Action, Adventure, Drama
1 hour 47 minutes
Cast: Joseph Fiennes, Tom Felton, Peter Firth, Cliff Curtis

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We’re in the middle of Lent so it’s not surprising that a film about Christ’s resurrection hits theatres this weekend. But unlike, other biblical movies, this one is not straight from the pages of the bible. (Mel Gibson does not show up.) In fact, this one comes from an agnostic’s point of view. And while there are agnostics mentioned in the bible they aren’t the focus of a long story line. From the director of Waterworld and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves comes Kevin Reynold’s murder mystery, detective story “Risen” about a Roman soldier on the hunt for the missing body of Yeshua or Jesus as most people know him.

Before we ever see Jesus or Mary or a disciple we learn about Clavius – a military tribune or officer in the Roman Army. He’s a direct report to Pontius Pilate, Roman Governor of Judaea. Every day of Clavius’s adult life has involved some kind of killing, usually at his hands. Actor Joseph Fiennes who plays Clavius believes that much war and death has pushed his character to the brink of post-traumatic stress disorder.

The story begins with the day of Yeshua’s crucifixion. Everyone – Christian and otherwise – already knows that story. Even if they only attend church once a year – they know that story. They may not understand it or believe it, but they know it. So what Reynolds and screenwriter Paul Aiello did was approach it from a completely didn’t angle. Instead of being a story told by one of the disciples who’s been hanging out with Jesus, watching miracle after miracle, listening to his messages of love and salvation, it’s told from the view point of an average person albeit a Type A personality who doesn’t believe. Clavius is a guy with an ugly day job but one that he hopes will move him up the corporate ladder so that he can eventually get out the trenches and stop killing people and find some peace.

When he’s charged with keeping track of the body of this guy named Yeshua, he takes the job very seriously. Afterall, his boss is very concerned about the public uproar over this guy named Yeshua who claims to be the Messiah and who has told his disciples that after his death he will resurrect again. Pontius Pilate is convinced if that body goes missing the zealots will take the story and run with it causing uphevel and unrest.

When the body in fact, does disappear, Clavius is interogating witnesses and disciples and Yeshua’s family members. He won’t sleep until he finds that body. What he finds instead is the very man who he saw breathe is last breath on the cross is now showing off his crucifixtion scares to the men and women who believe he is God. But will even that shocking discovery change this man? “Risen” is now in theatres.

Arruga! – 1 (a very bloody and violent PG-13)
Fidget Factor – 0 (only an hour and 48 minutes)
Age Range – 12 and up (if they can handle he blood and guts)
Ovearll Grade – B+

Eddie The Eagle


The real Eddie "the Eagle" Edwards competing in 1988.
The real Eddie “the Eagle” Edwards competing in 1988.

This is the underdog story of Eddie Edwards.
Since grade school Eddie wanted to be in the Olympics. It just took quite a while before he found his sport. Ski jumping. In 1988, he became the first competitor to represent Great Britain in the Olympics. And while Eddie came in dead last in both the 70m and the 90m events that year in Calgary, he won the hearts of fans all over the world. The film Eddie the Eagle is his story, the real life story of Britain’s Eddie Edwards.

Taron Egerton plays Eddie, a socially awkward yet highly determined and intelligent young man with an overwhelming passion to compete in the Olympics. With borrowed equipment, no money, poor vision and no coach Eddie heads to Lake Placid, New York to pursue this dream.

After several failed attempts on the 70m jump and several injuries to show for it, Bronson Peary, Lake Placid’s snow farmer, steps up to coach the young man. Bronson, played by Hugh Jackman, has an Olympic past he’s ashamed of. He’s still recovering from pour choices of his youth that haunt him today. This unlikely pair prepares Eddie, the best they can, for his Olympic appearance. And what they soon find out is that spectators love an underdog almost as much as they love a champion. Maybe even more.

Anyone with a heart will fall in love with Eddie “the Eagle” Edwards and this hopeful, inspiring story of grit and ambition created for the big screen. We all want to be more like Eddie Edwards. More disciplined. More positive. More responsive to our

Before he found ski jumping Eddie attempted to quality for Britain's downhill team. He didn't make it.
Before he found ski jumping Eddie attempted to quality for Britain’s downhill team. He didn’t make it.

inner calling. More determined to accomplish our goals. And anyone with heart loves an underdog. Watching Eddie break the ski jumping record for Great Britain is like watching your first grader make their first soccer goal! The ski jumping record wasn’t very good to begin with. And the goalie on the other team had stopped to wave at her mom. All that matters is this person’s passion becomes your passion. And you are so happy when they succeed. Even if the measure of success is an unconventional standard. Watching Eddie sore to new heights just feels so good.

Arruga! = 0 (Though there is a scene where Hugh Jackman equates the downhill release and jump and landing to having sex. Parents, your kids may have questions. And there’s alcohol consumption.)
Fidget Factor! = 0
Age Range = 10 and up
Overall grade = B+