REEL Theology



Lenten Series 2018:

REEL THEOLOGY: Lenten Movie Series

Join us for 5 weeks of movie viewing and discussion on Thursdays at 1 pm, Lakeview United Church.

Movie line-up:

February 22:  “Lion”

March 1:  “Cry Freedom”

March 8:  “Romero”

March 15:  “The Mission”

March 22:  “The Good Lie”

Meet for the movie in the Church Sanctuary, 1 pm.  All Welcome!


SACRED CINEMA 2015 – 2016

Lakeview United Church 3023 63 Avenue SW Calgary 403.242.5760


SACRED CINEMA is coming back!  We will be offering a movie on the third Sunday evening of September, October & November.  Come for coffee & dessert at 6:30, the movie at 7:00.  There is no charge, but we accept donations.  The first film is on September 20, and it is THE BEST OF MEN - a factually based story describing the pioneering work of Dr. Ludwig Guttman with paraplegic soldiers during WW II.  His efforts led to the foundation of the Paralympic Games.

September 20   THE BEST OF MEN – 2012

            A factually based film which describes the pioneering work of Dr. Ludwig Guttman with paraplegic soldiers during WW II.  His efforts led to the foundation of the Paralympic Games.

October 18 – STILL ALICE – 2014

            Stars Julianne Moore and Alec Baldwin.  An American drama about a linguistic professor at Columbia University who is diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease.

November 15 – THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING – 2014

            The story of the brilliant physicist Stephen Hawking who at age 21 learns that he has motor neuron disease.  In spite of that he continues to do ground breaking work in his field.

Sacred Cinema Series 2014 - 2015

Come for coffee and dessert at 6:30 P.M., the movie and brief discussion at 7:00 P.M.  Free of charge, but donations are welcome.


Sept. 21 – STILL MINE

            Based on a true story.  Starring James Cromwell and Genevieve Bujold.  89-year-old Craig Morrison, a stubborn 89-year-old farmer, decides to build a smaller home for his wife, whose health is failing.  He ignores building regulations & gets into all sorts of trouble.



            Starring Judy Dench and Steve Coogan.  Philomena is mother to a son born out of wedlock and given up for adoption.  Nearly 50 years later she sets out with BBC reporter Martin Sixsmith to find him.



            Starring Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks.  The true story of the background of the making of “Mary Poppins”, and the struggle between Walt Disney and the author of the book, P.L. Travers, as to what kind of movie this should be.


Jan. 18 – THE BUTLER

            The story of Cecil Gaines, a black butler who served eight presidents in the White House.  It chronicles the American Civil Rights Movement from the vantage point of the White House and of Cecil’s African American family.



            While subjected to the horrors of WW II Germany, young Liesel finds solace by stealing books and sharing them with others.  In the basement of her home, a Jewish refugee is being sheltered by her adoptive parents.



            A comedy  starring Gordon Pinsent.  The little east coast harbor village of Sainte-Marie-La-Mauderne has languished following the loss of fish stocks. Most of the village workers are on welfare.  A small company considers building a factory there, but they require a resident doctor.  The village rallies together to convince a young doctor that this is a wonderful place to live.


Sacred Cinema is coming again this fall.   We will be showing a movie in the upper hall on the 3rd Sunday evenings of September, October and November.  The format is dessert , coffee and tea at 6:30 P.M., the movie at 7:00 followed by a brief discussion. It is free of charge, but you can make a small donation if you wish, to cover expenses. 

September 15 – “Quartet”, starring Maggie Smith.  Residents of a retirement home for retired musicians  plan a fund raising concert.  Funny, touching & wonderfully life affirming.

October 20 – “The Emporer’s Club”, starring Kevin Kline.  A compelling and inspiring story about a revered teacher and the boys whose lives he changed forever.

November 17 – “Searching for Sugar Man”.  The true story of a virtually unknown American folk singer, who became a phenomenon in South Africa during the time of apartheid.

