This New Year brings plenty of inspirational stories from students battling against the odds, artistic expressions of beauty and fighting for the delicacy of life.
Into The Woods (PG)
The fairy tales that we all know and love come about because one witch requires a baker and his wife to procure magical items for her to lift the curse that was placed on their family.
Watch it For: Everything we do will affect another. We cannot live our life as if our actions don’t mean anything. We all have a significant role to play in God’s remarkable story.
Ballet 422 (PG)
The creative vigor and intensity that goes into creating a production is documented in this incredible film following a young choreographer as he crafts the 422nd original ballet of one of the most prestigious ballet companies of the world. Watch as Justin Peck pushes through the hardship and beauty of placing an original work on hardworking and outstanding ballerinas of the New York City Ballet.
Watch it For: The dedication and precision of art takes form in this documentary. One’s dream becomes a reality, beginning before rehearsal and expanding beyond the final curtain
Spare Parts (PG-13)
Four high school boys team up with their new teacher to take on the smartest universities in an underwater robotics contest. The catch is that they aren’t from the richest neighborhood. In fact, students from the high school don’t take education too seriously, so this group remarkably sets a new tone for the community
Watch it For: You know who you are and God has placed certain desires on your heart. Go for it, but don’t do it alone. When the world is telling you that you amount to nothing and you can’t accomplish anything, find help from those who do support you to help you pursue those dreams.
High School is known for it’s labels, and the label you’ve been given is critical in defining your entire high school career. Bianca has been given the label “DUFF” as her best friends’ Designated Ugly Fat Friend. All groups have at least one individual who makes the rest of the group look better. With the help of her best male friend, Bianca transforms herself to be more than someone’s negative label.
Watch it For: Only one label matters: Daughter. You are the daughter of the King; so don’t let other people influence that truth. However, if the world sees you as something you don’t want to be known as, you have the choice to change their opinion by showing them your true self.
McFarland, USA (PG)
A new PE coach sees incredible potential in his high school students. Cross Country is a sport designated for private schools, but Mr. White forms a team in a poor farming community. With tremendous speed and great hearts, these students will lead their team, family and community to victory.
Watch it For: Inspirational stories about community and overcoming great odds are typically based on truth. Engage in this rendition of a true story and reflect on what God is instilling in your own heart, mind and body.
Still Alice (PG-13)
A heart wrenching story about the importance of living in the moment. Alice Howland lives a beautiful life with a strong marriage and three grown children. Diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer, she struggles to carry on as who she knows herself to be.
Watch it For: Kristen Stewart performs remarkably as Alice’s youngest daughter who is struggling to discover herself in the world and finds her deepest identity through the love of her mother. Family relationships can be difficult, but love will overcome any hardship.
Selma, Alabama marks the beginning of a march to freedom and equality. This film chronicles the journey Martin Luther King Jr. embarks upon as he fights to secure equal voting rights for blacks. The march from Selma to Montgomery caught the attention of millions across the country and spurred on a significant movement.
Watch it For: The passionate drive of an inspirational man who gathered the troupes to pursue what is right and pure. One voice speaking up for good can be the loudest when what he is proclaiming is that of God.