Two films debut on the big screen, joining two that are already deep into their theatrical runs.
As we get closer to Easter, there is so much to choose from in the faith-based movie genre that you may have to go to the theater more than once this weekend! Among the new pictures on offer are a musical journey through the Italian countryside and a feature film about Old Testament patriarch Abraham.
That latter movie is called His Only Son and it comes from Angel Studios, which is behind the hit streaming show The Chosen. The film tells the famous Biblical story of Abraham, his promised offspring Isaac, and God's shocking call for the father to sacrifice the son. Starring an international cast, it releases nationwide today and you can find a theater in your area via this link to the film's website...the trailer is featured below.
Coming out on Sunday - the first day of Holy Week - is a unique production that stars world-famous tenor Andrea Bocelli. From Trinity Broadcasting Network, The Journey: A Musical Special from Andrea Bocelli follows the Italian tenor as he travels his country's famed Via Francigena on horseback.
He is joined along the way by leading lights of contemporary Christian music like Michael W. Smith, Tori Kelly and Tauren Wells, and the film features beautiful scenery, performances of song and inspiring conversations about "the moments in life that define us, music that moves us deeply, and the relationships that connect us to what matters most," as the synopsis puts it. Pope Francis also makes an appearance, offering a prayer and a blessing, and this link will take you to the trailer to whet your appetite.
In addition to those new releases, two other faith-based pictures are in theaters as well. Jesus Revolution keeps going strong, closing in on $50 million in total box office revenue as it moves into its sixth weekend on the silver screen. This picture from the Christian brother team of Andrew and Jon Erwin tells the true story of America's last great revival and it stars Jonathan Roumie, Kelsey Grammer and Joel Courtney.
The final option, and one that will prove more difficult to find, is Southern Gospel, starring Max Ehrich and Katelyn Nacon. Also based on a true story, it follows an embittered rocker who comes to faith and takes up gospel music. The film is now playing in just a few venues and you can find out where via this link to its website.