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  • “Casanova Brown,” “Thunder Rock” (Movie Reviews-9/15/44)

    09/15/2014 4:12:03 AM PDT · by Homer_J_Simpson · 5 replies
    Microfilm-New York Times archives, Monterey Public Library | 9/15/44 | Bosley Crowther, P.P.K
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  • No, Christians Should Not Believe in 'Left Behind's' Rapture Theology, Says Prominent Apologist

    07/31/2014 8:11:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 155 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/31/2014 | Morgan Lee
    "This doctrine is not really found in the book of Revelation. If you read the book of Revelation, you won't find any mention of the rapture there," said William Craig, a Research Professor of Philosophy at Talbot School of Theology and Professor of Philosophy at Houston Baptist University. Instead, Craig says, the idea of the rapture comes from a "misinterpretation of 1 and 2 Thessalonians where Paul is describing the coming of the Lord and resurrection of the dead, which will occur at His coming." "If you compare what Paul says there to what Jesus says about the End Times,...
  • “Double Indemnity” (Movie Review-9/7/44)

    09/07/2014 5:34:00 AM PDT · by Homer_J_Simpson · 8 replies
    Microfilm-New York Times archives, Monterey Public Library | 9/7/44 | Bosley Crowther
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  • ‘The Giver’ to ‘The Great Gatsby’: How the Movie Adaptations Stack Up to the Books

    08/31/2014 4:44:38 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 55 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 30 | Mariana Marcaletti
    ‘The Giver’ to ‘The Great Gatsby’: How the movie adaptations stack up to the books that inspired themDuring a panel moderated by The Washington Post’s film critic Anne Hornaday — Great Books to Great Movies on Saturday, Aug. 30 at 8 p.m. during the National Book Festival — authors E.L. Doctorow, Alice McDermott, Paul Auster and Lisa See, whose books were made into movies, will discuss and present in a multimedia exhibit clips from films based on their writing. But what happens when really good books fail to live up to people’s expectations in really bad movie adaptations? Or, the...
  • “The Doughgirls,” “Wing and a Prayer” (Movie Reviews-8/31/44)

    08/31/2014 4:24:44 AM PDT · by Homer_J_Simpson · 17 replies
    Microfilm-New York Times archives, Monterey Public Library | 8/31/44 | P.P.K., T.M.P.
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  • The Giver — Love, Choice, and the Limits of Perfection

    08/30/2014 2:54:46 PM PDT · by TBP · 12 replies
    Celebration Center ^ | August 30, 2014 | Tim Phares, RScP
    “If the world were perfect, it wouldn’t be,” as Yogi Berra once said. If you want to understand what this means, go see The Giver. The Giver is in the great dystopian tradition of Animal Farm and 1984, Brave New World, Atlas Shrugged, The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress, and so many more. (It also evoked for me memories of the Ring cycle and Lord of the Rings.) It takes place in a “perfect” society that has eliminated war, pain, suffering, differences and choice. They have created a society where everyone is equal (except those who are “more equal,” of...
  • “Kismet,” “Are These Our Parents?” (Movie Reviews-8/23/44)

    08/23/2014 4:13:52 AM PDT · by Homer_J_Simpson · 6 replies
    Microfilm-New York Times archives, Monterey Public Library | 8/23/44 | P.P.K., T.M.P.
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  • The Most Pro-American Movie of 2014?

    08/16/2014 5:15:59 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 15, 2014 | John Hanlon
    Editor's note: This article is cross-posted at JohnHanlonReviews.com The first amendment to the Constitution prevents the federal government from infringing on five fundamental freedoms. The amendment states that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” Those are basic freedoms we all enjoy as Americans and ones that are often still under assault (the incidents this week in Ferguson, Missouri prove that). They...
  • “Hail the Conquering Hero” (Movie Review-8/10/44)

    08/10/2014 5:54:51 AM PDT · by Homer_J_Simpson · 8 replies
    Microfilm-New York Times archives, Monterey Public Library | 8/10/44 | Bosley Crowther, Sam Zolotow
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  • Oprah's New Movie,"Hundred Foot Journey".Anyone Anxious To See It?,What If It Bombs?

