Pure Flix Original Film starring Lucas Black: “Legacy Peak” plus giveaway! (ends 10/4/22)

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Pure Flix has produced another fantastic Original Film: Legacy Peak! You will love this if you want a family adventure film that is beautifully honest about the struggles we face in life and family–and in what we bring to the table in relationships. Keep reading for more about this wonderful film, plus enter to win a 3-month subscription to Pure Flix streaming service!

About Legacy Peak

Jason wants nothing more than to have Noelle’s kids like him. But when a perfectly planned trip to a mountain cabin falls apart, the ensuing adventure could tear them apart or bring them closer than they ever imagined. Together they’ll discover how to trust again and what it means to be a family.

Legacy Peak is a thrilling adventure that the whole family can enjoy.

My impressions of Legacy Peak

I KNEW that I knew Lucas Black from somewhere when I saw the exciting trailer for Legacy Peak and I heard his accent. He had co-starred in a police procedural show that I’d seen a few episodes of. I never forgot his fantastic character OR his authentic Southern accent! He brought a refreshing quality to a show that contained difficult material (crime). And he interacted beautifully with his costars.

Not surprisingly, Lucas is just fantastic in this film. His character is ready to pop the question to his darling girlfriend, single mom of two kids Noelle. He doesn’t really understand much about kids, but he is totally a planner, and he thinks he’s got the perfect plan to win them over before he proposes to their mom. He will fly them (and all the snacks he can carry) to Noelle’s dad’s cabin in the mountains, where they’re all planning to spend Christmas. The only thing is–he can’t plan everything. When the unexpected happens, his plan suddenly doesn’t apply. So THEN what will Jason do?

The actors who play the kids are also wonderful. Sam, the older sister, is NOT INTERESTED in going on this trip–or getting to know Jason. Her character arc is fascinating. She’s very solicitous of her younger brother Ben, who really likes his mom’s boyfriend but is a bit tired of being seen as the kid who can’t do anything. The grandfather is also wonderful. All the actors are more than competent and a pleasure to watch. (Noelle is also great; she just doesn’t get a lot of screen time.) And the mountain landscape; well, it’s almost a character in itself. It’s breathtaking visually–and also, perhaps, figuratively.

I don’t want to give you a lot of spoilers. I will simply say that the movie’s core message is an exceptional one, and its story is beautifully told. Legacy Peak has something to say to everyone; and what it said to me touched my heart, embraced me, and reminded me of something I’ll never forget–something that each and every one of us needs to hear. Don’t miss Legacy Peak, premiering September 22, 2022 on Pure Flix!

My recommendations:

If you:

  • love films that your entire family can enjoy together
  • want to see a family beat the odds against a wild and unfamiliar setting
  • desire to be a parent who reaches out to God for help in your own challenges
  • enjoy watching adventure or survival-type tv shows
  • want to be encouraged at the ways God can use everything to work together for good for His beloved children

…then you will LOVE Legacy Peak, just as I did! (And if you watched the Pure Flix series Vindication, you might see another familiar face in this movie!)

Watch the trailer here:

More about Pure Flix–and you can even enjoy a free 7-day trial!

Pure Flix is a one-stop shop for faith and family-friendly movies and shows that you can confidently stream in your home with the entire family. With new premium and exclusive original entertainment choices every week, Pure Flix streaming service has the largest variety of high-quality, curated, positive, encouraging, wholesome movies, series and kids’ content in one service. Pure Flix is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sony Pictures Entertainment, alongside AFFIRM Films.

On Pure Flix, you’ll be able to watch incredible shows that I’ve told you about earlier this year, like Going Home, Live+Local, Vindication, the God’s Not Dead movies, Miracles of Heaven (with Jennifer Garner), and so much more.

You can enjoy a free 7-day trial of Pure Flix as well! Just click on Pure Flix for more information and to start your free trial. Paid plans start at $7.99 per month, or as little as $5.84 per month if you choose the yearly plan ($69.99 per year).

And…you can enter to win a Pure Flix subscription!

You can enter to win a 3-month subscription to Pure Flix today!

To enter, simply click on the pink link below that says, “Enter here!” That will take you to a Giveaway Tools entry form, where you’ll be able to enter to win in a variety of ways. Giveaway closes on October 4, 2022. One winner will be selected to win. US entrants only, and winner selection is limited to those who have NOT won a Pure Flix subscription in the last 6 months. Best wishes!

Enter here!

Find these inspirational articles on Pure Flix as well!

I love not only all the wonderful faith & family films/shows on Pure Flix. But did you know that they also have some wonderful articles to uplift your faith? Check these out!

Battle Fear and Worry with these 10 Bible Verses for Anxiety

10 Bible Verses to Build Perseverance of Faith

How to Embrace Our Identity as a Child of God

More about Legacy Peak

Enjoy! –Wren

Disclosure:

Many thanks to Pure Flix for providing a sample of the product for this review. Opinions are 100% my own.

Brand-new film from the Kendrick Brothers & a $10 Amazon GC giveaway: “LIFEMARK” (giveaway ends 9/18/22)

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Hello everyone! Executive producers the Kendrick Brothers have a brand-new film opening in theaters Friday, September 9, 2022! I received an advanced screening link for their new movie LIFEMARK, co-executive produced by Kirk Cameron as well. Keep reading for more info plus where you can get tickets in your own area!

