Movies

October 19, 2021 11:00 AM MDT
Any discussion of Latter-day Saint connections in Star Wars has to begin with the old legend that Yoda was modeled after Latter-day Saint prophet Spencer W. Kimball, who was passably similar in appearance and mannerism.
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April 10, 2021 11:00 AM MDT
On this episode of All In, Heyborne recounted how he has seen God open doors and windows in his life.
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By  LDS Living
April 07, 2021 06:01 PM MDT
Those who have ventured out to a theater recently may have seen a trailer that reminded them of a place they once called home—the mission field.
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January 06, 2021 05:16 PM MST
Editor's note: This article is the cover story of the January/February 2021 issue of LDS Living magazine.
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December 22, 2020 02:14 PM MST
Watching Jimmy Stewart in the Christmas classic It’s a Wonderful Life is a yearly holiday tradition for many. That has definitely been the case in my family, but there is another Jimmy Stewart holiday film that has also been a staple in our home—Mr. Krueger’s Christmas. The film was directed by Kieth Merrill and was released by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1980, making this Christmas its 40th anniversary.
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By  LDS Living
November 06, 2020 01:00 PM MST
Editor's note: The following press release does not represent an LDS Living endorsement of the film. Parents are advised to use their own discretion based on what they deem appropriate for their children to watch.
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By  Emily Abel
August 14, 2020 08:54 PM MDT
Last month, millions of hearts were touched when 6-year-old Bridger Walker shielded his little sister from a charging dog at high cost to himself. His act of bravery caught the attention of major news outlets and several celebrities, who sent him messages and get well gifts. Many Latter-day Saints were pleasantly surprised to learn than Bridger and his family are members of the Church.
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By  LDS Living
July 25, 2020 12:14 PM MDT
The Chosen is the first multi-series TV show about the life of Christ. Bible stories are portrayed through the eyes of those who spent time with Jesus during their mortal lives. The show’s writer and director, Dallas Jenkins, said of the project, “None of this matters if it doesn't compel you back to scripture. Not only so you can experience Jesus the way his followers did but also so you can change and grow the way they did."
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By  Emily Abel
July 21, 2020 05:47 PM MDT
Bridger Walker, age 6, touched the hearts of many after shielding his sister from a neighborhood dog at high cost to himself. His story has been covered by major news outlets such as Yahoo! and ABC News, and he’s received messages of love far and wide, including from celebrities like Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr. But what many may not know is that the Walker family are Latter-day Saints and through this experience they have spread a message of love and a call to “comfort those that need comfort.”
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July 14, 2020 03:13 PM MDT
Filmmakers Tshoper Kabambi and Brandon Ray Olive, in collaboration with Deseret Book and Excel Entertainment announced on Monday, July 13, their award-winning, groundbreaking film Heart of Africa will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on Friday, July 17. The DVD and Blu-ray will be available at all Deseret Book locations, online and at additional retailers throughout the United States. Heart of Africa had its theatrical debut earlier this year, but its run in theatres was cut short due to COVID-19-related theatre closures.
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April 30, 2020 10:13 PM MDT
Editor's note: Latter-day Saint Movie Reviews are intended as a helpful service for those who want to know about upcoming movies. However, the views expressed in reviews reflect the thoughts and the opinions of the contributor and do not represent an LDS Living endorsement of the film. Parents should still use discretion based on their own family’s decisions about what is or is not appropriate for their children to see.
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April 03, 2020 05:55 PM MDT
Editor's note: Latter-day Saint Movie Reviews are intended as a helpful service for those who want to know about upcoming movies. However, the views expressed in reviews reflect the thoughts and the opinions of the contributor and do not represent an LDS Living endorsement of the film. Parents should still use discretion based on their own family’s decisions about what is or is not appropriate for their children to see.
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March 11, 2020 02:38 PM MDT
On this week's episode of This Is the Gospel, when Kurt becomes a bishop at only 28 years old, he feels overwhelmed with the new responsibility of his calling. Kurt continues to struggle with the weight of his calling until the memory of a red superhero cape reminds him of his true desire to help others.
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November 26, 2019 03:10 PM MST
This sequel to the hugely popular Frozen (2013) has been highly anticipated by squealing fans—and me. When the first trailer was released, it had 116,400,000 views within the first 24 hours, making it the most viewed animated trailer of all time.