    08/06/2014 6:13:21 PM PDT · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 49 replies
    Did anyone see the ad for this film?God,how pathetic!"It's Deliciously Funny",according to some far left critics."Can't Wait To Taste The Movie"!Well,more or less,something like that.The movie promo is making it sound like it's going to be the next Forrest Gump or Titanic.We can only hope that "The Hundred Foot Journey" debuts at number 10.America gave up on Oprah way back in 2007/08 when she had declared that Obama was our modern day Jesus and was going to bring World Peace!&Will Keep Putin In Check!
  • Christians and Gun Owners Portrayed Well in New Movie

    08/01/2014 8:42:30 PM PDT · by Pharmboy · 17 replies
    Pharmboy ^ | 8-1-14 | Pharmboy
    Mrs. Pharmboy and I saw Richard Linklater's "Boyhood" a few hours ago. It was brilliant.It took him 12 years to do this movie, following the principles through time with the focus on Mason Jr., who starts out as a 7 year old and finishes with his first day of college. The only actors you would know are Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke, and both are great. But the reason I am writing this is to let you Freepers know that this movie has a huge surprise: at Mason's small birthday party celebrated at stepmother's parent's house, his step grandma gives...
  • “Wilson” (Movie Review-8/2/44)

    08/02/2014 4:20:28 AM PDT · by Homer_J_Simpson · 24 replies
    Microfilm-New York Times archives, Monterey Public Library | 8/2/44 | Bosley Crowther
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  • Lois Lowry's 'The Giver' a Portent of What Might Be?

    07/29/2014 11:11:55 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 29, 2014 | Cal Thomas
    Editor's Note: This column contains spoilers and plot details for the upcoming movie The Giver. With his approval numbers sinking to 39 percent a week ago, according to the Gallup tracking poll, President Obama isn't alone in having a bad summer. So is Hollywood. Entertainment Weekly calls gross receipts for what should have been a blockbuster July 4-6 weekend "downright terrifying." Writes EW, "Not only were grosses down 45 percent from last year's holiday, according to Boxofficemojo.com, but it was Hollywood's worst July 4 weekend since 1999. (And that's not taking into account inflation. In fact, this was the worst...
  • “The Canterville Ghost,” “Shadows in the Night” (Movie Reviews-7/29/44)

    07/29/2014 4:22:11 AM PDT · by Homer_J_Simpson · 9 replies
    Microfilm-New York Times archives, Monterey Public Library | 7/29/44 | Bosley Crowther, P.P.K
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  • “Step Lively,” “Two Soldiers” (Movie Reviews-7/27/44)

    07/27/2014 4:35:35 AM PDT · by Homer_J_Simpson · 3 replies
    Microfilm-New York Times archives, Monterey Public Library | 7/27/44 | Bosley Crowther, P.P.K.
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  • D'Souza's America

    07/22/2014 1:41:19 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 22, 2014 | Jack Kerwick
    Its friends in the media would have us think that Dinesh D’ Souza’s latest cinematic work, America: Imagine a World Without Her, is worth seeing because of the effectiveness with which D’ Souza demolishes the standard leftist charges leveled against the United States. I come away from this film with a dramatically different response. While D’ Souza is to be commended for establishing, by way of quite a few tidbits that promise to be news to most viewers, America hardly has a monopoly on “oppression,” what he gives with one hand D’ Souza takes with the other: D’ Souza not...
  • Class warfare erupts with real guns(Movie review!)

