"Secret Invasion"
The world is a complicated place. Fury is a complicated man. Secret Invasion brings the story of the Skrulls to the forefront of the MCU saga. Gravik, the new leader of the Skrulls, takes on Fury and Talos. Fury is back but, not with the Avengers, not with the Heli-Carrier, and not with a team of foot soldiers. It appears that Gravik has all the advantages at this juncture. Fury goes in, this time, to save the world. He is outmanned and outgunned. Is there anything that can stop Gravik?

It is not wise to back an MCU Hero against the wall…

Starring:  Samuel Jackson, Olivia Colman, Emilia Clarke, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Ben Mendelsohn, Charlayne Woodard 
Rated TV-14  / ​TV Series Season 1 / 6 Episodes

HIPP Film Review Blurb: 
“Migration”

                It’s a journey. Sometimes, for various reasons,  a character has to leave the comforts of home

and go out into the world on an adventure. In this instance, everyone goes.

Migration is the story of a family that decides to see the world. There are challenges, close calls, new friends, sights to see,

and even dangerous villains to subdue. This is a family film which is perfect
for a Sunday afternoon or evening. Popcorn and snacks are recommended. A wonderful cast of actors bring

the story to life. The animation is excellent and the score is delightful.
Migration is a film packed with adventure, fun, good music, and lots of laughter.

 
Starring: Kumail Ali Nanjiani, Elizabeth Banks, Tresi Gazal, Caspar Jennings,  Awkwafina,  Danny Devito, and Keegan-Michael Key

“Christmas Angel”
What comes to mind when you hear the name, “The Old Granville House?” 
If you thought about the old abandoned Granville House in a famous holiday film, you are pretty close to the idea of what

this film is all about. Throw a rock and make a wish. Who knows? An angel just might come along and grant that wish.

One mom in the film said it best when she reminded someone that “angels are not genies.” The spirit of God is so much

more than that. But, you know, God hears us when we wish. The wishes we speak on behalf of others are often the best wishes we can ever make. Those wishes are like prayers. Maybe that’s the point. Making dreams come true for others can lead to good things that come from the heart. Giving from the heart will increase our faith…and, before you know it,

our lives are enriched with love, family, and community.

This is a heartwarming film.

Starring: Della Reese, Kevin Sorbo, Teri Polo, Izabela Vidovic, and Tamera Mowry

"We Can Be Heroes" (2020)

Oh no! The Heroes have fallen. But there is hope. The children of the heroes have been hidden away for safety and security.

What do you think happens when the kids find out

that their parents are missing?
The film shows ingenuity, perseverance, determination,

and community are just as important as super powers and abilities.
Without these key ingredients, the plan just won't work. 

Starring: Elizabeth Moss, YaYa Gosselin, Pedro Paschal

Rated: PG 

"The Princess Bride" (Sunday Night Film Suggestion)

What better way for a grandpa to spend time with his ailing grandson than to share a book together. It’s a bit of a tough sell in the age of TV and video games, but there is a shared respect for family tradition. So they agree to give it a try. The title on the cover
of the novel…The Princess Bride. The book tells the tale of a farm boy and a beautiful girl. Instead of boy meets girl, it is boy works for girl. Their love grows as they grow. Then an unfortunate event happens. The farm boy is attacked and the girl is whisked away to a far off land. It seems to be a very sad story so far. But as reading the novel together proceeds, grandpa (Peter Falk) and grandson (Fred Savage) share the ups and downs

of the characters, the struggles of ancient kingdoms, superb swordsmen, dastardly villains, gentle giants, dreaded pirates, as well as an evil king and his accomplice. But, what about the love? How does the story end? Hours and hours of reading, sandwiches, snacks, and

a few feisty discussions later, grandpa and grandson reach the thrilling end of the story.

As a film, The Princess Bride is a real page turner.

Starring: Robin Wright, Carl Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Chris Sarandon, Billy Crystal, Wallace Shawn, Andre the Giant, Peter Falk, and Fred Savage

Will Smith says that he went outside of his comfort zone to see some of the amazing things that the world has to offer.

The beauty of a deep sea adventure, the migration of the wildebeest, completing technological surveys in an active volcano,

and so much more, are all a part of the docu-series called “Welcome to Earth.”

The series utilizes the expertise of top scientists and researchers who serve as Will’s tour guides.

In cooperation with National Geographic, this Disney presentation is recommended for viewing as a family,

with tablets in hand. Researching questions, and extended searches on concepts and ideas will make this

a valuable family activity. Student interests, and even career choices, have often begun watching documentaries like "Welcome to Earth."

“The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe”  
(Imagine a local celebrity; sitting in a comfy wing-backed chair, near a warm and cozy fireplace, introducing tonight’s feature film.)

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, is a Disney Classic.
Based on the book, of the same title, by C.S. Lewis, the story is about four children who discover a world of fantasy and adventure in the most unlikely of places. Their unique experience in this new and unusual world is filled with challenge and struggles, as they learn new things, face extreme circumstances, and learn to work together. The film has dastardly villains, loveable characters, thrills, and literally chills. But, most importantly, and in so many ways, this story is about…


…Family.