About LIFEMARK

David’s comfortable world is turned upside down when his birth mother unexpectedly reaches out to him, longing to meet the 18-year-old son she’s only held once. With the encouragement of his adoptive parents, David embarks on a journey of discovery that leads to a staggering truth from his past. From executive producers Kirk Cameron and the Kendrick Brothers—creators of War Room and Fireproof—comes LIFEMARK, inspired by an incredible true story that celebrates the gift of life.

Watch the trailer for LIFEMARK here!

Joy. Adventure. Fear. Family. Adoption. Told in a beautiful and moving film.

My thoughts about this film

I am a little embarrassed to admit this to you.

I overlooked the tiny print below the film’s title with a VERY KEY PIECE of information. Do you see it? “Inspired by a true story.”

So you might imagine how I felt at the end of the movie when there is a fantastic series of photos showing the cast members with the real humans they portrayed! “Shocked” as well as “delighted” express my reaction pretty well. (If you watch the interview Jean Thomason does below with two of the film’s cast members you’ll get to hear more of that amazing story.)

I’ve noticed that the films that I love the most draw me to love the characters and to care about their journey. You fall in love with them as characters and you want a happy or fulfilling ending for them. And LIFEMARK did that for me. Honestly, by the time that David met his birth mom, I was totally engaged in his story. He had fantastic parents–his adoptive mom and dad–but there was still a piece of his journey that he didn’t know. And of course, some trepidation about meeting his birth parents. (Fortunately, David’s best friend Nate, and his antics, help to relieve some of that tension.)

I also adored both sets of parents; the adoptive ones (Rebecca Rogers Nelson and Kirk Cameron) and the birth parents (Dawn Long and her new “husband,” Alex Kendrick). I felt moved quite a few times at just the huge amount of love expressed in the film. But the real crying set in when the birth mom, Melissa, meets David. (In fact I am tearing up even thinking about that again!) Melissa’s utter vulnerability as she meets the son she’d given up so long ago; and her willingness to tell *all* the parts of her story, are just remarkable.

LIFEMARK is a story that touches on so many parts of the human condition. Love. Loss. Teen pregnancy. Human will and human choice. What can a young woman do when she discovers a pregnancy; and she’s not even out of high school yet? This is an incredibly timely movie, given the true events that are happening in the public arena even now. But as you can imagine from the synopsis of this film, the story of adoption is the one that is told here–and the one that Melissa has chosen. But it also tells about her journey to get to that choice. And it’s a remarkable one.

LIFEMARK invites us into the life of a son given up for adoption; the husband and wife who adopted him; and the young mom who held him briefly, then released him to the ones who would raise him. This is a wonderful film, and one that is going to make you feel a lot of emotions as you go along for the ride. It is a *good* ride, though; and one you’ll be very glad you’ve taken.

Purchase movie tickets here–plus more

You can purchase tickets to see LIFEMARK in theaters in your own area! Just click below on the Purchase link. That will take you to the film’s website. You can also find more info there on the cast, the film, and additional resources like a Bible study, a book, and the original documentary!

Purchase tickets here

Jean Thomason’s interview with LIFEMARK costars Dawn Long and Rebecca Rogers Nelson

Jean Thomason from Momentum Influencer Network is a marvelous interviewer–and here, she speaks with the women who play David’s adoptive and biological moms in LIFEMARK.

Enter to win a $10 Amazon gift card!

In celebrating the premiere of LIFEMARK, I’ve been given the opportunity to give away a $10 Amazon gift card to one FINCHNWREN reader! To enter, just click on the pink “Enter here!” link below. That will take you to a Giveaway Tools entry form, where you’ll be able to enter in a variety of ways. Giveaway closes on 9/18/22. One winner will be selected. Best wishes!

Enter here!

And last but not least…

If you’d like to hear more about the true story LIFEMARK is based on, head back to the movie’s website and watch the documentary video called “I Lived on Parker Avenue.” (It’s under Resources, fyi.)

With hugs! –Wren

Disclosure:

Many thanks to WTA Media for providing a sample of the product for this review. Opinions are 100% my own.

Beautiful new movie, especially for parents: “An Unlikely Angel” from Pure Flix (plus giveaway! ends 9/9/22)

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If you’re a FINCHNWREN blog reader, you’ve probably noticed that I’ve been talking about wholesome faith & family streaming service Pure Flix lately–and sharing about their Pure Flix Original films and series. I have another one to tell you about today, plus a giveaway for a Pure Flix subscription! Momentum Influencer Network and Pure Flix provided the new An Unlikely Angel to stream (premieres August 26, 2022). Honestly, I am still catching my breath over this one–IMO the best Pure Flix Original yet!

About An Unlikely Angel

Janie is a workaholic who is falling apart at the thought of becoming a first-time mom. She whispers a small prayer for help and it’s answered in a very unlikely way when an angel intervenes and fast forwards her life. Will her second chance change how she approaches life?  Janie is lucky enough to be given a second chance, but will she change before it’s too late?

With a fantastic cast including Jillian Murphy, Robert Amaya, Aaron Mees, and the delightful child actor DeLyla de Castor (and also Sam J. Jones as Janie’s dad), An Unlikely Angel is a beautifully-told story of new mom/project designer/workaholic Janie, whose short prayer invites an angel sent straight from God to help her. This help comes in a way that sends her 6 years down the line after the birth of her daughter, shows her what life could end up as, then gives her a choice. What kind of life would Janie embrace…if?

Many are the plans in a person’s heart,
    but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.

