Heaven is for Real
The best-selling book by Todd Burpo is adapted to the big screen and recounts his family’s trail of faith his youngest son has a near-death experience and contends that he’s been to and seen heaven. Ponderously plotted and failing to fully examine the faith-based questions it poses, the intent of the film is to preach to the choir rather than examine the issues of religious faith at its center. 2 Stars (Chuck Koplinski) 100 minutes. Rated PG.
Convicted of the brutal murder of his parents, Tim (Brenton Thwaites) is set to be released from custody and is intent on getting on with his life. However, his sister Kaylie (Karen Gillan) sets out to prove to him and the authorities that a supernatural force committed the crime. Though it overstays its welcome, this as inspired little creeper that sports an intriguing narrative approach that keeps us guessing throughout. To give away any specifics would ruin the viewer’s sense of discovery but suffice it to say, this haunted house exercise exceeds expectations. 3 Stars (Chuck Koplinski) 105 minutes. Rated PG-13.
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