Phil Boatwright: Hoofers, Moses, & Second Chances

Two new films and a DVD are being released this month, each containing quality technical aspects as well as entertaining story lines steeped in the Gospel message.

“Faith, Hope & Love” (distributed by ArtAffects Entertainment, in theaters March 15, rated PG)

Dance instructor Faith Turley, newly divorced from an unfaithful husband, is on the verge of losing her studio. During this stressful time, she enlists the help of Jimmy Elpidas, a widower with two daughters, to partner with her as a twosome in a “pro-schmo” dance contest (that’s a coupling of a professional “hoofer” with a novice). With the dance floor as a main setting, our two leads discover friendship as well as a new commitment to God.

The rom-com dance-a-thon stars Peta Murgatroyd (“Dancing with the Stars”), Robert Krantz (“Back to the Future”), Natasha Bure (daughter of Candace Cameron Bure), Corbin Bernsen (“L.A. Law”), Ed Asner (“Lou Grant”) and Nancy Stafford (“Matlock”).

Both funny and touching, Faith Hope & Love is a celebration of the human spirit, with a genuineness in both performance and story and a clear perspective: There is a need for God in each life.

Noting that the leads pray over dinner and whenever they face life struggles, and that the ending features a baptism as a life is turned over to Christ, may give you an appreciation for the film’s intent: To stir viewers to center their lives on the Lord.

“Patterns of Evidence: The Moses Controversy” (presented in theaters by Fathom Events nationwide today and on March 16 and 19, not yet rated)

If you’re not big on romantic dance movies, perhaps this thoughtful documentary addressing the writings of Moses might be of more interest.

In Patterns of Evidence: The Moses Controversy, award-winning filmmaker Timothy Mahoney (“Patterns of Evidence: The Exodus”) takes on those who proclaim Moses not to be the true author of the first five books of the Bible.

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Source: Baptist Press