New International Version Bible, Proverbs 19:21

My thoughts about this film

Can you remember the last time you laughed AND cried as you watched a movie that warmed and encouraged your heart?

An Unlikely Angel might just be the film to do that for you, especially if you’re a mom. (Or if you’re a fan of the classic Checker cab.)

The newest Pure Flix Original film, An Unlikely Angel, affected me profoundly even as it charmed and entertained me. I find so much in it to recommend. The actors are exceptional, the story pacing is even and clear, and the results and consequences of Janie’s choice make total sense. While the movie evoked a lot of emotions in me, the story is told gently and kindly: what *could* a woman who’d missed six years of her life (and her daughter’s life) actually be experiencing?

But back to those emotions. I’ve gotta tell you I shed a LOT of tears as I watched this movie! (Not until about the three-quarters mark; til my heart was wound up in the characters.) Janie’s kind dad. Her vulnerability to him and to God as she asks for help in an overwhelming situation; where, she seems to have no talent or skill. Gabe’s truthfulness and kindness. The unexpected things life threw at Janie. Her precious daughter. Janie’s story reminds me a little bit of the story of Hagar from the Bible, in Genesis 16 and 21. Hagar feels (and is) alone; forsaken; in need of help and so truly knowing that she herself can’t provide the help she needs so desperately. And God speaks to her and sends help!

We may not get that second chance or do-over that Janie is offered. But we have a good God whose plans are good and whose ear is bent toward even the whispered prayers of His dear children. Actually, He’s so attentive to us that before we even call on Him, He answers us. (Isaiah 65:14) I will take a movie that reminds of of that, any time!

Join Pure Flix and watch An Unlikely Angel. You will be encouraged; you will smile; and you will hug your kiddos. (Just keep that box of Kleenex handy. And maybe a wastebasket.)

Watch the trailer here!

How you can enjoy Pure Flix–and subscribe today

Pure Flix is a one-stop shop for faith and family-friendly movies and shows where you can confidently stream in your home with the entire family. With new premium and exclusive original entertainment choices every week, Pure Flix streaming service has the largest variety of high-quality, curated, positive, encouraging, wholesome movies, series and kids’ content in one service. Pure Flix is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sony Pictures Entertainment, alongside AFFIRM Films.

Your Home for Wholesome Faith & Family Streaming

Pure Family. Pure Fun. Pure Faith.

You can subscribe (monthly or yearly) with plans varying from $5.84-$7.99 per month. With these, you’ll receive access to thousands of series and films that will bless, encourage, strengthen, and edify your family. New content is added weekly that’s perfect for every individual or family, of all ages!

You can even enjoy Pure Flix for 7 days free! Just click on Pure Flix trial for more info and to sign up.

Enter to win a Pure Flix subscription!

There are SO MANY positive and lovely movies and series that you and your family can watch together on Pure Flix. I’m so happy to be able to share Pure Flix with you–and to give away one 3-month subscription to Pure Flix streaming service!

To enter to win, just click on the pink link below that says “Enter here!” That will take you to a Giveaway Tools entry form where you’ll be able to enter to win in a variety of ways. Giveaway closes on 9/9/22. One winner will be selected to win. If you have won a Pure Flix subscription in the past six months, you are ineligible to win this giveaway.

Enter here!

Meet star Robert Amaya in this fun interview with Jean Thomason!

Robert Amaya has been one of our family faves since we saw him for the first time in the movie Courageous, then in subsequent films like Moms’ Night Out, War Room, and Family Camp. He is just as genuine, fun and funny in real life, as you can see in this interview with the marvelous Jean Thomason from Momentum Influencer Network.

And some encouraging words for parents from Pure Flix

In addition to providing access to fantastic faith & family films, Pure Flix also has some encouraging and lovely words to inspire you. Here are some of them; just click on the links for free access!

Back to the Basics: Activities & Ways to Simplify Life

15 Bible Verses to Encourage Mothers on Mother’s Day and Beyond

5 Powerful Quotes from Women in the Bible

5 Tips for Learning How to Pray Without Ceasing

Enjoy! –Wren

Disclosure:

Many thanks to Pure Flix for providing a sample of the product for this review. Opinions are 100% my own.

Dave Coulier in new Pure Flix mockumentary series: “Live+Local” (plus PF giveaway! ends 7/23/22)

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Are you a fan of “mockumentary” films or television shows? (Think The Office.) Dictionary.com defines a mockumentary as “a movie or television show depicting fictional events but presented as a documentary.” Your family might have a favorite–but now Pure Flix has created a fantastic mockumentary series that is safe for all members of the family. It’s called Live+Local. Let me tell you more, plus I have a subscription to Pure Flix to give away!

About Live+Local

Starring executive producer Dave Coulier (from Full House and Fuller House), Emily Pendergast (Veep), Pat Cashman (Bill Nye The Science Guy), and Kendra Ann Sherrill (writer and director of six shorts), Live+Local shows viewers an inside look at the Christian local radio station K-HUGG. The staff is experiencing some strange transitions and power shifts at work, but the way they handle it with grace and comedy will be sure to leave you laughing and inspired. The show also uses Christian music that viewers might recognize as part of the radio show. And, the characters interview actual Christian personalities, including comedian Leanne Morgan, The Chosen‘s Dallas Jenkins, Anthem Lights, and more.

