There are great, uplifting films to stream at home! I’m Jonathan Decker, family therapist and film critic, and I’m here to help you find the good stuff. For more curated picks and discussion guides for movies, follow me on Facebook.
Cinema Therapy is a YouTube channel begun by two Latter-day Saints, one a therapist (me) and one a filmmaker (Alan Seawright). We explore principles from psychology and family therapy that are illustrated by popular films. This week we compare Twilight with healthy dating principles. Watch our new episode above and rent/buy the films here.
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Seven Days in Utopia. Wonderful faith-based film stars Robert Duvall as an old-timer who helps a young golfer stranded in a small town to find himself. Think Pixar’s Cars, but more down-to-Earth. Stream it on Living Scriptures or rent/buy it here.
Incredibles 2 just debuted on Disney Plus. Sequel picks up where the original left off, as the Mrs. Incredible fights for the rights of heroes to save the day while Mr. Incredible tries to raise the family. Rated PG for violence and mild language. Stream it on Disney Plus or rent/buy it here.
Jurassic Park. Need I say more? Stream it on Netflix or rent/buy it here.
How to Train Your Dragon: Hidden World – Trilogy-capper wraps up Dreamworks Animation’s best films in grand, emotional, visually-wondrous style. Stream it on Hulu or rent/buy it here.
YOUTUBE MOVIES (FREE TO WATCH)
The Alamo. John Wayne leads an all-star cast in this classic version of the Texas showdown. Epic in every sense of the word.
CLEARPLAY (FILTERED FOR CONTENT)
Seabiscuit tells the true story of a down-and-out Depression-era horse jockey who finds hope in an underdog horse. Powerful film, but has a fair amount of language and sexuality for a PG-13. Fortunately, you can stream the film on Netflix and apply Clearplay filters for content.
Tim Tebow: On A Mission documentary is for fans of faith and football. Stream it on Crackle or rent/buy it here.
Lion. Devastating, then uplifting, true story of a young Indian boy separated from his family and unable to get back for decades. Powerful film. Stream it on TubiTV or rent/buy it here.
RENT OR BUY
Going My Way. Bing Crosby plays a musical priest using his talents to save a parish in this faith-friendly, uplifting classic with fantastic music. Rent or buy it here.
FROM THE STREAMING SAINT
BYU’s Divine Comedy: Mentors. From 2005-2007 I performed with the popular Brigham Young University humor troupe. In this instance I’m Yoda in a sketch involving a young woman, the university’s testing center, and the accidental summoning of the great Hollywood mentors.
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For a thorough exploration of what apostles and prophets have said about watching uplifting media, along with hundreds of reviews and Gospel discussion guides, pick up a copy of my book 250 Great Movies for Latter-day Families!
Jonathan Decker is a licensed marriage and family therapist, actor, author, and film critic. He is known for starring in The KJZZ Movie Show and the Utah action-comedy CTU: Provo, performing with BYU’s Divine Comedy, and as the author of 250 Great Movies for Latter-day Families.