Those expecting a full meal from Mockingjay – Part 1 will leave the theater under-nourished by this half-a-story Hunger Games.
Big Hero 6, despite some of its weaker elements, serves as a wonderful companion piece to Frozen. -
The sequel tries to follow suit with adolescent humor, gross-out gags and politically incorrect ethnic and inappropriate jokes.
The whole thing is really well done. Each exquisitely lit, perfectly framed scene is a feast for the eyes.
Nolan's Interstellar, which he co-wrote with his brother Jonathan and directed, may be his most ambitious film yet, but it shows both his best instincts and his worst
Full of humor, charming characters, and some interesting life lessons, but quite a lot of it is about death and what happens after.
Thanks to particularly inspired casting it's transformed from a standard indie movie, clichés and all, into something far more special.
Owns the least plausible and laughably awful ending committed to film in recent memory; nothing but a poor knock-off of The Notebook.
With several successful films like "Courageous and "Fireproof" now under their belts, Christian filmmakers Alex and Stephen Kendrick are now putting the finishing touches on their latest motion picture, on the power of prayer, tentatively titled, Movie Five.
Rather than a timely, relevant story, this poorer Left Behind plays like a throwback to the 70s, when disaster movies were all the rage.
A powerful movie about family, love, faith and being found. The story of Sudanese refugees comes to life with grace, humor, and dignity.
The Song may not make it to the top of the charts but it is (loosely) inspired by Scripture and might be excellent for date night.
The directors dedicated so much energy to making it surreal and quirky that they forgot who, namely the younger set, will be watching.
Levels of intensity and violence push the PG-13 boundaries, but the film is competent considering it's another teen dystopian adaptation.
The pacing is sluggish, the storytelling predictable. Compared to the original, it's pretty inferior in the inspiration department, too.
Rather than follow a predictable trajectory of rebellion during the dawn of rock, it takes a refreshing track of spiritual exploration.
Most of the movie feels un-scary, unsure of its theology, inconsistent in its methods, but there are a few nuggets of subtle quality.
With several successful films like "Courageous and "Fireproof" now under their belts, Christian filmmakers Alex and Stephen Kendrick are now putting the finishing touches on their latest motion picture, on the power of prayer, tentatively titled, Movie Five.
Get a look at the upcoming apocalyptic Action-Thriller movie starring Nicolas Cage, based on the New York Times bestselling novel that brings biblical prophecy to life in modern times..
Left Behind - In theaters on October 3, 2014.
Compared to, say, Twilight, If I Stay is a giant leap forward for young female protagonists.
Under the disciplined leadership of coach Bob Ladouceur, the De La Salle High School football team in Concordia, Ca. won 151 straight games. So what happens when a streak like that … ends?
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A parent-friendly thriller that allows a young audience to think about complex ideas and core human values for the first time.
On the rom-com scale, scores fair on chemistry between leads, poor on script. Too bad in a sex-free film where marriage is a noble goal.
Actress Andrea Logan White, who starred in the hit movie, Mom's Night Out, retells a gripping faith testimony - and how radio was the tool used to bring her to God.
If you have (and I think pretty much all of us have) wrestled with questions like how God can exist while horrific suffering is happening here on earth, why your prayers seem to go unanswered, or why bad things happen to good people, you must see this film.
Those sword-swinging, ninja star-slinging mutant turtles are back for another rough-and-tumble rumble. (Not a creative enough teaser for you? Well, consider the source material we had to work with.)
Is the movie worth the price of admission? Check out our review from Focus on the Family's Plugged In!
Go behind the scenes and watch what the cast of When The Game Stands Tall has to say about the journey of legendary football coach Bob Ladouceur (Jim Caviezel), who took the De La Salle High School Spartans from obscurity to a 151-game winning streak that shattered all records for any American sport.
Not your typical birth-to-grave biography. It's a little spastic and occasionally confusing but certainly keeps the intensity set high.
