I STILL BELIEVE – Rated PG – 1 hour 55 minutes

 

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I STILL BELIEVE – Rated PG – 1 hour 55 minutes

DIRECTORS:  Andrew and Jon Erwin

WRITERS:  Jon Erwin, Jon Gunn

STARRING:  Britt Robertson, K.J. Apa, Shania Twain, Gary Sinise, Nathan Parsons, and Abigail Cowen

From Directors Andrew and Jon Erwin, who brought us another moving film, 2018’s I Can Only Imagine – comes the real-life story of young college student and song writer Jeremy Camp (K.J. Apa), as he finds himself drawn to a beautiful women in the audience one night named Melissa (Britt Robertson), and he sets his sights on finding out who she is…

As fate would have it, Melissa is in a relationship with another musician about campus, John Luke (Nathan Parsons), as she struggles with the fact that she is falling for Jeremy, but really doesn’t want to hurt John Luke in the process…

As Melissa tries to fight off her feelings for Jeremy, it isn’t long before John Luke finds out “the real deal”, causing everyone involved pain and anguish.  But as Jeremy professes his love for Melissa, they both must face where they belong.

But their joyous union is short lived, when Melissa is diagnosed with Cancer, and an unsettling, unknown future.  With their futures hanging in limbo, Jeremy makes the courageous decision to stand by his girl, as he asks for her hand in marriage.  Wishing and hoping for a miracle, Jeremy learns to walk in Melissa’s faith, that God has a plan for them both, although no one really quite knows where their path is headed…and if they will ever truly get their “happily ever after” …

I give I STILL BELIEVE a rating between MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN and WAIT AND CATCH THIS FILM ON DVD!  This true story of singer/songwriter Jeremy Camp’s life is a true testament of Faith, and of undying love and commitment, no matter what God places before you.  K.J. Apa is superb as Jeremy, and the chemistry between him and Britt Robertson throughout this film is totally palatable.  Talk about a tearjerker that just keeps at it, I STILL BELIEVE is emotionally captivating, and draining the whole way through.  And even though their parts aren’t very significant throughout, Shania Twain and Gary Sinise are perfectly cast too, as the mother and father that allow their son to choose his own path in life, although wishing that he may have made a less painful choice along the way too.  I was also impressed by Nathan Parsons performance on screen, as the love scorned “other guy”.  Know going in too, that this film is as much about God and Faith, as it is about Love and Loss, making it an emotional rollercoaster, no matter how hard you fight getting sucked in by its Christian undertones throughout.  And even though its rather sappy and cheesy at the start, as this film progresses, you will find yourself moved more and more by the real love story, that is evolving on screen.  Take my word for it, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house when I viewed this film, including that of my 19 year old daughter who joined me, as she stated she was in need of some definite “emotional therapy”, once we left the theater after seeing this film…so make sure to bring along a few Kleenex to this tear-jerker, as you are definitely going to need them.

THE SPACE BETWEEN US – Rated PG-13

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THE SPACE BETWEEN US – Rated PG-13

 “A coming of age movie that borders on being ~ OUT OF THIS WORLD” – 

 Kathy Kaiser, Matinee Chat

 

Starring Asa Butterfield, Gary Oldman, Carla Gugino, Janet Montgomery and Britt Robertson

As we venture to follow Nathaniel Shepherd’s (Gary Oldman) dream of inhabiting Mars, lead Astronaut Sarah Elliott (Janet Montgomery) leads her team in establishing the first settlement on the Red Planet, and surprisingly manages to provide this new planet with its first child too.

When Sarah dies shortly after giving birth, her son Gardner Elliott (Asa Butterfield), is forced to create a life for himself amongst the scientists and engineers that are now fostering him on Mars.

Longing for contact with those back on Earth, Gardner starts an Internet relationship with high-school student Tulsa (Britt Robertson), as the two chat daily about their totally screwed up lives…

When Gardner is given the opportunity to return to Earth, he immediately seeks out Tulsa ~ not only to share his feelings that have grown for her, but to ask her to assist him in finding his father, back here on earth.

But now, faced with the fact that his body is apparently incompatible with the Earth’s atmosphere, having never been subjected to it, Gardner must decide if finding his father is more important, than staying alive…

I give THE SPACE BETWEEN US a rating between MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN & WAIT AND CATCH THIS FILM ON DVD: First off, I must share that this film, and its storylines, greatly surpassed my expectations going in. I was expecting a two-hour bore fest, and was pleasantly surprised by how entertaining the multidimensional premise of this film ending up being, as well as the superb acting throughout. Butterfield and Robertson are absolutely adorable together, as their compatibility is totally apparent throughout every inch of this film. Goldman’s character is believable too, even though I did question his appearance not changing at all throughout 16 years (He must have really good genes J) Montgomery and Gugino’s performances were also stellar, playing Gardner’s mother, and step-in motherly figure, respectively. So why not just rate this film A MUST SEE? Even though it totally surpassed my dismal expectations going in, I just felt it needed a little “something more”. More intrigue, more mystery, more intenseness ~ even though I was kind of surprised by the sleeping bag scene mid way through~ and I’ll leave that right there! THE SPACE BETWEEN US is a very entertaining film ~ it really is ~ I just feel that it falls short of becoming the epic, coming of age, intergalactic love story that it could have been!

Kathy Kaiser