I was able to watch the first episode of Live+Local, entitled “There’s A New PD in Town”, where nervous intern Lucy has just stepped into her first show as producer. Tommy and Tina, who comprise the “Tommy ‘n Tina in the Morning,” have worked together for years, with Tommy sort of unofficially running things. Tina has some good ideas, but Tommy generally brushes them aside. But then…

A new program director has been hired. He REALLY likes Tina. And due to a social misstep, Tommy has inadvertently gotten on his bad side. Is the long-term cohost of KHUGG’s FM-109 morning show going to be edged out by his new boss?

My thoughts

I LOVED Live+Local!

I have to say that my family LOVES mockumentaries. Their awkward relational moments, weird camera angles, and often-improvised conversations make for fantastic viewing. Live+Local provides a gentler, family-friendly mockumentary than some of the genre’s tv shows and films, with an excellent cast and an interesting storyline. Viewers get to see a long-time radio morning show two-person team (Coulier and Pendergast) attempt to find their new footing with the new program director. I had some interesting thoughts as I watched the show:

  • 1. First impressions can make a huge difference. (Just ask Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice.)
  • 2. Sometimes your voice isn’t really heard. But you can keep speaking anyway. Someone will eventually hear.
  • 3. Everybody gets nervous sometimes! Having encouraging people around can really help.
  • 4. Listen. And pay attention.

The characters in Live+Local experience all of those in some way or another. They’re not perfect, for sure. But in some cool ways they support each other. And a fresh set of eyes can make all the difference…or it might shake someone in some unexpected ways. I can’t wait to watch the rest of the series (spoiler: I’ve already watched half of Episode 2), which will continue to air on Pure Flix throughout the summer.

I discovered, when I did a bit of research after I watched Episode 1, that an actual operational radio station was built for the Live+Local show. Creator and producer Dan Merchant had the idea for the show as he drove from Seattle to Spokane and listened to radio shows. (Dan is also the creator of another wonderful Pure Flix series, Going Home, which I reviewed last month.) In addition, Dave Coulier has mentioned that much of the show is improvisational, and that his costar Emily Pendergast was a huge help to him.

In fact, the cast members work together beautifully. I’m so looking forward to watching all of season 1 of Live+Local. I can’t wait to see what continues to unfold with all of the characters. They’re wonderful; and the improv element of the show absolutely captivates me.

I really have to applaud Pure Flix, Sony, and Affirm Films for the exceptional original programming they’re creating together. Live+Local is another fantastic original series from this trio of entertainment companies–and I’m really hoping that there will be a season 2!

Watch the Live+Local trailer

Check out the trailer! It will give you a fantastic taste of the fun in store for you with Live+Local!

Start your free trial to Pure Flix, and subscribe today!

You can sign up for a free 1-week trial of Pure Flix, so you can check out Live+Local and all the other fantastic faith and family films and tv series at Pure Flix streaming service! To sign up, just click on the link below, enter your email address, and enjoy watching!

Subscribe to Pure Flix here!

Enter to win a 3-month subscription to Pure Flix

Now! I am so happy to have one 3-month subscription to Pure Flix streaming service to give away to one FINCHNWREN reader! To enter to win, simply click on the link below that says “Enter here!” That will take you to a Giveaway Tools page where you’ll be able to enter in a variety of ways. Giveaway closes 7/23/22. One winner will be selected to win. Best wishes!

Enter here!

Enjoy! –Wren

Disclosure: Many thanks to Pure Flix for providing a sample of the product for this review. Opinions are
100% my own.

Sweet family film “Tyson’s Run” now available on DVD & Digital! (plus giveaway, ends 7/5/22)

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Not too long ago, I had the privilege of reviewing a precious family film called Tyson’s Run, courtesy of Momentum Influencer Network and Collide Distribution. It is really a heartwarming film, touching on issues of fatherhood and sonship; goals; believing in a dream even if it seems difficult–and working to accomplish that dream. I enjoyed this film and was moved by it. And, in a timely moment, I’m excited to tell you today, on Father’s Day, Tyson’s Run is now available on DVD and also digitally. And you can enter to win!

About Tyson’s Run

Tyson’s Run introduces viewers to a family that’s in a sort of crisis. Tyson, who has autism, has been homeschooled all of his life. Now at age 15, he’s attending the public high school where his father (whom he’d deeply love to connect with and to impress) is the head coach for the school’s football team. Tyson, whose mom is his biggest supporter, is bright and has a fantastic scientific mind. Unfortunately, his slight difficulties in reading social cues make him a target of some bullies among his new classmates. But while some kids act badly, Tyson catches the eye of a young woman, who becomes his friend.

Something even more crucial happens when Tyson is picking up the debris left on the sidelines after the high school football team’s practice is over. (Tyson would love to actually PLAY football, but his dad doesn’t think he’s up to it and sends him to the side for cleanup duty.) As those familiar with American high school stadiums know, those fields are often encircled by lanes for students running track. And it’s there, while cleaning up detritus, that Tyson meets Aklilu, a serious (and champion) marathon runner. Tyson thinks that he might be able to become a runner himself. And Aklilu agrees to coach him.

The remainder of the film includes running practices, of course, as Tyson wants to train for–and complete– a local marathon. There’s opposition to Tyson’s plan however (and not just from his dad). The challenges that his family has been experiencing lead almost to a breaking point. Can the family overcome their pain and differences and can Tyson train enough to reach his goal?

My thoughts

I love that a teen who’s struggling with autism is the star of this show! Tyson shows so many admirable qualities: perseverance; vision; character in tough situations; and the desire for love and companionship from his family. He’s also a normal teen in some ways! But what is unusual is his strong commitment to running, and in training well enough that he can actually run IN a marathon.

