(PG) Sony’s new faith-based film Miracles from Heaven is adapted from a memoir written by a Texas mother-of-three, Christy Beam (Jennifer Garner), whose young daughter Annabel (Kylie Rogers) developed terminal intestinal motility disorder. For much of its time, this Christian film plays as a cancer drama with a relentless mother, a helpless but noble father, Kevin (Martin Henderson), and a revered medical specialist, Dr Nurko (Eugenio Derbez). But the focus is on the family and their battles and minor victories. Director Patricia Riggen’s unwillingness to push faith down a viewer’s throat — even as all manner of tubes are pushed up poor Annabel’s nose to little avail — is a relief in her brightly shot film.
London has Fallen (MA15+) The US president (Aaron Eckhart) and his bodyguard (Gerard Butler) find themselves in London during an attack that kills many of the Western world’s leaders. Of course our protagonists miraculously escape the carnage and spend the rest of the film shooting the vast numbers of bad guys who crop up round every corner. This nonsensical plot is given crude, violent treatment in this very mediocre sequel to Olympus has Fallen.
Rent Part autobiography and part adaptation of Puccini’s La Boheme, Rent is a scrappy collage that brings together the sorrow of the AIDS epidemic, anger at yuppification and the