What began seven years ago as an off-season scrimmage between a few lacrosse teams has turned into a full blown jamboree with more than 35 teams coming together to play and also raise money for local kids diagnosed with cancer.
Almost 30 years ago, Adrian Lyne directed “Fatal Attraction.” His film took a fairly basic thriller premise and distinguished it with Oscar-caliber performances, a well-structured screenplay, and legitimate terror. Since then, we’ve gotten numerous retreads like “Swinfan,” “Obsessed” and now, quite possibly the dumbest of all, “The Boy Next Door.” Even if “Fatal Attraction” never existed, though, “The Boy Next Door” would still be a downright embarrassing standalone movie. How embarrassing is it? So embarrassing that the audiences for “General Hospital” and “Days of Our Lives” would boo it off-screen.
This photo released by Universal Pictures shows, Ryan Guzman, left, as Noah and Jennifer Lopez as Claire Peterson in a scene from the film, "The Boy Next Door." (AP Photo/Universal Pictures, Suzanne Hanover)
While 2014 brought us a ton of tremendous blockbusters about superheroes, LEGOS, and talking raccoons, it was also a banner year for smaller movies about life itself. No matter what the budget, this year had no shortage of great films. Today we’ll be taking a look at my 10 personal favorites.
The Boys and Girls Clubs of the East Valley is the first organization in Arizona to be awarded a free after-school sports-based youth development program created by the U.S. Soccer Foundation that uses soccer as a tool to improve the health and behavioral outcomes for children in underserved, urban communities.
Running is what helped Ahwatukee Foothills resident Angela Cochran cope when her son began having seizures at just 2 years old. And now, with the seizures under control, it’s running that is helping her pay it forward to Phoenix Children’s Hospital.
Sometimes God comes right out and tells us what to do. Matthew 7.12 says, “Treat others the way you would like them to treat you.” Now it doesn’t get much more black and white than that. At other times, He can be more subtle. Jesus often spoke in parables and afterwards his disciples had to say, “What in the heck were you talking about back there.”