Thursday, July 20, 2006

Quick Movie Reviews


Set in 1888 Wyoming, the western MIRACLE AT SAGE CREEK explores the dynamics between two families who overcome hard times in 1888 Wyoming when a special miracle saves the life of a small boy.

This is a family – friendly movie that is filled with faith – it mentions prayer and God and even the characters in it pray. While the video was released on May 30, 2006, this inspirational movie chock full of good, old-fashioned morals hasn’t been promoted the way others that are far less worthy have. In many ways, it reminds me of the Little House on the Prairie series that has been so popular over the years. It contains themes of: faith, hope, love, and forgiveness.

The characters are very natural and authentic and the scenery in this film is beautiful – set against the backdrop of Wyoming’s majestic western range. This film is the Winner of the 2006 Spur Award for Best Western Drama and it’s one film you don’t want to pass up! I give it 5 stars! *****

This film is rated PG for mild violence (shooting) and mild language.


Cedric Brown (played by Colin Firth), a widower and father of seven mischievous children who have driven nannies screaming from the house, loves his large brood but can neither control them nor afford them. His Aunt Adelaide (Angela Lansbury) who controls the finances that support the family, complicates things further when she insists that he marry and give her one of the children or lose the family income.

Enter Nanny McPhee, whose frightening appearance and fixed gaze are even to scare anyone. But these ornery children require more drastic measures – punishment that fits their crimes to make them do as they are told and say “Please” and “Thank you.”

Most of the film is fairly enjoyable, but the middle in which a potential bride is courted is a little bizarre and is not as humorous as it attempts to be.

This movie is rated PG 13 – but I would say it is more appropriate for those who are 18 or older. I give it 3 out of 5 stars. ***

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