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November 25, 2019 04:49 PM MST
Directed by Marielle Heller, this dramatic and touching film is inspired by the life of Fred Rogers and his friendship with journalist Tom Junod. Before seeing the movie, I thought it was going to be a biopic, but it’s not at all. Mr. Rogers wouldn’t have wanted a movie to be about him anyway. It’s actually based on an award-winning article in Esquire magazine in 1998 entitled “Can You Say . . . Hero?”
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By  Amy Parker
November 25, 2019 04:33 PM MST
One question we hear people say all the time is, “How is it possible that a story this good was out there, but I’ve never heard of it?” Surely, with our great love and interest in our Church’s history—and the fact that these events take place in Palmyra—you would expect we would all know and be familiar with Willard and Rebecca Bean.
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By  LDS Living
November 19, 2019 12:24 PM MST
Celebrate the season with a cozy movie night! Gather everyone and grab plenty of popcorn because we've rounded up the best movies to watch as a family this winter season. Whether you're in the mood for something light-hearted and wholesome or something more spiritual, you're sure to find a new family favorite. If you need a stocking stuffer or a few neighbor gifts, these movies are great options to enjoy all year!
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November 13, 2019 02:29 PM MST
Kate, a continually unlucky woman, is leading a life that's ever so slightly falling apart. While working her job at a Christmas shop, Kate meets a man named Tom and as they get to know each other, she begins to rebuild her life.
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November 05, 2019 02:11 PM MST
There has been a lot of debate about whether or not Harriet Tubman’s face should be on the $20 bill. She was quite an extraordinary woman and you will learn a lot about her inspiring life in this dramatic biopic; however, viewers need to know that not everything in the film is historically accurate.
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November 04, 2019 02:13 PM MST
Co-produced by BYU-TV, this well-acted adaptation of The New York Times bestseller Christmas Jars is in over 800 theaters nationwide tonight (November 4th) only, hosted by Fathom Events. Charming, wholesome, and inspiring, those looking to kick off the holiday season with the spirit of giving may want to make time for this. Read my review below and get tickets in your area here.
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October 25, 2019 12:01 PM MDT
Disclaimer: The following trailer contains profanity.
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October 24, 2019 01:31 PM MDT
Children will be introduced to the macabre Addams family in this dark animated version. If you watched the popular 1960s TV show of the same name, you might get a kick out of The Addams Family. I never liked the TV show or previous movies, so I wasn’t very excited about a children’s version hitting theaters. The timing for this creepy cartoon, directed by Greg Tiernan and Conrad Vernon, is perfect for Halloween, but it may not be the perfect fit for your family. Hotel Transylvania is funnier and less dark for young kids.
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October 22, 2019 03:33 PM MDT
Once upon a time, or twice upon a time in this case. Maleficent: Mistress of Evil brings back the magic and fantasy that Disney built its foundation upon. The visual effects and fantastical creatures are outstanding, and this film is absolutely gorgeous to look at. There is something here for almost everyone: magical worlds, beautiful landscapes, creative creatures, impressive set designs, exciting battle scenes, regal costumes, romance with a Romeo and Juliet vibe, comedy, good vs. evil.
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October 10, 2019 04:05 PM MDT
This movie spent a very long time in production—20 years! Disney was going to produce it years ago but computer effects at the time weren’t quite up to the task. The technical innovations were worth the wait, but the story could have used some more time to work out. As the name Gemini Man suggests, an assassin is cloned.
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October 08, 2019 07:47 PM MDT
DreamWorks presents a beautiful and sweet animated film that features a magical yeti who takes some new human friends on a journey to his home on Mount Everest. Originally, the movie was going to be called Everest. The abominable yeti looks like a mix between a fluffy, giant dog and a huggable bear. He hums to music, conveniently understands English, and has a few magical powers. In case you’re wondering if the yeti is a boy or a girl, the protagonist asked the same question. When the creature belched loudly, she said, “You’re definitely a boy.” He’s definitely cute enough that kids will want one to snuggle with, so merchandising looks pretty promising already.
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October 01, 2019 09:00 AM MDT
“No.” For years that was producer Mitch Davis’s response to everyone who told him he needed to make a sequel to the Disney-distributed,The Other Side of Heaven. But 18 years, extensive financial support, and many miracles later, the saga of faith that began with the story of Elder John H. Groberg as a young missionary is continuing in a stirring sequel recounting the Groberg family’s time in the South Pacific region while Elder Groberg served as mission president.
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By  LDS Living
September 30, 2019 10:00 PM MDT
Despite new movies being released constantly, it’s hard to find something appropriate that the whole family will enjoy. These faith-filled movies are sure to engage your whole audience and start important conversations about overcoming trials with faith.