Sacred Cinema 2012

SACRED CINEMA is coming again to Lakeview United Church on Monday evenings at 7:00 P.M. beginning on February 27. These are interesting "movies with a message" that we watch together and have a brief discussion afterwards. Once again we have an excellent lineup of films. They are free to everyone who comes - and there is popcorn and drinks (pop, juice or water) as well!

February 27: Dolphin Tale

Dolphin Tale is inspired by the amazing true story of a brave dolphin and the compassionate strangers who banded together to save her life.

March 5: The First Grader
The true story of an 84 year-old Kenyan villager and ex Mau Mau freedom fighter who fights for his right to go to school for the first time to get the education he could never afford.

March 12: Les Choristes

"Les Choristes" is touching, charming, funny, poignant and thought-provoking. Above all, however, it is very French. Character driven and intrinsically human, this is the story of a new supervisor, Clement Mathieu, who arrives at Fond de l'etang boarding school for underprivileged boys and immediately comes into conflict with the disciplinarian ethos of the Headmaster, Monsieur Rachin.

March 19: The Ultimate Gift

Jason thought his inheritance was going to be the gift of money and lots of it. Was he ever in for a big surprise. Based on the best-selling book "The Ultimate Gift" by Jim Stovall, the story sends trust fund baby Jason Stevens on an improbable journey of discovery, having to answer the ultimate question: "What is the relationship between wealth and happiness?"


March 26: Up

Disney-Pixar's Up – an animated comedy adventure about a 78-year-old man who sets out to fulfill his lifelong dream to see the wilds of South America. Right after lifting off, however, he learns he isn't alone on his journey, since Russell, a wilderness explorer 70 years his junior, has inadvertently become a stowaway on the trip.


Lakeview United Church
March 14 – April 11
Mondays @ 7 pm

March 14 - Invictus

The film tells the inspiring true story of how Nelson Mandela joined forces with the captain of South Africa's rugby team to help unite their country. Newly elected President Mandela knows his nation remains racially and economically divided in the wake of apartheid. Believing he can bring his people together through the universal language of sport, Mandela rallies South Africa's underdog rugby team as they make an unlikely run to the 1995 World Cup Championship match. (PG-13)


March 21 – The Blind Side

The remarkable true story of Michael Oher, a homeless African-American boy who became an All American football player and first round NFL draft pick with the help of a caring woman and her family. Based on the book The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game by Michael Lewis (PG-13)


March 28 – As is it in Heaven 

A successful international conductor suddenly interrupts his career and returns alone to his childhood village in Norrland, in the far north of Sweden. It doesn't take long before he is asked to come and listen to the fragment of a church choir, which practises every Thursday in the parish hall. Just come along and give a little bit of good advice. He can't say no, and from that moment, nothing in the village is the same again.


April 4 – The Secret Lives of Bees   

Set in South Carolina in 1964, this is the tale of Lily Owens a 14 year-old girl who is haunted by the memory of her late mother. To escape her lonely life and troubled relationship with her father, Lily flees with Rosaleen, her caregiver and only friend, to a South Carolina town that holds the secret to her mother's past. Taken in by the intelligent and independent Boatwright sisters, Lily finds solace in their mesmerizing world of beekeeping (PG-13)


April 11 – Departures     

Daigo Kobayashi (Masahiro Motoki), a devoted cellist in an orchestra that has just been dissolved, is suddenly left without a job. Daigo decides to move back to his old hometown with his wife to look for work and start over. He answers a classified ad entitled "Departures" thinking it is an advertisement for a travel agency, only to discover that the job is actually for a "Nokanshi" or "encoffineer," a funeral professional who prepares deceased bodies for burial and entry into the next life.

While his wife and others despise the job, Daigo takes a certain pride in his work and begins to perfect the art of "Nokanshi," acting as a gentle gatekeeper between life and death, between the departed and the family of the departed.  Through his relationship with death on a daily basis Daigo begins to understand what life is really about. (PG-13))