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New Release Movies: 8 Christian Movies Coming Soon

by Greg on January 27, 2013

Hollywood’s horizon for the Christian genre is on fire.  There are at least 8 movies possibly set to release that are Christian based.  However controversial some of them may end up being like Paul Verhoeven’s “Jesus of Nazareth” which is probable to be the most contested Christian film since Martin Scorsese’s “The Last Temptation of Christ.”  There are some very mainstream names involved in these upcoming new releases such as Ridley Scott, Steven Speilberg, Darren Aronofsky, Mel Gibson, Russell Crowe, and even potentially Brad Pitt.  Enjoy the countdown of the top 8 prospects for the Christian film genre.

8. Left Behind (2014)

“The Buzz”- Nicolas Cage is set to play the lead role of Ray Steele.

A remake of the 2001 Left Behind movie series is on the way for 2014.  The project is being headed by Paul Lalonde and John Patus both of whom worked on the original movies which starred Kirk Cameron.  The movie makers are trying for more mainstream appeal this time around.  Three big name stars have already agreed to getting left behind including Nicolas Cage, Chad Michael Murray, and Ashlely Tisdale.  The plot will take place a few hours after the Rapture.  Every Believing Christian has vanished from Earth.

“The Truth” Luke 24:27 And beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them in all the scriptures the things concerning him.

7. Judah (On Hold)

“The Buzz”- We almost had Mel Gibson working on a “Faith Based” film until a poor script made Warner Bros. lose interest.

Originally announced by Warner Bros. as a green lit project in September 2011 with Mel Gibson attached to produce and potentially direct.  This was to be the story of Judah Maccabee, the Jewish warrior.  The choice to have Gibson work on a Jewish film project was a risky one, after the controversy already surrounding him from the release of “Passion of the Christ” in 2004, and his remarks about “Jews” after his 2006 DUI arrest.  However Mel’s name being attached to this film was not the reason it has at least for the time been scrapped by Warner Bros.  Reports are that when Screenwriter Joe Ezterhas (“Basic Instinct”) came back with the script executives were less than impressed and thus decided to pass for now.  As much as I wanted to see Mel Gibson back involved in a “Faith Based” movie it appears that we will have to wait and see what may come.

6. Jesus of Nazareth (2014)

“The Buzz”- Roger Avary will write the screenplay, he shares an Academy Award with Quentin Tarrantino for Pulp Fiction.

Certain to be the most controversial on this list once it is released, Director Paul Verhoeven has found financial backing and a Screenwriter.  Reportedly providing the funding is Muse Productions Chris Hanley (American Psycho).  Landing the writing role is Academy Award winner Roger Avary (Pulp Fiction). This movie will be based on an already highly controversial book co-written by Verhoeven. According to the early buzz, Verhoeven will be portraying a very “Human” side of Christ and to what extent will I’m sure also dictate the degree of outrage from the Christian community.

“The Truth” John 19:5 Then Jesus came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. And Pilate said to them, “Behold the Man!”

"Brad Pitt may play the most villianized character in Biblical history, Pontius Pilate."

“Brad Pitt may play the most villianized character in Biblical history, Pontius Pilate.”

5. Pontius Pilate (2014)

 

“The Buzz”- Brad Pitt may play the most villianized character in biblical history, Pontius Pilate.

The early scoop is that it is a script by Vera Blasi showing Pilate as a suitable soldier and leader who finds himself between a rock and a hard place.  The visual is said to come across as biblically accurate with a  “Gladiator” makeover to suit the modern day audience.  Pontius Pilate is one of the most vilified and controversial characters in all of the Bible.  Other characters featured in this story are Caligula, John the Baptist, Salome, and Mary Magdalene.    The big early story in this project is that Brad Pitt may play the lead role.  It will be interesting to see how they portray Pontius Pilate’s role in the crucifixion of Christ, as this could light a huge fire of debate.

“The Truth” Exodus 3:6 I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God.

