The focus of this page is on films with theatrical releases – primarily full run (where weekend sales can lead to the film holding another week), or limited night runs through groups such as Fathom Events.
NOTE: if a film is only in a handful of theaters/cities, it may not be listed on this national page, but will of course be shared on the appropriate local CMC Facebook page (or eventually on the Smartphone app.)
Reviews, when available, will be listed below each film from the sources above. The links above go to the respective home page. If one or more do not appear below the film graphic, it is because that site has not (yet) reviewed the film.
FULL RUN: The traditional model of a film opening one weekend, and then based on success getting held over for future weekends based on performance.
LIMITED RUN: National in scope, but by design playing only a limited time. These have mostly from Fathom Events, but we’ll include 1 night events from Gathr or others in this category.
This particular page will not try to keep up with locally driven or hosted movie nights. Those are the heart and soul of the Local Christian Movie Central pages on Facebook. (Check this Map for your closest CMC!)
FULL RUN FILMS
The Girl Who Believes in Miracles
NOW PLAYING (Website)
The simple-but-steadfast faith Sara Hopkins (Austyn Johnson) practices in The Girl Who Believes In Miracles is in myriad ways a model for how all of us, especially Christians, can manage the day-to-day challenges presented by the pandemic. Throughout the film, Sara has the same response to each seemingly insurmountable problem that confronts her: she prays for God to meet those in need with a miracle that turns their mourning into dancing.
Director Rich Correll says the lesson of his movie is that no situation, no matter how dire or painful, is beyond the reach of God’s ability to hearten and heal.
“All Sara needed to hear was her pastor say that faith can move mountains,” Correll explains. “She took that promise as truth. Imagine if we all started to do that: put our faith, however small or weak we may feel it is, into practice and action. It doesn’t mean that every prayer will be answered. But that faith that fuels such prayers – while it doesn’t guarantee outcome – does pave the way through.”
NOW PLAYING FULL RUN (after the limited Fathom Run)
Joe Amable-Amo is a bank executive and former amateur golfer struggling with his faith after an unexpected tragedy. Faced with doubts about himself, his purpose, and his belief in God, Joe is stunned when God tells him that he’s been chosen to inspire the world and play in a world championship golf tournament. Guided by God’s eccentric personal messenger, Herb, Joe learns that the seemingly impossible is possible…through faith, family, and second chances. Features an exclusive introduction from stars Edward James Olmos and George Lopez.
COUNTER COLUMN (website)
This was a fun film. In 2020 it played in a few Indiana theaters, doing quite well for the pandemic. This year it opened in several theaters around San Antonio, where it was filmed.
Now, it is coming nationwide opening May 21. Have to admit to being a little excited about this one, as Christian Movie Central played a role in the release by introducing the film team to the distributor, Nova Vento.
Growing up on the inner-city streets of San Antonio, Anthony Mendoza watches as his life of drug dealing spirals out of control. In an attempt to escape, he joins the Army, only to clash with Chris Wright, a hard-headed Christian determined to share his faith despite persecution. As Mendoza intentionally makes Wright’s life miserable, he braces himself for retaliation that never comes. Despite the Army transforming him on the outside, Mendoza continues to resist any change on the inside. However, Wright’s response to tragedy turns everything around.
2021 – Coming
(Dates provided when known-but subject to change)
The Unbreakable Boy (Kingdom Story / Lionsgate)
American Underdog: The Kurt Warner Story
(Kingdom Story / Lionsgate)
COURAGEOUS (10th Anniversary) – Kendrick Brothers
Jesus Revolution (Kingdom Story / Lionsgate)
Looking back at 2021 Theater Films
(Limited run in italics)
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HEAVEN (Now Playing!)
Wide Release – CINEMARK – Opened Jan. 22, 2021
More Info on HEAVEN
Based on the book HEAVEN; THE ADVENTURE BEGINS by author Alan Duprey and adapted to screenplay by screenwriter Angus Benfield, new faith based film HEAVEN, tells the story of Jonathan Stone, a middle-aged paramedic who struggles to find meaning in the midst of his everyday life, until he wakes up one day in HEAVEN and discovers that his life had more meaning than he could ever have imagined. Set between Heaven and Earth, HEAVEN follows the life and afterlife of Jonathan Stone and the lives of those around him from his past, present and future.
from Fathom Events
February 25-26, 2021
On the night Suzanne Waters celebrates her retirement, she is faced with a series of decisions that change her life forever. Trusting God’s direction, her truth becomes clear as she takes in a troubled teenager, Eli, and her family embarks on the journey of adoption, healing, and renewed faith.
