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NEWS SIDEBAR: Ted Baehr’s list of the year’s best, worst movies

c. 1999 Religion News Service UNDATED _ Movieguide awards: 10 best for families, 10 best for adults, and 20 worst. The 10 best 1998 films for families receiving”TEDDY `The Good News’ BEAR”family-friendly awards of excellence: THE PRINCE OF EGYPT: Quality: ****. Acceptability: +4 A BUG’S LIFE: Quality: ****. Acceptability: +3 THE PARENT TRAP: Quality: ****. […]

c. 1999 Religion News Service

UNDATED _ Movieguide awards: 10 best for families, 10 best for adults, and 20 worst.

The 10 best 1998 films for families receiving”TEDDY `The Good News’ BEAR”family-friendly awards of excellence:

THE PRINCE OF EGYPT: Quality: ****. Acceptability: +4

A BUG’S LIFE: Quality: ****. Acceptability: +3

THE PARENT TRAP: Quality: ****. Acceptability: +1

EVER AFTER: Quality: ****. Acceptability: +1

ANTZ: Quality: ****. Acceptability: +2

WIDE AWAKE: Quality: ****. Acceptability: +3

THE BORROWERS: Quality: ****. Acceptability: +2

MIGHTY JOE YOUNG: Quality: ****. Acceptability: +1

THE MASK OF ZORRO: Quality: ****. Acceptability: -1

MADELINE: Quality: ***. Acceptability: +3

THE 10 best 1998 films for mature audiences receiving”PAPA BEAR”awards of excellence:

SIMON BIRCH: Quality: ****. Acceptability: +1

A CIVIL ACTION: Quality: ****. Acceptability: -1

THE TRUMAN SHOW: Quality: ****. Acceptability: +1

DEEP IMPACT: Quality: ****. Acceptability: -1

LES MISERABLES: Quality: ****. Acceptability: +1

LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL: Quality: ****. Acceptability: +3

THE HORSE WHISPERER: Quality: ****. Acceptability: +1

MEN WITH GUNS: Quality: ****. Acceptability: -1

THE MAN IN THE IRON MASK: Quality: ****. Acceptability: +1

THE RIDE: Quality: ****. Acceptability: +4

The 20 most unbearable movies of 1998, to which Baehr gives”The unbearable `rotten banana'”awards for contributing to the corruption of culture:

(“These films have been chosen not necessarily because they have sex, violence, nudity, or profanity, but because they have a worldview which is antithetical to the biblical worldview.”)

1. Promoting the Worst PC Banality _ THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT MARY.

2. Most Politically Correct Cinematic Voodoo and a new level of visual disgust _ BELOVED.

3. Bloodiest Comic Book Promoting Occultism for Children _ BLADE.

4. Teaching Children to Kill _ THE BUTCHER BOY.

5. Tying for Most New Age, False Religion Award _ WHAT DREAMS MAY COME.

6. Worst Promotion of Anti-Christian Occultism _ PRACTICAL MAGIC.

7. Tying for Worst Pedophilia _ HAPPINESS and LOLITA.

8. Worst Anti-Christian Sex Farce _ ORGAZMO.

9. Worst Perversion _ THE OPPOSITE OF SEX.

10. Worst Pro-Suicide Propaganda for Teenagers _ DEAD MAN ON CAMPUS.

11. Tying for the Most Banal”Nerd Gets the Girl Before Her Wedding”Revisionist Histories _ ELIZABETH and SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE.

12. Worst Frankfurt School Antinomian Revisionist Propaganda _ PLEASANTVILLE.

13. Worst Infomercial for Political Correctness _ PRIMARY COLORS.

14. Worst Anti-Jewish Feminism _ A PRICE ABOVE RUBIES.

15. Worst Anti-Christian Revisionist History _ DANGEROUS BEAUTY.

16. Most Shrill Proclamation of Anti-Christian, Anti-Communist, Darwinian Individualism _ AYN RAND: A SENSE OF LIFE.

17. Worst Sleaze _ BASEKETBALL.

18. Worst Drug Promotion _ FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS.

19. Worst Content _ VERY BAD THINGS.

20. Dumbest Bad _ KRIPPENDORF’S TRIBE.

A special”Unbearable Television Award”goes to”From Jesus to Christ: The Early Christians,”a documentary in PBS’s Frontline series, which”combines scripture, skepticism and pretentious German higher criticism to form a very confused portrait of Christianity.” DEA END RABEY