4. Gods and Kings (2014)

“The Buzz”- Steven Speilberg to direct Warner Bros. epic about Moses.

Warner Bros. definitely views the Biblical genre as a future movement, because they are heavily invested in this picture.  Landing an early homerun when they got Steven Speilberg to be the Director.  Dual credits for screenwriting  going to Stuart Hazeldine, and Michael Green.  No word on any cast members yet, but we hear this movie will cover the life of Moses from Birth to death.  This will be based mostly off of the book of Exodus and other Old Testament stories.

"Two major studios have committed to epics about Moses.  Ridley Scott's "Exodus" , and Steven Speilberg's "Gods and Kings."

“Two major studios have committed to epics about Moses.  Fox Studio’s has Ridley Scott’s “Exodus” , and Warner Bros. has Steven Speilberg’s “Gods and Kings.”

3. Exodus (2014)

“The Buzz”- Fox has landed Ridley Scott to direct their interpretation of a Moses epic.

“I honestly wasn’t paying attention in school when I was told the story of Moses.  Some of the details of his life are extraordinary.” – Ridley Scott

I’ve heard it said before that Moses was one of if not the closest human to God in all of history.  Moses is considered by many a prophet and a spiritual leader.  Moses is interesting enough to attract Ridley Scott and Speilberg to both do epic major studio releases at essentially the same time.  That should be a treat for the fans.  This Moses epic is said to have a working title of “Exodus” and will be put out by News Corp.’s 20th Century Fox Pictures.

“The Truth” Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and you shall call his name Immanuel.

2. Mary, Mother of Christ (2014)

“The Buzz”- This is the pseudo prequel to “The Passion” featuring writer Benedict Fitzgerald.

“Bonus Buzz”- World renowned Pastor Joel Osteen will produce this picture.

I am pacing back and forth in anticipation for this somewhat prequel to “The Passion of the Christ” set to be released in 2014 and directed by Alister Grierson (Sanctum).  Lionsgate is backing the film and the reason it is somewhat of a prequel is because co-writer Benedict Fitzgerald(who co-wrote “The Passion” with Mel Gibson) is back, this time co-writing with Barbara Nicolosi.  Pastor Joel Osteen will be the Executive Producer on this project.  Actors that have signed on to the cast include 15 year old Odeya Rush (Young Mary), Julia Ormond, and Peter O’Toole.

1.Noah (2014)

“The Buzz”- Russell Crowe leads an All-Star cast that includes Anthony Hopkins, Jennifer Connelly, and Emma Watson.

This movie set to release in March 2014 has taken the #1 slot on our countdown because it is to date the most complete film with the most marketing behind it at this point, thus creating the most heat in the Hollywood circles.  With Russell Crowe as your lead and big studio backing as well as an A-list Director in Darren Aranofsky this movie has all the right ingredients.  With the story of Noah being depicted from the book of Genesis, this is another movie where it will be interesting to see how the audiences receive any of the cinematic interpretation of the story compared to the way the Bible reads.

“The Truth” Genesis 6:8 But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.

Conclusion

Clearly we can see a movement of “Faith Based” works coming through the Hollywood offices.  The Movie Bible belt will produce at least 7 major epic Biblical pictures over the next 2 years.   We here at F&E will bring you more details as they develop on all of these projects.  Finally Hollywood has recognized there is a major audience wanting to see their favorite stories from the Bible brought to life on the big screen.  If “The Passion of the Christ” was ahead of its time, then the time for Christian movies to become a stronghold in Hollywood may be upon us now.  If a majority of these movies find mainstream success we could see an era when “Faith Based” becomes as marketable as “Pixar” or “Marvel” movies.

Please share with us at F&E in the comments if you know of any rumored works we haven’t heard of yet.  Hope this was informative and exciting.  God Bless, Jesus is King!

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N January 27, 2013 at 8:52 pm

This is very exciting!!!! I cant wait to see them all!!!