What he would love even more than completing the marathon is for his dad to love him and want to hang out with him. That is a big ask for his father, who’s used to working with championship high school athletes who aren’t anything like his son. I don’t want to give away too much, but viewers do have the privilege of watching transformation there happen.

Whether viewers are autistic or not; whether teens have some other issue that keeps them from connecting well with others or with their parents; whether our challenges are physical, emotional, or mental; we can all understand Tyson’s desire to be accepted and loved by his father. We all want that.

I believe that Tyson’s Run is both a sweet and an inspirational film for families. It could provide a fantastic conversation piece for parents and kids, on many topics such as compassion for others, human value, setting an audacious goal, or even family relationships. It is something that will even inspire you!

About the Tyson’s Run cast

You’ll find appealing and capable actors in this ensemble cast, and you’ll probably recognize many of them! Here is the short list of the characters, followed by the actors who play them and some of their recent appearances in other films or television shows:

  • Tyson Hollerman: Major Dodson (“The Walking Dead,” “Left Behind,” “American Horror Story,” and “Revolution”)
  • Aklilu: Barkhad Abdi (BAFTA winner for “Captain Phillips,” “Eye in the Sky,” “Blade Runner 2049,” “The Pirates of Somalia”)
  • Eloise (Mom): Amy Smart (Stargirl,” “Justified,” The Single Moms Club,” “Starsky and Hutch”)
  • Coach Hollerman (Dad): Rory Cochrane (“Antlers,” “Reprisal,” “The Outsider,” “Argo,” “Hostiles”)
  • Shannon: Layla Feldman (“Instant Family,” “The Sinner,” “Let Light Perpetual”)
  • and more

Watch the Tyson’s Run trailer here!

You can purchase Tyson’s Run now!

Tyson’s Run is available now on DVD and digitally. You can purchase them by clicking on the links below:

Tyson’s Run website

Buy digitally, on demand, and in DVD form here

Now, enter to win!

One FINCHNWREN reader will win a digital copy of Tyson’s Run. (US only.) To enter, click on the pink link below that says, “Enter here!” That will take you to a Giveaway Tools entry form, where you’ll be able to enter in a variety of ways. Giveaway closes 7/5/22. One winner will be selected to win. Best wishes!

Enter here!

Enjoy! –Wren

Disclosure:

Many thanks to Collide Distribution for providing a sample of the product for this review. Opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.

“Going Home” ~ a SONY Affirm Original series now on Pure Flix! (plus giveaway, ends 6/18/22)

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Hello there!

I have such an unusual show to tell you about today–plus a giveaway, courtesy of Momentum Influencer Network and Pure Flix! I was provided with an episode of a truly remarkable new series to watch and tell you about. Keep reading for more. I am sure you will be fascinated, just as I was.

About Going Home

Here’s what the filmmakers have to tell us about Going Home:

“Everyone has a calling from God and Charley’s purpose is to help people transition from this world to their forever home. Watch this heartfelt series that will inspire you to think deeper about your relationships and how you can live well with the time we’re all blessed with. God gives everyone a calling – and for Charley, it’s to help families during one of the most difficult times of their lives.”

Charley Copeland (played by Cynthia Geary) is an award-winning hospice nurse who kindly and lovingly guides both patients and their families during the patients’ last days on earth. Janey (Cozi Zuehlsdorff) is a newly-hired nurse whose joie de vivre is a breath of fresh air on the unit. And Charisma Carpenter (of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel) suddenly appears as an old friend of Charley’s, who needs the special help only her friend can provide. (Even if Charley is reluctant to do so.)

Charley’s mission, more than getting along with coworkers or standing on her own laurels, is to faithfully serve her patients and hand them off into eternity. Her most loving relationship (perhaps her only really close one?) is with God, with whom she speaks at the end of each episode from her porch, as the sun beautifully sets in the distance.

You can watch this wonderful series on Pure Flix! Just click this link: Going Home

About episode 2 of Going Home, “The Cards You’re Dealt”

In recent years, those of us who enjoy faith-based series or films have been able to enjoy an absolute bounty of them. But I am certain that none of us has watched one that tells the story of nurses who work in hospice care; who are there to help those who are on their final journey to their forever home. Isn’t that a bold choice for a series? And, fortunately for us, it’s one that succeeds on so many levels.

Charley’s patient Betty Baker (Sharva Maynard) is a fiesty, cheerful older woman. Her husband Vance is played by the marvelous Tom Skerritt. They’ve enjoyed a long, deeply-connected marriage that’s been filled with adventurous vacations, road trips, and experiences that have helped knit their special relationship deeply together. They even play cards (although Betty teases Vance about how many rounds he’s lost).

But now, Vance has to say goodbye to his lifelong companion. And he is completely not ready to do so. And Charley has some concerns that she hasn’t shared, yet, with either Betty or Vance.

…and my impressions of it

Charley doesn’t seem to be very warm when we first meet her. Yet her devotion to her patients and to the process of shepherding them from this life to the next is admirable. We get to watch her all the way through the process: taking a breath as she prepares to enter her patients’ rooms; watchfully caring for them and their present needs; helping their families; enabling them to step into eternity; and, her own time with the Lord each day.

