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Mark Wahlberg Opens Up about Faith: ‘I Credit All of My Success to My Faith' in God

In Arthur the King, Wahlberg portrays an athlete, Mikael Lindnord, whose team is competing in a grueling adventure race in the Dominican Republic when they encounter a stray dog with major wounds. Wahlberg’s character instantly bonds with the dog, dubbed “Arthur,” but then faces a dilemma: If he helps the dog find a vet, he could lose the race. The movie is based on a true story.

4 Things You Should Know about Ordinary Angels

Sharon is a talented hairdresser with a can-do spirit and a candid tongue. She doesn't take no for an answer. She says what she thinks.

She's also an alcoholic with an estranged adult son who resents her for her addiction. She drinks vodka for breakfast. She stumbles home from the bar late at night. Far too often, she covers her personal pain with a drink from the liquor bottle. Her friends try to intervene but have little success.

Soon, though, Sharon discovers something that gets her mind off her failures: a newspaper story about a 5-year-old girl who is critically ill and whose mother recently died. Sharon can't get the story out of her head. She attends the funeral. She launches a fundraiser. She reaches out to the father. Of course, Sharon doesn't personally know the family. She just wants to help a neighbor in need.

"We all need to find meaning and purpose outside ourselves," she tells a friend. Will Sharon's assistance make a difference? And can she get her life back on track?

The new faith-based movie Ordinary Angels (PG) tells the uplifting story of Sharon, her new friend Ed, and his family.

Here are four things you should know:

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18 Best Rom-Coms to Watch This Valentine's Day

So put the kiddos to bed, grab the blankets, get the popcorn poppin’, and be prepared to snuggle up close because this list of movies may make your Valentine’s Day just a little sweeter.

Pro-LGBT Film 1946 Is Filled with Fallacies, Christian Apologist Says

A new progressive film that claims the Bible contains a mistranslation of the word “homosexual” is filled with fallacies and slanted arguments that the Christian church has long rejected, says a well-known apologist who has watched the movie.

11 New Christian Movies You'll Want to Watch in 2024

The phrase "Christian movie" is becoming increasingly difficult to define.

Does it only reference a movie with a strong gospel message, like Billy Graham movies from long ago? Or can it also include movies that don't quote Scripture but have biblical themes -- like forgiveness and redemption? And what about all those movies made by Christian filmmakers -- and even backed by faith-based studios -- that are void of sermons, though inspiring?

For this list, we're including all of the above.

The new year promises to be a solid year for Christian movies. It could be the best year ever. Angel Studios has an impressive slate. So does Kingdom Story Company. And the makers of War Room have a new movie, too. From what I've seen, 2024 raises the bar for excellence in the Christian film genre.

Here are 11 new Christian movies we're excited about for 2024:

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7 New Family Movies and TV Shows Streaming in January

Thankfully, the major streaming services have plenty to offer this month for families who are stuck inside. Netflix and Disney Plus have a few new titles. So do Great American Pure Flix and Bentkey. There's even a new Christmas movie on home video.

Greta Gerwig Explains Why Adapting Narnia for Netflix Puts Her in a 'Place of Terror'

Greta Gerwig, the director of the new Chronicles of Narnia adaptation for Netflix says she was a fan of the series as a child and feels “intimidated” by the project due to its significance.

5 Questions for Candace Cameron Bure about Faith, Movies, and Great American Family

Our movies are so heartwarming. They are for the family, and they bring you back to a time and place, whether it's present or past, thinking of memories with loved ones -- that just makes you feel good. We don't have an agenda at our network. We simply want to entertain people with wonderful, high-quality content.

The 10 Best Family Movies of 2023

The year included impressive family content during the spring (Super Mario), the summer (The Little Mermaid), the fall (PAW Patrol: The Mighty Movie), and the Christmas season (read on to discover those). The year also included a solid list of family-centric streaming movies -- several that can be enjoyed by small kids and big kids alike.

4 Lessons C.S. Lewis and Sigmund Freud Can Teach Us in Freud’s Last Session

Sigmund is an aging man known as the world's leading atheist. His books on psychoanalysis are read worldwide. His books are studied in classrooms, too.

Sigmund is also a dying man who wants to spend one of his final days chatting with the world's foremost defenders of Christianity -- a man known among acquaintances as "Jack."

Perhaps neither man will convince the other. Nevertheless, Sigmund believes it would be a delightful conversation. Thus, Sigmund (that's Sigmund Freud) invites Jack (that's C.S Lewis) over to his house for a midday chat.

How will it go?

The new movie Freud's Last Session (PG-13) tells the story of an elderly Freud debating and even befriending a young Lewis in the late 1930s as war spread across Europe. The plot is likely fictional, although in real life, Freud did meet a young, unnamed Oxford professor shortly before he died. ("We will never know if it was C.S. Lewis," the film says.) It is based on a stage play and a book and stars Anthony Hopkins as Freud and Matthew Goode as Lewis.

The film has plenty of gospel-centric lessons for our supposedly modern culture. Here are four:

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3 Things Parents Should Know about Migration

Mack is a loving mallard who says he only wants what is best for his children. He’s also a father who does things, well, a little different. Mack doesn’t believe ducks should migrate. It’s too dangerous, he says. His kids might get hurt, he says. Besides, his New England pond is too beautiful to leave.

“It’s a stupid idea.”

But then his two children -- son Dax and daughter Gwen -- meet a few ducks who do migrate. These ducks describe a tropical paradise with sun and sand. It’s warmer there. It even has bananas!

