wolf pack.

Director: Aaron Schneider | Stars: Tom Hanks, Elisabeth Shue, Stephen Graham, Matt Helm

Votes: 100,069

2. American Underdog (2021)

PG | 112 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

53 Metascore

The story of NFL MVP and Hall of Fame quarterback Kurt Warner, who went from stocking shelves at a supermarket to becoming an American Football star.

Directors: Andrew Erwin, Jon Erwin | Stars: Zachary Levi, Anna Paquin, Hayden Zaller, Ser'Darius Blain

Votes: 16,273

3. Dear Evan Hansen (2021)

PG-13 | 137 min | Drama, Musical

39 Metascore

Film adaptation of the Tony and Grammy Award-winning musical about Evan Hansen, a high school senior with Social Anxiety disorder and his journey of self-discovery and acceptance following the suicide of a fellow classmate.

Director: Stephen Chbosky | Stars: Ben Platt, Julianne Moore, Kaitlyn Dever, Amy Adams

Votes: 15,494

4. Against the Tide: Finding God in an Age of Science (2020)

128 min | Documentary

Against The Tide takes viewers on a journey from Oxford to Israel as John Lennox and Kevin Sorbo unpack and analyze theological and scientific evidence of God. "One of the best apologist documentaries ever made." (Crosswalk)

Director: Iain Morris | Stars: John Lennox, Kevin Sorbo

Votes: 57

5. A Week Away (2021)

TV-PG | 94 min | Drama, Family, Musical

32 Metascore

With nowhere left to go, Will Hawkins finds himself at camp for the first time. His instinct is to run, but he finds a friend, a father figure, and even a girl who awakens his heart. Most of all, he finally finds a home.

Director: Roman White | Stars: Kevin Quinn, Bailee Madison, Jahbril Cook, Kat Conner Sterling

Votes: 4,893

6. Colors of Character (2020)

Documentary

Steve Skipper is one of America's most prolific and honored artists. His works have hung in the Professional Football Hall of Fame, the U.S. Capitol, the International Motorsports Hall of ... See full synopsis »

Director: Chris Danielson | Stars: Don Keith, Steve Skipper

Votes: 11

7. A Father's Legacy (2020)

90 min | Drama

A young man sets out to find the father he never knew.

Director: Jason Mac | Stars: Tobin Bell, Jason Mac, Rebeca Robles, Michael Aaron Milligan

Votes: 969

8. Overcomer (2019)

PG | 119 min | Drama, Family, Sport

17 Metascore

A high-school basketball coach is asked to take over the cross-country program, where he encounters a troubled teen.

Director: Alex Kendrick | Stars: Alex Kendrick, Priscilla C. Shirer, Cameron Arnett, Shari Rigby

Votes: 5,141 | Gross: $26.25M

9. Tolkien (2019)

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

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: 42,314 | Gross: $4.54M

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: 51 | Gross: $1.19M

11. 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, Tristan Beint

Votes: 757 | Gross: $0.62M

12. 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: 53

13. Patterns of Evidence: Moses Controversy (2019)

Not Rated | 140 min | Documentary

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

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

Votes: 128

14. 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: 18,691 | Gross: $41.95M

15. The Biggest Little Farm (2018)

PG | 91 min | Documentary

73 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, Todd, Alan York

Votes: 8,026 | Gross: $4.37M

16. 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: 79,527 | Gross: $99.22M

17. 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 worldviews, straining--but ultimately strengthening--the bonds of brotherhood.

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

Votes: 1,594 | Gross: $6.42M

18. 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: 4,154 | Gross: $5.73M

19. Unbroken: Path to Redemption (2018)

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

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: 3,276 | Gross: $6.22M

20. 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, William Matthews

Votes: 1,124 | Gross: $2.85M

21. Beautifully Broken (2018)

PG-13 | 108 min | Drama

As three fathers fight to save their families, their lives become intertwined in an unlikely journey across the globe, where they learn the healing power of forgiveness and reconciliation.

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

Votes: 442 | Gross: $1.21M

22. 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: David Strathairn, Brenton Thwaites, Yael Grobglas, Charlbi Dean

Votes: 4,162 | Gross: $1.25M

23. Buttons, A New Musical Film (I) (2018)

PG | 115 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

Follow the heartwarming journey of two orphan girls whose only wish is to find a home for Christmas. With a little help from their guardian angels (Dick Van Dyke and Dame Angela Lansbury), they discover miracles can happen when you believe.

Director: Tim Janis | Stars: Alivia Clark, Kate Winslet, Robert Redford, Dick Van Dyke

Votes: 597 | Gross: $0.15M

24. 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 that effective, life-long solutions were closer than they thought.

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

Votes: 548 | Gross: $0.84M

25. Heaven Is for Real (2014)

PG | 99 min | Biography, Drama, Family

47 Metascore

A small-town father must find the courage and conviction to share his son's extraordinary, life-changing experience with the world.

Director: Randall Wallace | Stars: Greg Kinnear, Kelly Reilly, Thomas Haden Church, Connor Corum

Votes: 27,556 | Gross: $91.44M

26. 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: 16,678 | Gross: $83.48M

27. 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 God.

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

Votes: 4,700 | Gross: $4.72M

28. 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: 84,076 | Gross: $45.82M

29. 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: 8,614 | Gross: $40.85M

30. 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: Mel Gibson, Mel Novak, Gary Sinise, Barbara Leigh

Votes: 200 | Gross: $1.23M

31. 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: 167,250 | Gross: $132.42M

32. 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: 2,933 | Gross: $7.23M

33. 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: 4,937 | Gross: $47.32M

34. 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: 8,345 | Gross: $6.42M

35. 6 Below: Miracle on the Mountain (2017)

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

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: 7,848

36. 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: 1,126 | Gross: $2.59M

37. Chappaquiddick (2017)

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

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: 13,847 | Gross: $17.40M

38. 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: 39,472 | Gross: $11.96M

39. 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: 1,810 | Gross: $5.80M

40. 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: Mike Vogel, Erika Christensen, Faye Dunaway, Frankie Faison

Votes: 9,436 | Gross: $14.68M

41. 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: 33

42. Kirk Cameron: Connect (II) (2018)

Not Rated | 70 min | Documentary

Smart phones have created a new parenting imperative: equipping kids to thrive in an ever-changing digital space while avoiding the dangers that come with social media. What Kirk Cameron learned from experts will challenge and encourage.

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

Votes: 135

43. My Daddy's in Heaven (2017)

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