Starring: Georgie Henley, Anna Popplewell, William Moseley, Skandar Keynes, Tilda Swinton, and James McAvoy

“Robots” (Sunday Night Film Suggestion)


The film is a journey through a world of fantasy, populated by robots. In addition

to daily life, much like our own, innovation and new ideas take center stage in this bustling metropolis. Old meets new and spare parts become a bit scarce. A young robot boy

is inspired by an architect and creator of new things. This architect does new things

in a “big way.” All the while on this journey, there are new friends, new struggles,

and new ideas to explore. Unfortunately, some robots, in this fantasy land, have other ideas about how technological advancements should be implemented, and how the society of their great land should move forward.
Is there a robot confrontation coming, as the two ways of thinking collide?

To answer this question, check out the film which is suitable for the entire family.

Starring: Ewan McGregor, Robin Williams, Mel Brooks, Amanda Bynes, Jennifer Coolidge, Greg Kinnear, Halle Berry, Stanley Tucci, Paul Giamatti, and

an Amazing All-Star Cast of Cameos

The strength of our happy memories will prevail,

long after the infrastructure of our life fails. 

Loss of loved ones, housing changes, downsizing due to finances, changing neighborhood real estate plans, 

and the circumstances of old age can be overwhelming. In the Christian Community, we have a saying,  "But, God."

In His compassion and enduring faithfulness God will save us from our own plans, and turn things around for each of us,

at just the right time. Love conquers. 

Starring: Tom Hanks and Mariana Trevino​

​Rated PG-13

"Saul: The Journey to Damascus" (2014)


There is great value in the modern format of storytelling of the

lives of biblical characters. Bring your Bibles into the room with you.

Watch the story. Pause for clarification, discussion, and reflection.

The politics of the days of the early Christians reveals just how faithful

and resilient the Christian Community had to be to withstand

the challenges of living under Roman rule as well as the challenges

of faith and belief in Jesus of Nazareth as the Messiah. 

Saul of Tarsus was a key figure in the movement against Christians.

What happens in his life is a miracle.

Starring: Kyle Schmid, John Rhys-Davies, and Emmanuel Vaugier

Rating: 13+

"Puss in Boots: The Last Wish" (2022)
We learn, we grow, and we change. Things happen. The stakes increase,

and we learn some more. Oh my goodness!
Some “tough-as-nails” bad guys show up. The solution seems impossible, and a very important quest might fail, except… friends step in. Sometimes friends can make all the difference. Our beloved Puss in Boots is funny, musical, adorable, and confident. But, how are they going to get this quest done? There are lots of twists and turns, 

as well as lots of action, chases, and exciting moments...

Great Story, Wonderful Cast, Cutting Edge Animation
Starring: Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Florence Pugh, Harvey Guillen,

and Olivia Coleman
Rated: PG

“Ahsoka”
The latest series from the Star Wars saga is the story of Ahsoka. The character’s adventures create another thread of the multi-faceted saga. On this thread you will find the story of Ahsoka, attempting to thwart the return of one of the dreaded leaders of The Empire. So much is going on in the New Republic. They are trying to build something new and lasting with the prevailing understanding that there are only a handful of Empire loyalists with limited resources. Or, so it seems. The ruling council does not believe that there is any credible threat. There are only a few Jedi left. What can a few Jedi accomplish with the challenges of the changing face of politics in the galaxy?

Starring: Rosario Dawson, Natasha Liu Bordizzo, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and Ray Stevenson, and Diana Lee Inosanto
Rated: TV 14

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"Soul" (2020)

(A Disney Children's Film)

The hustle and bustle of our daily lives center around work, necessities, needs, and accomplishments. With the stresses of the present day, accomplishment often takes a back seat to the circumstances of the moment. An extremely talented music educator struggles with the dilemma of managing these priorities. What really matters in this world before we move on up a little higher?
Is it our works, our accomplishments, and our fame, or is it our soul? 

Starring: Jamie Foxx, Tina Fey, and Graham Norton
Rated: PG 

Superbook

A brother and sister who live in a technological and science savvy home discover a link to the treasured stories of The Superbook -

The Bible. One of the most valuable benefits, of sharing this series

as a family, is that as the Bible scripture comes to life the characters make connections between the biblical lessons and daily life of today. Perseverance, reverence, determination, anointing,

and unwavering faith are themes throughout the series.

This series is a great addition to family Bible reading and discussions.

​Starring: Shannon Chan-Kent, Sam Vincent, Cathy Weseluck

​Rated: 7+

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"80 for Brady"
Inspired by a true story... "80 for Brady" gives an up front and personal view of the NFL Super Bowl Experience. A group of women enjoying

their senior citizen years together, as avid football fans, get an opportunity to make one of the greatest trades in the history of the game. Resilience. 
This team of strong senior women make an even trade of resilience with Tom Brady and the Patriots. The trade pays off for both teams. 
When the chips are down, never count out a motivated,

close knit, and resilient team! Just plain fun.

