12 Strong, based on a true story, of courage, ability, and horses!

12 Strong opens with GreenBerets saying goodbye to their families to go behind enemy lines in Afghanistan. Producer Jerry Bruckheimer made the movie based on the 2009 bestseller, Horse Soldiers: The Extraordinary Story of a Band of U.S. Who Rode to Victory in Afghanistan. This elite Special Forces unit led by Captain Mitch Nelson (Chris Hemsworth) was codenamed: Task Force Dagger. Their mission after 9/11 was to take on the Taliban and its Al Qaeda followers, battle on land and order bomb strikes from the air.
The sounds of war, the thunder of the horses, and the black helicopters made the lounge chairs in the theater vibrate and my heart pound.
These 12 men had to learn to fight Afghan-style. That meant saddling up! Captain Nelson was raised on a ranch. How perfect to have “cowboy” Nelson at the helm.
12 Strong is rich on courage, the meaning of camaraderie and the absence of politics. Theater attendees cheered and applauded confirming the admiration and awe of these brave soldiers.

Case for Christ will get you talking!

The Case for Christ movie may send some disciples of Richard Dawkins whirling. Not because they fear an epiphany may lead to conversion but because for the first time in living color and surround sound believers witness first hand why non-believers must remove God from the daily mix.

Lee Strobel (Mike Vogel) is a reporter and happily married man until he accepts the challenge to debunk “Jesus,” the new devotee of his wife. Three years of research reveals Strobel’s frustration with being unable to refute Christianity and dispel the death and resurrection of Jesus. “Do you want to know the truth?” a fellow reporter asks, “or is your mind already made up?”


Case for Christ is so well edited and acted that you may feel at times you want to jump in with your own comments. You can do that in the car on the way home. What’s really at the crux of this faith-based film is what its audience on either side does with the revelation that yes, the death and resurrection did happen.

In his quest for the truth, Strobel got what he asked for and more. His 1998 book by the same title has sold millions of copies.

Beauty and the Beast——— delightful in 3D

Don’t miss Beauty and the Beast in 3D. My husband and I loved the cast and, of course, the Oscar-winning musical score by lyricist Howard Ashman and composer Alan Menken.

We ignored the hype about diversity and the Beast not apologizing. We were glad they also went with the Disney version and ignored the original with Belle’s jealous sisters. Oh, my gosh, you know the story and this delightful musical romantic fantasy will have you singing or humming along with Celine Dion or “the servants.” According to Wiki, the film’s budget was $160 million and box office to date is $874.9 million.