Recent Christian Movies – 2016 & 2017

Here are some recent Christian Movies that I thought were worth a mention. It is good to see that Christian movies have not only been more prevalent lately but the quality of them has really improved. So, here are a few of my favorites. The first four movies are currently available on DVD’s and the last movie is due to be released in theaters in April.

 Miracles From Heaven
1. Miracles From Heaven                                                         

Starring: Jennifer Garner, Kylie Rogers, Martin Henderson, John Carroll Lynch, Eugenio Derbez and Queen Latifah
ted by: Patricia Riggen
Produced by: T.D. Jakes, DeVon Franklin, Joe Roth
Synopsis: Miracles From Heaven is the amazing true story of the Beam family. When Christy’s (Jennifer Garner) 10 year old daughter Anna (Kylie Rogers) gets gravely ill with a rare incurable disease, she ferociously searches for hope and a cure. Later in the movie, after Anna has an unfortunate accident by falling into a hollowed out tree, she tells of her visit to heaven. Medical specialists and her family are mystified when Anna is unexplainably cured of her fatal disease.

My review: Personally, I loved this movie. It was very inspiring. Filled with hope. Getting a fatal diagnosis is a mother’s and father’s worst nightmare for their children. I thought that Jennifer Garner did a wonderful job conveying her anguish over her daughter’s condition and young Kylie Rogers did a fantastic job portraying Anna. The acting from the whole cast was very good and captured my attention from the first scene. By the end of the movie, I was in tears. I would highly recommend Miracles From Heaven for you and your whole family.

You can also read the amazing true story of Christy Beam in the book Miracles From Heaven: A Little Girl and Her Amazing Story of Healing.

2. God’s Not Dead 2

Starring: Melissa Joan Hart, Jess Metcalfe, David A.R.White, Robin Givens, Sadie Robertson
Directed By: Harold Cronk
Produced By: David A.R. White, Michael Scott, Russell Wolfe, Elizabeth Travis, Brittany LeFebvre
Synopsis: God’s Not Dead 2 takes place in Hope Springs, home to Hadleigh University as well as Martin Luther King Jr. High School where Grace Wesley (Melissa Joan Hart) teaches her students history. When a student asks her a question about Jesus Christ, she answers it honestly and as a result gets her into legal trouble. The ensuing epic court case could not only ruin her career but end up expelling God from the classroom and the public square once and for all.
My review: God’s Not Dead 2 is a powerful sequel to the original God’s Not Dead Movie. It is powerful call to action. You can’t help but ask yourself, “What would I do if this happened to me?” It faces today’s reality head on. I absolutely loved this movie. The acting was good and the story makes you look at yourself. I saw it in the theater when it first opened and was greatly inspired. How many of us are afraid of truly shining for the Lord and really telling people what we believe? When the Newsboys play their song “I Believe” at the end of the movie, it made me want to stand boldly and declare that “Jesus Christ is Lord”. If you haven’t seen it yet, I highly recommend it.

3. The Resurrection of Gavin Stone

Starring: D.B. Sweeney, Shawn Michaels, Neil Flynn, Brett Dalton, Anjelah Johnson-Reyes
Directed by: Dallas Jenkins
Production Companies: Vertical Church Films and Power in Faith
Distributed by: WWE  Studios, Walden Media and BH Tilt
Synopsis: The Resurrection of Gavin Stone was released in theaters on January 20, 2017 and can now be found on DVD at Gavin Stone (Brett Dalton) is a former child star who has to perform 200 hours of community service after trashing a hotel in his hometown in Illinois. He’s assigned to cleaning duty at a large church and ends up pretending to be a Christian in order to land the role of Jesus in their annual Passion Play. He finds himself attracted to the director of the play who also happens to be the pastor’s daughter (Anjelah Johnson-Reyes).
Reviews: The Resurrection of Gavin Stone is a refreshing comedy/drama about finding one’s way. It is lighthearted in the way it pokes fun at some of Christianity’s quirks. Filmmaker Dallas Jenkins hoped that this movie would get moviegoers to go to church on Sunday and I think that is more than a possibility with this film. The acting was as good as any you would see in any mainstream film. This film shows how welcoming a church can really be. I think this would be a great film for Christian as well as non-Christians to see.

4: Khumbula – I Will Remember

Starring: Frans Cronje, Manie Kohn, Suzi Rochford-Botha
Directed & Produced by: Jacques Gombault
Synopsis: Khumbula: I Will Remember is a suspenseful drama that takes place in Africa. Jamie (Manie Kohn) is brought to Africa by his mom (Suzie Rochford-Botha) from Ireland. His parents are divorced because she wanted to go back to Ireland to live while James (Frans Cronje) wanted to live in Africa.  While visiting his father, he goes to a special camp for a few days with some friends and is left behind when the bus leaves and comes across some poachers.Jamie and his friends are then kidnapped and it is only when he remembers the lessons of survival that his father taught him, that Jamie manages to escape and stay alive while his two friends remain captive. He uses those survival lessons to leave a trail so his father can find him.
Reviews: Khumbula – I Will Remember is a powerful movie of survival with strong messages of faith and Scripture woven throughout. This is a parable which teaches us to follow not only our earthly father’s directions but our Heavenly Father’s directions also. In Zulu, Khumbula means “to remember”. There is some violence but is still a good movie for those 12 and older. There is lots of action and lessons for all of us to learn. Khumbula – I Will Remember is very inspiring and highlights how important it is to learn from our parents as well as God. 

5. The Case for Christ

Starring: Mike Vogel, Erika Christensen, Faye Dunaway, Robert Forster
Directed By: Jon Gunn
Produced By: Elizabeth Hatcher-Travis, Karl Horstmann, Michael Scott, David A.R. White, Alysoun Wolfe, Brittany Yost
Distributed by: Pureflix Entertainment
Release Date: April 7, 2017
Synopsis: The Case for Christ is based on the 1998 best-selling book of the same name by Lee Strobel who is an atheist turned Christian. Lee Strobel (Mike Vogel) is an atheist journalist who sets out to disprove his wife’s (Erika Christensen) new found Christian faith and in the process becomes a Christian himself. 
Although, I can’t really review this movie yet since it hasn’t been released, I wanted to include it in the hope that this post may encourage more people to go see this film when it comes to theaters in April.  If it is as good as the original book, we are in for a real treat. I encourage you to go see it to support quality Christian films. The preview that I’ve seen is excellent and I can’t wait to see this movie.

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