MINNO — A New Christian Streaming Service

Posted on December 16, 2019 at 8:42 am

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Families who find the content on television, cable, and streaming services like Netflix and even some of the films on Disney Plus troubling for family viewing have a new alternative with extended Christian content, called MINNO (from the Greek for “to abide.” Their slogan: Stories kids love; values parents trust. The founders say, “We are parents, church volunteers, ministry leaders, developers, writers, and technology and entertainment executives with one mission: serving you, as Christian parents, in raising the next generation of believers…. our goal is to help families connect with God through amazing stories, books, and resources.” Viewers can find classics like Veggie Tales and programs like “What’s in the Bible?”, “3-2-1 Penguins”, and CBN’s “Superbook.”

And now three are two ways to share it;

1. Buy a Minno gift card! E-gift cards are now available for 1, 2, and 3 year subscriptions. A Minno subscription makes a great Christmas gift for a special family in your life.

2. Join the Minno High Five referral program and you’ll have immediate access to everything you need to share Minno with your friends through email and social media. As an added bonus, when a friend subscribes to Minno through your link, you’ll get a $5 e-gift card to the store for your choice.

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Breakthrough

Posted on April 16, 2019 at 5:30 pm

B-
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for thematic content including peril
Profanity: None
Alcohol/ Drugs: None
Violence/ Scariness: Peril, serious accident, critical medical condition
Diversity Issues: Theme of trans-racial adoption
Date Released to Theaters: April 17, 2019
Date Released to DVD: July 15, 2019

Copyright 2019 20th Century Fox
Breakthrough,” a Christian faith-based story based on a teenager’s remarkable recovery after falling through the ice into a frozen river. It asks but does not pretend to try to answer the big question: If we believe that divine intervention saved this boy, then where is the divine intervention for so many tragedies? Why him? Why not little children and beloved family members? He was not especially good or devout. What does it mean?

The movie also makes it clear that a very large community contributed to the boy’s recovery. Whether they were divinely inspired or not, they played an essential role. Nevertheless, this movie, the last to be issued from the now-Disney-owned Fox division producing Christian faith-based films, is preaching to the choir. It is likely to deliver what they are looking for, but it is unlikely to reach a broader audience as entertainment or as testimony. Even with a strong cast and a dramatic rescue, this movie is not created for or intended for those who are not already on board with the idea of a very devout family experiencing a miracle. Those who are will find this a touching, inspiring story well told and well performed.

Joyce and Brian Smith (“This is Us” star Chrissy Metz and Josh Lucas) live in a comfortable suburban home with their teenage son John (Marcel Ruiz), a student at the local Christian private school and star of the school’s basketball team. He is starting to have some teenage broodiness, beginning to deal with being adopted. He loves his parents but feels the loss of the people he never knew who gave him up. When his teacher assigns an oral report on family history, he does not even try.

And then one day he and two of his friends decide to play tag on a frozen river. The ice cracks, and they fall through. Agonizing minutes tick by as rescue workers try to grab John, who has sunk unto the water. Tommy Shine (Mike Colter of “Girls Trip” and “Luke Cage”) hears someone say, “Go back.” Later, no one who was present will say that he said or even heard those words.

John is trapped for 15 minutes and, once he is at the hospital, has no pulse for nearly half an hour. All the medical indicators are that he is past hope. But his mother insists he will come back, and she prays “boldly” — something she had just recently said she was not sure she understood in a Bible study group.

Joyce has some lessons to learn. She has been prideful and judgmental. She has not been careful about her own health and that makes it harder for her to help her family. But Jason (Topher Grace), the new preacher she dismissed as too secular (he brings in a Christian rock band and wears jeans on the pulpit when he uses “The Bachelor” as a kind of parable) turns out to be a true minister. He tells her he cannot change the outcome, but he can walk there with her.

We may not agree on why John recovers. This cast makes us glad and relieved that he does, even if the story veers into smugness that undermines its message.

Parents should know that the story concerns a very serious accident involving teenagers and critical medical conditions.

Family discussion: Why didn’t John want to do the report about his family? Why was it hard for Joyce to trust Jason, and how did that change?

If you like this, try: “Miracles from Heaven”

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Trailer: Miracles From Heaven

Posted on November 26, 2015 at 8:00 am

Jennifer Garner and Queen Latifah star in “Miracles from Heaven,” based on Miracles from Heaven: A Little Girl and Her Amazing Story of Healing by Christy Wilson Beam.

Annabel Beam spent most of her childhood in and out of hospitals with a rare and incurable digestive disorder that prevented her from living a normal, healthy life. One sunny day when she was able to go outside and play with her sisters, she fell three stories headfirst into an old, hollowed-out tree. Implausibly, she survived without a scratch. While unconscious inside the tree, with rescue workers struggling to get to her, she said that she had visited heaven. After being released from the hospital, she defied science and had inexplicably recovered from her chronic ailment. The movie will be in theaters for Easter 2016.

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Coming to Theaters: Women of Faith — An Amazing Joyful Journey

Posted on November 13, 2015 at 10:47 am

Women of Faith, the world’s largest producer of inspirational events for Christian women, announces the organization’s first-ever event for cinemas, Women of Faith: An Amazing Joyful Journey with screenings starting February 18, 2016. BY Experience, pioneers of live cinema events, in association with Fathom Events in the U.S. and Cineplex Entertainment in Canada, are distributing the event to cinemas throughout North America. Tickets are on sale now online, Fathom events, and at participating theatre box offices.

The cinematic event takes audiences on the historic journey of the Women of Faith movement through the years—on stage and off—and along their travels with World Vision, sharing how Women of Faith has been an influence in the lives of more than 5 million women.

With lots of laughter and storytelling, this part documentary/part live stage event includes never-before-seen interviews, hilarious outtakes and behind-the-scenes footage that will feature some of the most beloved and popular speakers including Patsy Clairmont, Mary Graham, Jen Hatmaker, Nicole Johnson, Marilyn Meberg, Sandi Patty, Luci Swindoll, Sheila Walsh, and Thelma Wells, as well as music and performances from Christian contemporary artists who have appeared on the tour over the two decades.

Moviegoers will experience firsthand the history and the impact that the Women of Faith events have had on women through exhilarating worship, powerful testimonies, and personal stories shared by incredible communicators since the live events began in 1996.

“Since the beginning, the heart of Women of Faith has been to share real-life stories filled with humor in the midst of the heartache we all experience at times,” says Amy Chandy, who leads Programming for Women of Faith, where she has served for 17 years. “The transparency and authenticity of the women on our stage offer hope that has changed lives across North America and around the world. We’re so excited to share this journey with a new audience through this movie experience.”

Showings:

U.S. Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 7:00pm, with matinee showings on Saturday, February 20; March 3 at 7pm and March 5 for an additional matinee showings.

Canada – Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 7:00pm with an encore presentation Sunday, February 21, 2016 at 1pm. Canada will be on sale on November 20 and guests can go to www.Cineplex.com/Events for more information.

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Exclusive Trailer: Full of Grace, The Gospel from a Mother’s Viewpoint

Posted on October 1, 2015 at 12:57 pm

We are honored to present this exclusive trailer for “Full of Grace,” the story of the Gospel from a mother’s point of view. Mary (Bahia Haifi) and Peter “The Rock” (Noam Jenkins) prepare to embark on a divine mission to help Christ’s early followers re-discover their faith in the Lord.

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