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Yet another faith-based film hits the theaters this week, this one based on the best-selling book of the same name: “Heaven Is for Real.” I have to say that this is the better of all the faith-based movies to hit the big screen thus far this year. (Well, “Gimme Shelter” is really good, too.)


“Heaven Is for Real” tells the true story of a small-town father who must find the courage and conviction to share his son’s extraordinary, life-changing experience with the world. The film stars Academy Award® nominee and Emmy® award winning actor Greg Kinnear as Todd Burpo and co-stars Kelly Reilly as Sonja Burpo, the real-life couple whose son Colton (newcomer Connor Corum) claims to have visited heaven during a near death experience. Colton recounts the details of his amazing journey with childlike innocence and speaks matter-of-factly about things that happened before his birth … things he couldn’t possibly know. Todd and his family are then challenged to examine the meaning from this remarkable event.


There’s more solid work from Greg Kinnear as Pastor Burpo. He shows a real adeptness to bouncing around the various emotional turns necessary to navigate through the story. And Kelly Reilly is just as convincing in her role as the mother, skeptical yet rational in her interplay with her son (and husband). As Colton, Connor Corum is remarkable and truly believable as the nonchalant little boy who sees playing in heaven no different than playing in his backyard. And Lane Styles as big sister Cassie is a joy to watch, and her scene on the playground with the two hecklers is a favorite and sure to bring a smile to your face. Rounding up the strong cast is Thomas Haden Church as church administrator Jay Wilkins.

“Heaven Is for Real” is bigger budget Hollywood endeavor that will not disappoint from a production-level perspective – grade A throughout – with an engrossing story, strong performances, and a little bit of inspiration to boot. Check it out and maybe be uplifted – for real…