Movies

Just a few of my favorite movies and my favorite movie distribution company:

Spiritual Cinema Circle – Founded by Film Producer Stephen Simon and Psychologists Kathlyn and Gay Hendricks, Spritual Cinema Circle bring the public movies with heart and soul.  In face, subscribers get a monthly CD of at least four full-length and short films, as well as documentaries.

Akeelah and the Bee – An 11-year-old girl’s road to the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

Chef – Jon Favreau (writer, director and producer) leads a hilarious all-star cast including Sofía Vergara, Scarlett Johansson, John Leguizamo, Bobby Cannavale, Dustin Hoffman, Oliver Platt, Robert Downey, Jr. and young actor Emjay Anthony in this deliciously entertaining comedy about starting from scratch. When gifted chef Carl Casper (Favreau) suddenly quits his demanding job at a trendy LA restaurant, he’s on his own to pick up the pieces of his once promising career. Finding himself in Miami, he decides to team up with his successful ex-wife (Vergara), best friend (Leguizamo) and son (Anthony) to launch a no-frills food truck business. Taking to the road, Carl reignites his passion for the kitchen and, along the way, discovers a renewed zest for life and love.

Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium – Equal parts whimsical and bittersweet, Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium is a family-friendly movie that will charm youngsters. Dustin Hoffman stars as an eccentric 243-year-old owner of a magical toy store. He doesn’t appear to be sick, but he has lived a long and happy life and is content to leave his emporium to his employee Molly Mahoney (Natalie Portman). A former child prodigy who has grown up unsure of herself, she barely knows who she is, much less what she wants to become. Molly is both frightened that her beloved boss is leaving and that she will be left in charge of a store she doesn’t know how to run. “Are you dying?” she asks him. Magorium points out, “Light bulbs die, my dear. I am departing.” His take on death is both comforting and matter of fact, things younger viewers may find soothing when dealing with mortality. Seen from a child’s eye, Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium is indeed a magical place for a short visit.

Soul Surfer – Soul Surfer is the inspiring true story of teen surfer Bethany Hamilton, who lost her arm in a shark attack and courageously overcame all odds to become a champion again, through her sheer determination and unwavering faith. The film features an all-star cast, including AnnaSophia Robb and Helen Hunt, with Carrie Underwood in her film debut, and Dennis Quaid. In the wake of this life-changing event that took her arm and nearly her life, Bethany’s feisty determination and steadfast beliefs spur her toward an adventurous comeback that gives her the grit to turn her loss into a gift for others.

The Shift – From the creators of You Can Heal Your Life comes a compelling portrait of three modern lives in need of new direction and new meaning. In his first-ever movie (written by Kristen Lazarian and directed by Michael Goorjian), Wayne Dyer explores the spiritual journey in the second half of life when we long to find the purpose that is our unique contribution to the world. The powerful shift from the ego constructs we are taught early in life by parents and society—which promote an emphasis on achievement and accumulation—are shown in contrast to a life of meaning, focused on serving and giving back. The Shift explores the intertwined lives of an overachieving businessman (played by Edward Kerr), a mother of two young children seeking her own expression in the world (Shannon Sturges), and a film director trying to make a name for himself (Michael DeLuise). Also starring Portia de Rossi. The Shift not only inspires, but also teaches us how to find the path to our spiritual purpose and therefore our greatest joy.

You Can Heal Your Life – In this inspirational DVD, Louise Hay offers profound insight into the relationship between the mind and the body. Exploring the way that limiting thoughts and ideas control and constrict us, she offers us a powerful key to understanding the roots of our physical diseases and discomforts.