    07/21/2014 5:47:32 AM PDT · by rktman · 32 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 7/21/2014 | Drew Zahn
    The film begins in formulaic fashion, introducing us slowly to the ensemble cast that is about to flee for their lives for the rest of the movie, while also giving us the backstory on how a government group called “The New Founding Fathers” have instituted “the Purge,” while Internet preachers rail against it as a form of false, secular religion. Then the sirens go off, the population huddles behind closed doors and “commencement” of the purge begins with ticking clock, an excellent suspense element.
  • “Since You Went Away,” “Dragon Seed” (Movie Reviews-7/21/44)

    07/21/2014 4:16:16 AM PDT · by Homer_J_Simpson · 11 replies
    Microfilm-New York Times archives, Monterey Public Library | 7/21/44 | Bosley Crowther, P.P.K.
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  • Kopechne- The Movie

    07/19/2014 9:13:31 AM PDT · by A'elian' nation · 35 replies
    Twitchy ^ | July 19, 2114 | Brian Cates
    Lest we forget, it was 55 years ago ( July 18, 1969 ) that Ted Kennedy crawled and slimed his way to land and Armstrong landed on the moon ( July 20th). Progressives should not be allowed to forget the anniversary of the death of Mary Jo Kopechne and the real war on women. A blogger named Brian Cates on Twitchy has given a riveting accounting of the hour by hour actions of the infamous and duplicitous Ted Kennedy. At the end of the blog a poster calling himself the DivingPetrel imagined how an Oliver Stone Hollywood would re-enact the...
  • Box Office Down; Anti-Obama 'Purge' Rules, 'Sex Tape' Bombs

    07/19/2014 8:06:16 AM PDT · by markomalley · 33 replies
    Big Hollywood ^ | 7/19/2014 | John Nolte
    According to Nikki Finke the weekend box office is not only refusing to recover, it has slipped even further behind with a stunning 29% drop over last year. Despite all the industry happy talk around "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," the sequel opened well below where other under-performers have this summer and has no dropped 53% from last weekend. "Dawn" will do fine, no question, but within the context of what this summer needs, it is nothing close to a savior, nor were this weekend's three wide releases. "Planes: Fire & Rescue," "Sex Tape," and "Purge: Anarchy" offered...
  • New Film Exposes and Mocks “Progressives”

    07/18/2014 7:53:42 AM PDT · by rktman · 4 replies
    canadafreepress.com ^ | 7/18/2014 | Cliff Kincaid
    Former FBI informant in the Weather Underground, Larry Grathwohl, is one of the stars of Joel Gilbert’s new film, “There’s No Place Like Utopia,” which is premiering in Denver on Friday and then goes nationwide. Friday, July 18, also happens to be “Blog About Larry Day,” to remember his service to the nation and his untimely death last year. His friend Tina Trent says, “we are asking that bloggers, radio folks, podcasters, and others in the media use July 18th to tell the truth about violent leftist radicals like Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn and their ilk.” She adds, “Their...
  • 25 best Texas movies of all time

    07/18/2014 10:23:53 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 107 replies
    DFW.com ^ | July 16, 2014 | Cary Darling, Robert Philpot and Preston Jones
    We round up our 25 favorite films set in Texas. If you’ve seen them, maybe it's time to see them again. If you haven’t seen them, what are you waiting for?
  • Dinesh D'Souza movie "AMERICA"

    07/09/2014 6:06:24 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 40 replies
    Vanity
    My take on the movie "AMERICA"
  • America, Imagine the World Without Her. moving up the records

    07/06/2014 11:55:58 AM PDT · by FreeAtlanta · 22 replies
    boxofficemojo.com ^ | 7/6/2014 | freeAtlanta- vanity
    Dinesh D'Souza's wonderful movie is moving up the Documentary ranks. As of posting this, it is #11 on the Political Documentary list. Political DocumentariesAll of us should have the goal to get this movie to #1 to pass the liar Michael Moore and his anti-American hit piece. I hope we can help this movie get there. Currently, it has grossed 4 million in 1,105 theaters. The liar's movie had 119 million and was in 2,011 theaters.
  • [Vanity:] I have an idea -- Let's take Dinesh's movie VIRAL -- A MILLION DVD MARCH!!

