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More excellent redemptive movies coming soon to the big screen

More redemptive movies are coming soon to theaters. Some of the redemptive, faith-based, and/or family-friendly movies coming to big screens in 2014 include the following:

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Opening Aug. 22 with a wide release, When the Game Stands Tall stars Jim Caviezel. Based on Neil Hayes's book, the movie is about the journey of legendary football coach Bob Ladouceur (Jim Caviezel). Coach Ladouceur took the De La Salle High School Spartans from obscurity to a 151-game winning streak that shattered all records for any American sport. They were undefeated for 12 consecutive seasons. The movie's tagline is “It’s not how hard you fall, it’s how you get back up.” TriStar Pictures (Sony Pictures) and Production Co. Affirm Films produced this movie about the legendary Texas team.

Opening Sept. 12 with a wide release in Dolphin Tale 2. This Warner Brothers Movie stars Harry Connick Jr., Ashley Judd, and Morgan Freeman. This movie picks up several years after young Sawyer Nelson (Gamble) and the dedicated team at the Clearwater Marine Hospital, headed by Dr. Clay Haskett (Connick Jr.), rescued the dolphin Winter. They were able to save Winter's life with the help of Dr. Cameron McCarthy (Freeman), who developed a unique prosthetic tail for the injured dolphin. Now Winter's surrogate mother, the elderly dolphin Panama, has passed away, leaving Winter without the only poolmate she has ever known. Further, due to the loss of Panama, Winter, according to USDA regulations, cannot be housed alone because dolphins' social behavior requires them to be paired with other dolphins. Time is running out to find a companion for Winter before she must be sent to another aquarium. Dolphin Tale 2 tells another true story that Winter's life inspired and involves a new baby dolphin named Hope, who was rescued by the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Winter, who still resides at the Aquarium, played herself in the first film and returns in Dolphin Tale 2 along with Hope, who plays herself in the sequel. The movies tagline is "Winter’s amazing true story… now has Hope."

Opening Sept. 26, A Matter of Faith, this movie by produced by Rich Christiano Five and Two Pictures is about a Christian girl who goes off to college and begins to be influenced by her popular Biology professor, who teaches that evolution is the answer to the origins of life. Now very concerned about his daughter drifting away from the faith, her father in a gripping story tries to do something about it! The movie's tagline is "When worldviews collide, sometimes it becomes… a matter of faith."

Opening Oct. 24 in major cities, Texas movie Return to the Hiding Place adds to the story of The Hiding Place. Both movies are based on true stories of the Dutch Resistance to the Nazi control of Holland in WWII. It has been written and directed by Peter Spencer of San Antonio, TX. In The Hiding Place, Corrie and Betsie ten Boom are unmarried, middle-aged sisters working in their father's watchmaker shop in pre-WWII Holland. Their lives are cruelly turned upside down with the invasion of the Nazis. They are caught for protecting Jews in a hiding place in their family home and for breaking rationing rules. They are sent to a horrible concentration camp, but their Christian faith sustains and helps them resist bitterness. Betsie dies, but Corrie survives to teach others to love and forgive, as she learned to do of her former captors.

In Return to the Hiding Place, Dutch Resistance fighter Hans Poley in World War II, finds refuge at the ten Boom house. Hans defies new Nazi rules and escapes with his life. He finds the ten Boom house secretly filled with Jewish refugees. He becomes a part of Corrie ten Boom’s young resistance army. He gets a false identity and joins the Dutch Resistance. As the Nazis commit mounting atrocities, the danger for Hans and his new compatriots increasingly intensifies. When another resistance fighter, Piet Hartog, sees the savage cruelties committed against the Jews, he also becomes part of Corrie ten Boom young army. He joins young physics student and resistance journalist, Hans Poley, in numerous risky resistance adventures to rescue Jewish people, including children. See photos, awards on .See cast and crew on . Return to the Hiding Place has won many awards.

Opening Nov. 26, in The Penguins of Madagascar, Benedict Cumberbatch, John Malkovich, Ben Stiller et al voice the hilarious, hero, spy penguins. Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation and DreamWorks Animation produce this movie in 3D, 2D, and IMAX.

Opening Dec. 12, in wide release is 20th Century Fox's Exodus. It is an adaptation of the biblical story of ancient Israelite people’s Egyptian liberation. Christian Bale stars as Moses with Sigourney Weaver as co-star.

Opening Dec. 17, in wide release The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Orlando Bloom, Legolas, Richard Armitage, Cate Blanchett and more.

Finally on Christmas Day, Dec. 25 in wide release Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption opens. Produced by Universal Pictures and directed by Angelina Jolie, this movie chronicles the life of Louis Zamperini, an Olympic runner who was taken prisoner by Japanese navy forces during World War II. Academy Award winner, Angelina Jolie, who directs and produces this movie says is is " epic drama that follows the incredible life of Olympian and war hero Louis ‘Louie’ Zamperini (Jack O'Connell) who, along with two other crewmen, survived in a raft for 47 days after a near-fatal plane crash in WWII-only to be caught by the Japanese Navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp." Adapted from Laura Hillenbrand's (Seabiscuit: An American Legend) hugely popular book, this movie brings to the big screen Zamperini's unbelievable and inspiring true story that highlights his resilient and indomitable spirit.

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