NASHVILLE (BP) -- Jeremy Camp was driving down California's Big Bear Mountain, fasting and praying for a breakthrough from pain and grief. Melissa had died only three months after their wedding. Camp sought solace in the mountains, he recalled in an interview with Baptist Press Tuesday (Jan. 21), nearly 20 years later. It was his song "Walk by Faith," still on a demo that day in 2001, that helped him heal.
Phil Boatwright recommends his favorite Christmas movies from the 1940s to today.
BONNER SPRINGS, Kan. (BP) -- "The Islands," from filmmaker Timothy Chey ("Freedom," "The Genius Club") and RiverRain Productions, is now playing in selected theaters and is expected to have a wider release later this month. This highly anticipated adventure film is based on the true story of Hawaii's High Chieftess Kapiolani's heroic mission to justify her Christian convictions. The movie is a salute to Hawaii's beauty and this island leader's moral courage.
Movie critic Phil Boatwright ranks "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood" (releasing Nov. 22) one of the best films of the decade.
Movie critic Phil Boatwright offers two alternatives to the typical creepy Halloween fare. "Racetime" opens Nov. 5 and "Harriet" Oct. 31.
NASHVILLE (BP) -- The new psychological thriller "Joker" is a "dangerous" movie that glorifies violence and could spark copycats, even if it does raise important questions about mental illness and society's downtrodden, say faith-based reviewers who screened the film. The Warner Bros/DC Films movie opens in theaters this weekend, revealing the backstory to the villain best-known as Batman's nemesis.
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (BP) -- The Marvel Cinematic Universe appears to be ready to gamble that its massive audiences are diehard enough to embrace its first LGBT superhero. Spoiler alert: It's the Asgardian warrior Valkyrie. Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige confirmed July 20 at San Diego Comic-Con that fans can expect an LGBT Valkyrie, played by Tessa Thompson, in "Thor: Love and Thunder," set to release in November 2021.
CHARLESTON, S.C. (BP) -- Let someone walk into Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church with a backpack and Polly Sheppard relives June 17, 2015. That's when white supremacist Dylann Roof walked in. "Only in that church. Other churches I can sit and be calm," Sheppard told Baptist Press in advance of the documentary film "Emanuel." "But when I go to Emanuel and they come in with a backpack and anything like that, I say it's somebody coming in to do harm, but it doesn't have to be."
DENVER (BP) -- Chonda Pierce is at a new stage in life. Widowhood and online dating give new material to her comedy routine, but her latest film "Unashamed" goes beyond her own testimony. "This time in my life, I want the testimony of this movie to be about what Jesus did, and not about what I did, not what I've been through necessarily," Pierce told Baptist Press in advance of the film's release. "I want it to be about what the cross of Christ has meant to my life. And I think we accomplished that."
NASHVILLE (BP) -- The pro-life movie "Unplanned" finished its opening weekend No. 4 at the box office and doubled its projected gross earnings -- despite a suspension March 30 of the film's Twitter account among other obstacles. "Unplanned" also may have played a role in the Georgia state legislature's adoption of a fetal heartbeat bill March 29, the film's co-directors said, adding lead actress Ashley Bratcher has been invited to appear with Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp when he signs the bill into law.