‘This is Us’ Chrissy Metz Stars in Upcoming Faith-Based Film

Miracles still happen. That is the message of the faith-based film, Breakthrough starring This is Us’ Chrissy Metz. Based on Joyce Smith’s book, The Impossible: The Miraculous Story of a Mother's Faith and Her Child's Resurrection, Breakthrough tells the true story of an event that happened just four years ago.

Metz plays Smith whose 14-year-old son falls through the ice of a Missouri lake. He was trapped under water for 15 minutes and even after he was rescued, he had no pulse for 43 minutes. All seemed lost and Smith was told to come in and say her goodbyes to her son as there was no hope for the boy. But Smith refused to give up and continued to pray for her son’s complete recovery, even in the face of every case history and scientific prediction. Not only did her son come back to life, but he is alive today telling his story.

Directed by Roxann Dawson and produced by DeVon Franklin (Miracles from Heaven), Breakthrough also stars Josh Lucas, Topher Grace, Mike Colter…

Avengers Gets an A+

"The Avengers" are finally here.
Photo: Marvel Studios/Paramount/Disney

After many years of toying with us, Marvel Studios is premiering its’ long awaited “Avengers” movie. Starting back with the very first “Iron Man” flick, the studio has used an ongoing gimmick of teasers about Nick Fury gathering up a bunch of super heroes to create a super group called The Avengers. This is there first picture together, but instead of acting heroically, the super crew battles each other and their own egos before they can battle the actual aliens that threaten to destroy the earth.

“The Avengers” comes with a lot of star power including:
  • Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man
  • Chris Evans as Captain America
  • Mark Ruffalo as the Hulk (or pre-hulk)
  • Chris Hemsworth as Thor
  • Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow
  • Jeremy Renner as Hawk Eye
  • Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury

Surprisingly, the 142 minute film flies by with plenty of tension, action and humor. Though rated PG-13, there is very little if any blood and the violence isn’t anything worse than your children see on Saturday morning TV. Sure, the story is silly, but silly in a good way. You can’t help but feel like a kid again watching this thing. The good guys are good, the bad guys are bad – there is no confusion which one is which. The story makers provide a lot of comedy relief, showing that they didn’t take this story too seriously. Even after tons of destruction is done to New York City, it isn’t overplayed.
It’s the perfect popcorn summer time movie  that came early.

All the characters are spot on and enjoyable, but I found myself favoring Evan’s Captain America the most. If you recall, he was frozen after the World War Two and defrosted last year, and this guys is the perfect example of a true American. He appears to have the most integrity of the team and has the best line of the whole film. When told that he shouldn’t get involved between Thor and his brother because they are practically gods, he replies, “Ma'am, there's only one God, and I'm pretty sure he doesn't look like that.”

This is Ruffalo’s first attempt of playing the Hulk, or pre-Hulk, as “the Hulk” is computer generated. He not only does a great job, but he’s better than the two actors who played the part before him. Tony Stark spends a good deal trying to rile up Dr. Bruce Banner to see if the green guy appears.
“The Avengers” is out in 3D and it does feature some nice effects, but don’t wait until it comes out on DVD. This is one film that you’ll want to catch in the theater.

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