'Do You Believe?' compels us to take up our cross

In 2014, Pure Flix Entertainment — a Christian production company — made a bold statement with the labeling of its movie “God’s Not Dead.” And despite dismal reviews by popular critics, viewers proved the film studio right. Produced on a $2 million budget, “God’s Not Dead” has earned more than $62 million. Not bad for a film that Variety magazine characterized as a “typically ham-fisted Christian campus melodrama.”

‘Old Fashioned’ lead actor shares faith and motivation for new film

As a former stand-up comic, Rik Swartzwelder knows that timing is, well, everything.That has translated into his career as a producer, writer, director, and actor, and no better example is his latest film, “Old Fashioned.”

Movie Capsules for January 23

NEW YORK (CNS) -- The following are capsule reviews of movies recently reviewed by Catholic News Service:  "American Sniper" (Warner Bros);  "Still Alice" (Sony Classics)

(CNS) Catholic News Service:

A-I — general patronage
A-II — adults and adolescents
A-III — adults
A-IV — adults, with reservations
L — limited adult audiences, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling
O — morally offensive (MPAA)

Motion Picture Association of America:

G — general audiences, all ages admitted
PG — parental guidance suggested, some material may not be suitable for children
PG-13 — parents are strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13
R — restricted, under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian
NC-17 — no one 17 and under admitted (age limit may vary in certain areas)