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September 28, 2019 09:30 AM MDT
From film to television to music, Latter-Day Saints have left an indelible mark on Hollywood, starring alongside legendary performers in the process. Here are the lucky few whose careers have been immortalized on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, California.
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September 20, 2019 03:20 PM MDT
Jailer Samuel Tillery is tasked with protecting Joseph Smith and other Latter-day Saint prisoners in Liberty Jail until they can get a fair trial, a job made difficult by angry mobs who want the men dead.
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August 13, 2019 06:42 PM MDT
A loveable dog and Milo Ventimiglia—now THAT'S a winning formula for a tearjerker movie, right? If you’re a fan of This Is Us, you’ve probably been anticipating this movie and are prepared to go to the theater with tissues to wipe your inevitable tears. Good plan.
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August 12, 2019 01:18 PM MDT
Does anyone play the Angry Birds Classic app game anymore? Sony Pictures is hoping so. They raked in $350 million in 2016 for the first The Angry Birds and would love a repeat for their sequel. Did you like the first one? If yes, then you might get a kick out of this one. If not, then skip it. Do you even remember anything about the first movie? Nope, neither do I. Audiences are mostly wondering why this movie exists. This sequel seems like an obvious cash grab and a desperate attempt to revive the app.
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August 05, 2019 01:26 PM MDT
Disclaimer: The following trailer contains many violent scenes.
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August 01, 2019 01:16 PM MDT
A Latter-day Saint boxer and his wife are called to take care of the farm of the Prophet Joseph Smith 80 years after the faith left Palmyra, New York. Met with aggressive persecution and bigotry by the locals, he tries to change things with his fists, but his wife sees that the hand of friendship and kindness is what is needed.
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July 23, 2019 12:37 PM MDT
It’s been 5 minutes, so that means it’s time for another Disney remake! If you’re like me, you’ve probably seen the 1994 original movie The Lion King at least a dozen times, right? My kids grew up watching it over and over. The story, in a nutshell, is that a lion prince is deceived by his evil uncle and exiled from the kingdom until he grows up and accepts his rightful place as king after his father is killed. Did that synopsis give too much away? Luckily for Disney, nostalgia sells.
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July 19, 2019 04:30 PM MDT
A couple of weeks ago Trina Boice reviewed The Other Side of Heaven 2, giving it her recommendation. Having just seen the film I’d like to add a second witness, if you will, that the film is entertaining, profoundly moving, and has the visuals to demand a big-screen viewing in the theater.
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July 12, 2019 05:21 PM MDT
Struggling singer-songwriter Jack Malik gets into an accident during a worldwide blackout. He wakes up the next morning to find the world exactly the same, with one exception: The Beatles never existed.
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July 08, 2019 07:39 PM MDT
Brought to you by BYU TV and Kolipoki Pictures, this Two Roads film is based on a true story and the missionary efforts of Elder John H. Groberg. If you saw the first movie, The Other Side of Heaven, you will remember the sweet spirit of the storytelling and the heart of the beautiful Tongan people. This sequel takes place 10 years after the original movie and is a heartwarming reunion with more inspiration and miracles. You don’t need to have seen the first movie, but it certainly helps in order to appreciate the history and significance of some of the relationships. Be sure to check out the Movie Review Mom YouTube channel for an interview with director Mitch Davis later this week!
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By  LDS Living
July 06, 2019 12:24 PM MDT
We asked LDS Living readers about their favorite classic Latter-Day Saint movies. A scroll through the list of comments is like a stroll down memory lane. We've compiled a list of some of the movies mentioned so you can see how your opinions line up with other Latter-day Saints. What do you say—is The Phone Call hilarious or just too cringy? Do you prefer the classic Saturday's Warrior or the reboot?
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June 29, 2019 09:19 AM MDT
The following story originally ran on LDS Living in 2015 and has been updated to include recent information.
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June 27, 2019 05:43 PM MDT
F.O.S (Friends of Spider-Man) Unite! Welcome to the post-Avengers Endgame world. After the last two very dramatic Avengers movies, Spider-Man saves the day by giving us an easy, breezy, light, and fun summer popcorn movie. Spider-Man: Far From Home is the final movie in the third phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and the sequel to the 2017 Spider-Man: Homecoming. You really need to have seen Spider-Man: Homecoming and the last two Avengers movies to truly understand the depth of what’s happening with some of the characters and the timeline. You especially need to be familiar with Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Endgame because there is talk of the “blip” and what happened after “the snap.”
