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At the Movies: August 25

August 24, 2017

This weekend at the movies: A pastor is inspired to restore a rural, run-down church with the help of some resilient refugees; and an 11-year-old orphan chases her wildest dream of becoming a professional ballerina.

All Saints

Michael Spurlock (John Corbett) decides to trade in his corporate sales career to become a pastor. Unfortunately, his first assignment is to close a country church and sell the prime piece of land where it sits. He soon has a change of heart when the church starts to welcome refugees from Burma. Spurlock now finds himself working with the refugees to turn the land into a working farm to pay the church's bills. Based on a true story.

Rated PG. Drama/Faith-based. Directed by Steve Gomer. 1h 48m.

What the Internet Says:

“John Corbett puts his folksy charm to the role of the Rev. Michael Spurlock, who is tasked with putting a dying church out of its misery…‘All Saints’ targets its faithful audience with a tale of Christian community that includes people of all races, nationalities, cultures and creeds coming together in service to each other.” — Greensboro News & Record

Our Take: This movie is sentimental and has a positive moral message of inclusivity and community — a feel-good heart-warmer, for sure!

Leap!

In 1880s France, an orphaned 11-year-old girl named Félicie (Elle Fanning) arrives in Paris from Brittany with one big, passionate dream — to become a dancer. Felicie's inventive and charismatic best friend, Victor (Nat Wolff), also has a dream: becoming a famous inventor. Together, they both encourage each other to reach for the stars. Mentored by the tough and mysterious Odette (Carly Rae Jepsen), Félicie learns that talent is not enough; it takes hard work, devotion, and true friendship to succeed. Also starring real-life dancer Maddie Ziegler, Kate McKinnon, and Mel Brooks.

Rated PG. Animated/Family. Directed by Éric Summer and Éric Warin. 1h 30m.

What the Internet Says:

“For the cinematic dregs of late August, the earnest and quirky ‘Leap!’ is charmingly en pointe…Youngsters will appreciate the dance scenes (some comedic, some dramatic, some downright war-like), as well as the soundtrack where Tchaikovsky’s ‘The Nutcracker’ plays alongside Sia, Demi Lovato and Carly Rae Jepsen. And for the adults in the crowd, ‘Leap!’ pulls judiciously from ‘Flashdance,’ ‘Rocky IV,’ and ‘Footloose’ for inspiration.” — USA Today

Our Take: Parents and kids alike will enjoy this positive, plucky underdog story. Definitely take your tiny dancer to see this one on the silver screen, and prepare to enroll them in ballet class afterwards — they may get inspired!