    07/06/2014 2:59:45 PM PDT · by Maceman · 22 replies
    July 6, 2014 | Maceman
    OK -- I just saw the movie "America." Needless to say, I think all conservatives should see it. But we need to do more than preach to the choir. Because this movie not only refutes the 30-year libel and slander of our great nation by the Zinn/Alinsky left, but it also shines the spotlight on Hillary's and Obama's efforts to destroy our nation, by NAME -- all the while presenting a powerful positive message about who we are and what it really means to be an American. So I think we need to put this important film in the face...
  • Rex Reed: Melissa McCarthy Gives ‘Tammy’ Her All, but It’s Nowhere Near Enough

    07/04/2014 11:10:56 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 44 replies
    New York Observer ^ | July 3, 2014 | Rex Reed
    The good news is that Tammy is not a crappy remake of the 1957 Tammy movie with Debbie Reynolds that spawned three sequels and a TV comedy series. The bad news is that this one is much worse. It’s a desperate and brainless vehicle for Melissa McCarthy, which she wrote herself, with her husband, Ben Falcone, who also directed, with all the efficiency and verve of an abandoned Volkswagen on the Jersey Turnpike. There isn’t a single shred of evidence that either of them has one iota of talent in the world of filmmaking. Tammy is not just a celebration...
  • Watch some great movies on Independence Day: "Johnny Tremain" and "The Swamp Fox"

    07/04/2014 4:19:00 AM PDT · by ken5050 · 25 replies
    one man's opinion...
    Those of us of a certain age can actually remember when Disney made great, great films, without an agenda. "Davy Crockett," "Daniel Boone" "The Great Locomotive Chase," introduced me, as a youngster, to American history. And there were no better depictions of the birth of our nation, our struggle for independence from Britain, than "Johnny Tremain" and "The Swamp Fox." Below you'll find links to clips and complete episodes. So enjoy.....
  • “The Hairy Ape” (Movie Review-7/3/44)

    07/03/2014 5:25:27 AM PDT · by Homer_J_Simpson · 6 replies
    Microfilm-New York Times archives, Monterey Public Library | 7/3/44 | P.P.K., Sam Zolotow
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  • Left 'comes out screaming' against D'Souza's Film -- 'America'

    07/01/2014 3:08:44 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 07/01/2014 | Jerome Corsi
    NEW YORK – The political left is coming out “screaming,” with “guns blazing,” in an attempt to dampen the audience for the highly anticipated film “America: Imagine a World Without Her,” its maker told WND just before its Hollywood premiere. Dinesh D’Souza recalled that the left’s strategy with his first political documentary, “2016: Obama’s America,” was to ignore it. “You would almost not know ’2016′ existed if you just followed the leftist press and their Internet blogs,” D’Souza told WND in an exclusive phone interview. “It was only when the pied piper Obama came out yelling that everybody else on...
  • Report: 'Apes' Sequel Pushes Gun Control

    06/29/2014 7:38:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 84 replies
    Breitbart's Big Hollywood ^ | June 29, 2014 | Christian Toto
    Audiences will get more than a dystopian future when they line up to see Dawn of the Planet of the Apes next month. The second film in the rebooted Planet of the Apes franchise reportedly packs a pro-gun control message, according to a new review of the film in Variety. The story also touches on environmental fear mongering, albeit in a reduced fashion compared to the first installment. The “Apes” franchise has always been a politically loaded one, and this latest entry states its left-wing credo in ways both allegorically implicit and bluntly direct. (You’d have to be pretty obtuse...
  • “Home in Indiana” (Movie Review-6/22/44)

    06/22/2014 5:34:01 AM PDT · by Homer_J_Simpson · 15 replies
    Microfilm-New York Times archives, Monterey Public Library | 6/22/44 | Bosley Crowther
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  • “Two Girls and a Sailor,” “People’s Avengers” (Movie Reviews-6/15/44)

    06/15/2014 5:15:15 AM PDT · by Homer_J_Simpson · 11 replies
    Microfilm-New York Times archives, Monterey Public Library | 6/15/44 | Bosley Crowther, P.P.K.
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  • “The Story of Dr. Wassell,” “They Met in Moscow,” “Song of the Open Road” (Movie Reviews-6/7/44)

    06/07/2014 5:36:47 AM PDT · by Homer_J_Simpson · 5 replies
    Microfilm-New York Times archives, Monterey Public Library | 6/4/44 | Bosley Crowther, T.M.P., P.P.K.
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  • “Mr. Skeffington,” “Three Men in White” (Movie Reviews-5/26/44)

