The animated movie is family friendly, for the most part, but creepy gargoyle villains and bats could be very scary for small children. Read our review. read more
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There’s a famous line from a Robert Burns’ poem that goes, “The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry.” That’s perhaps because men try to order their own steps instead of listening to what God has for them—and that’s exactly the revelation a group of friends receive in the Pure Flix film This Is Our Time. read more
Iron Man 3 releases nationwide to critical acclaim. Charisma recently reviewed the film and encourages parents to exercise extreme caution in letting youngsters watch this very intense blockbuster superhero flick. Read our review. read more
Baseball movies are a special breed. Either a film has “it,” or it doesn't. 42 releases in theaters today and Charisma's reviewer says the movie has "it". Read the review. read more
This prequel-like tale may have lessons about friendship, selflessness and goodness, but is it suitable for children, and does it live up to its predecessor, The Wizard of Oz? Read to find out. read more
The action-adventure genre doesn’t normally fall under the category of family-friendly entertainment—and it certainly isn’t often associated with biblical morals. But MeThinx Enterainment’s The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone, scheduled for release this month, is both.
The movie, based on a series of novels by Bill Muir, features life lessons for children that parents can rally behind: teamwork, the triumph of good over evil and the importance of each person to God. The film also contains minimal violence.
Alex Kendrick, associate pastor of Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Ga., and co-creator of the Christian films Facing the Giants, Fireproof and Courageous, plays Daniel, who stops to make a donation at a foster home where he grew up and is convinced to forego a playoff baseball game to tell the resident children a story.
Off the cuff, Daniel intrigues the children with the tale of Billy and Allie (played by Billy Unger and Sammi Hanratty), a pair of teens who recover a long-lost medallion that takes them back in time. In their travels, the two hook up with an arrogant young king and his friend, as well as a wise old man, and are caught up in an effort to save the king’s island people from an evil warlord.
Kendrick urges parents to take their children to see the film—if not for the entertainment, then for the biblical message it conveys.
“Our kids’ hearts are under attack from the deception of ‘destructive lies’ found in media and our culture and the words of ‘mean kids,’” Kendrick says. “This is a film that every family should see ... twice.” read more