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Last month we provided you with recommendations and a synopsis of 8 movies with a Christian theme that could be viewed on Netflix. We received emails asking for more suggestions so here are some possible considerations for you.

With this list of recommendations, we have included a brief review courtesy of the Christian based pluggedin as well as a link to their review of the film. pluggedIn is a valuable resource for us at Christian Life in London as they provide a “tell us what you really think” opinion from a Christian perspective of the movies we present each month. When ever considering a movie but are uncertain if it is appropriate, you can always log on to pluggedin by clicking HERE and see what they have to say.

As we said last month, we know that not everyone subscribes to Netflix but in these challenging times, you may want to consider it. In Canada the cost is $9.99 per month and you can cancel at any time. Interested? Click HERE for all the details and pricing.

While this will give you access to all of the following Christian movies and many others, Netflix offers a wide variety of award-winning TV shows, movies, and documentaries.

You can watch as much as you want, whenever you want without a single commercial! There's always something new to discover, and new TV shows and movies are added every week!

This month’s suggestions:

'Samson'
Click HERE for the pluggedin review
Those Philistines were such jerks.

Just ask any Old Testament denizen of ancient Israel, and they’ll tell you. Every time the Hebrews start to make waves in the Fertile Crescent, here come the Philistines to spoil the party. Collectively, they were like that sand-kicking bully from those old Charles Atlas ads—constantly kicking sand in Israel’s face.

Thankfully, God had Israel’s back. Whenever the Philistines got too big for their B.C. britches, He’d select a hero—sometimes a judge, sometimes a king—to show these pesky pagan worshippers who was really boss.

But some of these divinely selected champions had problems of their own. Take Samson: a guy so strong that if he’d kicked sand in Charles Atlas’ face, good ol’ Chuck would’ve sheepishly picked up his blanket and moved down the beach.

Samson’s been a big deal from birth: God told his parents he was to be a Nazirite, which came with an important set of conditions: He couldn’t drink alcohol. He couldn’t touch corpses. And he could never, ever cut his hair. He was, literally, born to be a hero. But Samson’s not sure if that’s who he wants to be.

Oh, sure, he doesn’t like his Philistine overlords: King Balek can be pretty ruthless. His son, Rallah, is seven times worse: Rallah makes the Joker look well-adjusted.

But hey, the Philistines aren’t all bad. Why, Samson knows of a cute little Philistine girl named Taren—a lady he’d like to get to know better. (Wink, wink, nudge, nudge.)

As his people clamor for someone to snatch them from the grasping fist of the Philistines, Samson just wants to shake hands. Can’t we all just get along, he wonders.

“We do not need a judge,” he says. “We need peace.”

Because really, how much can one guy do? Samson may be pretty strong, but it’s not like he can take on the whole Philistine army with a donkey jawbone or something, right?

Christian Mingle: The Movie
Click HERE for the pluggedin review
Gwyneth Haden is a woman who’s pretty frustrated with the dating scene and the shallow men in it. But one day she catches an ad for a faith-based dating service called Christian Mingle, and out of desperation, she decides to give it a try. The next thing you know, she’s got a date at a coffee shop with a guy who seems promising. The problem is, she’s not a believer, and she lied on her application. Now she’s got to do a little scrambling to cover up that fib.

After securing a couple of books explaining some churchgoing basics, Gwyneth feels pretty confident she can bluff her way through a date. She’s memorized a few key Bible verses she can throw out when necessary. She can even wing her way through praying over a meal … kinda. But, hey, it’s all to get Mr. Right! That is, until Mr. Right finds out something’s wrong.

While this flick will never be mistaken for an Oscar contender, it mingles together a number of positive things. It gives a big thumbs-up to making wise career choices, and it definitely applauds serving others. Plus, there’s a clear and unforced Gospel presentation. On the downside, a Christian character lies to her boss.

A Question of Faith
Click HERE for the pluggedin review
Pastor David Newman is a good husband and good dad.

And he’s going to be a solid senior pastor once his own father retires. But, frankly, those are pretty big pastoral shoes to fill. There are all the congregational demands, the church management meetings, the new building project, weekly sermons, hospital visitations. The list stretches on and on … and David is feeling pretty stretched, too.

Maria Henandez is a good kid.

She’s as bright as they come. She helps out her mom, delivering take-out orders from their family-owned restaurant. And this 17-year-old is diligently working toward being the first in their immigrant family to attend college. Maria is excited about it. And her mom, Kate, would be excited, too—if she could get the girl to stop texting long enough to talk about it. It’s amazing she can function at all with her eyes constantly glued to that little screen.

Michelle Danielson is a good singer.

Some even think she’s kinda great in that department. “She’s got the voice of an angel,” her dad, John, says regularly. And a certain recording label tends to agree. If everything goes as planned, Michelle will be signing a nicely lucrative recording deal. From there, the sky’s the limit. And things would actually be pretty great for the angelic-voiced gal if it weren’t for the headaches—those nagging, never-ceasing headaches.

Each of these people have their own families. Their own problems. Their own little worlds. They know nothing about each other. To be honest, they probably wouldn’t care much if they did.

But they are all connected.

In fact, they’re all unknowingly hurtling toward each other very quickly now. And when their three disparate worlds collide, it will be in a horrendous way. Their lives will be changed forever. It’ll make each of them question what they believe and wonder about the purpose of life.

They will never see any of it coming. And when it does, they’ll have a hard time just seeing beyond the pain.

God is good.

Of course, God saw everything that was coming. He sees how all the pieces fit. He sees all the threads and all the ties. And He sees all the possibilities.

He just needs those desperately seeking him to have … a little trust in His goodness.