This exuberant, rollicking roller coaster of a movie has more problems than your typical superhero flick. Can it still find a heroic heart? And should your family see it?
When a religiously-themed film has no agenda towards evangelism or secularism, it’s amazing how legitimately thought-provoking it can be.
This new Hercules is a completely different animal (and I’m not just talking about the lion our hero so famously slew with his bare hands...
Alex and Stephen Kendrick—creators of hit faith films FIREPROOF and COURAGEOUS—have just wrapped principal photography on their anticipated fifth movie—a family drama with humor and heart focused on the power of prayer and its primary role in the Christian life.
But where does it go? And how? Rob Reiner's rom-com never quite turns the corner toward true beauty as it crawls around with the caterpillars for just a tad too long.
This time the cute factor doesn’t get in the way of meaningful characters and it’s a much better picture as a result.
In the not-so-distant future, a powerful U.S. senator pushes for a bill that forces religious leaders to give equal time to other faiths. Just one preacher stands in its way.
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Every cliché is covered, and there are plot holes big enough to drive a tank through, but it's all about the spectacle and effects.
Landing somewhere between E.T. and Super 8, this light-hearted lightweight of a feature never takes off. Is it worth taking your family to see? We have a review from Focus on the Family's Plugged In!
Transformers: Age of Extinction is a reboot of sorts. Mark Wahlberg plays a Texas widower raising a 17-year-old daughter.
Plays like a companion piece to Little House on the Prairie, but without engendering the same affection and falling dramatically flat.
How to Train Your Dragon 2 doesn't offer the same measure of surprise as the original but has different strengths of its own, including how regret and apology heal.
As sad and heartbreaking as it all is, this unordinary romance explores love, mortality and the meaning of life in such a memorable way.
Visceral and intelligent high-concept thrill-ride rigorously earns the accolade: "If you see only one movie this summer, see this."
Disney's most memorable villain (from Sleeping Beauty fame) returns to the screen, bent on all manner of wickedness. What can possibly stop this "mistress of all evil"? What might even have the power to redeem her? Could it be ... love?
Past, present and future are all up for grabs when Wolverine rips his way back to 1973 hoping to make a few X-traordinary changes.
Thematically and visually dark and characterized by joylessness, this reboot manages to take the popcorn out of summer blockbusters.
A sports agent stages an unconventional recruitment strategy to get talented Indian cricket players to play Major League Baseball.
Directors Jon and Andrew Erwin give faith-based humor with social and spiritual relevance their best shot and get two out of three right.
Begins with some of the most charming opening credits you've ever seen... and it's pretty much all downhill from there.
Short on budget and famous actors, but undeniable authenticity in the storytelling helps set it apart from many other faith-based films.
Light years ahead of its predecessor, boasting spectacular special effects (every scene gets more eye-popping) and quality storytelling.
True to its heritage, Disneynature captures nature on its own terms and its own schedule; with never-before-seen stories in our natural world that both astound and charm you. It's a pattern set by Walt Disney so many years ago.
Has an intriguing premise but gets less interesting, not more, once Will experiences transcendence.
What’s most compelling about Heaven is for Real is that it forces the faithful to truly wrestle with what’s being shared from the pulpit ...
As the flimsiness of the story becomes all too apparent, viewers may be wondering how much more they'll be able to endure.
Cleveland Browns GM Kevin Costner has to make this year's draft picks winners ... or lose his job. How's he going to pull that off and manage his own teetering private life too?
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Old-fashioned good-vs.-evil fun, even if you aren't sure which side is which among the not-so-subtle real-world political parallels.
A quick-running, G-rated, family friendly film about Madagascar that educates and inspires without dancing hippos or polka-dot zebras.
Drawing a clear line between the ways of God and man, Noah is rife with theological exploration that some may find heretical while others will find refreshing and artistic.
Is it appropriate for your family? We have this review from Focus on the Family's Plugged In!
Though this cameo-filled affair tries to make a profound statement about bold faith, it falls prey to several predictable blunders.
