Faith & FILM SERIES

Movies today provide us with amazing opportunities to reflect on who we are and what matters to us most to our culture.  In our new Faith and Film Series, we invite our community together to reflect on films through the lens of spirituality.

     

Each month, we will watch a film and then  discuss how it intersects our faith.  We will  begin each movie promptly at 6:30pm in Room 206 with discussion to follow.  

   

Everyone is invited to come and participate!  Central will provide popcorn and water; feel free to bring something for yourself or something to share.  Students are invited to participate, but we ask parents to determine the appropriateness of each film for their child.


ALL FILMS & SHOWING DATES

ARE LISTED BELOW


If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Mike. 

  • September 23

    “Cinema that's challenging and offbeat is always in danger of being overlooked. But "The Rider" deserves to be seen.” – Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Dispatch

     

    “It's a kind of parable, delivered in a manner that has nothing to do with preaching.” – Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle

     

    Summary: After suffering a near fatal head injury, young cowboy Brady Jandreau undertakes a search for new identity and what it means to be a man in the heartland of America.

     

    In The Rider we’ll be exploring themes of identity and purpose, as well as representations of biblical pastoral expression.

     

    104 minutes. The Rider is rated R for language and drug use.

  • October 21

    “The film has a solid grasp on the mutable, but ever-present pain of loss.” – Lenika Cruz, The Atlantic

     

    "An exceptionally rich psychological portrait of a woman, it's an enormously compassionate and sadly relevant film about misplaced blame and the often impossible demands of motherhood." – Inkoo Kang, TheWrap

     

    Summary: A widowed mother, plagued by the violent death of her husband, battles with her son's fear of a monster lurking in the house, but soon discovers a sinister presence all around her.

     

    The Babadook provides us with a very scary and very moving exploration of loss, grief, motherhood, and depression; we’ll examine parallels presented in the books of Psalms, Jonah, and Jeremiah.

     

    93 minutes. Not Rated, but contains adult themes, frightening images and language.

  • November 25

    “Captures an idyll of youth that has been lost to the corrosive practices of modern business.” – Richard Brody, New Yorker

     

    “You can never expect to see a film more handsomely played.” – Bosley Cowther, New York Times

     

    Summary: At the turn of the century in a Welsh mining village, the Morgans, he stern, she gentle, raise coal-mining sons and hope their youngest will find a better life.

     

    How Green Was My Valley, through Ford’s brilliant framing and composition, gives us ample opportunity to discuss praise and prayer in community life.

     

    118 minutes. Not Rated.

  • December 16

    “For those capable of enduring its most gut-wrenching moments, Children of Men offers inventive energy, ferocious intelligence, and yet, affirmation of life against the most calamitous circumstances.” – Gene Seymour, Newsday

     

    “Cuaron asks us to find hope in a grim nativity story where a reluctant hero and scared would-be mother try to find shelter in a land that desperately needs a newborn savior.” – Amy Nicholson, I.E. Weekly

     

    Summary: In 2027, in a chaotic world in which women have become somehow infertile, a former activist agrees to help transport a miraculously pregnant woman to a sanctuary at sea.

     

    Children of Men is the most unlikely of nativity stories, but a Christmas story it is. We’ll discuss themes of the incarnation of Christ, peace in the midst of violence, and hope.

     

    109 minutes. Rated R for strong violence, language, and some drug use.

  • January 20

    “By the time it ends, Arrival is a story that could only be told in the science-fiction genre, and the result is a beautiful narrative that you find has been telling you things about itself without you ever realizing it.” – Britton Peele, Dallas Morning News

     

    “A film that forces viewers to reconsider that which makes us truly human, and the impact of grief on that timeline of existence.” – Brian Tallerico, RogerEbert.com

     

    Summary: A linguist is recruited by the military to communicate with alien lifeforms after twelve mysterious spacecrafts land around the world.

     

    Arrival gives us a unique lense through which to view themes of divine intervention, scripture, grief and free will.

     

    116 minutes. Rated PG-13 for brief strong language.

  • February 17

    “This is one of those precious films that pulls your mind on-screen. It's magic.” – Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune

     

    “There's a lot going on in Midnight Special, but Nichols is a classicist who takes his rhythms from his rural American settings, and he doles out details at a pace that feels urgent yet measured.” – Justin Chang, NPR

     

    Summary: A father and son go on the run, pursued by the government and a cult drawn to the child's special powers.

     

    Midnight Special provides a very unique perspective on masculine roles in the family, and by extension, the church. Together we’ll look at how it reflects biblical themes of masculinity as reflected in Christ.

     

    112 minutes. Rated PG-13 for some violence and action.

  • March 24

    "Silence" feels like a career summation for a filmmaker who has spent his life exploring his faith through his work. Here is a movie about the importance of religion that will move you, regardless of whichever God you worship - or don't.”

    - Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald

                                                    

    “The very nature of belief itself is at the heart of "Silence."” – Soren Andersen, Seattle Times

     

    Summary: In the 17th century, two Portuguese Jesuit priests travel to Japan in an attempt to locate their mentor, who is rumored to have committed apostasy, and to propagate Catholicism.

     

    Silence forces us to ask the question of what it means to have faith, and for whom does our faith benefit: the believer or the believed in?

     

    161 minutes. Rated R for disturbing violent content.

  • April 28

    “Indisputably one of the great American films, its power undiminished.” – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

     

    “It is still possible to feel the power of the film and of Brando and Kazan, who changed American movie acting forever.” – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

     

    Summary: An ex-prize fighter turned longshoreman struggles to stand up to his corrupt union bosses.

     

    Through vivid Christian imagery, On The Waterfront addresses morality in the face of corruption, the power of confession, and the strength in humility. We’ll look at the ways that Christ addressed these issues through the Gospels.

     

    108 minutes. Not Rated.

  • may 19

    “That rare movie that has the emotional and psychological depth to match its stunning surface.” – Tom Maurstad, Dallas Morning News

     

    “Miyazaki's luminescent, gorgeously realized world is relatively safe for children, but it also acknowledges blood, pain, dread, and death in ways that other animated films wouldn't dare.” – Tasha Robinson, AV Club

     

    Summary: During her family's move to the suburbs, a sullen 10-year-old girl wanders into a world ruled by gods, witches, and spirits, and where humans are changed into beasts.

     

    The world of Spirited Away shows us that not everything is as it appears on the surface; not the world around us, and certainly not the people around us.  In much the same way Scripture reveals truths about a spiritual reality that is rarely what we expect.

     

    125 minutes. Rated PG for some scary moments.