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Tebows’ “Run the Race” Not Just Another Sports Movie

Always wanting to be part of something that is encouraging and inspirational, former Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow has devoted much of his adult life to helping others. From openly demonstrating his faith on some of the world’s largest athletic stages to spearheading “A Night to Shine”, a program that celebrates people with special needs, Tebow is known far and wide as one of the ‘good guys’. So much so, that is came as a bit of a surprise when he announced recently that he and his brother Robby Tebow would be entering the movie industry as executive producers of the forthcoming film, Run the Race. While filmmaking is not exactly what the Tebows are used to, Tim believes that it is a venture worth pursuing.

“I never had the goal of being in the movie industry,” the former NFL quarterback and current MLB prospect says. “This is storytelling. It is just another avenue to encourage people. It's not an easy place for a lot of young people and I have a heart for that. To be able to tell a story that is a real story, hopefully young people will be encouraged by it.”

“We decided to get involved with this because it really resonated with us,” echoes Robby. “It was just something that in today's media, the platform that it has, I think you can reach a lot of people.”

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For the Tebows, it was important for them to find a first project that demonstrated many of the faith-based core values in which they strongly believe. Their search led them to Texas-native Jake McEntire, a former seminary student who was working in Hollywood as an actor. The perseverant McEntire, who began writing the script for Run the Race in 2004 as a college student, had been doggedly trying to get the movie made for 12 years before the Tebow brothers came along.

“I just felt like this was a calling that God gave me in my heart to try and to pursue, to tell the story,” McEntire explains. “It literally was a lot of dark nights of the soul praying, “Lord God, ..

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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.

New Movie Breakthrough Provides Miraculous Glimpse of Prayer’s Power

It’s a phone call no parent ever wants to receive.

“There has been an accident involving your child. Please come to the hospital immediately.”

Not only did Joyce Smith receive this fateful message on a frigid January 2015 day, but upon her arrival to the medical center she discovered her son John had not had a pulse for 45 minutes. Furthermore, the medical staff was only waiting for her before declaring his drowning death at the tender age of 14.

But as John Smith lay lifeless, Joyce refused to give up. Her steadfast belief in God and fervent prayers in this tragic moment somehow delivered her son back to life after being dead for more than an hour. In doing so, John had just defied every scientific prognosis in history. Remarkably, he eventually made a full recovery and returned to a normal life.

From producer DeVon Franklin and based on Joyce Smith’s book of the same name comes the new motion picture Breakthrough (April 19th), an exhilarating reminder that faith and undeniable hope can move mountains and in this case defy science.

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I recently sat down with Jason Noble (portrayed by Topher Grace in the film), the Smith’s pastor at the time to discuss the impact John’s drowning had on their church community, the power that prayer truly has on situations like this, and why this incident had such great impact on the cast and crew making the movie.

It’s fascinating how incredible true stories become works of art … in this case a movie. Did you ever think Joyce and John Smith’s story, something you were so closely associated to, would ever become a movie?

We had no clue that it was going to turn out to be a book or a movie. We were just walking through it and doing our best to be a part of what God was doing. And it's amazing. We never sought it out. We never looked for it. God just kind of dropped the situation into our lap.

If we could talk about this story in real life terms, what was the impact on the local church commu..

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Captain Marvel: Movie Review

Captain Marvel is a superhero movie about a woman with special powers who fights against a race of alien shapeshifters trying to destroy Earth. Captain Marvel is a highly entertaining movie with positive moral elements promoting family, sacrifice and service, but the plot is a bit convoluted, there's some foul language and lots of action violence, and a supreme being mentioned in the movie turns out to be a control mechanism that can be used for evil.

Carol is haunted by her unexplainable dreams and often confides in her trainer, Walter Lawson. Walter believes Carol can focus her powers and contain her emotion in order to fight her best. When they are confronted with the war with the Skrulls, they go into battle. The battle doesn't go as expected, and Carol is taken hostage. The Skrulls take her to their ship and examine her brain to find some memories she has. She wakes up, fights them and steals one their jets.

Landing on earth, Carol is met by Nick Fury, who chases both her and the Skrulls. When a Skrull is taken down while in Nick Fury's car and turns back to his green self, Fury finally believes there are aliens. Fury follows Carol, and the two pair up to find a woman who has the energy power needed to stop the Skrulls from destroying Carol's home planet.

Overall, Captain Marvel is a well-made movie, with plenty of jokes and excitement along the way. This movie ties in the franchise quite well, delivering some hope to the upcoming movies. For Marvel fans, there are nice little touches of character development that correlates with the other movies along with a touching tribute to the late Stan Lee. Despite this, the plot is a bit convoluted. Even so, the movie is highly entertaining. Viewers will enjoy the banter between Brie Larson, who plays Carol, and Nick Fury, played by Samuel L. Jackson.

Captain Marvel has a strong moral, redemptive worldview. It stresses the importance of sacrifice and helping others. The movie also shows a positiv..