When the Christian Internet directory Crosswalk.com relaunched its movie department two months ago, it brought together, in true Siskel-and-Ebert fashion, a pair of reviewers with quite different perspectives on film. Michael Elliott, as we reported in an earlier profile, is a relative newcomer to critiquing who uses movies to illustrate Biblical principles. Holly McClure, on the other hand, is a veteran reviewer for newspapers, radio, and television who writes with families in mind—both to inform parents about questionable material and to suggest points of conversation with their children."I review from a different perspective than Michael," McClure says. "His reviews are from a religious perspective and more philosophical, mine are aimed … to teach adults, children and teens to be movie savvy and discern for themselves what they should or shouldn't see."Although McClure's Christian faith was instrumental in developing this family-friendly approach, the partnership with Crosswalk.com marks the first time her reviews have been carried by an explicitly Christian outlet. "It's a whole new audience to connect with," she says, excited at the prospect. McClure believes her reviews are quite relevant to Christians. "The church needs to become more media savvy and aware of how entertainment minded we are as a culture. … Instead of trying to shelter our kids or teens from it, we need to teach them how to be aware of it." For instance, while many Christian reviews dismissed the recent film Where the Heart Is because of its unwed mother protagonist, hers encourages "a mother and teenage daughter (and son) to see [it] together because it deals with poor choices (promiscuous sex, pregnancy, poor dating choices) and the consequences."McClure ...1
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