June 25, 2024

Premiere of the new film Jesus Revolution it scored well with the audience and exceeded expectations at the box office. Critics have generally accepted the faith-based drama, ranking the film above the “Fresh” score on Rotten Tomatoes.

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Films dealing with faith can be challenging to evaluate, especially from a critical perspective. But as films dealing with Christian themes have become more popular in recent years, many have scored well on Rotten Tomatoes with both audiences and critics.


10 ‘Mass’ (2021)


Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

Mass It is the story of a conversation that takes place entirely in the basement of the church. Two sets of parents linked by tragedy come together to try to heal from the death of their two sons. And while the setting is simple, the film deals with incredibly heavy themes of blame, guilt and reconciliation. The film is the debut of the director Fran Kranzalso write and edit.

Reed Birney, Ann Dowd, Jason Isaacsand Martha Plimpton all offer moving performances of parents dealing with grief and pain. The four of them create a constant tension in the room together, which makes navigating through feelings difficult and volatile.

9 ‘The First Reformation’ (2018)

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

First Reformed deals with crises of faith. Ethan Hawke He plays Father Toller, pastor of a historic church in upstate New York with a dying congregation. Amanda Seyfriend She plays Mary, a pregnant woman worried about her husband, a man consumed by the thought that climate change will make the earth uninhabitable for their child. These characters come together to discuss the weight of their personal lives, local politics and a global existential threat.

The most wonderful thing about this movie is the two main characters, played by Hawke and Seyfried. They are quiet and understated, but they carry the weight of the world within them. Yet this resonates as a human experience. Humans continue to face death, loss, failure, uncertainty and fear. Both of these characters look to Christianity for answers, but the answers do not come easily.

8 ‘Women Talk’ (2023)

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

Women Speaking it’s just the sound. The film focuses on a dialogue between women representatives of a Mennonite community in Bolivia, who must decide together how to respond to the crisis in their community. For four years, women have been attacked at night by unknown men from their community. They have a small window of time when the males are away from the colony and the females have to decide: should they run, fight or do nothing?

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This film addresses the question that so many Christians ask: What happens when I am suffering and God is silent? Elaborating on the answer to this question succeeds brilliantly in this film which calls itself “a work of the female imagination”. The cast and crew consisted almost entirely of women, and they had particularly excellent performances Claire Foy and Rooney Mara. In the end, the women make the decision together. They share their stories, anger and pain. They finally make a decision, and even if they know it’s right, it doesn’t mean it’s easy.

7 ‘Calvary’ (2014)

The priest gives the Eucharist to the woman in sunglasses
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

CalvaryIt follows the story of a righteous but imperfect priest who seeks to serve a people burdened by sin and doubt. After an anonymous source warns that Father James will pay for the sins of other priests with his life, the weight of the town’s problems seems to grow, and there seems to be a limit to the reconciliation that Father James can initiate. Brendan Gleeson Father James plays perfectly.

The film offers an interesting premise, rather than telling the story of a bad priest in a good world, this is the story of a good priest in a bad world. The values ​​of forgiveness and restoration are strong, although they are always contrasted with despair and melancholy.

6 ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ (2016)

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 84%

Hacksaw Ridge It is based on the true story of Desmond Doss, an American who served in the army during World War II, but refused to handle a rifle or work on Saturdays because of his faith as a Seventh-day Adventist and a pacifist Christian. Regardless, Doss joined the Army as a medic after the attack on Pearl Harbor. After being beaten, verbally assaulted and almost dismissed from the army, the film ends with Doss being accepted by his soldiers and saving 75 men at Hacksaw Ridge.

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Andrew Garfield is known for taking on roles that explore faith and meaning, and this is a great example. Director Mel Gibsonthe intensity of the war scenes he captures provides a striking backdrop to Doss’s reluctance to bear arms.

5 ‘The Tree of Life’ (2011)

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 84%

Directed by Terrence Malick The Tree of LifeIt is arguably one of the first and greatest major films to deal with the concept of faith, drawing explicitly from the Bible, especially the book of Job. The film follows the grown-up Jack O’Brien, who plays him Sean Penn as he reflects on his childhood, played by his parents Brad Pitt and Jessica Chastain.

One of the most theologically profound aspects of this film is its focus on two forces against humanity: the way of grace and the way of nature. The grown-up Jack O’Brien feels these two forces within him when he remembers his childhood. Kind, nurturing and patient, her mother embodies the path of grace. His short, restless and sometimes cruel father shows the way of nature. Jack tries to figure out who he is as an adult as these dual forces battle within him, as they do for all of us.

4 ‘Silence’ (2016)

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

the silence it’s a movie Martin Scorcese he waited more than twenty years to do it. It is the story of two Jesuit priests, performed Andrew Garfield and Adam DriverThose who go on a rescue mission to Edo period Japan to rescue their mentor, acted out Liam Neeson. Their mentor, Ferreira, is rumored to be dead or worse, to have renounced his faith. In their search, the two men face persecution, hunger and despair.

This film is clearly a labor of love for Scorcese. It’s visually stunning, with sweeping shots of Japan’s coastline and forests. More intimately, Scorcese is able to show human suffering, loneliness and hope (or lack thereof) through these characters.

3 ‘A Hidden Life’ (2019)

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

The Hidden Life It is based on the true story of Franz Jägerstätter, a conscientious objector during World War II who refused to fight for the Nazis when soldiers were recruited from his small Austrian town. His fate is written on the wall, but the audience takes the journey with him as he struggles with his conscience, talks to his wife, and consults the local clergyman about his moral dilemma. The punishment for not fighting is clear, but Franz accepts his death with the sadness of losing his family, but with the joy of having submitted to his Creator.

Director Terrance Malick, which is perhaps one of the most beautiful films ever made. There are sweeping, sweeping shots of the family farm nestled in the Austrian mountains. We see the vastness of the country and we also see the intimacy between husband and wife. We know that Franz’s character has changed since he was young, but the struggle that the audience sees is simpler: the struggle to follow his convictions. When he realizes he can’t fight in the war, it’s fixed. And while his bravery is simple, the audience sees the cost of his courage, which ends in his death.

2 ‘I Just Imagined’ (2018)

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

I can only imagine Bart Mallard is a biographical drama about the real life of MercyMe singer. The film follows Bart’s childhood in Texas, his abusive relationship with his father, and their eventual reconciliation. Dennis Quaid and Cloris Leachman they’re a hit with the cast, but Broadway actor J. Michael Finley gives a moving performance as Bart and handles all of his singing.

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Because of its autobiographical nature, this story is deeply personal and resonates deeply with fans. It also has great music, and MercyMe’s popular song “I Can Only Imagine” is appreciated on a deeper level, as fans know the origin story of not only the singer, but the song as well.

1 ‘Jesus Revolution’ (2023)

Rotten tomatoes: 62%

Jesus Revolution It’s inspired by the true story of a Christian revival that took place in Southern California in the late 1960s, led by hippies of all people. The story follows the intersecting narratives of Greg Laurie, Chuck Smith, and Lonnie Frisbee, all leaders and pastors of this movement that led thousands of people in California to follow Jesus, and thousands more across the country in the years that followed.

The three men playing these roles couldn’t be more different. He is played by relative newcomer Greg Laurie Joel Courtneywhose biggest role was as a child actor super 8. Played by Chuck Smith Kelsey Grammer, well established in Hollywood and television. Fans of Christian media will recognize it Jonathan Roumie who plays Lonnie Frisbee from the role of Jesus the chosen ones. It’s the differing paths of these actors and ultimately their characters that create the perfect storm for revival in this story.

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