Who doesn’t love a good movie? With the summer blockbuster season firmly in the rearview mirror, we find ourselves in the interesting part of the release year, when studios are beginning to mix big budget action movies with more family-oriented fare for the holidays, as well as a run of more serious films that aim for awards season glory. When you combine that with the return of the pumpkin spice latte, it’s really a wonderful time of year.
While many of us enjoy movies that make us laugh or tug on the heartstrings, it’s worth remembering that great movies move the mind as well. Mindless comedies or romances have their place, but movies have a unique ability to teach us, inspire us, and move us to question our place in the world or our beliefs. In other words, they can make us think, and this should be considered a good thing, rather than a distraction. The life of the mind is what we make it, and we would do well to not shy away from the hard questions that arise from great art.
There are also lessons to be learned from the craft of movies. Whether it’s writing the screenplay, directing the film, performing a role, designing the costumes, composing the music… the list of what goes into the finished film is quite extensive, and reminds us that, first and foremost, movies are creative endeavors. They are put together by artists fulfilling their roles in the world, and the degree to which they execute that role is a reflection of how seriously they take their craft. According to the creation account recorded in Genesis, God made the world in seven days, paying special attention to even the smallest details of his creation. When we use our creative abilities to their fullest extent, it can be a giving back to God of a great gift, a way for us to say, Thank you, Lord, for making this world and putting me in it – here’s what I can give back to you, as much as I am able to give of myself.
So grab a big bowl of popcorn. Here are eight movies coming out this fall that we think will be worth checking out.