Starring: Jane Fonda, Rita Moreno, Sally Field, Lily Tomlin and Tom Brady
Rated: PG-13

"Candy Cane Lane" (Prime Video)
There are lots of holiday films to choose from and to view, whether you are on your own with your feet up relaxing or, with family and friends. Candy Cane Lane gives

the film audience lots of slapstick chaos, and it gives gentle reminders of what’s really important about the Christmas Holiday Season. The story gives us a lot to think about. Whether it is a chaotic holiday light fight, a subtle reminder about overspending, cruel corporate job lay-offs, or the fact that the holiday season

is a huge melting pot of cultures and traditions…the film comes in

for a smooth landing on the true meaning of Christmas. Love and family.


Starring: Eddie Murphy, Tracee Ellis Ross, Jillian Bell, Ken Marino, Nick Offerman, and David Alan Grier
 

The Christmas Chronicles 2 (2020)
The wonder and magic of the season, and the coolest Mr. and Mrs. Claus on the Big Screen, are a treat for the kids and a sight
for sore eyes for your family in this year of pandemic and challenge. The plot takes an unusual twist this time

for Kate and a delightful newcomer.  In this adventure Christmas is about more than getting the gifts to the children.
A villain threatens the safety and security of the entire North Pole. 
The battle between good and evil gets pretty intense in this one. Is this the last Christmas ever?
Check out the film out to see how things work out for Santa and the Crew. 


Starring: Kurt Russell, Goldie Hawn, Darby Camp, Jahzir Bruno, Julian Dennison
Rated PG: Adventure, Comedy, Family 1hr 52 min

The Jesus Revolution is an inspiring and uplifting story of the "Jesus Movement" of the late 1960's and the early 1970's.

In a time of social change, protests, drug epidemics, and war, a group of young people are on a quest for a new way of living and a new world view. Follow these young people on a spiritual journey as they search for a path to truth. This is a story of transformation and a place where old meets new. The Word of God is alive and speaks to every generation. The Word is the living water of truth.

​Starring: Kelsey Grammer, Jonathan Roumie, Joel Coutney,

and Anna Grace Barlow

​Rated PG-13

“Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny” 
Solving a puzzle can be exhilarating. The challenge of sitting at a table and piecing

it all together can stimulate your brain and give you energy to keep going even when

you see that you have a long way to go. The Indiana Jones franchise is one that combines the challenge of puzzles with a taste of antiquity, a taste of history, and a chance

to experience ancient cultures of the world. Debating the true value of historical artifacts

is at the forefront of each film in the series. Preservation of history vs. scientific

and financial greed is the struggle that Indiana has championed in all of the Indiana Jones adventures. He may be senior in years, but his resolve has never wavered. He still packs a punch when needed, the snakes are still a problem, and a few new friends

have entered the picture. Is this it for Indiana? Or is there more to come? 

Starring: Harrison Ford, Mads Mikkelson, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Antonio Banderas, and Ethann Isidore, Karen Allen, and John Rhys-Davies

Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey (2020)
When Grandma is called upon to tell a Christmas story, she can sense that the children need something

a little different this year.  The story of an inventor and entrepreneur with aspirations to have his work

loved by all is just what Grandma's children need.  A perfect cast of characters brings this musical story

of family, love, loss, and triumph to the Big Screen. The film will definitely warm the hearts of viewers.

The themes of creativity, purpose, and self-determination are sure to inspire movie lovers of every generation.


Starring: Forest Whitaker, Keegan-Michael Key, Anika Noni Rose, Phylicia Rashad, Hugh Bonneville
Rated PG: Fantasy, Musical 2hr 2min

“National Treasure”

Gates, Chase, and Poole…Does that sound like the name

of a prestigious law firm? Well, it isn’t. The film is the journey
of a very odd crew on a quest to find something of extreme importance

before the bad guys find it. Treasure is a funny thing.
All is well, if the treasure is found by those who can appreciate it.

When the treasure falls into the wrong hands, it can set off
a series of events as hard to stop as a speeding train, a high speed chase,

or a bunch of unscrupulous henchmen with weapons.
Is there anything of such importance, to make somwone agree to face such

tests and trials? Maybe there is. Check out this film.

It is quite a journey!


Starring: Nicholas Cage, Diane Kruger, Justin Bartha, Sean Bean, John Voight, Harvey Keitel, and Christopher Plummer

National Treasure: Book of Secrets 

Gates, Chase and Poole are at it again…That is not the name of a prestigious law firm. This odd crew of explorers has a puzzle to solve.

Treasure is a funny thing. In the right hands, all is well. In the wrong hands, stuff happens, people get hurt, bad guys get rich, history

is sometimes lost, and at other times history is corrupted.

The crew has to do a little globe trotting,

and a bit of university study to get this one solved. You’ll be surprised about the characters that join the team, the people that they meet,

and the hands that they shake

to get the things they need to put this treasure hunt “in the book.”

 

Starring: Nicholas Cage, Justin Bartha, Diane Kruger, John Voight, Harvey Keitel, Ed Harris, Helen Mirren, and Bruce Greenwood