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Firm Foundation rarely mentions movies to either support or warn agai (http://www NULL.10cmovie NULL.com/)nst, but two new movies warrant our attention—and yours. 

It should hardly be surprising that we would encourage you to go see The Ten Commandments (http://www NULL.10cmovie NULL.com/index NULL.html), a new computer animated feature-length film by Promenade Pictures (http://www NULL.promenadepictures NULL.com/) that premiered nationwide on October 19.  Judge Roy Moore has lent his public support to this faithful rendition of the story of Moses, which includes of course the Exodus and the giving of God’s Law at Mt. Sinai.  Hollywood stars Ben Kingsley, Christian Slater, Alfred Molina, Elliott Gould, and Christian Slater all lend their voices to this movie.  Through its Epic Stories of the Bible (http://www NULL.epicstoriesofthebible NULL.com/) project, Promenade has several other Bible story films in the works, too, such as Noah’s Ark—The New Beginning, coming in 2008.  Keep an eye out for more Promenade pictures to come.

The Ten Commandments movie even had a recent mini-controversy erupt (http://www NULL.worldnetdaily NULL.com/news/article NULL.asp?ARTICLE_ID=58158) when Radio Disney (http://radio NULL.disney NULL.go NULL.com/) told Promenade to remove “chosen by God” from a proposed ad for the movie before the spot could be run.  I call it a “mini” controversy because, although the Foundation for Moral Law is never loathe to complain about censorship of references to God, it appears that Radio Disney had a legitimate point in clarifying the ad script.  Here was the proposed script, with the pertinent part in bold:

NARR: ONE OF THE GREATEST STORIES OF ALL TIME…
IS NOW AN ANIMATED MOVIE EVENT FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY…

NARR: THE TEN COMMANDMENTS!

God: “Moses, give them my message and they will follow you out of Egypt.”

NARR: AN ORDINARY MAN…
AN EXTRAORDINARY CALLING!

Moses: “Let my people go!”

NARR: WITH BEN KINGSLEY…
CHRISTIAN SLATER…
ALFRED MOLINA…
AND ELLIOTT GOULD!

NARR: CHOSEN BY GOD…

Moses: “On to the promised land!”  Moses: “On to the promised land!”  Moses: “On to the promised land!”  Moses: “On to the promised land!”  Moses: “On to the promised land!”  

Moses: “On to the promised land!”  

The words “chosen by God” immediately follow a listing of the famous actors involved, leading Disney (and most listeners, I would imagine) to think that the narrator was stating that the actors were chosen by God. The providence of God may indeed have guided Promenade to employ Ben Kingley and Alfred Molina, but it is doubtful that was the insinuation Promenade wanted to make in its radio spot.  I’m not as sure as others (http://www NULL.libertyaction NULL.org/286/petition NULL.asp) that Disney deserves criticism this time for an understandable script clarification.

The second movie of note is Bella (http://www NULL.bellathemovie NULL.com/), a powerful story about Nina, a New York City waitress who learns she is pregnant and is set on aborting her baby, anposterofficial (http://www NULL.bellathemovie NULL.com/)d José, a cook and former pro-athlete who reaches out to help her.  (See the trailer here (http://www NULL.bellaemails NULL.com/).) It’s a story about lives lost, lives saved, and the selfless love of God.  The movie is brought to us by the producer of The Passion of the Christ and Braveheart, Steve McEveety (http://www NULL.bellathemovie NULL.com/site/#/filmmakers/producers/), who said:

“The last film with Bella‘s momentum was the Passion of the Christ.  The Passion showed how Christ died for us and Bella shows how we should live for others.” 

Bella isn’t just a good story with a good message—it’s a good movie, too.  It has picked up several film festival awards (http://www NULL.bellathemovie NULL.com/site/#/film/awards), and it enjoys the support of both critics (http://www NULL.moviemails NULL.com/moh/moviemail/view?buzzmailId=93676) and Christian and pro-life organizations like Focus on the Family (http://www NULL.family NULL.org/) and American Family Association (http://www NULL.afa NULL.net/).  Bella opens on October 26 in certain cities (http://bellathemovie NULL.com/theater/), but if it is not yet scheduled in your area then call your local theatre and ask them to bring it there.  Bella is a beauty.

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