Unplanned: Movie Review

It's a significant undertaking to make a movie on the delicate subject of abortion. Such a film is long overdue, but brace yourself. Profound visuals will make you squirm.

No issue has seen such polarization in American politics as abortion. Proponents from each side have engaged in endless and, at times, caustic debate. Lost in the crossfire is the human toll of abortion. Unplanned attempts to change that.

Unplanned dramatizes the true story of Abby Johnson, the former director of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Texas. In 2011, Johnson and author Cindy Lambert wrote a book by the same title. Johnson's story chronicles her transition into Planned Parenthood and her departure eight years later. The Rated-R drama shows why an abortion-industry insider reversed her stance on this controversial topic.

After a lighthearted introduction, the movie jumps to a pivotal scene near the end of Johnson's story. A heavy metal door slams shut behind Johnson as she and moviegoers enter a procedure room at her clinic. The jarring scene leaves viewers wondering whether they should cover their eyes or exit the theater. As the story rewinds, relief comes from the protagonist's hind-sighted narration, which splices together the scenes.

Johnson, played by Ashley Bratcher, comes from a conservative family that shuns abortion. Her parents are appalled at their strong-willed daughter's choice of employment. It's her work ethic, passion for excellence, confidence, and altruism quickly earn her favor at Planned Parenthood.

Unplanned earns its R-rating. With unsettling images, plenty of blood, and sensitive content specific to human reproduction, parents should be cautious about letting their minor children view this film. Regardless, the disturbing scenes do serve a vital role: they force viewers to consider what goes on at abortion clinics and the human cost of the procedure itself.

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How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World: Movie Review

Dreamworks’ new How to Train Your Dragon movie lives up to the franchise legacy with its third and final installment, The Hidden World. It’s a fun and moving story all about what love looks like, and that feels right, for right now.

In The Hidden World, Hiccup, his beloved dragon, Toothless, and his colorful crew send a group of powerful warlords reeling when they rescue a ship full of their dragon cargo. Determined to eliminate the threat, they turn to a famous dragon slayer, a ruthless tyrant named Grimmel. With such a cunning hunter at their doorstep, Hiccup must decide what’s best for his people even if that means risking everything and everyone.

On so many levels, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, just works. Visually, emotionally, this concluding film in Hiccup’s story entertains and enlightens. We watch Hiccup grow into the chief he was destined to become, overcoming enormous obstacles and his personal doubts.

It’s a movie that teaches us the importance of friends and family; the support they can give in trying times can be life-saving. Ultimately, The Hidden World illuminates what real love does. Not wanting to give too much away, let’s just say this: you will be moved to tears (or at the very least watery eyes) by the end of this film.

Rated PG for “adventure action and some mild rude humor”, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is appropriate viewing for most ages. Moviegoers should know that this Viking story does include profanity-ish dialogue. Some of the supporting characters say “Gods”, a meant-to-be comedic expression of frustration.

Dreamworks takes us on a great adventure yet again with its final How to Train Your Dragon movie. Beyond it simply being a fun film, it offers audiences a virtuous story packed with loads of meaningful moments that inspire us to love, sacrificially.

Brace for Impact: “Miracle on the Hudson” Survivor Remembers the Day That Changed Her Forever

It is hard to believe but it has been ten years since Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger successfully landed a malfunctioning U.S. Airways flight on the bitter cold waters of the Hudson River in January 2009.

One National Transportation Safety Board official described the emergency landing and subsequent rescue as “the most successful ditching in aviation history”.

The crash quickly became known as the “Miracle on the Hudson”, as all 155 passengers aboard the fateful flight survived by standing on the jumbo jet’s wings.

One of those passengers was a college student named Karin Rooney. Rooney, who was at a cross roads in her life at the time, had gone to New York a few days earlier to sort things out. Never did she think that she would be part of something so potentially tragic yet so profoundly life-changing.

I recently sat down with Rooney to discuss her new book Sink or Swim: Life after Crash Landing in the Hudson (written with Jessie Santala), how it completely transformed her relationship with God, and the advice she has for victims of trauma.

The inspiration for writing a book like this is obvious. However, some victims of plane crashes are hesitant to share their stories about it because the emotions are still fairly raw. Why did you choose to write this?

I think a lot of people wanted to know what it was like. It was, a media sensation. It was all over. There was a movie (Sully) made about it so people wanted to know what it was like to not just be the captain because he was all over the news but what was it like to be a passenger? What were you thinking? What were you feeling? And people wanted that story, but I think people also, whether they knew it or not people want to know what it's like to survive that. Our plane crash didn't have anybody pass away and I think that's what's so different. That's why many plane crash survivors can't talk about it because it was so much more traumatic. It was devastating for them. ..