The St. Louis Post begins its review of The Shack with “If Octavia Spencer is God, then Lord, take me to church.” Based on the New York Times best-selling novel, this week’s movie at the Coliseum Theatre takes theater goers on a father’s uplifting spiritual journey. After suffering a family tragedy, Mack Phillips [Sam Worthington] spirals into a deep depression causing him to question his innermost beliefs. Facing a crisis of faith, he receives a mysterious letter urging him to an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Despite his doubts, Mack journeys to the shack and encounters a mysterious trio of strangers led by a woman named Papa [Octavia Spencer]. Through this meeting, Mack finds important truths that will transform his understanding of his tragedy and change his life forever.
Critic Comments: “The Shack has a real chance to connect commercially, because even though its drama is mushy, at heart it’s a bit of a theme-park ride: the movie in which you get to know what it’s like to hang out with God and make friends with Jesus.” (Variety) “I believe there is no role Octavia Spencer can’t play with convincing feeling and an impeccably straight face. In this instance, as readers of the William P. Young fable will already have guessed, Ms. Spencer follows in the footsteps of George Burns and Morgan Freeman by playing God…” (The Wall Street Journal) “The brand of Christianity on display here is an idealized form of spirituality that’s inclusive, relaxed and open. … there are some nuggets of wisdom that do resonate, regardless of personal belief.”” (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
The Shack will be shown at the Coliseum Theater, 100 North Maple Street, Lamoni on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 6:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. It is rated PPG-13 by the MPAA for thematic material including some violence. It runs for 132 minutes.
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