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June 24, 2019 02:02 PM MDT
Our favorite toys are back together again in Toy Story 4, 24 years after the original Toy Story hit theaters to instant, raving fans. How does this franchise consistently pump out one fantastic film after another? Disney and Pixar’s magical formula has done it again. Former Chief Creator Director of Disney John Lasseter has always said that Pixar wouldn’t make another Toy Story movie unless it was as good or better than previous versions. Mission accomplished. To infinity and beyond!
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June 17, 2019 02:16 PM MDT
Can you believe the first Toy Story movie came out 24 years ago? Since then, we've loved, laughed, and cried with our favorite toy characters through four movies. But have you ever wondered what it might be like to serve with Buzz or Woody? Here's what we think that would look like:
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June 14, 2019 01:04 PM MDT
If you’ve been a fan of this creative, fun franchise for years, you’re probably excited to see another one, especially after waiting seven years since the last installment. The film is getting mixed reviews, but this fourth installment in the intergalactic series that is Men in Black is full of new and delightful creatures, cool gadgets, plenty of action, and some respectful nods to the past movies that fans will enjoy. It’s the only movie in the franchise to not be directed by Barry Sonnenfeld. Instead, F. Gary Gray takes the director’s chair on this one.
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June 11, 2019 01:08 PM MDT
It's been 15 years since Napoleon Dynamite hit the big screen on June 11, 2004. While the moon-boot wearing, tater-tot loving Napoleon became a national sensation, he has a special place in the hearts of many Latter-day Saints. As BYU Magazine relates, Napoleon Dynamite's production team was "made up almost entirely of BYU students and alumni." The movie was only made possible by an "angel investor" who put up $400,000 for the indie film that "sold to Fox Searchlight Studios for $4.75 million and grossed more than $46 million in the first year it was released. It remains one of the most profitable low-budget films of all time and a leader among Fox’s all-time bestselling home-video titles."
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June 07, 2019 01:41 PM MDT
A young girl loses her parents in a car accident and is raised by Professor Charles Xavier because of her special mutant abilities. She struggles to understand her powers and who she is.
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May 31, 2019 01:47 PM MDT
For daily reviews and movie news, follow me on Facebook. Get movie night right with films sure to meet your family’s standards with my film guide 250 Great Movies for Latter-day Families.
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May 24, 2019 12:40 PM MDT
It’s been about five minutes, so what does that mean? Time for another Disney live-action remake! (Wink.) This version of the 1992 animated musical Aladdin was directed by Guy Ritchie, who wanted to make a children’s film for his five kids. He admits he’s always been compelled by stories about street hustlers. Aladdin is a common thief who accidentally meets a princess and falls in love with her. He also meets a genie who magically allows him to appear as a prince to sweep the princess off her feet onto a flying carpet and show her the world. The evil Jafar grabs power and gets in the way of their happiness together. What’s a street rat to do?
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May 03, 2019 03:12 PM MDT
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By  Jon Cooper
April 27, 2019 09:00 AM MDT
It‘s no question that in the past few years, superheroes have saturated our movie theaters worldwide. While opinions are divided on whether this is a good or a bad thing, a franchise this successful is clearly resonating with and engaging audiences. Whether you support the movies or not, anyone willing to take a closer look may be surprised to see some gospel symbolism in many superhero movies. Here are just a few examples:
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April 24, 2019 07:08 PM MDT
What would you say if someone told you that your movie was being pirated all over China? If you’re Elder John H. Groberg, you say, “That’s fantastic. What a blessing!” What is it that Elder Groberg thinks is a blessing? That a message of hope, love, and Jesus Christ is being watched all over the world.
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April 05, 2019 01:00 PM MDT
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March 12, 2019 09:00 AM MDT
Emma Smith and Jane Manning James are familiar names to many Latter-day Saints, but few are aware of the close relationship these two women shared. That’s because their friendship—remarkable in a pre–Civil War era—is documented only in a few scattered lines of historical text.
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March 08, 2019 06:10 PM MST
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February 28, 2019 07:14 PM MST
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February 27, 2019 02:44 PM MST
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February 25, 2019 01:09 PM MST
As Latter-day Saints, we understand that modesty encompasses much more than what we wear. It is a way of being. It is a way of understanding our potential as children of Heavenly Parents in everyday moments. It is about taking care of the divine and heavenly gifts we receive. It is a way of life.
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