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Monthly Movies

Updated: Jun 16, 2021

Enjoy this months Monthly Movies; Some great content here! Let me know what you think of them!


· Patriot (Seasons 1-2)

o Story: Patriot is a dark comedy that follows the mishaps of intelligence officer John Tavner as he goes on an unofficial mission for his father to prevent Iran from going nuclear. The cinematography is spot on, the acting is superb, the action is enjoyable, and it truly has “laugh-out-loud” moments.

o Rating: R (gory violence, intense moments, drug and alcohol use, cursing, sexual content)

o Year: 2017-Present

o Gospel Moments: Throughout the series John struggles between who he wants to be (a folk singer who loves his family and friends) and who he’s becoming (a cold blooded killer). The show highlights a darkness that we all can find within us, that we fight against and struggle to overcome, and it holds out hope of restoration through the transformative power of love. We know that in and through God’s love for us we can overcome all the darkness that we will ever face, even the darkness within us.

o Where to Watch: Amazon Prime


· Arrival

o Story: Arrival is a science fiction suspense drama that relates linguist expert Louise Banks (Amy Adams) challenges as she attempts to make contact with alien life forms. She must discover if the aliens have come to save humanity or destroy them.

o Rating: PG-13 (brief strong language, intense scenes)

o Year: 2016

o Gospel Moments: Arrival opens up a window into what it looks like to learn a new language, a language that allows Louise to see the world around her through a different lens, one that brings with it much pain and much beauty. We too must learn a language different from the world around us, the language of Scripture, the language of God’s story of amazing grace. Through the gospel-lens we are also able to see the world differently, our eyes opened to see God’s beauty admits a world that is not yet as it should be.

o Where to Watch: Amazon Prime

· Loving Vincent

o Story: This is a retelling of the last days of Vincent van Gogh’s life. It is a surprisingly suspenseful tale as postman’s son Armand tries to uncover the truth behind Vincent’s untimely demise. The biographical drama is beautiful animated in the style of Vincent van Gogh’s work and sheds much needed light on the Vincent behind the paintings.

o Year: 2017

o Rating: PG-13 (thematic elements, violence, smoking, sexual content)

o Gospel Moments: If you don’t know much about Vincent’s final days I highly recommend this moving biographical drama, but even if you do this beautiful retelling is compelling. It touches on notes of pain and grace and what it means to live beautifully in a world not as it should be.

o Where to Watch: Hulu


If you would like to find out more about my own story be sure to check out my debut novel The Bright Abyss at the link here.

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