Good movies

The Covington News - - Religion -

When it is cold out­side, there is noth­ing bet­ter than to hun­ker down with a blan­ket, hot choco­late and a good movie. But how does a per­son find a good movie? This might help. Re­cently Chris­tian­ity To­day Mag­a­zine pub­lished its list of the “10 Most Re­deem­ing Films of 2007.” One of th­ese might just be per­fect for a home or church movie night.

1. Into Great Si­lence (NR): This is a doc­u­men­tary about the life of the monks at Grande Char­treuse Monastery in France. De­scribed as tran­quil and spell bind­ing, this may be just the movie to watch when de-stress­ing at the end of the day. It raises the ques­tion, “If th­ese peo­ple can spend a life­time in prayer, why is it so hard to spend 10 min­utes in prayer?”

2. Lars and the Real Girl (PG13): The plot is ridicu­lous. A lonely, delu­sional young man buys a life-size doll on the in­ter­net, falls in love with it and tells peo­ple that it is his girl­friend. His friends love him any­way and help him come out of his delu­sion. It is de­scribed as “sweet, funny, and heart­warm­ing.” Monks pray­ing sounds more in­ter­est­ing. Next.

3. Juno (PG-13): This is the one about the 16-year old girl who got preg­nant, plans at first to abort, but then de­cides to have the baby and give the child up for adop­tion. The ti­tle comes from the con­trac­tion of the word “did you know,” or “juno?” (It could be a good “re­al­ity” movie for a youth group.)

4. Amaz­ing Grace (PG): This is the story of the bat­tle of William Wil­ber­force, John New­ton (au­thor of “Amaz­ing Grace”) and their friends to end the slave trade. It is a great movie, full of his­tory, and with lessons on love, re­pen­tance and per­se­ver­ance. It is well worth watch­ing.

5. Bella (PG-13): Called “a love story with­out the ro­mance,” it is the story of a chef at a Mex­i­can restau­rant in Man­hat­tan named José who learns that one of the wait­resses, Nina, is preg­nant. It is de­scribed as a film on “love, fam­ily and friend­ship.” The previews to this one look pretty good.

6. Into the Wild (R): This is the true story of Chris McCand­less, the Duke Univer­sity stu­dent who gave his money away and hitch­hiked across Amer­ica to es­cape so­ci­ety and get back to na­ture.

Ac­cord­ing to CTM, “The beauty and wis­dom he en­coun­ters along the way have much to of­fer us all.” This is one of those Ti­tanic-like movies which would be more fun if you didn’t know how it ended.

7. The Kite Run­ner (PG-13): Based on a best-sell­ing novel, this is the story of an im­mi­grant to the USA from Afghanistan who had be­trayed a friend in his home­land. He goes back to Afghanistan. It has been called a story of “friend­ship and fam­ily, of guilt and rec­on­cil­i­a­tion.”

8. The Div­ing Bell and the But­ter­fly (PG-13): This is the true story of mag­a­zine ed­i­tor Jean-Do­minique Bauby, who suf­fered a mas­sive stroke and was par­a­lyzed — ex­cept for the use of one eye. This film is shot from his per­spec­tive, stuck in a wheel­chair, see­ing the world from only one eye. He is sur­rounded by peo­ple who love him, and, amaz­ingly, finds joy again in life.

9. Rata­touille (G): Called, “the best an­i­mated film of the year,” it has been called both beau­ti­ful and full of great mes­sages. There was also the warn­ing that this movie will make you want to run out and buy some French cui­sine. We don’t have any in Cov­ing­ton, do we?

10. Free­dom Writ­ers (PG13): This is true story of an out of con­trol high school class in south­ern Cal­i­for­nia and the teacher whose be­lieves that they can do great things. Her com­pas­sion changes their world. It is an old story, but it is real. En­joy.

John Donaldson

Colum­nist

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