Another star-studded affair that’s also very, very funny, equally showcasing the talents of comedic actors and creative puppeteers.
As with many modern adaptations, much is lost in translation for those who haven't read the books. But those who have should be pleased.
What I learned from a visit to the set of the biblical epic Noah, directed by Darren Aronofsky.
The mystery allows fans to see Veronica in her full detective glory again, but the case is never as intriguing as the relationships.
Two of history's most intrepid time travelers make the leap to movies! And there's really only one big question to ask: When Peabody's adoptive son Sherman gets in trouble, who does he call? The dogfather, of course.
A respectful telling of the life of Christ—perhaps too respectful—that, like so many other movies about Jesus, is a mostly solemn affair.
Yet another example of wasted potential, quickly devolving into flat, uninspired storytelling, one-note characters and decent effects.
If this is Hayao Miyazaki's final film, it's a fitting farewell to an artist who inspired wonder in millions of fans both young and old.
In terms of pure popcorn entertainment, 3 Days to Kill is actually a lot more fun than Taken and its so-so sequel.
Take an advanced preview look at the new faith-based movie that takes unbelief head-on and demands a verdict to prove that God's not dead!
With special appearances by Newsboys and “Duck Dynasty’s” Willie and Korie Robertson.
Coming to theaters March 21
What seemed like it might be a fantastic, magical story feels awkwardly stitched together, even laughable when not outright confusing.
While the warm pangs of nostalgia may be enough to satisfy some filmgoers, one can’t help noticing that RoboCop circa 2014 is as disposable and flimsy as the scrap metal the titular character is constructed from.
Get a first peek at a scene from the upcoming comedy, Mom's Night Out!
The beauty of Moms' Night Out is that it captures the heart—and humor—of everyday life. While it is a fictitious story, the characters are real, the laughter is contagious, and the scenes speak to us all!
This rapid-fire laugh machine is a wildly inventive, highly enjoyable and thoroughly entertaining family film when we least expect it
The patriotic schmaltz feels right. If we can't be sentimental about preserving culture, we've lost touch with what these characters did.
Depressed single mom Adele and her son Henry offer a wounded, fearsome man a ride. As police search town for the escaped convict, the mother and son gradually learn his true story as their options become increasingly limited.
Not even amusing in a "so-bad-it's-good" way. Should be the nail in the coffin of non-superhero comic book adaptations, but it won't be.
Not quite a documentary, but has an unflinching, realistic feel right til the end when it turns into a Lifetime movie with a bow on top.
Pretty much what Saturday morning cartoons would have been back in the day if they had been 90 minutes long and available in 3D.
It's a new star, a new director, a new look and a new history. Chris Pine gives us Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan in a cinematic reboot—without direct help from the late author's written words this time.
If only it had been clever. Or well-acted. Or better conceived. As is, it's even worse than you might expect.
A comedy that deals with serious themes but manages to stay light enough on its feet that any moments of heavy-handedness are forgivable.
More often dull, listless, and unengaging than outright bad or painful to watch...,
The winner is...? Certainly not the audience. Could have been fun were it not for the thick layer of smut coating virtually every scene.
Seems to serve as a family-friendly version of the art vs. commerce debate, but also packs an emotional and thematic wallop.
Feels like something you'd see at a good science museum. Dino-crazy youngsters will love it, and their parents won’t mind it either.
A goofy, unserious film that generates laugh after laugh, stopping well short of the raunch-fests that pass for movie comedies today.
Less bloated, this second installment stands as a premium Hollywood production that can teach other major lit-franchises a thing or two.
Hans Christian Andersen's "The Snow Queen" comes to life in a retelling that will have families laughing and singing, and hearts melting.
I was moved. Black Nativity will bring people to tears, many to forgiveness, maybe even repentance, and inspire reconciliation.
The country of Panem is a horrible place, and lots of horrible things go on in this story about it. But it's a fictional reality that serves as a backdrop for sacrifice and heroism.
