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SouthPaw Packs a Big Punch

From acclaimed director Antoine Fuqua (TRAINING DAY) comes the underdog movie of the year SouthPaw.

A champion boxer (Jake Gyllenhaal) Billy Hope loses everything after his life tragically unravels and falls apart. The once great champ is humbled as he tumbles from the pinnacle of his career into obscurity. Billy must fight back in order to save not only his career but his family.
As Billy loses everything he discovers, like many do who his real friends are. His manager (Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson) and friends leave him behind as soon as he has nothing to offer. Billy finally hits rock bottom when he loses his house, cars and everything in it including his daughter.

Seeking redemption he seeks out the trainer of the only fighter that had ever beat him. He finds Tick Willis (Forest Whitaker) is a rundown gym teaching inner city youth how to box.

From the orphanage in hell’s kitchen to a professional career fighting in Madison Square Garden is a distance of only a few blocks.

With Tick in Billy’s corner he begins the biggest fight of his career. He fights his own demons and past as he begins the journey back to redemption. Tick becomes Billy’s mentor and trainer, exposing his greatest weakness, his temper, and instructs him how to fight with his brain, rather than his usual method of “stopping punches with your face.”
The scenes in the movie are perfectly sculptured by Fugua as the grit and drama is felt with every punch. It has been awhile that a movie has the whole audience ducking and jiving as the fights proceed.

10 Ant-sized Lessons Learned From the Ant-Man Movie

The highly anticipated Marvel movie Ant-Man movie finally hit theaters this past weekend, and it packed a powerful ant-sized punch.

Like many Marvel movies of late, Ant-Man was full of special effects, one-liners and Marvel Universe references galore. At times it was actually difficult to keep up with the movie with all the references and quotes from other movies and characters. However small the Ant-Man sized character he packed a powerful punch. Ants of course are known for their extreme strength and once Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) harnessed that power he became Ant-Man.

There is quite a bit of clean humor throughout the movie as well as some great action scenes. One of the best scenes was when Ant-Man broke into the Avengers facility and went to battle with none other than Falcon. Ant sized or not he was able to hold his own with the Avenger. Ant-Man’s nemesis in the film was Darren Cross as Yellow-Jacket played by Corey Stoll. Ant-Man’s creator Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) brought in Scott to try to stop Darren from unleashing the technology into the world.

The film is full of action and adventure and although at times seems a bit confusing in the story lines blend create a bit of nonsensical humor. There are some great one-liners and inspiration, although ant-sized pack a huge punch.

Ant-Man Movie Quips and Quotes:
1. Second chances don’t come around all that often.
2. It’s not about saving our world. It’s about saving THEIRS.
3. You’re different. Now, don’t let anyone tell you that you have nothing to offer.

Every Family Needs a War Room

Recently I had the pleasure of pre-screening the movie War Room by the Kendrick brothers.

Movie premiers are usually full of people that have never heard of the movie, writers and media. This premier was a little different. Imagine a premier where the packed theater is full of pastors and bloggers. What a great way to start a grassroots campaign for a movie that matters.

War Room is a movie for Christians and non-christian alike. It is a movie for all ages. It is a movie that is needed for our hurting nation.
The Kendrick brothers usually reach new heights with each movie they produce. The War Room is no exception.

The family-friendly movie (rated PG) explores prayer and the role that is plays peoples’ lives. Tony and Elizabeth Jordan, are your typical American couple who seemingly have it all. Tony has a great job, provides a nice house and the finer things for his wife and daughter. Like many families appearances can be deceiving. Their marriage is at the brink of destruction from pride, greed and lust as Tony is tempted while out on the road.

The Jordan family has become the battle line with Elizabeth (Priscilla Shirer) and her daughter fighting a fight that they can only win with Tony’s help. With the help of Miss Clara (Karen Abercrombie), an older, wiser woman, Elizabeth discovers she can start fighting for her family through prayer. Elizabeth begins the journey of taking back her family from the brink of disaster. She confronts not only Tony