The Divergent Series: Allegiant – Part 1 (PG-13)
This time, it’s about the whole human race. Post INSURGENT, Tris and Four must escape and go outside the wall that encloses Chicago. Leaving everything they know and love behind, the two will finally discover what lies beyond the wall. With their new surroundings, everything that they understood before is quickly being tested. Uncertain of whom to trust, Tris and Four find themselves thrust into the depths of a battle just beyond the wall. This battle threatens all of humanity. To survive, Tris must question her allegiance.
Watch it for: Part 1 of the finale of the Divergent Series, but don’t feel like you need to be in a rush to see it because Part 2 won’t come out for over a year. Pace yourself, because you’ll experience a rush of excitement with this feature film.
Sing Street (PG-13)
When a teen boy moves to a new school in London, he quickly discovers that he doesn’t fit in – nor does he want to. With wit and character, he stands up and out against the crowd. One day, he meets a young, alluring woman. He decides to capture her heart by starting a band. It doesn’t take long until the band becomes an essential part of his life’s journey.
Watch it for: Sometimes God drops the most amazing thing in your lap while you were pursuing what you thought was your hearts desire. Cosmo finds his true passion all because he was following what he thought he was passionate about – a girl! God will guide you to where He wants you to be.
Miracles from Heaven (PG)
Based on the incredible true story and memoir of Christy Beam (Jennifer Garner) who discovers her 10-year-old daughter has a rare, incurable disease. Fervently seeking healing for her daughter, Beam desperately searches for a solution. One day, her daughter has a freak accident – falling 30 feet to the ground when a tree branch breaks – that miraculously heals her. Friends, medical staff, family, even then entire community find inspiration, hope and joy from this mystifying occurrence.
Watch it for: The miracles of life. If a miracle happened in your life, how would you respond? Would you shout about it from the mountaintop, would you stay silent marveling at the wonder you just experienced? Would you search deeper for God, thanking Him for what He did in your life? What miracles have occurred in your life that you aren’t acknowledging, but maybe should? God deserves recognition for His goodness and love.
The Young Messiah (PG-13)
We know little about Jesus’ childhood, but we do know that after King Herod died, he fled from Egypt to Nazareth (Matthew 2:19-23). These four verses are embellished in the feature film depiction of The Young Messiah. The film follows the 7th year of Jesus’ life, bringing awareness to what he may have been like and what he might have experienced growing up. The Youth Messiah helps us explore who our Savior might have been as a child.
Watch it for: Reading between the lines: What would it have been like to raise the son-of-God? When kingly powers are out to kill the future Messiah, would you be able to protect him? What was Jesus like as a boy? What would it be like to have your savior as your big brother? These are actually all fun questions to ask and help us embrace more of Jesus’ character. Think of these questions and many others as you watch this film.
The Huntsman: Winter’s War (PG-13)
We know the story of The Huntsman through the tale of Snow White, but before the fairest of them all came to be The Evil Queen had a sister. Learning that her sister would birth a child that would be more beautiful than she, The Evil Queen set out to destroy her sister’s child. With furry, her sister created a curse that froze her heart creating a barrier so she would never break again. As the two sisters prepare to take over the land, The Huntsman enters our story. With his forbidden lover, Sara, working with him, together they attempt to shatter the unbreakable.
Watch it for: Just like Snow White and The Huntsman, this film has incredible make-up and costuming. These elements are enough to transform you into a remarkably cursed fairytale land, but add sets, music, action and great acting into the mix and you’ll be submerged into a land that is fiercely beautiful.
Jungle Book (PG)
This is not the childhood version of the story. With incredible computer generation, ferocious action and modernized music, this film will immerse you into an unbelievable enchanted world. You’ll feel like you’re in the jungle as a part of Mowgli’s journey. So, focus on those bare necessities, Mother Nature’s recipes and forget about your worry and your strife.
Watch it for: The journey of self-discovery. We all have something about ourselves that is buried deep within, it’s our true nature and there’s no hiding it. May this film inspire you to stand firm in who you are and seek the glorious adventure that awaits.