The following article was born out of a desire to publish something that would fill readers in on the previous years film releases, because there was not enough time, room and space to cover those thoroughly myself. Since the newspaper catered to conservative tastes, I went to information that would suit the reader, and sources I was familiar with. Here’s the article, published in 2007, in Challenge Weekly.
If you missed them, here’s some movies worth seeing
By Peter Veugelaers
Looking for good family films? If you happened to miss them last year, some Christian critics are offering signposts to look no further.
Last year saw plenty of well-made moral movies, according to some Catholic and evangelical Christian critics.
“There was a surfeit of superior films in 2006 with solid moral underpinnings,” Catholic film reviewer Harry Forbes told EP News.
“From powerful anti-war films to inspirational true-life (though highly disparate) stories to a superior adaptation of a literary classic, they ran the proverbial gamut.”
Reviewers Harry Forbes and David Dicerto compiled a “best of” list for the U.S Catholic Bishops’ Office for Film and Broadcasting. The list is published every year and is of movies that promote faith, community, family, and the repudiation of violence. Some movies with strong moral messages may not be suitable for children, so the bishops also released a list of 2006’s top family films. That list included Cars, The Nativity Story, Charlotte’s Web, Eight Below, and six others.
Movieguide’s Ted Baehr told Assist News Service that he was excited because “movies with strong family values just keep getting better and better every year”.
Movieguide announced its list of the top 10 family movies of 2006 which will vie for the title of best family movie at Movieguide’s 15th annual Faith and Values Awards gala and report to the entertainment industry in February. The movies on the lists are in release, or to be released or will soon be at video stores. Facing the Giants is the only movie on Movieguide’s list not released theatrically in New Zealand although will be available on DVD in the US by the end of this month. It could, therefore, be obtained from an internet shop. It could also be released on DVD later in New Zealand. The bishop’s list includes several family-friendly movies, including Akeelah & the Bee, the story of an 11-year-old from the inner city competing in a national spelling bee; and The Pursuit of Happyness, about a father’s struggle to care for his son and make a life for himself beyond the city streets.
Movieguide’s top ten were (in alphabetical order): Akeelah and the Bee, Cars, Charlotte’s Web, Eight Below, Facing the Giants, Glory Road, Ice Age: The Meltdown, Invincible, The Nativity Story, and The Pursuit of Happyness.