By Rev. John-Brian Paprock
Originally published in the 2010 Holiday Worship Guide
Capitol Newspapers - The Wisconsin State Journal
Sunday, December 19, 2010
“Millions” (PG 2004)
“The Nativity Story” (PG 2006)
Christianity Today’s #1 Christmas movie and the #4 top grossing Christian film, The Nativity Story is a period portrayal of the story of Mary and Joseph, leading to the birth of Jesus. The film succeeds in believable multidimensional characters and beautiful cinematography.
“Son of Man” (South African - NR 2009, all audiences)
What if Jesus was born in South Africa? This gorgeous film is #27 on the Art & Film Top 100. It adapts the Jesus story to contemporary issues of Africa, making a smart, enjoyable and challenging film.
“The Ultimate Gift” (G 2007)
Christianity Today’s #2 Christmas film and the #20 top grossing Christian film. This film, based on James Stovall’s best-selling novel, is about a departed millionaire who gives his grandson twelve gift-lessons before he can gain the inheritance that no other family member will get. There is an especially good performance given by Abigail Breslin as Emily, a quirky girl who helps the grandson with his lessons.
“What Would Jesus Buy?” (PG 2007)
From “Super Size Me” documentarian Morgan Spurlock, this is a documentary about a cross country mission to save Christmas from Shopocalypse. Themes include materialism, the commercialization of Christmas, American over-consumption and the business practices of large corporations.