The Most Important Manhunt in History 

Was Just the Beginning


Please check your local listings for a showing near you.  There will be a special showing in Payson on Saturday, February 27, at 10:00 AM.  $7.00 includes the price of the ticket, drink, and popcorn.  This special is available at the Sawmill Theater located at 201 W. Main Street, Payson, AZ.   

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Miracles From Heaven

Set in Burleson, Texas, in 2011, the film centers on a 10-year-old girl named Anna (Kylie Rogers), daughter of Christy and Kevin Beam (Jennifer Garner). Anna is suffering from a pseudo-obstruction motility disorder and is unable to eat, using feeding tubes for nutrition. One day, she has a near-death experience, after falling 30 feet through the hollow of a Cottonwood tree and suffering only scratches. While unconscious inside the tree, with rescue workers struggling to get to her, she visited heaven. After being released from the hospital, she defied science and had inexplicably recovered from her chronic ailment. 

Be sure to read the book written by Christy Beam, Miracles from Heaven, upon which the film is based.  The old, enormous giant of a Cottonwood tree had always played a role in the lives of the Beam family.  But never would they have imagined that their daughter would find her way to Jesus’s lap, will trapped in it.   

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Twelve Years a Slave: Movie Review by Andy McKinney

No movie of 2013 blasted us with such compelling and emotionally engaging images as “Twelve Years a Slave,” not by a long shot.  I can readily understand the reason that the Academy gave it the Oscar for Best Picture.  It does have some flaws, however.  The bulk of the action happens in the deep deep South, but none of the actors speak with the slow cadences and inflections of that time and place.  Further, very nearly every Black character speaks with the vocabulary and sensibilities of an educated middle class or higher person.  This includes characters who are illiterate and who have never traveled further than 10 miles from their birth place.  Even lower class white people speak in the language of the upper crust.  It is somewhat off putting to have slaves and their cruel overseers speak like academics at a seminar, but I do not claim this as a fatal flaw.  The brutal truth of the story bulldozes through all conventional methods of evaluating movies.  I have an idea that the language comes from the original 19th century book, written by a well-educated and erudite free Black northerner.

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