I found that, I REALLY like Charley. I love her absolutely steadfast commitment and care for her patients. It is so inspiring. And I adored watching her process her day with the Lord each day as the sun goes down and her shift is over. (I also admire her commitment to exercise, which has got to be necessary in such a taxing job!) I appreciate the honesty of the show as well. While it is faith-based, it doesn’t shy away from the tough questions surrounding death and the dying, the losses of family, and even coworkers’ occasional relational challenges.

I also appreciated the fantastic casting of the show regulars AND Skerritt’s and Maynard’s beautiful portrayal of a long-married couple saying a temporary (though I’m sure to them it feels final) goodbye. And as you can imagine, heaven (and who’s going to be there!) is a recurring conversation topic.

I loved this show. I’d say that it would be appropriate and fantastic for adults, and at the very least for teens. Some children might also appreciate it; parents would just need to assess where their kids are in being able to have and understand questions about death and dying.

I recommend this lovely show. And kudos to Pure Flix and Going Home‘s writers, directors, and producers for tackling such an unlikely subject. I think that it’s both brave–and necessary.

And here’s a Bible verse that speaks beautifully to this episode:

Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

Philippians 2:1-4 (NIV)

Watch the trailer for Going Home here & subscribe to Pure Flix!

You can watch the trailer for Going Home right here! And I’m sure that, like me, you’ll want to see more–and to do so, you can subscribe to the fantastic Pure Flix streaming service! Just click on the subscribe link below–and then watch the trailer!

Subscribe here!

And…enter to win!

Pure Flix is giving away a 3-month streaming service subscription to one FINCHNWREN reader!

Here’s all you have to do to enter to win. Just click on the pink “Enter here!” link below. That will take you to a Giveaway Tools entry form, where you’ll be able to enter to win in a variety of ways. Giveaway closes on June 18, 2022. One winner will be selected to win. Best wishes!

Enter here!

Enjoy! –Wren

Disclosure: Many thanks to Pure Flix for providing a sample of the product for this review. Opinions are 100% my own.

New film trailer: “Eating with the Enemy” ~ plus giveaway for digital codes for 2 films! (ends 6/4/22)

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I am so excited to tell you about a brand-new film coming soon from the makers of Before the Wrath (you can click on its link to see my review)! This movie is called Eating with the Enemy. Such an intriguing title, isn’t it? You won’t believe the subject matter, either. Plus, I have digital codes for two films to give away to one FINCHNWREN reader!

About Eating with the Enemy

The Last Supper is one of the most recognized events recorded in biblical history but few understand the life-changing significance of what truly took place. Today, nearly two thousand years later, new ancient findings reveal what countless theologians, pastors and scholars have missed; a lost biblical warning and parable that’s woven throughout the events leading to and culminating on that unprecedented night; mere hours before Jesus’ crucifixion. Discover profound depths of insight regarding what Jesus said and did that night; revealing why it was so critical to leave His disciples with a new commandment that was fulfilled through the ultimate act of sacrificial love. But to understand why the events of the Last Supper are so critical for today, you must experience what truly happened for yourself as a witness among the disciples that very night! Regardless of your biblical knowledge or beliefs, the historic conclusion of this emotionally charged drama will not only shed new light on Jesus’ willing sacrifice for a fallen world but reveals what it means to truly love your enemy in a time of growing deception and persecution that is foretold to plague the world at the end of days!

From the makers of Before the Wrath, Eating with the Enemy is narrated by Kevin Sorbo (God’s Not Dead, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys) and features several actors from The Chosen TV series! Award-winning producer, director and writer Brent Miller Jr, brings this visually stunning insight from the final days before Jesus’ crucifixion to life with an unprecedented true story about those who followed Him; including one of the greatest villains in history, Judas Iscariot. Eating with the Enemy stars Shayan Ardalan as Jesus Christ, Kevin Hayer as Judas Iscariot (Before the Wrath) Katie Koenig as Mary Magdalene (The Chosen), Edoardo Bianchi as Peter, and Brad Stalkfleet as The Chief Priest (The Chosen).

Watch the trailer here–and leave a comment!

You can watch the Eating with the Enemy trailer here! (And to enter the giveaway, leave a comment!)

Visit the Eating with the Enemy website & socials

Visit these Eating with the Enemy links! You can like Ingenuity Films’ Facebook and Instagram pages so you can stay updated on film news and release dates, and visit the film’s website for more information about Eating with the Enemy. (You can also preorder the film via the film’s website!)

Ingenuity Films’ Facebook page

Ingenuity Films’ Instagram page

Eating with the Enemy website

I love what the filmmakers of Eating with the Enemy have chosen for the call to action they’re extending to those who see the film. It’s Psalm 139:23-24, which reads:

Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me and know my anxious thoughts. And see if there be any hurtful way in me, and lead me in the everlasting way.

    

Psalm 139:23-24 (NASB)

And, enter to win the giveaway!

You can enter to win digital codes for two films today: Before the Wrath and The Coming Convergence. (This giveaway is NOT for Eating with the Enemy; that’s not released yet!) To enter, leave a comment on my blog about the trailer, then click on the “Enter here!” link below. That will take you to a Giveaway Tools entry form, where you’ll have a variety of ways to enter, including commenting, tweeting, pinning, and following. You’ll need to let me know which name you commented here, plus your contact info in case you’re the winner. Giveaway ends 6/4/22. Best wishes!

Enter here!

Enjoy! –Wren

Disclosure: Many thanks to Ingenuity Films for providing a sample of the product for this review. Opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.