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Derek Hill January 27, 2013 at 9:05 pm

Thank you for your comment! We are excited too! God bless you and thank you for visiting F&E.

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Mabel Jacome January 28, 2013 at 11:17 am

We definately need some good movies to hit the theaters, however, I’d advice movie goers not to trust their Biblical knowledge on these or any film; Hollywood has a huge tendency to distort the truth, particularly when it comes to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Remember church that the devil’s favorite deceiving tool is entertainment and that our ONLY Trustworthy source of Truth and Salvation is the Word of God, the Bible, and our personal relationship with the Lord. The rest is just “entertainment”, and in this case, if the Truth is compromised, then it should be stayed away from, do not support a lie or a half truth. Before watching any movie, pray for discernment, do not be deceived! Make sure that you know what you know because God told you, not Hollywood. READ YOUR BIBLE! :)

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Derek Hill January 28, 2013 at 8:20 pm

Amen Mabel! Thank you for your comment. We are hoping that some excellent quality movies will be made. We won’t know until they come out into theaters, but we can still pray that God intervenes and His glory will be shown on the big screen. You are right, that the only truth is the Word of God. I hope Hollywood proclaims that truth in these up and coming films. God bless you!

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David Nyanga March 25, 2013 at 10:22 am

Actually Mabel you are right. More than anything else we need wisdom if we are to embrace anything coming from Hollywood. I PERSONALLY DON’T TRUST HOLLYWOOD AT ALL when it comes to making movies based on the word of God. The distortions can sometimes be subtle but brutal against the authentic King James word of God. Let me give varied examples. (1) The new Noah movie Russel Crowe is starring in has a scene where the Ark is filled with Snakes in great quantities. According to scripture, God commanded Noah to bring in two of each animal. That alone is just one distortion amidst many confusing things they put in the movie including Noah’s contemplation on killing his own family! (2) You just have to watch Dreamworks “Prince Of Egypt” very critically to see that it changes scripture. In the animation, Moses’ mother sings and “prays to the river” to flow gently for her and her son. We all know she prayed to God in the bible, not “the river”. (3) The Passion of the Christ am sorry to say promotes more violence than any movie ever released! Who better to direct it than Mel Gibson, the “lethal weapon” himself. Mel Gibson has always faithfully brought us violence to our screens and his movie about Christ is not intended to promote Christianity but rather introduce violence to another unsuspecting bunch who are the church. BE VERY CAREFUL PEOPLE. I highly doubt that anything purely Christian can ever come out of Hollywood and I will forever hold this opinion because Hollywood and everything that comes from it, are of the devil. There I said it! Now shoot me!!

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Derek Hill March 25, 2013 at 10:42 pm

Hello David, while I do appreciate your comment, The Passion of the Christ, is an amazing movie and it brought the reality of how brutal it was for Jesus to be whipped, beaten, mocked and crucified. This movie wasn’t even as graphic as the real crucifixion. People who were given the 39 lashes came out of it with skin missing and often times bones and the intestines were exposed. Mel Gibson has made mistakes just like you and I, but those mistakes have nothing to do with the movie which was extremely accurate with the Bible. It wasn’t about the violence, it was about the reality of the crucifixion which brought me to tears when I watched it. There are good people in Hollywood.

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MarcyC March 4, 2014 at 7:36 pm

I agree Derek. Dr. Barbet who studied The Shroud of Turin intensely and wrote a book called “A Doctor at Calvary” . He writes ” “One must add that only those blows have left a mark [on the shroud] which produced an excoriation or a contused wound. All those which only caused … a severe bruise … have left no mark on the shroud. Altogether I have counted more than 100, perhaps 120. This means, if there were two thongs [whips], that Our Lord received about sixty strokes apart from those which have left no mark.” (Barbet, pg. 83)
“We may assume that during the scourging Our Lord was completely naked, for the halter-like wounds are to be seen all over the pelvic region, which would otherwise have been protected by the subligaculum, and they are as deep as on the rest of the body.” (Barbet, pg. 84)
What humiliation! What pain! We may also envision Our Lord as Gibson portrayed Him, with His sacred side torn open and parts of His ribs exposed. As the prophet wrote in the Psalms, “They have numbered all My bones. And they have looked and stared upon Me” (Ps. 21:18).
We can then imagine Our Lord, just as Gibson portrayed Him. Dr. Barbet says!

