“Woodlawn” and “The Peanuts Movie” have both been redemptive movie game-changers in receiving critical praise from most press sources recently. Both movies have artistic quality and redemptive content with name recognition. “Woodlawn” has some excellent cinematography, especially with football sequences and skillful acting with the following: Sean Astin, Jon Voight, Sherri Shepherd, DeVon Franklin, Caleb Castille and more. “The Peanuts Movie” that is faithful to the original Charles M. Schulz comic strip as it has been written by family members Bryan and Craig Schulz, has captivating animation with a comic strip feel with the classic Peanuts music. Snoopy, as usual, “steals the show” at times with his literally high flying antics in Red Baron scenes as he persists to rescue FiFi (voiced by Kristin Chenoweth); but Charlie Brown, as the underdog prevails as the real hero and shares in the end his heart-warming classic lessons learned. “The Peanuts Movie” is one of the rare G-rated movies that have been theaters. Both movies are still in theaters and are good family, redemptive movie choices.
Mojo Box Office reports weekend predictions for box office success. They forecast that “The Peanuts Movie” will continue to chase down Bond, currently number one at the box office. Mojo Box Office also predicts “The 33” will follow close behind “The Peanuts Movie.” Along with covering the biggest movie flops of 2015, The Wrap predicts on November 13 what is ahead for top box office successes for the rest of the year that include family movies: “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2” Nov. 20, Disney/Pixar’s “The Good Dinosaur” Nov. 26, and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” December 14. As well as having a redemptive impact on critics and viewers, redemptive movies have had a positive impact at the box office. See Movieguide.org for valuable, detailed reviews, as well interviews, trailers and more for what is in theaters.
On November 13, Latino Review reports on an interview with Antonio Banderas for “The 33.” This movie, coming out in theaters today, is based on the true story of the 33 Chilean miners buried alive in the catastrophic explosion and collapse of a 100-year-old gold and copper mine. Over the next 69 days, an international team worked desperately night and day to rescue the trapped men as their families, friends, and millions around the globe waited, watched, and prayed. Two hundred stories below the surface, in suffocating heat, rising tensions, and minimal provisions, the story of resilience and redemption took place.
This riveting true story of survival has been filmed with the cooperation of the miners, their families and their rescuers. “The 33” movie reveals never-before-seen actual events that unfold above and below ground. In the interview with Latino Review, Antonio Banderas has said that he likes the perspective of the three angles: the miners, the family and the rescuers. Banderas has talked about the humanity of the movie that involves a kind of duality between the clarity and wildness of the female war outside pushing down and the masculine, “….testosterone, darkness of guys pushing up.” Further, Antonio Bandera says, “…At the end, I think what we had is a metaphor for what we are as human beings…. These guys go to the essential… to confront…death.”
Sonoma Christian Home.com (SCH) also reports on the book on which the film is based, as well as on the movie. SCH writes, “ Below ground, José Henriquez, a devout Christian, whispers to Mario Sepúlveda, ‘God is the only way out of this.’ Mario asks José to lead them in prayer. Henriquez becomes the miners’ ‘pastor’ because… Tobar (author) writes, ‘as soon as he…begins to talk it’s clear that he knows how to speak of God and to God.’ ” There is prayer above and below that is miraculously answered. SCH reports that the miners pray for forgiveness, help, rescue, as well as for unity. Drillers above hold hands as they pray and “…Camp Esperanza grows to over one thousand, with so many praying it reminds one inhabitant of Jerusalem.” SCH reports that miners’ spirits wax and wane especially with discouraging hunger. “…Then a mysterious, fresh breeze invigorates him. It’s from ‘the thirty-fourth miner’…meaning miners’ souls and God’s protecting spirit….” SCH reports that the movie is rated PG-13 (USA) “for a disaster sequence and some language.”
In an interview with Evy Baehr for Movieguide.org, Banderas and others talk about the faith of the miners during this intense ordeal. Movieguide.org states in its review of the movie, “…Although there are many characters, each one is well crafted and distinctly memorable. The dialogue is terrific. The jeopardy is intense. THE 33 is more than just a faith-based movie. It’s one of the best survival movies ever made.”