Iconic comic book heroes are known for helping the oppressed and saving the powerless. In our culture, we have come to adopt their images as some of the most recognized symbols of fighting
The morality play of the animated film Frozen is surprisingly sophisticated. The danger comes not because of evil but because of a sister’s
The Harry Potter films end where they began: Love, which lays down one’s own life for another, is more powerful than evil that takes life. But in this final film, additional spiritual truths are accentuated
The cinematic adaptation of the Brothers Grimm fairytale Rapunzel is creatively pleasing in several ways. The story has been changed such that Rapunzel is now the princess who is
The Matrix Trilogy is an excellent opportunity to discuss what we expect from a science fiction film, especially one that is obviously dealing with Christian symbols. If we expect the film to simply be an allegory of Jesus Christ telling the gospel story in a different way, then we will not only be disappointed but also offended.
The struggle between good and evil is personified in J.R.R. Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings.” Set within the realm of “middle earth,” half way between the earth we know and the heaven we seek, Tolkien utilizes the power of fantasy to help us understand both.
By ignoring God’s commands to enjoy His world and its God-given pleasures, legalistic communities find value in what they deny themselves rather than in what they enjoy. The more they want to please God, the more they surrender the very life that God meant for them to enjoy.
Catastrophe can overtake a person in a moment. Due to actions of our own or by forces beyond our control, our lives can become imprisoned in impossible situations. In those moments,
Hollywood has built its reputation and fortune on telling war stories, inspiring audiences with themes of heroism, patriotism, and honor. From John Wayne to Tom Hanks, our entire culture
C.S. Lewis once noted that if you cannot explain a theological concept to a child, then you don’t fully understand it. Putting this belief into practice, Lewis created a fictional world of Narnia in
Death row is not where one would expect to find a life-affirming message. But this is not a usual film. With much of the same depth and strength of his earlier “Shawshank Redemption,” author Stephen King gives us a glimpse into the struggle of good and evil in the lives of prisoners on death row.