Marvel's favorite blond Asgardian is back, this time confronting an evil elf who hopes to destroy the universe. Which means hammers will be swung and heroes will be heroic. But will the universe be saved? More importantly, will your family like it? Plugged In weighs in with this review!
I was expecting Chicken Run with a Thanksgiving twist. Instead, I got a mean-spirited tale that left a bad aftertaste.
Despite getting bogged down in details that don’t always add up, one still can’t ignore Ender’s greatest strength, plenty of fascinating big ideas.
A drug dealer discovers the love of his life ... and then the greatest love in the world.
Follow your dreams, teens are told over and over again. But what happens when your dreams don't line up with God's heart? When reaching for the stars means burying your faith? PluggedIn gives us a review of Grace Unplugged.
It's still cloudy, but the chance for meatballs was last week's forecast. Now it's tacodiles, shrimpanzees and apple pie-thons! Focus on the Family's Plugged In gives us this review!
While its formula and tone are excessively simplistic, it carries its canned comedy rather lightly on the shoulders of Paula Patton.
Contains likeable characters pulling off jaw-dropping physical feats while teaching some valuable lessons about teamwork, too.
Singer Rebecca St. James is featured in "A Strange Brand of Happy," a faith-based film coming this fall!
May be lacking in many ways, but it does preach the Gospel and remind us that asking the tough questions is important to building faith.
Has a preposterous premise and action scenes that make the audience feel like they’re playing a video game.
In capturing a worldwide phenomenon, Morgan Spurlock clearly highlights the songs and what makes One Direction tick as people.
Cate Blanchett's powerhouse performance as the titular character is what the accolade tour de force is reserved for.
A fictional tale inspired by a real-life White House butler, this Lee Daniels movie steps not just into the racial divide of our country's last century, but also the relational divide between a father and son.
We've already seen chatting cars race like Lightning round and round on the ground. So now it's time to take to the Dusty sky, span the globe and see what's spinning up there.
So poorly executed that it's safe to say all comparisons between Percy Jackson and Harry Potter will come to a screeching halt.
What is meant to be a family-friendly comedy sadly becomes a big blue blunder and waste of studio money.
Marvel's infamously ill-tempered, adamantium-clawed mutant slices through another section of his story—and through his enemies. Is it safe for your family? Check out the video review from Focus on the Family's Plugged In!
Flawed, but it only takes one special element to set a film apart. Here, it's a loony performance from the great Jeff Bridges.
An impossibly cute but decidedly conventional story about striving for the seemingly impossible dream.
What on earth did they do to earn their paychecks, sit around and drink beer all day until they came up with recurring plot points?
The only distinguishing characteristic is that it doesn't have one. The writing and direction lack distinction; the young lead is bland
This Transformers-meets-Godzilla battler is long on apocalyptic mayhem ... but not short brave humans caught up in the carnage.
So how wild is the west in this adaptation of The Lone Ranger? And is it too wild for your little ones? Focus on the Family's Plugged In gives us a review!
Plain and simple, a kid's movie: lots of fun to watch, the colors are bright, the laughs are many.
Full of explosions, car chases, and high-caliber bullets, White House Down is the intersection of Die Hard meets Olympus Has Fallen.
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Plenty of action, a few amusing moments, a lot of zombies, and a whole lot of Brad Pitt. There are certainly worse combinations.
Not even close to being on par with Pixar's Toy Story sequels, but a genial nature and thoroughgoing inoffensiveness make it palatable.
When compared to most summer blockbusters and superhero movies, Man of Steel offers a superior balance of substance and style.
he filmmakers of Man of Steel hope to bring Superman’s story to a whole new generation of superhero fans who are accustomed to a more gritty kind of hero.
In a summer of bloated blockbusters, this is one of the few movies everyone should see because of the message it sends: slavery is real.
If you can tear your eyes from the geeked-out Google campus long enough to ponder the plot, you’ll realize you've seen this story before.