'The Case for Christ
Click HERE for the pluggedin review
“The only way to truth is through facts,” says Chicago Tribune legal affairs reporter Lee Strobel. “Facts are our greatest weapon against superstition, against ignorance and against tyranny.”

Facts—solid, substantial, incontrovertible—are the only currency the rising young reporter trades in. “We are atheists,” he tells his young daughter, Alison, before bed one night. “We believe in what’s real, what we can see and touch.”

Lee and his young wife, Leslie, once shared the same skeptical perspective on facts and superstition. But when Alison nearly chokes to death and is saved by a conscientious Christian nurse at a restaurant one night, it rocks Leslie’s belief system to the core. Alfie, the nurse, tells the couple that she had a sense that she needed to have dinner at that restaurant that night. It wasn’t luck or coincidence she was there, but Jesus’ plan so that Alison might be spared.

Lee laughs it off. But Leslie tracks down Alfie and begins going to church with her. Soon she tells her hard-charging, just-the-facts-ma’am husband, “I felt something. … I talked to Jesus. I told him that I want him in my life.”

Lee responds to Leslie’s new faith with a toxic mixture of contempt, anger and alcohol. Then he decides that the only way to “save” his wife from drifting further into what he considers a cult-like faith is to prove to her, once and for all, that Christianity cannot possibly be supported by the facts.

One of Lee’s mentors, fellow reporter and atheist Ray Nelson, is confident Lee’s efforts will yield the result he wants. “You present her with the facts,” Ray says, “and I’m sure she will find her way back to the truth.”

And so the award-winning investigative journalist launches into a passionate—and secret—crusade to disprove his wife’s nascent faith by proving, he hopes, that the resurrection of Jesus Christ never happened.

But the facts that Lee Strobel uncovers lead him toward an outcome altogether different than the one he expected to reach.

Joseph: King of Dreams
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What’s It About: The production team behind The Prince of Egypt retells the biblical story of Joseph as chronicled in the book of Genesis (chapters 37 and 39-46).

Who’s It For: All ages, though very young children may be unsettled by intense dream sequences and abusive behavior.

The Message: Persevering through dark times can yield great rewards. God’s role in Joseph’s comeback is clear, reinforced by “You Know Better Than I,” a song addressing His loving omniscience. Also, when Pharaoh alludes to the young man’s ability to interpret dreams, Joseph redirects the praise (“Not me, your excellency; my explanation comes from God”). An upbeat musical number deals with making the most of bad situations (“You’ve got to pick whatever grows at your feet …”). The 75-minute video puts a premium on faith, forgiveness, honor and family unity.

Does It Deliver: This reasonable treatment of biblical history blends hand-drawn and computer animation that, while not as eye-popping as Prince of Egypt, is impressive for a direct-to-video title. Artfully executed dream sequences. Uplifting songs. It also takes fewer liberties than Prince of Egypt did—a great way to supplement family Bible study.

The Stray
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Chasing your dreams is fine and all, but a funny thing can happen along the way: When you catch ’em, they sometimes don’t look anything like you imagined. A while back, Mitch and Michelle Davis dropped everything to move to Los Angeles, so Mitch could go to the University of Southern California’s prestigious film school and learn to be a screenwriter. Alas, successful screenwriters are as rare in L.A. as Burbank glaciers, so he switched tracks: Instead of sending his own writing to a callous movie executive to rip apart, he becomes a callous movie executive himself. And in so doing, he achieves something that eludes most writers: a regular paycheck.

“We came, we saw, we conquered!” he tells Michelle. All their sacrifices and hard work have paid off, and they’re living the dream. Except that, given Mitch’s insane, dawn-to-dawn workdays, he doesn’t actually have a lot of time to dream anymore. Or spend time with his kids. Or do most of the things that regular people enjoy doing.

When Mitch apologizes to his son, Christian, for missing his latest baseball game, the 9-year-old boy isn’t having it. “You’re always sorry because you’re never there,” Christian accuses. Mitch knows he’s right.

But then they find a stray dog, and everything changes.

Eventually.

First, the dog protects Christian from a couple of rampaging bullies. Christian ties it up to make sure it doesn’t run away. Alas, it does … but it goes right to Christian’s bus stop! (Nifty trick, that.) Then, when Mitch’s toddler decides to walk out of the house, the dog helps reconnect the tot with a very worried Mitch. The episode convinces him (Mitch, not the dog or tot) that maybe California dreaming isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. So he packs up the family and moves to the mountains of Colorado.

The dog comes too, of course: By now, it’s not just a random, preternaturally observant stray, but Pluto the Wonder Dog, a treasured part of the family.

But while Pluto is beloved by all in the Davis family, Mitch … not so much. Those years of 20-hour days have taken a toll on him and his relationships, especially with Christian—so much so that Mitch feels the need to engage in some heavy-duty father-son time. Knowing that Christian’s still having a hard time connecting with kids his own age, Mitch invites a couple of boys along for an adventure.

Pluto gets to come along too, naturally. Couldn’t leave him behind, right?

God Bless the Broken Road
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What happens when the plans you have for your life don’t match reality? Some people blame God, some blame others, some blame themselves.

And for some folks, it’s a mix of all of the above.

Amber Hill lost her heroic husband to an ambush in Afghanistan. Now, two years later, she’s left in Kentucky with the bittersweet memories of his presence and the responsibility of raising her beautiful, eight-year-old girl, Bree, as a widow.

As the former director of a church choir, Amber was known around town for her angelic voice and her love for God. But when her husband lost his life in battle, she lost her faith in the Almighty.

Now the only hope for resurrecting Amber’s detonated dreams lies in an unlikely new romance, Amber’s close connections with a handful of friends and the innocent heart of a remarkably resilient child.






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