Are you unsure about the latest film or Netflix series – does it promote un-Christian messages? We’re here to help. You’ll find a wealth of reviews, all written from a Christian point of view to help you navigate the themes and messages contains in popular media today.

Reviews

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    Many Christians say that ‘parenting’ is the toughest thing they do. Here’s a few books that will keep you on track

    2022-06-21T13:42:00+01:00By , is a freelance writer and editor

    You read up on topics for fun and work. But what are you reading that will improve your parenting?

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    Hotel Transylvania 4 – Transformania

    2022-04-28T08:28:00+01:00By

    If there’s a ’4’ at the end of a film title, does it mean it must be good, or inevitably worse than the first three? 

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    Sex Education

    2022-04-27T11:17:00+01:00By

    Amanda Porter suspects your teens may well be watching but suggests they really shouldnt be

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    The Society

    2022-04-27T11:14:00+01:00By

    It’s an innocuous sounding title, isn’t this series as bland as it sounds? 

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    Squid Game

    2022-04-27T11:12:00+01:00By

    When a series goes ’viral’ you sit up and notice. But that doesnt mean your children should be watching

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    Creeped Out

    2022-04-27T10:55:00+01:00By

    Horror and Sci-fi for children. Surely not?!

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    13 Reasons Why

    2022-04-27T09:08:00+01:00By

    Bad language and suicide - should you leave well alone?

  • Spiderman No Way Home

    Spiderman No Way Home

    2022-04-27T08:32:00+01:00By

    Spiderman has got to be a winner, right?! 

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    Eternals

    2022-04-27T08:20:00+01:00By

    The title sounds like there may be some ’spiritual value, but is there? 

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    Encanto

    2022-04-27T08:16:00+01:00By

    It’s Disney, you can always trust Disney can’t you?! 

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    You are a champion - Marcus Rashford

    2022-04-27T08:04:00+01:00By

    What can a famous footballer teach you about parenting? 

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    Bradley and Barney Walsh: Breaking Dad

    2022-04-12T14:26:00+01:00By

    A series featuring a Dad and his son. Isn’t that a bit corny? 

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    A Series of Unfortunate Events

    2022-04-11T15:50:00+01:00By

    Can an off the wall series be of value for children? 

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    Anne with an E

    2022-04-11T15:46:00+01:00By

    How does the re-make of an old series stack up? 

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    Avatar: The Last Airbender

    2022-04-11T15:41:00+01:00By

    Adult themes in a children’s series. How does that work? 

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    Peanuts

    2022-04-11T11:20:00+01:00By

    A popular series before nut allergies were a thing. Is it still valuable? 

  • Duck Tales

    Duck Tales

    2022-04-11T11:16:00+01:00By

    Can a series that was around in the 80s still pack a punch?

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    Your children need you to play video games

    2020-11-17T00:00:00+00:00By

    Headlines about the dangers of video games may not be so prevalent, but most parents are nervous about the content of games and the time spent on them. Youth and Children’s Work Game Boy columnist, Andy Robertson, suggests the answer may be to play video games yourself. Yes really.

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    Keeping the kids entertained: a list of top Christian media

    2020-03-24T00:00:00+00:00By

    Keeping children and young people entertained with tech may feel like a cop out – but now we’re in isolation, it’s only natural that we will be relying on our TVs, smartphones and gaming consoles for entertainment.

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    Making sense of Netflix’s Messiah

    2020-01-03T00:00:00+00:00By

    Have you ever thought about what the Second Coming would actually look like? Other than what the Bible had told me: darkness will rule the earth, Jesus will come to judge and thus will follow a thousand-year kingdom of peace on earth – it t was something I hadn’t considered deeply until this week when I binge-watched Netflix’s latest venture, Messiah, a crime drama about a charismatic man dubbed ‘Al-Masih’, which literally translates to ‘the anointed one’.

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    Blue Story

    2019-12-02T00:00:00+00:00

    Gang film Blue Story hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons last month when a brawl broke out between knife-wielding young people at a screening in Birmingham. Tim Sledge, director of fundraising at XLP – a charity aiming to empower young people from disadvantaged backgrounds – shares why he thinks every youth worker should see the film.

