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‘How to Train Your Dragon 3’ Proves How to Finish a Trilogy

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While not exactly a golden rule, it is known fact that if a movie does well in the box office, chances are good that it will be followed by sequel and more often than not, we’ve come to expect that the sequel won’t measure up to the original. Add a third movie to the mix and you’re just asking for trouble. With animated movies, the expectations are often even lower. (Is anyone really surprised that the Ice Age movies keep getting worse?) But sometimes, as is the case with the Disney/Pixar Toy Story movies, we’re pleasantly surprised. Now you can add How to Train Your Dragon to that short list too.

One thing that DreamWorks Animation has understood about this series is that the story comes first, the hijinks come later. The very first Dragon movie proved that way back in 2010 with a strong story and with each chapter that has come after it, that story just keeps getting better. What started out as a cute kid’s story has become a powerful trilogy. We've seen these chara…

Lee Strobel’s Best-Selling Book, ‘The Case For Christ’ Comes Alive in Theaters This Week

Mike Vogel stars in "The Case for Christ."
Mike Vogel as Lee Strobel in The Case for Christ. (Pure Flix Entertainment)

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If you were a fan of CBS’ former summer series, Under the Dome, you may have wondered whatever happened to Mike Vogel who played Barbie. Well, apparently, he’s been hiding under a beard and long hair and portraying author Lee Strobel in the faith-based film, The Case for Christ, based on Strobel’s award-winning and best-selling book of the same name.

The Case for Christ, which also stars Erika Christensen, Faye Dunaway and Robert Forster, comes to theaters this Friday, April 7 and a special advanced screening will be shown as part of a live Fathom Event production at various theaters across the country on Thursday, April 6. The live event will feature a special Q and A with Lee Strobel and his wife, Leslie as well Vogel, director Jonathan Gunn and screenwriter Brian Bird. NFL Quarterback Kirk Cousins will moderate. Attendees of the April 6 screening will also receive a free download of The Case for Christ book.

The Case for Christ has been produced by Pure Flix Entertainment who surprised many by the success of 2014’s God’s Not Dead. The studio is also known for the movies, Do You Believe (2015) and God’s Not Dead 2 (2016). Pure Flix describes the movie as follows:

“A hard-driving journalist, Lee Strobel was exactly where he expected to be at work: on top. His award-winning investigative reporting recently earned him a promotion to legal editor at the Chicago Tribune. But things weren’t going nearly as well at home where his wife Leslie’s newfound faith in Christ went against everything Lee believed—or didn’t believe—as an avowed atheist.

“Utilizing his journalistic and legal training, Lee begins a quest to debunk the claims of Christianity in order to save his crumbling marriage. Chasing down the biggest story of his career, Lee comes face-to-face with unexpected results that could change everything he knows to be true."

For more information at the Fathom Events screening, click here and watch the trailer below:




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