New fam film (in theaters TODAY!) from The Skit Guys: “Family Camp” plus Amazon GC giveaway! (ends 5/21/22)

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Recently, Momentum Influencer Network provided another awesome family film for me to view and to tell you about (plus an Amazon GC giveaway!). It’s a brand-new film you can see in theaters opening weekend–which starts today, 5/13–from The Skit Guys. Called “Family Camp,” it’s something your entire family can (and WILL!) enjoy. (Opening weekend continues 5/13-15.)

About the film

Here’s a brief synopsis about what you can expect from Family Camp!

When their pastor encourages the congregation to sign-up for a week away at family camp, Grace (Leigh-Allyn Baker) believes she’s found the perfect cure for her imperfect clan—even if they’d all rather be anywhere but at rustic Camp Katokwah. The first feature film from The Skit Guys—Tommy Woodard and Eddie James—FAMILY CAMP is a laugh-out-loud comedy that is sure to touch the hearts and tickle the funny bones of every family member from eight to eighty.

My impressions of Family Camp

Well. First, I have to give a shout-out to the cast, all of whom are incredible!

  • First, The Skit Guys themselves, Tommy Woodard and Eddie James
  • Leigh-Allyn Baker, from “Good Luck Charlie”
  • Gigi Orsillo”
  • Robert Amaya (one of my faves from “Moms’ Night Out” and “Courageous”)
  • Cece Kelly
  • Mark Christopher Lawrence
  • Heather Land, who’s a social media star and comedian

You know that a film like this is going to be about transformation. But, there’s a story to tell first! “Family Camp” does a great job of introducing viewers to the two families, and the script gives each very identifiable characteristics (in a non-overdone way). Of course, in real life costars Tommy and Eddie are best friends. But in the film, they definitely do NOT get along. Their competitive natures, and Eddie’s desire to show himself and his family as the best and strongest (and most Christian) at camp, get in the way of the possibility of their becoming friends. Side stories about the kids’ inclinations and personalities make the kids’ characters very appealing (in fact, Jacob M. Wade’s portrayal of Tommy’s son Henry charmed me).

A dad hike causes the biggest conflict in the film, for unusual reasons. (And don’t miss the Bigfoot Hunters. Awesome!) It causes some rather stinging interactions between Tommy and Eddie and illuminates their differences even more dramatically. But there is still much more to come before the film’s conclusion!

I can definitely recommend “Family Camp” for your family! It is a clean family film, and something you can take your whole family to. (For smaller children, there might be some scary moments. But they’re definitely mild.) There is great humor, the characters are well-drawn and exceptionally-acted; and “Family Camp” reminds us of the meaning and immense value of marriage, family, relationships, fun–and family camp!

Meet the Skit Guys!

The marvelous Jean Thomason from Momentum Influencer Network got to interview The Skit Guys–and we’ve got it on film for you to see! The Skit Guys are longtime friends Tommy Woodard and Eddie James. Here, you’ll get to hear about how they met and what their ministry and creative process looks like. I love their stories and their long history of friendship. Very fun!

I *knew* that The Skit Guys’ name sounded a bit familiar when I first heard it. But it took my telling my husband and (now college-age) son about “Family Camp” to remember why. My son’s drama classes in high school and middle school often used scripts that were written by The Skit Guys! The pair is so gifted in telling a fun and funny story while naturally including spiritual truths and encouragement.

Get your tickets now for opening weekend!

“Family Camp” opens in theaters this weekend, May 13-15, 2022! Here’s more on how you can get tickets and go to the movies this weekend!

Purchase “Family Camp” movie tickets here

If you’d like to see “Family Camp” with your church group, purchase “Family Camp” group tickets here

Visit the “Family Camp” movie website here

Learn more about the Heart of “Family Camp” here

And, see the “Family Camp” movie trailer here!

Now, enter to win a $10 Amazon GC!

“Family Camp” and Momentum Influencer Network are giving away a $10 Amazon gift card here at the FINCHNWREN blog! To enter to win, just click on the pink “Enter here!” link below. That will take you to a Giveaway Tools entry form, where you’ll be able to enter in a variety of ways. Giveaway closes on 5/21/22. Best wishes!

Enter here!

Enjoy! –Wren

Disclosure: Many thanks to K-Love Films for providing a sample of this product for this review. Opinions are 100% my own.

“The Mulligan” film in theaters April 18 and 19 only! Get tix and e-book giveaway! (ends 4/24/22)

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Recently, Momentum Influencer Network offered me the opportunity to see new film The Mulligan and share about it with you. It’s in theaters only today and tomorrow, so don’t miss this! Here’s more about this film plus an e-book giveaway for you to enter!

About The Mulligan

Taken from Ken Blanchard’s and Wally Armstrong’s book of the same name, this faith-based film features Eric Close (Nashville, American Sniper), singer/songwriter and actor Pat Boone, PGA golf champion Tom Lehman, and a solid cast that includes Charmin Lee, Tanya Christenson, and Andrew Brodeur.

Paul McAllister is the CEO of a huge corporation, centered in Atlanta. While his business is uber-successful, his personal life is in major disarray. He’s been separated from his wife for years. His son can’t stand the sight of him. Perfection is what he demands from himself and his employees. Yet Paul really can’t see how fall he actually falls from that perfect standard. Life apparently has some lessons for the CEO, that he’s neither prepared for nor can see coming.

An older gentleman golfer has some solutions for those life lessons, offered to Paul both on and off the golf course. Wally, the “Old Pro,” encourages the use of the “mulligan,” or do-over, when perfection is clearly not an option; as is reflected so obviously in Paul’s life. But the do-over is something Paul has to choose to accept. Circumstances may just force him to take a good look at himself.

