2018 Christian Films

4 Jan 2018 by Rich, Comments Off on 2018 Christian Films

2018 Christian Films
Heart of Illinois (Peoria Metro Area)

This listing includes full theater runs, one-night theater events, as well as any licensed film screenings we are aware of.

Also, after these events but before the “Rear View Mirror” – check out the HELP WANTED section, which are films looking for cities, but we need to demonstrate support for them to choose us.

Frankly, we’d rather a film NOT play in Peoria, than come and do poorly.

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FULL THEATER RUNS:  (Yes, 4 in a 3 weekend stretch)


icanonlyimagineI Can Only Imagine – March 16
64 showtimes opening weekend in Peoria alone.

Grand Prairie 18, Willow Knolls 14, Pekin Showplace 14, and Landmark!

FULL theater listing here.
A powerful song, with an equally powerful story behind it.

Downstate Illinois – can we get 3 of top 5 spots in the nation?

JOIN I CAN ONLY IMAGINE PEORIA – currently in 3rd place

I CAN ONLY IMAGINE SPRINGFIELD – currently in 4th place

I CAN ONLY IMAGINE MATTOON (yes Mattoon) – under 300 from 5th place


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Willow Knolls only (tickets expected by 3/20)
VERY short notice – confirmed 8 days before opening night.

This film also has a Peoria connection (the only reason it is playing here), through a supporting actor who also played a key role in getting the film to the star/director/producer.  It is believe Steve Christopher will be sharing this story at the screening times near 7pm on Friday and Saturday (details to come).

This is a tough film to peg – dealing with the influence of a teenage girl dealing with terminal cancer and her effect on those around her.

One line stuck out from the audience reactions (paraphrased):
“I’m not sure if it is the saddest funny movie I’ve ever seen, or the funniest sad movie I’ve ever seen.”

Visit the web page, view the videos, and make your own decision, as always. I enjoyed the film, but do want to let you know there were a couple mild profanities.


4x6-paulPaul: Apostle of Christ – March 23

Another broad opening – theater finder here – and a lot of interest in this one.

Willow Knolls 14
Morton Cinemas








So far listed just at AMC Grand Prairie 18, but anticipating more to be added shortly.

Click here for latest theater listings.









10/5     UNBROKEN 2: Path To Redemption




4x6-fathom-riot-danceMarch 19  The Riot and the Dance
(Willow Knolls 14, Pekin 14 – Fathom Events)

Join in the glorious uproar of creation with The Riot and the Dance , a boisterous new nature documentary featuring a biologist who was once told he would never succeed if he kept blabbing about all that silly Creator-creature nonsense. Now you can follow along with Dr. Gordon Wilson as he traverses our planet, basking in God’s masterpieces. Whether he’s catching wildlife in his own back yard or in the jungles of Sri Lanka, Dr. Wilson celebrates God’s creatures in all shapes, sizes and species. (Yeah, he was bitten, but not by the cobra.)

Showstopping footage and powerful narration will open your eyes to the extraordinary glory found all over the animal kingdom. From leopards and langurs to vipers and elephants and beyond, The Riot and the Dance is a cinematic celebration that you won’t want to miss.





Kirk Cameron: CONNECT

(Willow Knolls 14, Pekin 14 – Fathom Events)

Real help for parenting kids in a social media world

In a social media-centered world, the smart phone has become a cultural rite of passage for kids. But is that rite all wrong? How can this generation of parents blaze a new trail to equip their kids to thrive in an ever-changing digital environment while steering clear of the dangers that lurk nearby?

With six kids, Kirk Cameron fully understands this dilemma. So, he went to the experts, and what he learned will enlighten, challenge, and encourage parents. And best of all: it can help strengthen your family!

If you’re committed to raising kids who will make an impact in this world, see CONNECT and find real help for parenting kids in a social media world.


