Robert Duvall, who plays homicide detective Tom Spellacy, and Robert Deniro, who plays his younger brother Father Desmond Spellacy, a Catholic priest, try to reconcile despite vast differences in their life experiences. Based on the 1977 novel by John Gregory Dunne who also co-wrote the screenplay, True Confessions is filmed entirely on location in Southern California with the Roman Catholic Church as an ever-present backdrop.
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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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Elsa is born with an extraordinary talent, to freeze objects with her hands! But her gift is hard to control, and she has the potential to accidentally hurt others, including her sister, Anna. As she struggles with isolation and fear, Anna seeks to help her sister. We have two reviews of the film, which include discussion questions for groups.
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The general manager of a major league baseball team is offered a lucrative contract with another team. He is told that he is worth it, but he has relationships to consider, not just money. In this lesson for high school youth, the students are guided into a discussion about an individual person’s worth, based upon a consideration of statements in Matthew’s gospel.
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Change is hard enough for an individual to process, and it is especially hard in a network of human relations. This is the difficult process facing a struggling baseball team in the 2011 film, Moneyball. In this faith review, discussion questions are included, paralleling the film’s portrayal of hard fought change with difficulties facing the church.
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