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Derek Hill March 6, 2014 at 7:33 pm

Very interesting Marcy! Thank you for sharing! Jesus suffered so much for us all, and I think Mel Gibson did a phenomenal job at portraying this in The Passion Of The Christ! God bless you and thank you for stopping by our site!

David Hood January 29, 2013 at 5:21 pm

You missed HOME RUN (www.HomeRunTheMovie.com) from Provident Films, which distributed Courageous, Fireproof, October Baby,Facing The Giants, starring Scott Elrod (Argo) and Vivica A. Fox (Independence Day,Kill Bill). Coming to theater April 19,2013.

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Derek Hill January 29, 2013 at 8:40 pm

Thanks for your suggestion David. I have not heard of it yet, but if it is distributed by Provident films, I am sold already! God Bless!

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Roger Rudlaff February 3, 2013 at 4:49 pm

Great read, thanks for the info, I did not know about 1 or 2 of these, and you have some great info on them, I am updating my info now. I posted this on our Christian Film News page, if that’s ok.

Thanks, Roger

http://www.christianfilmdatabase.com/christian-film-news/

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Derek Hill February 4, 2013 at 5:30 pm

Thank you for your interest in our articles and our site Roger. Feel free to link to anyone of our articles anytime. God bless!

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David Nyanga March 25, 2013 at 2:49 pm

I don’t know why my earlier comment was deleted but I guess truth hurts. If my Lord and savior Jesus Christ were living on Earth in this time, He would be appalled for sure! You guys actually think Hollywood is helping our Lord in preaching just because they’re making money off God’s Holy word by twisting it about in a few box office releases? Darkness and light will never mix guys. Am sorry to break it down like this but it’s the plain truth. Even a none believer Dave Chappelle found himself running away from Hollywood because he discovered the dark side there..Truth is the truth my friends. Delete this comment as well if you must. I know God has registered that I have done what He would have wanted me to do. Don’t hate just appreciate the truth and respect/accept people’s opinions.

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Derek Hill March 25, 2013 at 10:45 pm

Your comment was never deleted David. We have to approve them first. No one here hates the truth. We love the truth. You are right that light and darkness do not mix, but you will never find a single field of work where they are not side by side. I applaud Hollywood for wanting to promote Biblical stories. How do you feel about the show on the history channel, “The Bible”? Just curious.

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David Nyanga March 25, 2013 at 2:52 pm

Sorry guys. I thought my first reply to Mabel was deleted. I apologize for the second comment I posted, Let it be ignored please. I tried refreshing the page and could not find it, prompting me to think it was deleted. but then it reappeared. Am sorry again and God bless guys..

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Derek Hill March 25, 2013 at 10:46 pm

God bless you too David. I encourage you to give Hollywood a chance. Every field of work has light and darkness in it from the post office to Hollywood. God bless.

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Leanne April 5, 2013 at 6:55 am

I have to agree 100% with Mabel Jacome and David Nyanga. May our Saviour, JESUS CHRIST be with every single person who watches, who is starring, who is directing – for every single one to only see the truth, and to not take things out or put things in the story if it is not supposed to be there. Rev 22:19. I also saw a few things in the Passion of the Christ that wasn’t very Biblical, for all the story of Mary (Jesus’s mom). People tent to worship her rather then Jesus. Jesus made it perfectly clear to us; JOHN 14:6 ” I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the FATHER EXCEPT THROUGH ME.” In other words JESUS CHRIST is our mediator to the FATHER AND NO ONE ELSE!! I am hungry for Christian Movies, but I honestly do pray from the bottom of my heart that it will be 100% PURE!!