Features an exclusive introduction from beloved lead actress, Karen Abercrombie, as she revisits God’s Compass for its special return to the big screen.
Church People (Fathom)
Is the Gospel Enough?
Plays March 13, 14, 15 (Saturday to Monday)
Tickets go on sale Feb. 12 at Fathom Events
A heartfelt and laugh-out-loud faith-based comedy film, CHURCH PEOPLE is the story of real people with real struggles and their unique paths to discovering what faith in Jesus is all about. It all starts when “America’s youth pastor,” Guy Sides, realizes he’s stuck in the megachurch marketing machine and wants to find his passion again.
But when Guy attempts to get back to the heart of ministry, he is thrust into the throes of dissuading his zany church leadership from performing a strange and potentially blasphemous stunt for the upcoming Easter service while navigating his own personal problems. CHURCH PEOPLE exposes the wacky heights some people will go in the evangelical subculture while revealing God’s out-of-this-world grace through a poignantly redemptive climax.
LAMB OF GOD
The Concert Film
NOW PLAYING (website)
this unique concert film brings composer rob gardner’s work to the big screen for the first time. join us for breathtaking performances from new soloists, a new orchestration, and a close-up view of this work that has been compared to handel’s messiah and mozart’s requiem.
MY BROTHER’S KEEPER
MY BROTHER’S KEEPER shares the story of returning war veteran SFC Travis Fox (TC Stallings) who has one more battle to fight – PTSD. Fox and his best friend SFC Ron “Preach” Pearcy (Joey Lawrence) are in their 6th combat deployment when Preach and his entire Ranger platoon are killed in a deadly improvised explosive device attack. Travis returns to his hometown to settle the affairs of his parents who had passed away years before. In searching for answers about his parents, he also discovers a new obstacle in PTSD. He finds support from church counselor, Tiffany Robertson (Keshia Knight-Pulliam) and slowly begins to rediscover his faith in God, until he discovers a secret. Travis uncovers a secret hidden by his best friend Donnie Berry (Robert Ri’chard) that threatens his new-found faith, restores his guilt, and causes him to consider the unthinkable.
MY BROTHER’S KEEPER was directed by Kevan Otto (A QUESTION OF FAITH, FORGIVEN) and written by US Army Veteran Ty Manns (A QUESTION OF FAITH, THE 5TH QUARTER). The film stars TC Stallings (WAR ROOM, A QUESTION OF FAITH), Joey Lawrence (Melissa & Joey, Blossom, Ha-waii Five-0), Robert Ri’chard (COACH CARTER, Empire), and Keshia Knight Pulliam (The Cosby Show).
Mystery of the Kingdom of God (website)
Andrew, the main character in the Mystery of the Kingdom of God movie, is an average kid—more concerned with leveling up his video game than his soul. That is until his happiness is dashed by a tragedy that leaves him adrift in this earthly realm. However, Jesus has other plans for Andrew—big plans.
In Mystery of the Kingdom of God, Jesus calls to Andrew to fulfill his true purpose and to claim his position in the kingdom of God. But it won’t be quick or easy.
“The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”
– Mark 1:15
Years after the tragedy that sets Andrew adrift in Mystery of the Kingdom of God, he decides to seek spiritual guidance from a fortune teller. However, this mystic seeks to lure Andrew down a dark path. Will Andrew be saved from her clutches before it’s too late?
March 28 & 31
Throughout film history, Hollywood has produced a number of sweeping epics and generation-defining movies. However, one Biblical saga – Cecil B. DeMille’s The Ten Commandments – has withstood the test of time. The 1956 film is universally acknowledged among critics as a cinematic masterpiece with a legendary cast including Charlton Heston, Yul Brynner, and Ann Baxter. From its Academy Award®-winning director and revolutionary Oscar®-winning special effects to its sweeping score and unforgettable sets, The Ten Commandments presents the inspiring story of Moses in all its stunning glory.
See this epic film the way it was meant to be seen – on the big screen! This 65th anniversary event includes exclusive insights from Turner Classic Movies.