Sept. 7, Mojo Box Office reports top picks in movie theaters for the second week of September that have been released recently and are top at the box office: “War Room,” (#1), “Inside Out” (#9 after many weeks in theaters), “Ant-man” (#11 after many weeks in theaters), and “Shaun the Sheep”( #23 after weeks in theaters).
On September 7, Gulf News Hollywood gives the big news out of Hollywood that the African American-cast movie, War Room” (produced by the Kendrick Brothers Productions) about prayer has beat out the African American, R-rated, “Straight Outta Compton” ( distributed by Universal with its history of raunchy movies), If there ever was a need for prayer and for a successful cast of African American actors working well with white cast, crew, and movie makers on a movie such as “War Room,” it is now with the past year full of violent racial events, the Supreme Court decision to redefine marriage, and many other disruptions and threats to families and communities.
Recently, the Huffington Post reported an interview with T.C. Stallings, lead in “War Room.” Actor T.C. Stallings has said that he accepted the male lead role in the movie because of the positive picture it paints of the African-American family. Stallings has told how he grew up in a stereotypical black family in inner-city Cleveland. When he was 19 years old, he finally met his drug-addicted father. His siblings all dropped out of high school and ended up spending time in jail. His neighborhood was riddled with gangs and crime.
In this interview with Huff Post, Stallings has contended that black children in settings like he grew up in are adversely affected by the entertainment industry that often portrays black families and communities poorly. He has asserted that what he saw on TV and in movies growing up was negative. The picture he saw of African-Americans in urban areas was.”…all bad language and bad credit scores and bad habits,” Stallings has shared how he rejecting the black family stereotype he was seeing, he graduated from high school and college. Stallings has stated, “There are many people out there — white and black — who stay with their families and work through their problems. They aren’t thugs or gang leaders,” He has said that “War Room” tells the truth about society and challenges the stereotypes.
In an exclusive interview with Austin Examiner, Karen Abercrombie, who plays lead Aunt Clara, has said that the African American cast in the Kendrick Brothers’ movie is significant. She has shared how faith and prayer have no color and how they are universal. Those involved with the film have said that they don’t believe the timing of the release of “War Room” has been a coincidence and the message of “War Room” might have the power to usher in reconciliation in America.
This week on the 9/11 anniversary, another top pick comes out in the theaters, “90 Minutes in Heaven.” Movieguide.org reports that it is one of the best written and directed faith-based dramas in years. The movie is based on the best-seller book by Pastor Don Piper. When Piper is in a car accident and pronounced dead by paramedics, he is able to see Heaven. However, he is brought back to life and then, after experiencing the joys of Heaven, he has to endure extreme pain to survive his injuries. His challenge is to keep his faith and to find purpose and meaning through all that he has experienced.
Therefore, the top picks in movie theaters for this week are the following: “War Room” (PG, appropriate for older children and adults), “90 Minutes in Heaven” (PG-13, appropriate for older children and adults), “Shaun the Sheep” (PG, appropriate for all ages), “Ant-man” (PG-13, appropriate for pre-teens through adults), and “Inside Out” (PG, appropriate for all ages.)
For those who are looking for G movies for all ages, the best G movies in theaters recently have been animal documentaries; however promising G movies slated for theaters this fall are “The Peanuts” and “The Good Dinosaur.” Consumers are having an effect on the production of good movies for families of all ages. As they attend good movies and thus vote for them; and as consumers rate, review, and show support for worthwhile, redemptive family movies, more such films are being produced in response. Consumers and how they voice their support in socially responsible ways are driving the engine. Therefore, the Renaissance of artistry and the Reformation of content continues in what is available on screens of all kinds and sizes for viewers of all ages.