Act of Valor posterFast-paced Act of Valor focuses on a band of Navy SEALs [elite Sea, Air and Land clandestine commandos] working to prevent a Ukrainian-born mastermind terrorist's team of suicide bombers from entering the U.S. and fanning out to major cities. Featuring themes such as bravery and sacrifice, it also stresses the need for religious tolerance in a way that seems aimed at Muslim extremists. The plot is arguably sympathetic toward the U.S. wars in the Middle East, which may well rankle viewers weary of America's endless and expensive foreign interventionism and imperialism.

The VowBased on a true story, The Vow is a romantic drama about how far one man will go to save his marriage. Though it is not a family-friendly film — it is marred by foul language as well as pre-marital sexual relations — it lauds marriage and the marriage vow. It also promotes the great virtues of love and forgiveness. For these reasons the timing of The Vow's release coordinates perfectly with Valentine’s Day, and The Vow is sure to be a movie enjoyed by couples in celebration of that special day.

Every now and then, Hollywood releases a film that tugs at the heartstrings and reminds viewers that the world truly is full of godly people. Big Miracle is no exception. Based on a true story about a community’s efforts to launch a rescue effort for helpless animals trapped in a small area of unfrozen water in an otherwise frozen wasteland, it exemplifies God’s wonder and glory, and underscores what the kind of power God’s grace can have when it works within people.

The Grey posterThe Grey is a film about survival in the Arctic wilderness when four men are confronted by a pack of wolves. It is an intense movie with strong Christian undertones, but its powerful qualities are undermined somewhat by oft-used expletives. In addition, the presence of some frightening scenes featuring wolves may prompt parents to keep their children home for this film.

Joyful NoiseMany Americans may not put much stock into a film that stars former female hip-hop artist Queen Latifah and country music artist Dolly Parton, but Joyful Noise just may surprise those skeptics. Focused on a gospel choir’s effort to win a prominent competition, the film includes very strong Christian morals, poignant analysis of familial relationships, and dazzling Gospel performances, but makes some unfortunate choices regarding sexual relationships that may keep Christian moviegoers away from the box office.