MOVIEWISE — July 7 2017


Pieter Pohl, founder of Innovation Films and marketing manager of CMD Entertainment Africa, sheds some light on the latest movies.

THE CASE FOR CHRIST — a movie that shows the life of Lee Strobel and how he did everything in his power to prove that there is no God. Within his quest to prove God doesn’t exist, he experienced the love of God and found Jesus to be real and that changed his life for the good.
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News breaks that a group of MIT scientists has developed a new super-intelligent computer with the ability to think independently. However, federal officials quickly impose a ban on the computer when it is let onto the Internet and shuts down hundreds of websites.

Stephen Kendrick (Keith Langsdale), a former MIT professor, was a source code writer for the project but now runs a super-computer at another university. Inspired by a budding relationship with Jane Hurst (Cate Damon), a Yale philosopher who lost her husband to cancer, Kendrick hatches a plan with his colleague Alan Moss (Jim Lobley) to use Kendrick’s own copy of the MIT software with his super-computer. As an FBI investigation closes in, the two scientists secretly dare to ask this colossally intelligent computer the ultimate question: Is there evidence for God and a spiritual framework for life?

Dove Review:
The God Question is an intellectual film that broaches the great question: Is there a God? A computer named Ivan is asked the question (yes, asked, because this is an intelligent super computer that talks back), then the voice-activated computer is asked if it is capable of making such a decision.

One of the scientists wants to understand why an unfeeling computer that has never loved or been loved, felt anything, or can demonstrate faith, would be asked such a question. The computer must ponder what the scientist says.

This movie is presented our Dove Seal for all ages, although it is not intended for the young due to its scientific and sophisticated themes. There are a lot of intellectual ideas shared in the movie and the very young will become lost, bored, or both. However, the movie makes clear that one must experience life and have the ability to demonstrate faith before one can decide God does not exist, or that He does. —

(Sunday July 9 2017: MNET 101 20:05)

Movie trailer:

Ghostbusters makes its long-awaited return, rebooted with a cast of new characters. Thirty years after the beloved original took the world by storm, director Paul Feig brings his take to the supernatural comedy. This summer, they’re here to save the world!

Dove Review:
Ghostbusters (2016) is a remake of what many fans of the original film consider to be a classic. A reboot can be tricky because of people’s expectations. In this case, the Ghostbusters are all female and have a male secretary. However, some of the original concept remains, including the hearse, which is turned into the classic Ghostbusters’ car with the familiar logo, as well as the music and the uniforms. Even some of the old ghosts are back, or at least their look-alikes, and a certain “incarnation” of the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man makes an appearance.

The movie is actually fairly entertaining and features some humorous ghosts. In fact, one of the former “slime” ghosts of the original movie winds up with a girlfriend counterpart and, along with some buddies, they cruise the streets of New York in the Ghostbusters’ car. It was a funny scene and drew laughs from the audience. There are also funny moments from the stars, including Melissa McCarthy as Abbey, Kristen Wiig as Erin, Kate McKinnon as Jillian, and Leslie Jones as Patty. Chris Hemsworth plays their secretary and does a funny dance during the closing credits. Original Ghostbusters make cameo appearances, including Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Ernie Hudson. Annie Potts, the original film’s secretary, shows up briefly, as does Sigourney Weaver and a bust of Harold Ramis. Ozzy Osbourne makes an appearance. Seeing a very mean ghost wreak havoc at a rock concert, Osbourne cries out, “Sharon, I’m having a flashback!” The ghosts show up often in this movie.

The film does have its entertaining moments. Ernie Hudson plays Patty’s uncle, who owns the hearse they use. When he shows up to claim it, they have to explain that it was taken into a ghostly portal. Patty’s uncle only has one car and has a few funerals scheduled for the same day. When one character suggests he does a double funeral, he replies, “I can’t stack them on top of each other like flapjacks!” In another scene, a man, who is terrified after seeing a ghost, screams like a young girl. Despite some comedic moments, the film contains strong language, which prevents us from awarding it our coveted Dove Seal. —

Innovation Films is a creative film entertainment company comprising multi-faceted service departments including production, distribution, consulting, marketing and publicity.
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