TheAmendment-4-12-FathomApril 12 – The Amendment
(Willow Knolls 14, Pekin 14 – Fathom Events)

The Amendment is a powerful and inspiring true story of finding triumph over tragedy, injustice, and loss. In 1979, Brooks Douglass and his sister Leslie survived a devastating crime that rocked their community and took their parents’ lives. Initially sent into an emotional tailspin, Brooks regained his footing, became Oklahoma’s youngest state senator, and championed important victims’ rights legislation. It is not until his quest for justice brings him face to face with his parents’ killer that he finds the lessons of his father may hold the answer to finally finding peace.

The Amendment features Mike Vogel and Taryn Manning, and in his film debut, Brooks Douglass plays tribute to his father by playing him in the movie.

NOTE to viewers: The crime scene is told gracefully, but is not appropriate for children. (emphasis added by Rich)

Following the feature content, audiences will see a panel of experts discussing the importance of victims’ rights. The panel will be led by Chris Harrison (The Bachelor) and include the film’s writer/producer Brooks Douglass, lead actor Mike Vogel, and others.


FragmentsofTruth-4-24April 24 – Fragment of Truth
(Willow Knolls 14, Pekin 14 – Fathom Events)

Can we trust the Bible?

The Christian faith is based on the New Testament—but can we really trust the Bible? Skeptics say no, arguing that the Gospel manuscripts have been doctored to push a theological agenda.

In this new Faithlife original film, Dr. Craig Evans takes this claim head on, traveling the globe to track down the most ancient New Testament manuscripts. Along the way, he highlights groundbreaking new evidence, demonstrating that the case for the reliability of the New Testament manuscripts is stronger than ever.





May 1 & 3: Like Arrows
(Willow Knolls 14, Pekin 14 – Fathom Events)

Parenting is a Journey

When rebellion creeps into their family, Charlie and Alice realize their approach to raising children isn’t working, and they start searching for answers. But is it too late? FamilyLife’s first feature film explores the joys and heartaches of parenting. Through a story that unfolds over 50 years, Charlie and Alice discover the power of family and their need for God. Executive produced by Alex and Stephen Kendrick, Dennis and Barbara Rainey, and Bob Lepine, and directed by Kevin Peeples, Like Arrows comes to movie theaters nationwide for two nights.





(Willow Knolls 14, Pekin 14 – Fathom Events)

The Race Across America

The inspiration to overcome breathes life into “GODSPEED” as it chronicles a first-time race team – Jerry Schemmel, noted author, speaker and sportscaster for the Colorado Rockies and Brad Cooper, a eleven-time Ironman triathlete – as they compete 24 hours a day for seven days covering 3,000 miles of deserts, mountains and plains overcoming physical exhaustion, sleep deprivation and extreme mental anguish competing in the world’s most difficult cycling race – The Race Across America. Pedaling 168 hours non-stop across 12 states from the Pacific to the Atlantic Oceans, Schemmel and Cooper embark on the journey of a lifetime – a race that would provide an extreme test of physical endurance and dependence on faith, all for the greater purpose and personal calling to raise money for the orphans of Haiti.




3pm   March 18  2018

Christ Church Germantown Hills






Chillicothe Christian Films
March 19    6:30pm







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Chillicothe Christian Films
April 16    6:00pm

The Resurrection of Gavin Stone

**NOTE:  Doors will open at 5:30 for April only, with a special event starting at 6pm.  Film start will remain at 6:30pm.**

With Special Guest, director Dallas Jenkins










wearestrongerfilmWE ARE STRONGER
A film about PTSD, whose lead is an army veteran but throughout the film it is made clear that the issues face are about trauma, not just military.  Cancer, Fire, Abuse – many things can trigger trauma, but what is consistent is that the best way through it is with Jesus Christ and with one another.

I have had several great discussions with the executive director of the film, and we hope to have a leadership screening announced in the next month or so, and hopefully follow up with a theater run.





Looking Back:

  1. January 11 – Alien Intrusion: Unmasking a Deception
    (Willow Knolls 14, Pekin 14 – Fathom Events)
  2. PRICELESS  (Living Waters Lutheran Church)
  3. 15:17 to Paris
  4. Time Changer (licensed – Chillicothe)
  5. Samson
  6. Is Genesis History? (replay)
  8. Tortured for Christ (Peoria sold out 230 seat room)

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