Becket is a fictionalized account of the 12th century conflict between King Henry II of England (Peter O’Toole) and Thomas Becket, the Archbishop of Canterbury (Richard Burton). It tells the story of historical persons who struggled with the issue of church vs. state—a debate that was well underway in 12th century England and is still a hot topic in our own nation.
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This is a film that chronicles Gwen’s journey from addiction to recovery and focuses on the role of community in that process. Initially resistant to help from her rehab counselor, Gwen slowly begins to admit her problems, participate in group activities, and develop relationships with other patients.
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As followers of Christ we are eager to serve others, but what, exactly, does that entail? In this film, younger son David (Will Forte) reluctantly puts his own daily life on hold so that he can accompany his aging father Woody (Bruce Dern) on what David perceives to be a dead-end quest. Yet the trip offers both of them opportunities for reconciliation and growth. Is the film suggesting that when we bear one another’s burdens we experience the redeeming presence of Christ? Nominated for six Academy Awards, this film directed by Alexander Payne employs the classic journey tale while illuminating human brokenness and the power of love, hope, and kindness.
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Sunu Gonera’s directing debut gives the audience a 1970’s R & B soundtrack, creative camera work, a rousing story based on real events, and a film which can open discussion between people about stereotypes, the role of the church, justice issues, the human condition, and how pride motivates people to do both destructive and constructive things to change circumstances.
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In Facing the Giants, Coach Grant Taylor grapples with a myriad of conflicts: social, personal, professional. Will his faith in God help him overcome his fear of failure? And if he does manage, in faith, to “trust in the Lord with all (his) heart and lean not on (his) own understanding” (Proverbs 3:5-6), will God really make his path straight? This movie depicts Coach Taylor’s journey as he faces such questions and dilemmas.
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