It started in 2001 as a means to promote and support the blossoming “Mormon Cinema” (now Latter-day Saint Cinema) movement. It expanded in the intervening years to include other wholesome films. Now in its 19th year, the LDS Film Festival is back with a new director, a more refined focus, and a fantastic lineup.
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Here's what you need to know about these two films before you decide to bring the whole family.
Both of these new films get their laughs from the dynamics of an unlikely duo. One was heartwarming and uplifting in unexpected ways. The other falls a little flat. Read more to find out if either is right for your family to see.
"The Chosen," the first multi-season series of its kind about the life of Jesus—directed by Dallas Jenkins—has raised nearly $10.3 million in equity crowdfunding from 15,000 investors, unseating “Mystery Science Theater 3000”, which raised $5.7 million, as the No. 1 crowdfunded film or TV project in history. It's set to be released this Easter.
With Michael Bay vacating the directors chair, making room for Travis Knight, we get a beautiful and refreshing take on this beloved franchise. In this combination Reboot/Prequel, the audience receives the Transformers film that we’ve been craving from the beginning.
The movie is produced by the incredibly talented Peter Jackson, who brought us the award-winning Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit trilogy. Unfortunately, this particular film doesn’t quite measure up.
Based on The Nutcracker and the Mouse King by E.T. A. Hoffmann, this coming-of-age movie adaptation feels partially familiar, yet also new and wacky. It feels like a sugary cupcake that is beautifully decorated, but mostly fluff with no nutritional value. Very young girls may enjoy it. Most everyone else will be bored or disappointed.