There’s a movie you won’t see on this list. Fifty Shades of Grey comes out today, but I won’t be expounding on it in this list. There are at times films that we choose not to include in this feature because, quite simply, we don’t believe Christians would or should consider seeing them. This is one of those films. If, however, you want to know more about it, or why Christians should be opposed to it, this is a post I wrote at A Clear Lens, a Christian apologetics website that Nate, another one of our writers here, founded and continues to run. There are, however, some films you may also consider seeing.
Kingsman doesn’t need to pitch more for the film than that it’s a fun spy movie and it has Samuel L. Jackson and Michael Caine. There are other noteworthy actors too, such as the underrated Mark Strong, and even Mark Hamill has quietly slipped into the cast. The synopsis is that a spy organization brings in a promising street kid, which promises to be a great time with such an all-star cast. It comes with a caveat, however: enough language to make it feel right at home if it were a war movie. There are over 100 f-words in the film, making it a likely candidate for ClearPlay, but not for the theater. The film is directed by Matthew Vaughn (X-Men: First Class), and is rated R for strong violence and language.
Yes, I am going to to talk about it. This film was largely contrived as an alternative to Fifty Shades of Grey, and is thus subject to a great danger of being forced, like many Christian films unfortunately tend to be. That doesn’t denigrate its message, but it does dilute its usefulness. After seeing the trailer, however, I’m hopeful. The film appears to be more about relationships than an altar call, and could serve to do what many in Christianity have not: offer an alternative to modern dating, rather than simply criticizing it. Old Fashioned stars and is directed by newcomer Rik Swartzwelder rated PG-13 for some thematic elements.
The Wachowski siblings have created some great stuff. This film is not one of them. While it does feature some of the most incredible special effects and computer graphics in film to date, the story is lackluster and the acting barely average. The unfortunate result is chocolate-covered bleh, hardly worth wading through the film’s brief yet noteworthy moments of partial nudity. Our review of the film is here. Jupiter Ascending is rated PG-13 for for some violence, sequences of sci-fi action, some suggestive content and partial nudity
While Seventh Son may appear to be yet another film whose main appeal is the appearance of Jeff Bridges, it somehow manages to work. The reviews so far have revealed a quite evenly marked divide. Critics don’t like it, but moviegoers do. it’s supposed to be a fun fantasy film, so big fans of the genre, if they don’t expect a Lord of the Rings film, will likely enjoy it. Seventh Son is directed by the relatively unknown Sergey Bordrov and is rated PG-13 for intense fantasy violence and action throughout, frightening images and brief strong language.
There’s something to be said for how needed an understanding on the effects of PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) is needed for us to truly appreciate what people suffering from it go through. I am not so sure, however, that this film is the answer. That’s not because it’s drawn so much political discussion, or even because of the violence, but rather the pervasive amount of language that the film features. With over 100 f-words and numerous other profanities, I must temper my respect for the film’s endeavor with exercising appropriate caution. I leave that up to the individual, but I’ll be waiting for ClearPlay on this one. American Sniper is directed by Clint Eastwood (Gran Torino, Million Dollar Baby) and is rated R for for strong and disturbing war violence, and language throughout including some sexual references.