“Miracles From Heaven” (Columbia)

Jennifer Garner, Queen Latifah and Kylie Rogers star in a scene from the movie "Miracles From Heaven." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS photo/Columbia Pictures)

By Catholic News Service

Remarkable fact-based story of a 10-year-old Texas girl (Kylie Rogers) who develops a rare, painful and incurable disease that prevents her body from digesting food. Though her parents (Jennifer Garner and Martin Henderson) are both churchgoers, persistent Mom — after struggling to obtain a correct diagnosis and access to the care of a kindly specialist (Eugenio Derbez) — loses her faith in the face of her daughter’s current torment and impending death. Yet a startling, almost inexplicable, turnaround awaits her.

While it’s clearly designed for believers, and sometimes feels padded, director Patricia Riggen’s squeaky clean drama minimizes neither its protagonist’s crisis of doubt nor the larger mystery of innocent suffering.

Mature themes, potentially upsetting incidents and medical procedures. The Catholic News Service classification is A-II — adults and adolescents. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG — parental guidance suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children.

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