Plays like a movie equivalent of a CBS procedural: high in concept, production artifice, and plot holes, while low in character depth.
For those who like to celebrate summer with a good action film, this is the place to start: humor, tension, non-stop action and more.
With such a title, the bar is immediately set too high for what’s a fairly conventional good vs. evil battle with spectacular visuals.
There's enough action to enjoy it, but this new Star Trek installment continues to show unfulfilled promise and a lack of strong themes.
Some will find that this fresh-faced Baz Luhrmann/Leonardo DiCaprio movie infuses the classic book with new life. But is it a great Gatsby? Only our PluggedIn movie review team can tell you for sure!
While some comic book movies become lazy and predictable, genuine surprises and character development keep Iron Man 3 from growing stale.
Director Jeff Nichols effectively blends genres, numerous subplots and character dynamics – and does so with emotional weight and power.
Here and there, we see the glimpse of a great movie that could have been, but nothing—beyond the visuals and Cruise himself— are truly memorable.
Addiction is messy business, but deliverance is possible for those who humble themselves and turn to God for help. That's the core message in Home Run, a baseball movie only in construct.
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42 is a compelling portrayal of the life and career of Jackie Robinson, who helped shatter America's color barrier.
If this sci-fi/romance mash-up is representative of the current state of either genre, those genres are in big trouble.
Good intentions aside, Temptation is a racy presentation (complete with marital fallout) of infidelity in marriage. Who in your family can see it? Find out more in our movie review!
Mindless boomery and villainous cartoonery? G.I. Joe is back on the big screen, and Dwayne Johnson and Bruce Willis lend their brawn to boom this time around.
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While most of the marketing suggests that it’s a charming romantic comedy with two likeable leads, that’s really only half of the story.
You wouldn't want to live with the Croods. But spending a couple hours with them? That might actually make for a pretty nice visit.
Unfortunately, this little comedy doesn't have a lot of incredible up its sleeves. Is it safe for your family? Find out with this review from Focus on the Family's Plugged In!
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This is not your grandma's "Wizard of Oz"! That's the refrain being sung about this non-musical reimagining. But could there possibly be more to this one than there is to that one? And is that "more" most obvious in good ways...or bad?
Dwayne Johnson turns in his "Tooth Fairy" wings to tackle the violent world of the underground drug trade...and the way our justice system interacts with it. Is this stretch for the actor family-friendly? Check out our review from Focus on the Family's Plugged In!
The premise is well-worn and far from original, but the execution of this family-focused story has a few flashes of brilliance.
Nicholas Sparks stirs up the sweet and sinister in a story that morphs from sappy romance to taut thriller.
We're all about parental guidance. Hollywood
typically isn't. So we were pretty curious about what would happen onscreen in
Parental Guidance, a Billy Crystal-Bette Midler comedy.
Focus on the Family's Plugged In gives us this review.
Actors Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, and Samantha Barks discuss Les Miserables' most poignant line: 'to love another person is to see the face of God.'
If Crowe and Jackman's characters were allowed to communicate through dialogue, rather than song, it probably would've worked better.
The monsters are back in 3D this time, and it's good 3D. So what's not to love?
Tom Cruise plays yet another action hero with panache, but the timing is awful for a film with so many gun-related fatalities early on.
This mother-son road trip movie hits its share of potholes and almost swerves off the road a time or two. But what's that we spy on the horizon?
Likely to leave fans hesitant and uncertain about the upcoming films, while newbies will wonder why this story is so beloved
A charming, down-on-his luck former soccer star returns home to put his life back together. Focus on the Family's Plugged In tells us whether Playing for Keeps is good sport for your family!
So, how do you weave Santa, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, and Jack Frost together to create something entertaining and moral? We asked Focus on the Family's Plugged In for a review!
No stilted caricature, Spielberg humanizes this beloved leader without placing him on too high of a pedestal in the process.
