Ever since Netflix became a major success, Christians have been looking for a positive and family-friendly Christian movie streaming service. We take a look at two of the biggest contenders, PureFlix and The Dove Channel and tell you everything you need to know about both services! We'll finally answer the question: what is the best Christian Netflix alternative?
Have you used either of these services? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!
A few months back we let you know about a new Christian movie by Ray Comfort, Audacity. If you haven't had a chance to view the film yet, the full movie is now available to watch for free on Youtube. Like Living Waters has done in the past with previous films like Evolution Vs. God, they're releasing this movie online so it can hopefully reach a wider audience. The synopsis for this film says:
"From Living Waters, creators of the award-winning TV program “The Way of the Master” and the hit movies “180” and “Evolution vs. God,” comes the powerful film “Audacity.” Executive produced by TV co-host and best-selling author Ray Comfort (Hell’s Best Kept Secret, Scientific Facts in the Bible), this film delivers an unexpected, eye-opening look at the controversial topic of homosexuality.
Peter (Travis Owens) is an aspiring comedian encouraged by his friend Ben (Ben Price, Australia’s Got Talent finalist) to perform at the local comedy club. But stage fright isn’t Peter’s only fear. When confronted with one of today’s most divisive issues, he feels compelled to speak, but can he? Challenged by his coworker Diana (Molly Ritter) to defend his convictions about homosexuality and gay marriage, will he have the courage to stand for what he believes—even at the risk of losing a friendship? And how will he respond when faced with a harrowing life-or-death experience?
“Audacity” uses a unique approach to address a very sensitive subject in contemporary society. Regardless of your views on homosexuality, you’ll gain fresh insights and a new perspective."
If you wanted to see this film but haven't had the opportunity to, now is your chance to watch it for free and share it with as many people as you can. Have you seen Audacity yet? We would love to know your thoughts on the film. Let us know in the comments below!
We take a look at the newest film from the Kendrick Brothers, War Room!
This week, War Room, possibly the biggest Christian movie of the year, released in theaters around the country. This is the first film to come from the Kendrick brothers since Courageous back in August of 2011, and needless to say there has been a lot of anticipation leading up to the release of this film.
The Kendrick brothers have always been a big name in the Christian movie industry, and their movies Facing the Giants and Fireproof is what originally inspired us to start Christian Film Central. Their last film, Courageous is in our opinion the quintessential Christian movie. It has everything you need for a good movie, spiritual themes, elements of genuine humor, and also raw moments of serious emotion.
So how does War Room compare to their previous films? How does it stand on its own as a Christian movie?
Well to state it simply, War Room is a fantastic movie, and I enjoyed it a lot. It was powerful and convicting about the necessity of prayer in the home. I would probably even go so far as to say that War Room has the most powerful ending scene of any Kendrick Brothers film. When the credits rolled, we felt satisfied and the general mood was positive. There was even some discussion in the room that this movie needed to be seen by every Christian family in America.
The subject of prayer is an important topic to cover, and the filmmakers did an incredible job of showing the power and effectiveness of prayer in the home. Prayer should be an essential part of the home, as it brings the family together and unites them over a common bond. When we begin to remove prayer in the household, we begin to lose the focus of who is really in control of our family. This movie is a wonderful reminder of just how essential prayer is for the health and stability of the family.
So, in short, we loved this movie. However, we do have a few issues with War Room, especially in comparison with their previous films. The Kendrick Brothers have always been known for their special brand of humor that they inject into all of their films. For instance, we all remember the infamous “Snake Kings” scene from Courageous.
However, what little humor there was in War Room honestly fell flat, and I wouldn’t say there was one comedic scene in the film that really stuck with me afterwards. Rather than Sherwood Pictures, War Room was released through Sony’s Affirm Films, which led to some jarring Sony product placements throughout the film. I understand this is how the film industry works, and they do have to make money to make it a successful film, but I felt it took the focus off important story details at certain parts in the movie.
The production quality is top-notch, as we’ve come to expect from Christian movies nowadays, and with each movie the Kendrick Brothers always seem to take it up a notch visually. The story was powerful and moving, though we did feel the pacing was odd in a few key sections.
Overall, War Room was a fantastic film, and I can’t convey enough how powerful and moving the story was. The only reason we may be nitpicking a little is because this is the Kendrick Brothers. They’re basically the Pixar of the Christian film industry, always delivering the best and always working to perfect their craft. While War Room was an enjoyable film and definitely one of the best films to be released in 2015, it still seemed like a small step back from Courageous.
