4 movies you’ll want to see

By Chuck Norris

I love going to the movies. Who doesn’t? Buttered popcorn, candy, soda and movie previews are just a few of the great enjoyments. Then there’s the best part: sitting with loved ones and others you don’t even know collectively experiencing great cinema on larger-than-life screens. Watching epics remains a great American pastime for most of us.

Of course, I’ve been very fortunate to be on both sides of the screen. Starring in and producing more than 20 major motion pictures with my brother, Aaron, provided some of the best times of my life and career. On top of those, my television series, “Walker, Texas Ranger,” which completed its run in April 2001 after eight full seasons and more than 200 episodes, became the most successful Saturday night series on CBS since “Gunsmoke.” It is still seen in more than 80 countries worldwide.

I have been and am most certainly blessed.

A lot of the time, I go to the movie for the same reasons most do: to escape, take a break and just be entertained. Then, other times, I go to be inspired or educated. You, too?

I love to hear others’ recommendations of great movies, and I love to pass along a few of my own. Here are four movies in particular that look like they should be put on everyone’s must-see list, especially for their educational and inspirational value.

The first film I’m going to recommend is my favorite. “Do You Believe” is one of the most inspirational movies I have seen in a very long time with excellent acting by all the performers. The film is about how the paths of twelve strangers converge after a pastor’s faith is shaken by a street preacher.

I cannot recommend this film strongly enough. It brought tears to my eyes, which is not easy to do.

“I Am Not Ashamed: The Rachel Joy Scott Columbine Story” is a movie that recounts the Columbine Massacre that occurred April 20, 1999, and particularly the courage and faith of its first victim, Rachel Scott. The film uses Rachel’s own words from her journals and family to tell her story, and how her strong faith in God made her a target.

Rachel’s father, Darrell, is a great friend and inspiration to my wife, Gena, and me. Darrell also formed “Rachel’s Challenge,” which is in high schools across America and focuses on helping students recognize their potential and value in life.

“I Am Not Ashamed” is due to be released in just a few weeks on the 17th anniversary of the Columbine massacre.

Chuck Norris provides real solutions to our county’s problems and a way to reawaken the American dream in his best-seller, “Black Belt Patriotism.”

Another great faith movie out at theaters in April is “God’s Not Dead 2.”

“God’s Not Dead 1” (2014) was about a college freshman who found his faith challenged on his first day of philosophy class by his dogmatic and quarrelsome professor. When the atheist instructor began class by telling his students they must deny God’s existence or face a failing grade, the freshman finds himself at the fiery crossroads of culture wars and his belief, in which he must not only make a stand but also choose between faith and his future.

In “God’s Not Dead 2,” a faith-filled teacher finds herself in the hot seat. During a history class, in which she is merely asked by a student about the comparisons between the non-violent stands of Jesus Christ and Martin Luther King Jr., she quotes the Bible and explains their similarities. She is accused by the school administration, board and teacher’s union of preaching the Gospel and disobeying school policy about the separation of church and state. Her case not only finds its way to court, but the teacher discovers that sometimes the only way to “save her soul” and overcome others’ secular progressive agenda is to stand up for her own faith and the politically incorrect truth.

Finally, I am intrigued by the prospects of the Dinesh D’Souza’s upcoming summer movie, “Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party.”

As Fox News reported, the film begins by addressing D’Souza’s time in jail for making illegal political contributions during the 2012 U.S. Senate campaign. But it quickly turns to political intrigue as evidence is presented for how the federal government clamped down on D’Souza free speech and expression because he shed light on the real underworking of Washington.

The movie is a first-rate investigation and unveiling not only of the real roots of the Democratic Party but also a journey to go behind the curtain to discover its very soul, purpose and mission today.

And the questions remains: What will the federal government and Clinton machine do and say next to prevent the public from seeing D’Souza’s movie? And how will they seek to “make him pay” once the public sees the movie and learns their real motives?

Theaters have been and always will be quintessential aspects of American culture. Movies can entertain, educate, equip and motivate. They are also a great expression of our fundamental First Amendment freedom of expression rights. Directors and producers can create what they want. And we, the public, can purchase a ticket to watch it or bypass it altogether. That’s America!

Wolfgang Petersen, German film director and screenwriter, put it well when he said: “Theaters are always going to be around, and doing fine. With computers and technology, we’re becoming more and more secluded from each other. And the movie theater is one of the last places where we can still gather and experience something together. I don’t think the desire for that magic will ever go away.”

Chuck Norris provides real solutions to our county’s problems and a way to reawaken the American dream in his best-seller, “Black Belt Patriotism.”

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