    05/26/2014 4:51:10 AM PDT · by Homer_J_Simpson · 3 replies
    Microfilm-New York Times archives, Monterey Public Library | 5/26/44 | Bosley Crowther, P.P.K.
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  • Movie review: Godzilla [no spoilers ]

    05/17/2014 7:59:48 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 94 replies
    Godzilla | Vince Ferrer
    The new Godzilla is out, and while I'm not the biggest fan I saw it last night and enjoyed it. Some dissapointing statements were made by the filmmaker about the film being about climate change. Seeing the film, I don't understand how he would make that connection other than to score Hollywood points. That isn't what it is about. The original film was about the destructive power of the atomic bomb, and the beliefs that despite our technological arrogance, nature was still in control. This is the opposite of saying that emitting some carbon dioxide can destroy the Earth. Happily,...
  • Rogerebert.com on 'Mom's Night Out' - 'Depressingly Regressive and Borderline Dangerous'

    05/12/2014 9:01:42 PM PDT · by This Just In · 31 replies
    Big Hollywood ^ | May 11, 2014 | Breitbart News
    The new comedy Mom's Night Out features a stay-at-home mother who finally gets the chance to cut loose with her girlfriends. Chaos ensues, and so do a few faith-friendly messages for the masses.
  • Film Review: ‘Godzilla’

    05/12/2014 11:42:57 AM PDT · by C19fan · 51 replies
    Variety ^ | May 10, 2014 | Peter Debruge
    Someone should tell Warner Bros. that when they’ve got a presence as big as Godzilla, they don’t need movie stars, because frankly, who remembers the characters in a rampaging-kaiju movie anyway? Still, just to be safe, the studio has stuffed Gareth Edwards’ deafening, effects-driven reboot with an Oscar winner (Juliette Binoche), three Oscar nominees (Ken Watanabe, Sally Hawkins and David Strathairn), an Emmy winner (Bryan Cranston) and an Olsen sister, leaving scarcely enough screen time for the monster itself. Worldwide B.O. will be massive when “Godzilla” stomps into theaters beginning May 14, bound to crush the $379 million earned by...
  • “The White Cliffs of Dover” (Movie Review-5/12/44)

    05/12/2014 4:19:55 AM PDT · by Homer_J_Simpson · 4 replies
    Microfilm-New York Times archives, Monterey Public Library | 5/12/44 | Bosley Crowther, John Martin
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  • “Pin Up Girl,” “The Hour Before the Dawn,” “Show Business” (Movie Reviews-5/11/44)

    05/11/2014 4:56:45 AM PDT · by Homer_J_Simpson · 5 replies
    Microfilm-New York Times archives, Monterey Public Library | 5/11/44 | Bosley Crowther, T.M.P., P.P.K., Sam Zolotow, Noel Straus
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  • “Gaslight,” Andy Hardy’s Blonde Trouble” (Movie Reviews-5/5/44)

    05/05/2014 4:57:27 AM PDT · by Homer_J_Simpson · 11 replies
    Microfilm-New York Times archives, Monterey Public Library | 5/5/44 | Bosley Crowther, P.P.K., Noel Straus
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  • “The Adventures of Mark Twain” (Movie Review-5/4/44)

    05/04/2014 5:12:11 AM PDT · by Homer_J_Simpson · 4 replies
    Microfilm-New York Times archives, Monterey Public Library | 5/4/44 | Bosley Crowther
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  • “Going My Way,” “Jam Session” (Movie Reviews-5/3/44)

    05/03/2014 4:25:04 AM PDT · by Homer_J_Simpson · 12 replies
    Microfilm-New York Times archives, Monterey Public Library | 5/3/44 | Bosley Crowther, P.P.K.
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  • Movie Review: Enemy