What is encouraging is the box office results for this weekend. War Room came in 2nd place for this weekend’s box office totals, and this includes other big name secular films. This goes to show that we as Christians do have a voice in what kind of media is produced. When people see that 2nd place at the box office this weekend was a low-budget Christian movie, they begin to realize that there is an audience for family-friendly films. It’s easy for us to complain about the moral decay in Hollywood and in media. But what we need to do, rather than criticize the bad is support the good. If we support what is moral and upright in the media world, we can make a difference in our culture.
All this is to say, go see War Room. Support this movie. We can highly recommend it as one of the best, if not the best Christian movie of 2015. This movie will change the way you think about prayer and encourage you to make it a part of your everyday routine.
Today is a big day in the Christian film industry! The Kendrick Brothers, who have created some of the most recognizable Christian movies over the years like Fireproof and Courageous, have just released their fifth film, War Room. The movie premiered in theaters today and is estimated to finish in 2nd place at the box office this weekend. This is an amazing feat for the Kendrick Brothers, as they're competing with other big name secular movies in the box office total. By comparison, the very successful God's Not Dead placed 4th in the box office on its opening weekend. If you haven't heard of this film, the synopsis reads:
"With great jobs, a beautiful daughter (Alena Pitts) and a dream house, the Jordans seem to have it all. Appearances can be deceiving, however, as husband Tony (T.C. Stallings) flirts with temptation and wife Elizabeth (Priscilla Shirer) becomes increasingly bitter, crumbling under the strain of a failing marriage. Their lives take an unexpected turn for the better when Elizabeth meets her newest client, Miss Clara (Karen Abercrombie), who encourages the couple to find happiness through prayer."
War Room is a bit of a change from previous movies by the Kendrick Brothers, as it is the first to not be released under the Sherwood Pictures branding. Instead, this is being produced by Sony's Affirm Films and The Kendrick Brothers brand. We had the chance to view this movie a few days ago, and are readying our review for release on September 1st on our Youtube channel. If you haven't yet, be sure to subscribe to our channel so you'll be informed when we release that review.
Are you planning on seeing this movie in theaters? If you're planning on seeing it, or maybe have already seen it, let us know your thoughts in the comments below. How does this film compare to their previous films? Please let us know your opinion in the comments below!
One of the biggest Christian movies of 2015 is now available on DVD; Do You Believe? Created by Pure Flix Entertainment (the makers of God's Not Dead), this movie released in theaters back in March and is now available to purchase on DVD. The synopsis for this film says:
"A dozen different souls—all moving in different directions, all longing for something more. As their lives unexpectedly intersect, they each are about to discover there is power in the Cross of Christ … even if they don't believe it. Yet.
When a local pastor is shaken to the core by the visible faith of an old street-corner preacher, he is reminded that true belief always requires action. His response ignites a faith-fueled journey that powerfully impacts everyone it touches in ways that only God could orchestrate.
This stirring new film from the creators of God's Not Dead arrives in theaters Spring of 2015. More than a movie, it's a question we all must answer in our lifetimes: DO YOU BELIEVE?"
If you follow our Christian movie review podcast, you've probably noticed that we haven't posted an episode in several months. Well, we can finally announce what we've been working on all this time: The FishFlix.com Christian Movie Podcast! We've been working with Christian movie distributor www.fishflix.com to develop a Christian movie podcast for their website. We just launched the new podcast today, and I'd appreciate it if you'd check it out.
The FishFlix.com Christian Movie Podcast is a weekly show where every Wednesday we bring you a quick review of a Christian movie. We let you know what the movie is about, our thoughts on the movie, and finally for what ages it would be appropriate. The reviews last around 4 minutes each, and give you everything you need to know before seeing the film.
You can listen to an episode of the show below, where we review the original Left Behind movie:
And, if you're looking for a website with a vast assortment of Christian DVDs to purchase, we highly recommend you check out our friends at www.FishFlix.com. We would love to know what you think about the podcast. Be sure to let us know in the comments below, and if you have any specific movies you would like us to review in the future! I'm excited to be working with FishFlix.com on all of this, and we're hoping to bring you even more Christian movie content in the near future. As always, stay tuned to Christian Film Central and FishFlix.com for more!
A new movie is releasing on DVD this Tuesday, Brother's Keeper. This movie originally appeared in theaters back on March 27th, and has now made its way to DVD. The synopsis says:
As their high school graduation nears, Pete plans to marry Maggie, the love of his life, and head off to seminary to become a preacher. Andy, a rebel at heart, has no plans, no direction, and seemingly no future.
In a shocking turn of events, Pete is thrown in jail… framed for Maggie’s murder! Andy struggles to find a way to save his brother from Death Row… concocting a desperate escape plan that shocks his brother and alters both of their futures forever.
You can find out more about this movie on their website or in our New Movies section. If you've seen this film, be sure to let us know what you thought in the comments below! Also, stay tuned, we have an exciting announcement coming later this week.
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