Holly on Hollywood
“God’s Not Dead, A Light In Darkness”
by Holly McClure
“God’s Not Dead 3: A Light in Darkness” – Reverend David Hill (David A.R. White) has been at St. James Church on the campus of Hadleigh University his whole life since his father was the former preacher. When the church blows up in a gas explosion, killing Reverend Dave’s co-pastor (Benjamin A. Onyango), the school board decides to shut it down, in order to build a new student center. Reverend Dave decides to take a stand and calls his estranged lawyer brother, Pearce (John Corbett), to take on the university in court. But when Reverend Dave discovers the church explosion was caused by a student who threw a brick through the basement window, his fight takes a different direction. Jennifer Taylor, Tatum O’Neal, Samantha Boscarino, Ted McGinley also star.
The PG pre-teen to adult 3rd installment, begins shortly after the last one left off and is less preachy than the previous GND 1 & 2. Although the focus is on the church defending its rights to stay on campus, the subplot of the estranged brothers coming together for legal purposes, creates a family dynamic that many will find real, relatable and relevant. I like John Corbett. His talent, easy going manner and likeability, not only benefitted this movie but made others look better as well. Josh Wheaton (Shane Harper), the student hero from the first two films returns for a supporting role as a campus leader. This time David A.R. White (one of the film’s producers) delivers a different, more complex and human side of Reverend Dave, making #3 better than the two that preceded it. This time around themes of tolerance, unity and compassion, makes for a different-than-you’d-expect, feel-good ending, that truly shines, “A Light in the Darkness”.
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Holly_McClureHolly McClure is a multimedia personality with a career that spans over 20 years in the entertainment industry. Her background as a film critic, film and television producer, creative director, filmographer, radio and television host, author and pundit for family values, has established her expertise and made her a recognized advocate for family-friendly entertainment.
Holly was the first family film critic syndicated in over 365 newspapers with The Orange County Register. Her “Holly on Hollywood” movie reviews have been featured on TBN, Daystar and can now be seen on Uplift TV, The Word Network, UANetwork, Parables.tv and other affiliates.
In 2002, Mel Gibson asked Holly to come to Italy and film the behind-the-scenes interviews for The Passion of the Christ. She produced a one hour special, The Making of The Passion of the Christ (TBN, ION) and has since produced numerous press features for films like; Do You Believe, Dancer and the Dame, God’s Not Dead, The Frontier Boys, House, Thr3e, One Night With the King, Midnight Clear, The Visitation, Hangman’s Curse and others.
Holly is a charter member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association and serves on the advisory boards of The Dove Foundation and The Parents Television Council. She is a proud mother, grandmother, mentor and Christian, and passionate about supporting and creating life-changing entertainment!
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