Faith-based film 'Overcomer' set to hit theaters this weekend

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Aryn Wright-Thompson, Alex Kendrick and Priscilla Shirer in “Overcomer.”

Whether people are looking for a little bit of hope or just need a little bit of encouragement, faith-based films released to theaters over the past few years have done surprisingly well at the box office.

Expectations for the newest one, “Overcomer,” releasing to theaters this weekend, are set just as high.

Released in 2015, “War Room” has a total gross income of nearly $68 million and 2018’s film “I Can Only Imagine” brought in a total gross income of $83.4 million.

The Kendrick brothers, Alex and Stephen, wrote “War Room“ and they teamed up again to write this film, with Alex also directing and playing a main character.

In the film, life changes overnight for coach John Harrison (Kendrick, “Fireproof” and “Courageous”) when his high school basketball team and state championship dreams are crushed under the weight of the unexpected news that the largest manufacturing plant has shuts down and hundreds of families are leaving town.

John questions how he and his family will face an uncertain future. After reluctantly agreeing to coach cross-country, John and his wife, Amy (Shari Rigby, “October Baby” and “Wildflower), meet an aspiring athlete Hannah Scott (Aryn Wright-Thompson) who’s pushing her limits on a journey toward discovery.

Inspired by the words and prayers of a new-found friend, John becomes the least likely coach helping the least likely runner attempt the impossible in the biggest race of the year.

Motivational speaker, author and Christian evangelist Priscilla Shirer played a lead role in “War Room” and will take on the role of principal Olivia Brooks in this film.

There are no critic ratings yet for this film. It’s rated PG for some thematic elements.

Other films making their way to theaters this weekend include:

n “Brittany Runs a Marathon,” directed by Paul Downs Colaizzo and staring Jillian Bell, Michaela Watkins, Utkarsh Ambudkar and Lil Rel Howery. Brittany Forgler is a hilarious, friendly, hot mess of a New Yorker who always knows how to have a good time, but at 27, her late-night adventures and early-morning walks-of-shame are starting to catch up to her. When she stops by a Yelp-recommended doctor’s office in an attempt to score some Adderall, she finds herself slapped with a prescription she never wanted.

This film is rated R for language throughout, sexuality and some drug material.

n “Angel Has Fallen,” directed by Ric Roman Waugh and staring Gerard Butler, Morgan Freeman, Jada Pickett Smith, Lance Redding and Piper Perabo. When there is an assassination attempt on U.S. President Allan Trumbull, his trusted confidant, Secret Service Agent Mike Banning, is wrongfully accused and taken into custody. After escaping from capture, he becomes a man on the run and must evade his own agency and outsmart the FBI in order to find the real threat to the President.

This film is rated R for violence and language throughout.

The synopsis for each film was taken from rottentomatoes.com.

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