    04/30/2014 5:52:19 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 1 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 30 2014 | Greg Gutfeld
    Share This: I rarely review movies, unless something interesting comes along and then disappears quickly, without fanfare. “Enemy” is one of those forgotten treats. It came out a few months ago, and now, it’s already on ITunes. I suggest you watch it. Don’t blame me if you hate it. Well, okay - blame me. For most reviewers, it came off as a bombastic, amateurish, murky tale about a man finding his exact replica in a rented film. It’s been described as self-consciously deep - a beginner’s attempt at appearing sophisticated by shrouding plot with ambiguity, darkness and shocking imagery. It’s...
  • “Follow the Boys,” “Seven Days Ashore” (Movie Reviews-4/26/44)

    04/26/2014 4:51:13 AM PDT · by Homer_J_Simpson · 1 replies
    Microfilm-New York Times archives, Monterey Public Library | 4/26/44 | Bosley Crowther
  • "Heaven is for Real" Review

    "Heaven is for Real" Review A couple of years ago some people in the church in which I served at the time began asking me one by one about a book they had read. While they had really liked the book, they had some questions about it and some things just didn't seem right to them. So I concluded that it was my duty at that point to read...you guessed it...The Shack. I read the book and posted a strongly critical review online as a way to help people see the danger in that novel.
  • Hollywood plays to the faithful, finds hits with God

    04/20/2014 5:32:35 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | 04/20/2014 | Ronald Grover and Chris Michaud
    (Reuters) - Hollywood has embraced God in a big - and lucrative - way. The movie "Heaven is for Real," which depicts the story of a young boy who claims to have visited heaven during a near death experience, is the fourth faith-based film this year to stir movie-going audiences with impressive box office numbers. Made for $12 million, the film, which stars Greg Kinnear, collected $21.5 million over the Easter weekend in U.S. and Canadian theaters, finishing third at the box office behind bigger budget films "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" from Walt Disney and "Rio 2" from Fox....
  • Johnny Depp Bombs in “Transcendence” with Shocking $11.5 Mil weekend

    04/20/2014 4:29:44 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 54 replies
    Showbiz 411 ^ | April 19, 2014
    Johnny Depp’s “Transcendence” bombed last night as expected, taking in just $11.5 million. That’s a disaster for a $150 million movie. This is Depp’s second major flop at the box office, following the catastrophic “Lone Ranger.” And now this poses an important question: can Depp open a movie that isn’t “Pirates of the Caribbean”? The answer is No. He’s made zillions from the Disney adventure movies.
  • Book Review: “Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back”

    03/11/2011 9:41:31 AM PST · by Dr. Scarpetta · 34 replies · 2+ views
    stevansheets.com ^ | 1/25/11 | Stevan Sheets
    The story follows the Burpo family through months of trying times all culminating with their 3-year-old son Colton’s appendix bursting and his near-death. A few months after this incident, while on a family-trip, Colton began to reveal that during his surgery he actually visited Heaven. The details with which Colton described his time in Heaven are absolutely incredible. I am grateful to the Burpo family for allowing readers to be brought into this incredible story. As I read the book, there were a few times where I literally dropped my phone to my chest (was reading it on my Kindle...
  • "Heaven is for Real" Reviewed

    03/15/2011 8:11:04 AM PDT · by alleyesonCHRIST · 8 replies · 1+ views
    all eyes on CHRIST ^ | 3/15/2011 | Charle C. Matthews
    Heaven is for Real is a terrifically entertaining story about a young 4 year old boy's venture to Heaven and back again. I would advise this book as a read for most anyone seeking encouragement, wondering about Heaven, or just seeking an interesting story written in a different perspective. I would strongly suggest this book for anyone that has lost a small child, a child in the womb, or who has recently lost a loved one in general. The story centers around 4 year old Colton Burpo, an "all boy" youngster from Iowa, who loves swords, super heroes, and his...
  • His Résumé Before the Age of 4: "I Saw Jesus on a Horse"

    04/16/2014 5:43:49 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 51 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 16, 2014 | Jeannette Catsoulis
    The wooing of religious moviegoers — a delicate operation, as the “Noah” backlash attests — has been ramping up lately, with major players like Ridley Scott and Ben Kingsley mining the Bible for box office gold. But if there’s such a thing as a safe bet in this genre, it’s “Heaven Is for Real,” a Christian sermon that even the most doctrinaire believer can applaud.