“You will love migrating!” one of the ducks tells Dax and Gwen.

But can they talk their father into it?

The new film Migration (PG) follows the charming story of dad Mack, mom Pam, and their two kids as they take along Uncle Dan and embark on their first-ever family trip south to Jamaica. It stars Kumail Nanjiani as Mack, Elizabeth Banks as Pam, Danny DeVito as Dan, and Awkwafina as a pigeon named Chump.

Here are three things parents should know:

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The 20 Best Christian Movies of 2023

5 Questions for Neal McDonough about Faith, Family, and His ‘No Kissing’ Stance

You've mentioned previously that you would not kiss anyone on screen. When, during your career, did you begin taking that stance? From the beginning of my career, I said I would not. [But the ABC series] Scoundrels wanted me to do it. And I said no. And they said, "Well, we'll fire you." And that didn't end well. So, for a couple of years, I couldn't get a job after that because everyone thought that I was this religious zealot. I lost everything.

5 Christmas Movies with Christian Messages

Christmas movies are fun to watch throughout the Christmas season. We can choose from many different movies to celebrate Christmas in entertaining ways. But some Christmas movies go beyond just fun entertainment by featuring Christian messages that relate to the true meaning of Christmas. These movies can inspire us to move closer to God during Christmas. So, get some eggnog and popcorn ready, and gather your friends and family to watch these 5 Christmas movies with Christian messages: 

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5 Heartwarming Films You Should Watch This Christmas

Finding family-friendly Christmas movies is not always easy. Let us make your search simple by sharing our favorite heartwarming, entertaining, Christmas flicks.

4 Things You Should Know about The Shift, Angel Studios’ New Sci-Fi Film

Kevin is a hard-working 40-something man who is having a very bad day. 

His boss sent him home early, dissatisfied with his work. His wife is mad at him, upset about a disagreement over bills. And now a vehicle has crashed into him in traffic, totaling his SUV and nearly killing him in the process.

Fortunately for Kevin, an individual is on the scene of the wreck to check on his health.

Unfortunately, though, that individual has ulterior motives and other-worldly powers. This person -- the "Benefactor" -- has transported Kevin to another world where goodness and kindness are rare. It's a dystopian realm where the Benefactor almost always gets his way -- and where Kevin's wife and his friends don't exist.   

"They didn't go anywhere. You did," the Benefactor says.

This Satan-like Benefactor has the power to move people -- to "shift" them -- from one world to another. Even crazier: there are multiple realities in the Benefactor's multiverse -- and multiple Kevins. 

The Benefactor offers Kevin power and fame. The catch? Kevin will never see his wife again.

What will Kevin do?

The new faith-based movie The Shift (PG-13) tells the fantastical, science-fiction story of Kevin, the Benefactor, and Kevin's wife, Molly. 

Here are four things you should know about it:  

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10 New Family Movies to Stream This Christmas Season

It’s not easy to find family-friendly movies nowadays. Finding a family-friendly film that everyone in the house will watch is even more difficult. But if you search hard enough, they’re out there. The quality of family-friendly films has gone up significantly in recent years, including in the faith-based genre. Fortunately, there are quite a few family-family movies on home video this holiday season. 

3 Things Parents Should Know about Trolls Band Together

Branch is a troll with a secret past -- at least, it's a secret to many of his friends.

The secret: Branch and his brothers were once in a popular boy band, "BroZone." The craziest part? Branch's girlfriend, Poppy, is a fan of the classic band and didn't even know he was a member. Don't blame Poppy, though. Back then, Branch was virtually a baby in diapers. He was the youngest member of BroZone -- until it broke up. "They stopped being my brothers the day they walked out on me and never came back," he says.

A tragedy, though, has forced Branch and his long-lost brothers to reunite. It seems one of their own -- a brother, Floyd -- has been kidnapped.

Will the former members of BroZone find enough family harmony to rescue him?

The new animated movie Trolls Band Together (PG) follows the comical story of Branch, Poppy, and the rest of the crew.

Here are three things parents should know about it:

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10 Inspiring Christmas Movies on Netflix in 2023

Christmas is a time for many things. Time for trees and advent calendars. Time to see relatives you haven’t reconnected with in a while. Time for presents. Hopefully a time to tell people how much you love them. It is also a great time for Christmas movies to help each other get into the holiday spirit, or remember what the reason for the season is.

Netflix’s variety means that there are plenty of Christmas movies to see. Parents who want to teach their kids about winter holidays worldwide can show them Waffle + Mochi’s Holiday Feast. Parents looking for a comedy about family Christmas get-togethers can watch Merry Happy Whatever. The following looks at some of the best Christmas movies currently available on Netflix, including past favorites and a couple of new offerings that were released this year.

Further Reading: The Five Best Christmas Movies

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4 Things You Should Know about Journey to Bethlehem

Mary is a young woman with big dreams. She wants to be a teacher. She wants to wed a man she loves. Most significantly, she wants to do those things in the distant future -- not right now. Her father, though, has different plans for her. He’s already found her a husband -- a kind, young local man in first-century Judea named Joseph. They’ll make the perfect couple, he says.

“I’m securing your future,” he tells her. Mary’s not crazy about the idea, but it’s too late. The wedding is being held in a few days. 

Can Mary learn to fall in love with a man she’s never met?

The new faith-based musical Journey to Bethlehem (PG) follows the well-known biblical story of Mary, Joseph, and their newborn, Jesus.

Here are four things you should know:

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