Wouldn’t we all like to have a second chance, or grace, when we’ve totally blown it?

My thoughts

I actually had the opportunity to see The Mulligan in a local theater in my city. Although I’ve attended a PGA tournament as a spectator (you know, the ones who clap quietly after golfers take their swings), I know very little about the game of golf myself. And yet that didn’t lessen my enjoyment of The Mulligan in the slightest. While I didn’t find Paul appealing at all as the film began, he really began to grow on me. His story, of succeeding professionally yet failing miserably in his personal life, was one that I think viewers will truly be able to relate to. Because haven’t we all had an area, if not more than one in our lives, where we’ve been clueless?

Pat Boone was marvelous, just incredibly full of life, as Wally, the Old Pro. And there is a reason for that! The remaining supporting characters, from Paul’s assistant, to his wife and son, were so believable.

Something I really enjoyed was observing the integrity (or lack of it) that various actors’ roles displayed. And the faith journey of several characters was presented in ways that felt genuine and quite believable. The conversations about faith unfolded very beautifully, and in an uncontrived way. In fact, and I don’t want to give a spoiler here, watch for ways that the gospel is presented in both word and deed. I found it so inspiring, and lovely (even if some of it was in golf language, and I’m not a golfer!).

Don’t miss your opportunity to see The Mulligan. It is a wonderful journey through one man’s experience of what can happen when he applies “the mulligan” to himself and others!

Where you can buy tickets

You’ll only be able to see The Mulligan in theaters on April 18-19, 2022. And trust me. You definitely want to see it on the big screen! So, follow the purchase link below. You’ll be able to use it to buy tickets in your city or community.

Purchase tickets here 

And, if you’d like to learn a bit more about the film from the producers, visit The Mulligan movie website

The trailer

You can watch the trailer for The Mulligan here!

And the giveaway!

You can enter to win a digital copy of The Mulligan book! Co-written by former PGA touring pro Wally Armstrong and author/business executive Ken Blanchard, this digital novel tells the story that this film is taken from. Here’s a bit from the book’s description:  

This inspiring story about relationships, forgiveness, and priorities is a shot of grace. Golf’s gracious do-over, a mulligan is the beginning of Paul McAllister’s second chance. Guided by  the wisdom and advice of the Old Pro, Paul learns about priorities, self-confidence, and  playing a good game both on and off the course. The Mulligan is a parable of second  chances.  

 

And, the FINCHNWREN blog is giving away a digital book copy of The Mulligan to one reader! To enter the giveaway, just click on the pink “Enter here!” link below. That will take you to a Giveaway Tools entry form, where you’ll be able to enter in a variety of ways. Giveaway closes on April 24, 2022. Best wishes!

Enter here!

Enjoy! –Wren

Disclosure: Many thanks to Reelworks Studios for providing a sample of the product for this review. Opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.

Darling rom-com! “Farm to Fork to Love,” now on lots of streaming services!

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I received the most darling film to view from FrontGate Media. This is the perfect movie for you if: you love food, you like chef competitions, and you like a sweet romance! The film is called Farm to Fork to Love. Here’s everything you’ll love about this charming film and where you can find it!

About Farm to Fork to Love

After graduating from a prestigious Swiss culinary school, Alice has worked her way up to a sous chef position in a renowned New York City restaurant. The executive chef is her boyfriend, Brett, and the restaurant is well-known for its exceptional steaks and potatoes. Alice would love to try some of the delicious European cuisine she learned at culinary school, but Brett doesn’t think it fits with the restaurant’s brand.

Then, Alice unexpectedly receives an invitation to serve as a judge for a yearly hotel conglomerate’s chef competition. She is thrilled to participate. But when she arrives in Kansas City, she discovers that her one-time boyfriend Christian from culinary school will be judging alongside her. Their reconnection is both surprising and sweet. But they’re based in very different parts of the country, and their lives don’t look at all as they’d imagined while learning the chef business.

What if…life could be something unlike the ones Alice and Christian are currently living?

My thoughts

My husband and I watched Farm to Fork to Love together. It was the perfect “date night” movie! The locations are lovely. And the food is gorgeous (I totally wanted to taste some of the creations!). Christian and Alice have fantastic chemistry, and they are such an appealing couple. There are several interesting secondary storylines. The farm food movement is beautifully represented here as well.

The cast (Meggan Kaiser, Scot Cooper, Patty Lambert, Maurice Johnson, and more) was solid and the romantic leads are adorable! I thought that the movie was well-paced. And it built toward a satisfying conclusion. This is a clean, fun, and sweet film. It is the perfect date movie. We enjoyed it so much! (One of us even had teary eyes at the end of it!) And, if you’ve got little ones running around while you’re watching the movie, you don’t have to worry about them seeing anything you wish they hadn’t. All in all, a sweet (and delicious!) film to enjoy!

Here’s the trailer!

You can view the official trailer at IMDB or on the YouTube channel of actress Patty Lambert (who plays Christian’s aunt) below!

Where to watch Farm to Fork to Love

If you have a Netflix or Amazon Prime account, you can watch Farm to Fork to Love on those services.

Or, you can watch it to Tubi for free! Just click on the link below to access it:

Farm to Fork to Love on Tubi

Enjoy! –Wren

Disclosure: This was a sponsored post. All opinions are honest and my own.