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Derek Hill April 5, 2013 at 10:01 pm

Hello Leanne. Thank you for your comment. I don’t remember people worshiping Mary in the Passion of the Christ. I’ll have to go back and watch it again. However, I agree completely with you. Every Christian movie needs to be 100% pure! God bless!

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Leanne April 6, 2013 at 4:00 am

Hey Derek

Thanks for your reply. You are right, they don’t exactly “bow and worship Mary” . I know this is going to be a bit “harsh” but please go look at the following: The reference website are: http://www.christiandoctrine.net/doctrine/articles/article_00198_the_passion_of_the_christ_web.htm

(7) Mary

In this film, Mary is consistently given exaltation that is not Biblically permissible. The following are just a few examples from many scenes exalting her beyond her biblical due:
The Lord Jesus is portrayed throughout as weak and bewildered, needing to draw strength from His mother. This is particularly noticeable during the scenes of His whipping when He would look into Mary’s eyes, also during the scenes on His way to the cross. [None of this is reflected in the Bible - DP & EMcD.]
Peter and John call Mary “Mother” (capitalized in the subtitles), and Peter confesses his denial of the Lord to Mary while she is seen to offer her ‘forgiveness’ to him. [None of this is in the Bible - DP & EMcD.]
While on the cross, Mary kisses Jesus’ foot. Blood runs down into her mouth, and she backs away “almost licking her lips with blood all over her face.” [Note how this event suggests the Catholic doctrine of transubstantiation.] Also, Mary asks Jesus if she can die with Him, and after He is taken from the cross she is shown holding Him – this is a re-enactment of the Romish Pieta which depicts Mary as the suffering Mother who is co-redemptrix. [None of this is Biblical - DP & EMcD.]
Gibson actually stated his belief that Mary is a “tremendous co-redemptrix and mediatrix”, and he is amazed that evangelicals are supporting The Passion so enthusiastically because, he says: “the film is so Marian”.
Jim Caviezel the actor who plays ‘Jesus’, has said: “This film is something I believe was made by Mary for her son…” For more on the Marian emphasis in The Passion please see:………….

My husband and I also watched Samson and Delilah last night. I will just mention one thing: In the movie the lion goes on to attack Delilah walking and Samson comes to her rescue, but in the Bible it tells that Samson was walking with his parents and the lion actually attacked him, nowhere in the Bible does it say what the movie is telling us. Never the less, it is nice to watch a Biblical story but one always have to go and weigh something up to the Bible and see with your own eyes what is true and what is not.

Judges 14:5 Then went Samson down, and his father and his mother, to Timnath, and came to the vineyards of Timnath: and, behold, a young lion roared against him.

May the Lord be with all!!
Leanne

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Derek Hill April 6, 2013 at 7:25 pm

Thank you again for your comment. I hope and pray that Hollywood will strive to give us 100% truth in the movies that are soon to be released. Truth should never be up for negotiation. God bless you and thank you for your thoughts.

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kevin July 18, 2013 at 4:18 pm

i love movies allot and the movies i like are acthion and avingers and and also dc comies
and marvel movies and the ther are macking all of cequils in the movies and ther up coming movies
i also love god in my life and god saved me frome my darkleanss and also in the lithg in my eyes
show thit i love having fun in my life and loving kids and mackes fells more cloer to nater and to
and to halping outhers wiin theis woiled as god well come to this woiled in the time agung
evvn within the named of crist well be coming back in the that time wan he well comes back
you shoued cry out the namd of crist as we all halp averyone in this woiled

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Derek Hill July 19, 2013 at 9:29 pm

Amen Kevin! Christ is coming back! Praise His Name! Blessings on you!

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Maria January 20, 2014 at 8:01 pm

I’m can’t wait to see Noah but reading the bible brings out the imagination how awesome and powerful is our God.