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    The Lion King

    2019-07-18T00:00:00+01:00

     Heather Riley loved the remake of the Disney classic. But she asks if The Lion King has become too scary to be a kids’ movie

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    The Lion King

    2019-06-24T00:00:00+01:00By

    The Lion King was originally released in 1994, shaping emotional and spiritual landscapes for thousands of children and teens. 

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    Games: Races

    2018-09-19T00:00:00+01:00

    Children and young people can become extremely competitive in team-based situations and, while in some circumstances this can be unhelpful, it can help to create great memories and result in an enjoyable session. Try out some of the races below in teams. You could even put on your own ‘Games’ and give out medals for each event!

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    Fortnite

    2018-04-25T00:00:00+01:00By

    If you have listened to any conversation with tweens recently, you’ve probably heard the name Fortnite bandied about. The trending game is proving as popular as fidget spinners and flossing (dancing not dental), after being downloaded more than 40 million times since the launch of its popular extension Fortnite: Battle Royale in September 2017. But what is all the fuss about? And should we worry about the game’s impact on our children and young people?

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    Black Panther

    2018-03-20T00:00:00+00:00By

    Another superhero movie is hardly news, but Black Panther is having a huge impact globally, including on our children and young people.

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    Games: Reconnecting games

    2017-12-14T00:00:00+00:00

    After the Christmas break, it’s good to help children reconnect with each other in their groups. Here are some games to help!

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    Finding God through gaming

    2017-10-20T00:00:00+01:00By

    With around 32.4 million people in the UK playing video games, how can we engage our children and young people with this popular medium? Alastair Jones is on hand to help

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    Netflix's 13 reasons why

    2017-05-23T00:00:00+01:00By

    Imagine being able to tell everyone in your life exactly what you think of them, exactly how they’ve hurt you, without any consequences. The only catch is that you’re dead. This is the premise of 13 reasons why, Netflix’s latest binge-worthy show: a 13-episode suicide note to a teenage girl’s friends and classmates, outlining their role in her decision to end her life. Originally hyped as a smart, important look at mental health and the social issues affecting teenagers, upon release the show attracted criticism for its ‘triggering’ impact, its overly realistic depiction of sexual assault and suicide, and negative portrayals of counselling or other forms of support. So what do we do with it? Ignore it? Watch it with our young people? Something between?

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    Beauty and the Beast - should I take my kids?

    2017-03-20T00:00:00+00:00By Martin Saunders is the Director of Satellites, a new youth event helping young people to put God at the centre of their lives. His new book We Are Satellites, is out now, published by SPCK.

    It’s a tale as old as time. In March, news emerged that Disney’s live-action remake of majestic 90s animation Beauty and the Beast features a gay character and the studio’s “first exclusively gay moment”, and immediately a host of Christian voices loudly raised their objections.

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    The Axis of Good and Evil - Video games

    2017-01-23T00:00:00+00:00

    This month, we look at video games. So, those in the top right will be worth a play, those bottom left, less so.

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    Pokémon Go

    2017-01-19T00:00:00+00:00By

    Here are some genuine news stories you may have missed:

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    Deadpool

    2017-01-19T00:00:00+00:00By

    Deadpool is sweary, rude, sexually-saturated and incredibly violent. Young people are going to love it. To be honest, I did too. That’s the problem.

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    Black Mirror

    2017-01-19T00:00:00+00:00By

    How far would you go to stop people knowing your darkest secrets? What if virtual reality played on your deepest fears? Could you imagine a world where we’re rated the whole time? How would people react if they knew what you really thought? Who wants to live forever? What if your very worse moments got shared with the rest of the world? Black Mirror is back to answer all these questions, and more…

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    Avengers

    2017-01-19T00:00:00+00:00By

    You can barely walk down the street without tripping over a super hero these days. We all know the feeling of getting home and finding Spider-Man on the bottom of our shoe or one of the Fantastic Four in our bag – they’re everywhere.

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    Little Gamers

    2017-01-19T00:00:00+00:00By

    Smart phones and tablets have placed gaming at the centre of our society. You don’t need to spend long on public transport to see someone playing ‘angry birds’ or ‘2048’, but what does this mean for our children? Are video games evil or could they help child development? Dr Bex Lewis investigates…