As the mainstream media had a meltdown on election night, it has been clear that our current election has facilitated the process of purification in our culture that has included the cleansing of the media. Consumer and populist support has been cleansing and improving movies and some television programming in recent years.
We all need to actively support good media, movies, and television. Fortunately, the trend for improving, redemptive movies continues. Many good redemptive movies for various ages continue in movie theaters this fall. According to Box Office Mojo on November 9, many good family and redemptive movies for various aged audiences continue doing well at the box office in the following order: Hacksaw Ridge, Deepwater Horizon, Sully, The Secret Life of Pets, Queen of Katwe, I’m Not Ashamed, Finding Dory, Pete’s Dragon, and Greater.
The future is also bright for redemptive and family movies. Some films to watch for are: Disney’s Moana, due in theaters November 23. December 16, Collateral Beauty comes to theaters with Will Smith. Collateral Beauty looks like a deeply profound film about healing after tragedy. Disney’s Star Wars: Rogue One comes to theaters December 16. Fences with Denzel Washington and Viola Davis looks promising for December 25. Watch for stories and interviews for these movies.
Next year in January, Silence with Liam Neeson and Andrew Garfield is about two Jesuit priests in the seventeenth century who face violence and persecution when they travel to Japan to locate their mentor and propagate Christianity. On January 13, Patriots Day with Mark Wahlberg about the Boston Marathon looks promising. January 20, we can look forward to The Resurrection of Gavin Stone and on February 10, God Bless the Broken Road. Both of these are Pure Flix movies. February 17, The Heart of a Man with producer Brian Bird is due in theaters. March 17, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is due out in live action.
Other redemptive movies due out in theaters in March and April include: Same Kind of Different as Me (March 17), Second Coming of Christ (March 17), and The Case for Christ (April 7).
Many other promising family and redemptive movies are in development for theaters: Do You Believe 2, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Magician’s Nephew, Ten Commandments, King David, Apostle Paul (with Hugh Jackman), Pontius Pilate, Butterfly Circus, The Adventures of Tintin 2, Touchdown on the Tundra, and The Passion of the Christ 2.
Thus, many good family and redemptive movies are coming to theaters. Watch for stories, reviews, and interviews for these good movies and others like them. Please continue to pray that corrupt and degrading media, movies, and TV will be replaced with news coverage with integrity, entertainment that is edifying, and media that is uplifting.
Let’s all continue to keep the momentum and cleansing/replacing going. Individually and collectively we are making a positive difference. Every positive consumer, voter, and participant counts. We the People are participating in our society and with our Lord to remove and replace degrading and destructive influences in our country and world.
Dr. Diane Howard is a frontline journalist known for exclusive interviews with leading figures in artistic, redemptive media. She has been involved in decades of qualitative and quantitative research on the verifiable power of role models. She also serves as talent and as a dialogue, dialect, voice-over coach. A former Professor of Performance, Media, and Film Studies with a Ph.D. in Performance Studies (College of Communication, University of Texas, Austin), she has been involved in multiple aspects of artistic, redemptive communication media, regionally to internationally. She can be found online at dianehoward.com.