Bond, James Bond comes back from the "dead", buries the
hatchet with M and enlivens, once again, his lethal service to God and
After 50 years of Bond flicks, we know what to expect from 007. SkyFall is all that, but a bit grittier and scarred.
The level-ups in this animated arcade game send-up are messages encouraging friendship, love, and self-sacrifice. But there are a few in-game "extras" that serve as obstacles along the way.
Focus on the Family's Plugged In reviews Wreck it Ralph
SECRET OF THE WINGS is a made for DVD fairy story featuring Tinker Bell meeting her winter fairy sister Periwinkle as the result of an act of disobedience. The beautifully-animated, G-rated movie has no foul language or violence but receives a caution for showing children’s rebellion leading to long-term good.
The true story about young surfer Jay Moriarty tackling the mythical Mavericks surf break. Will this movie get you feeling amped, or leave you axed? Focus on the Family's Plugged In gives us the scoop!
Fighting Government Tyranny, ATLAS SHRUGGED: PART II is a riveting potboiler promoting free market capitalism and liberty in the face of tyranny and corruption.
Tyler Perry moves from playing the profane, overbearing grandma (Madea) to a leaner, meaner action star. But is the determined crime-buster he portrays in this gritty graphic thriller closer to Sherlock Holmes or Rambo? Find out if Alex Cross is safe for your family
Kevin James gets pounded in this MMA-inspired comedy. But underneath all the flying feet and fists we see something else: a really-strong, good heart. Focus on the Family's Plugged In explains...
Liam Neeson's back, but so are his foes. This time they take his ex-wife. So is this action thriller family friendly? Focus on the Family's Plugged In weighs in.
There are much better animated stories about overcoming fears and superficial differences which are far more family-friendly.
Two Women -- a parent and a teacher-- fight to turn their failing school around. Not everyone will like how they do it. But will your family like the movie?
Samantha Crawford's life is a storybook life until her husband Billy is senselessly killed. But healing comes as Sam watches her friend Joe care for kids in his under-resourced neighborhood.
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Film uses melodrama to ponder the injustice of young soldiers sacrificing their lives overseas while our religious freedoms get flanked here at home.
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Wants to deliver a moral about choosing real life over living a lie, but the point comes across as tepid rather than deeply resonant.
From the man behind the "Teletubbies" comes an interactive
and whimsical and sometimes consternating live-action-meets-puppet movie aimed
directly at the ants-in-their-pants set.
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How many traffic close calls and bad words can you pack into one movie? "Premium Rush" tries to push the limit. Focus on the Family's Plugged In gives us a review.
There’s a relevant message tucked inside this piece of stop-motion animation, but it's more geared towards adults than kids.
More than "Whitney Houston's last movie," Sparkle is Jordin Sparks' moment to shine, and she definitely makes the most of it.
The film pushes its magicality almost to disbelief's breaking point, but thanks to a gifted cast, the movie’s message goes down like a spoonful of sugar.
It’s not too far-fetched to suggest that this film could genuinely help couples, and even save some marriages
Despite pushing the PG-13 boundaries, the film is a balanced thrill ride: dark but not depressing, gritty but not grimy, sometimes slick...
There's a new super-assassin fighting and fleeing the government, with a new girl to help him. But none of that can keep this movie from feeling very Bourne again.
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School is out and Greg is ready for the days of summer, when all his plans go wrong. What on earth is he going to do all summer? Focus on the Family's Plugged In let's you know if his activities are family-friendly.
The Step Up dance card expands to flash mob scenes and community protests. Is it family friendly though? Focus on the Family's Plugged In gives us their take.
A group of strangers—each at a personal crossroads—grows from taking a journey they never expected when they stay at this hotel.
Marvel’s The Avengers reminds that summer movies—even overstuffed ones—can still provide a heavy dose of good old-fashioned fun.
October Baby deals with profound and deeply significant subjects: the inestimable value of human life and the horror of abortion, the difficulty parents have letting go, the importance of friendship, and the desperate need we all have to give and receive forgiveness.