1950’s Hollywood, every girl has the same dream – to become the next big actress. Marla Mabrey, a small town beauty queen, songwriter and devout Baptist virgin, comes to Los Angeles under contract to the infamous Howard Hughes. When she arrives, she meets her driver Frank Forbes. The two find themselves instantly attracted to one another, but their religious convictions, as well as Hughes’ rule of no relationships between employees and contract actresses, aren’t enough to sever the magnetism. As they journey deeper into Hughes’ obscure world, they are challenged and changed.
Watch it For: The allure of Hollywood is certainly alluring. But, it can be hurtful when compromises are made. Watch as two individuals struggle with real temptations and trials as they grow to discover who they are in this world of glamour and make-believe.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (PG-13)
Mon Mothma charges Jyn Erso, a Rebellion soldier and criminal, with a mission to steal the plans for the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. Erso bands together an unlikely team for this impossible mission.
Watch it For: Just like all of us, this episode of Star Wars is one part of a bigger story. See how this chapter unfolds as a reminder of how you need to follow your purpose and calling so God can fully develop the story He wants to tell.
Collateral Beauty (PG-13)
A successful New York advertising executive experiences a deep personal tragedy. As a result, he retreats from life entirely. To pull him out of his displacement, he meets three unusual characters who draw him back to humanity if a profound way.
Watch it For: We all long for love and wish for more time while pushing death far away. Rather than living a life seeking what we have no control of, we need to thank the Lord for what we do have and live life drawn to the call He’s placed before us. When death comes, there will be nothing to fear, because we have confidence in our Lord and the life we’ve lead due to His direction.
Troy Maxson, an African-American, dreamt of becoming a baseball player. His dream was crushed and he settled into a working-class life with a beautiful wife. As he felt the loss of his dream weigh heavily on him, his desires for his son to pursue a life greater than his own deepened. But, rather than giving his son the love and support needed, Troy struggled to show him the love he desired and deserved.
Watch it For: We all dream big, no matter what our circumstances. But what happens when our dreams become crushed? Do we roll with the reality and find a new dream? Do we settle for what we already have – never willing to dream again? Or, do we let the defeat consume us, pulling everything and everyone in our lives down with us?
We all have aspirations, but what happens when we meet someone who has aspirations of their own? Sebastian, a Jazz pianist aspiring to open his own club, meets Mia, an aspiring actress. As their love for their dreams grow, the strength and courage they once found in each other begins to falter.
Watch it For: Music and magic. This original musical hits home with anyone who’s ever dared to dream. With colorful sets and costumes, the story relays the ups and downs of pursuing one’s dream.
Passengers (PG 13)
A spacecraft transporting thousands of people to a distant planet malfunctions. The passengers aboard are supposed to be hibernating for during the 120-year journey, but one couple awakes 90 years too soon. As they seek to survive and discover what went wrong, they find that they might have been betrayed.
Watch it For: An action packed thrilled that will churn your heart as well as your brain. This film will have you thinking about the depths of relationships and how far one will go for survival.
A little boy wonders onto a train one night. He falls asleep and finds himself thousands of kilometers from his home and family in Calcutta, India. He survives many challenges on his own, but a loving and happy couple in Australia adopts him one day. Years later, he begins to recall the family he lost and goes on a journey to find them.
Watch it For: Our identity is deeply rooted in our history. We cannot fully understand who we are if we aren’t able to embrace where we’ve come from. What action steps can you take to more actively embody your entire individual?
Hard times have come for Buster, a Koala in charge of a once-popular theater. To turn things around, Buster produces a singing competition. Animals from far and wide come to compete, with five steeling the show. Buster sees his competition become greater than he imagined as the leading contestants see their hopes of life change within reach.
Watch it For: Relatable characters who push past their personal barriers to demonstrate to the world who God really created them to be.
An adventurous teenage girl is moved to leave the safety and security of her island home on a venturesome voyage to save her people. Moana is mysteriously connected to the ocean, just like her sailor ancestors. She convinces the mighty demigod, Maui, to join her on her journey. Both discover they have a lot to offer on their daring and funny excursion.
Watch it For: All cultures have their view and perspective of mythology. This film highlights several Polynesian tales, each unique, but telling a deeper story of how we are all called to an incredible Creator.
Conner, a young boy, turns to his artwork to help him cope with all the stresses, frustrations, pain and anger in life. He’s bullied at school, he’s frail and receives looks of pity from everyone because his single mom is suffering from a terminal illness. He finds comfort from a tree monster he created who gives him the courage to speak the truth and express the anger he feels deep inside.
Watch it For: Anger is an emotion we all have to face. Are you looking to feed it, are you controlled by it , or do you express it in a healthy manner? There are healthy steps to anger management, but in the Lord we can become people who are slow to anger. We must be able to understand anger before we know how to conquer it.
When a dozen mysterious spacecrafts touch down across the globe, an elite team is gathered to investigate. Among team members is linguist Louise Banks who boldly steps beyond safe boundaries to communicate and understand the extraterrestrial. While putting her life in danger, she must bridge the gap of communication in order to save Earth.
Watch it For: A thrilling account of boldness. Sometimes we need to strip away all that hinders others from seeing the real us before we can really connect.