Little Boy (2015)

When most people say they’re praying in the midst of painful circumstances, what they actually mean is they’ve developed tunnel vision in light of their pain. St. Paul warned, “Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith…” Whether we’re already in communication with God or waiting to become entrenched in our circumstances, unwavering […]

I am Elizabeth Smart (2017)

Intermittent narration by none other than the titular now-public figure herself both reminds us this is a real live person and assures us of her survival. Her story in her own words is empowering without reducing it to a sensationalized “ripped from the headlines” dramatization. After so much time in forced isolation Ms. Smart is voluntarily coming forward and speaking out. We owe it to her to listen.

Cake (2014)

It’s rare for a film to realistically portray chronic illness it without being melodramatic. The acting is superb—I actually found myself tensing up and cringing as if I was feeling the main character’s pain. In fact, lead actress, Jennifer Anniston was inspired by her friend a colleague, whose addiction to painkillers following an accident nearly ended her career but has since resumed her job as a stuntwoman. This stunning depiction allows the humanity of the character to shine through; her willfulness makes her both fractured and resilient. Ultimately, it’s a movie about healing through personal growth rather than a mere pity party.