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Derek Hill January 21, 2014 at 3:36 pm

Hello Maria. Yes, we are excited for Noah too! And Amen, God is awesome and He reveals Himself to us through the Bible! Thank you for stopping by our site and God bless!

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Stacey Brown January 24, 2014 at 8:14 pm

After reading through these comments the words of the Apostle Paul came to mind: In Philippians 1:12-18 Paul is talking about Jesus being preached with the right motives or the wrong motives, he sums it up in Vs. 18 “What then? Not withstanding, every way, whether in pretense, or in truth, Christ is preached; and therein do I rejoice, yes, and will rejoice'”. As a movie goer I am very excited to see some biblical movies coming out of Hollywood! I do agree that it is not a replacement for the word of God and could result in some misconception, but so can sitting in a church service. I do not say that to be ugly I just state some things I myself have observed over the years. Many people go to church and blindly believe everything they hear from the pulpit, ( I was one of them)never once researching the word for themselves. But the prayer is that one day the Holy Spirit will stir their hearts ( as he did mine) and they will grow hungry for more of God and begin to seek him out for themselves. So even though there may be some wrong motives the good news is that Christ is being preached and this allows the Holy Spirit to move! therein I rejoice, yea, and will rejoice!

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Derek Hill January 25, 2014 at 10:52 pm

Amen Stacey! Right on! That was so encouraging! Thank you for stopping by our site and may God bless you!!!

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Ileana March 31, 2014 at 8:51 am

I am very happy and excited to hear that Hollywood has taken an interest in making good family/ religious movies that parents can take their children to see. Movies like Noah, God is Not Dead, the Son of God, please keep making this kinds of movies. The world needs to know…. Although the truth is in the bible sometimes people don’t read it and movies make it easier for people to see what God did, does, and will do! Keep them movies coming!

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Derek Hill March 31, 2014 at 7:52 pm

Amen Lleana! God bless you!

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Stacey Brown April 19, 2014 at 11:20 am

I must admit I ignorantly watched the movie Noah hoping it would be biblically based but it was NOT. I discovered the director of this movie is an atheist and a environmentalist! His goal was to distort the facts as much as possible (which he did very well)! He did in my opinion bring the home the fact that there is a Creator, and there were a few bible truths such as the Watchers (angels). Now I don’t necessarily think he portrayed them correctly but they are biblical. I would not recommend this movie as a source of biblical teaching or growth the only value I can see in Christian watching this movie is so they can relate to the non-believer that may have been seeking truth and watched it, they may have questions and we want to be ready to answer them. Although I would rather recommend that the Christian update their wisdom on Noah’s story by reading it in Gen. chapters 6,7,8,9,10 this would be the best preparation! As for God’s not dead and Heaven’s for real, these are both AWESOME movies and they both get 5 stars from me!!!!

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Derek Hill September 22, 2014 at 4:37 pm

Hello Stacey,

Forgive me for not replying sooner! I don’t know how I missed your comment. I agree with you. Noah turned out to be not close to anything accurate about the real story and your suggestion to recommend non-believers to read the real story is a great idea! Thank you for stopping by our site and God bless you!!

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Rob September 20, 2014 at 12:40 pm

Noah! Really?
As I research Christian sites I’m finding more and more that are misleading.
#1 Should be God’s Not Dead not a left leaning Hollywood movie >> making Noah out to be a psychopath.<<

Ileana Noah 2014 is not for kids!

My God forgive those of you who have strayed

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Derek Hill September 22, 2014 at 4:41 pm

Hello Rob.

One thing you need to understand is that this article was written in January of 2013 and was showcasing films to be released. Our intention is not to mislead anyone. We were all excited about Noah and Hollywood did a horrible job with the movie. I would still recommend Christians to watch it so they can talk with non-believers about the inconsistencies in it. You can watch the movie and still not stray away lol. Also, because of the many untruths in it, people went and checked out the real story on YouVersion. That story got a 300% spike of reads from this movie so God was definitely glorified in that aspect! Thank you for commenting and God bless!

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