So far, 2015 has been a great year for movies. In addition to some pretty good “Christian” movies, like the War Room and Do You Believe?, we also got some really good Reel Parables in Mad Max Fury Road and Terminator Genisys. I want to add Inside Out to this list but still haven’t seen it.
Here is my list of my most anticipated Reel Parables of the rest of 2015. I look forward to sharing Christian and Family Movie Reviews for them and maybe even some movie based Bible studies if these are as good as I think they can be!
I am intrigued by Captivate, a “based on a true story” movie that revolves around the book, The Purpose Driven Life. I am super curious to see how they weave the themes of the Purpose Driven Life through this movie. Especially since the poster indicates that it is about Faith, Redemption, and Survival. They even have a resource page with content for teaching and preaching. They seem to think that we can share God’s story with this movie.
My hopes are high. I figure it will be really, really, really good or very bad. I don’t anticipate much middle ground here.
The Martian (10/2)
I have not yet read the book, but plan to as it was the most recommended of the Summer. This trailer, however, makes it look like one incredible “Lost Parable” right out of Luke 15. Fingers crossed on this one!
I am also very interested in Woodlawn, which tells another true story, this time about football and Birmingham, AL.
My wife is from Birmingham. I met my wife while attending Southeastern Bible College in Birmingham. Also, and far more interesting, the father of the two directors, brothers Andrew and Jon Erwin, is former Alabama State Senator Hank Erwin. So what you ask? He was my wife’s high school Bible teacher!
I am not a huge football fan, but the Erwin Brothers also gave us Mom’s Night Out and October Baby. With that track record, and because of the personal connect, I am really looking forward to seeing what they have made.
Bridge of Spies (10/16)
Steven Spielberg. Tom Hanks. Based on a true story. Oscar Bait. Themes of truth, justice and sacrifice. What more could you want? Spielberg has a history of telling the Jesus story. It will be interesting to see what he does with this.
Fine. Maybe I am looking forward to Spectre because I am really digging the new James Bond. That said, there is no doubt that James Bond follows Jesus’ example in Philippians 2. He may not be a traditional superhero, but he is a type of savior.
The Good Dinosaur (11/25)
Pixar has a great history of making really good Reel Parables. They make it easy to share God’s story with kids. Their history alone has me super excited for this movie.
Yes, this looks amazingly cool. But it is also a classic that shows us that yes, pride does come before the fall.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens (12/18)
It is new Star Wars. I feel like I can drop the mic and walk away. Yea, it is Star Wars, but it is also the continuation of one of the greatest redemption stories of modern times. So far the entire Star Wars saga
is about the fall and redemption of Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader. That, my friends, is God’s story – the story of our redemption!
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Until next time, – God bless.
Simon L Smith
So, what is your most anticipated movie of the remainder of 2015?