The Interview (Goldberg and Rogen, 2014)

It turns out the joke is on us. [Read more...]


Into the Woods (Marshall, 2014)

The cow as white as milk, the cape as red as blood, the hair as yellow as corn, and the slipper as pure as gold. [Read more...]


2014 Arts & Faith Ecumenical Jury Awards — Winners

The Ecumenical Jury nominated over sixty films for consideration and then faced the daunting task of winnowing down that rich field to the ten films we felt wire most worthy of recognition. [Read more...]

December 2014

2014 Top Ten

What made this particular list difficult to shape was that I had five films I was enthusiastic about and another twenty hovering on the plateau just below them. [Read more...]


The Thin Place #51: Calvary–Good or Great?

Kenneth R. Morefield and Todd C. Truffin discuss the movie Calvary in the latest podcast episode of The Thin Place. [Read more...]

Reese Witherspoon as Cheryl Strayed, in "Wild"

Wild (Jean-Marc Vallee, 2014)

Director Jean-Marc Vallee, screenwriter Nick Hornby, and actors Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern combine superbly in this story of self-transformation by way of a long wilderness trek. [Read more...]


The Appalachian Trail: An American Legacy (Sam Henegar, 2014)

This brief documentary appealingly serves up a history lesson, along with plenty of lovely outdoor imagery. [Read more...]

Glen Campbell on stage, in "Glen Campbell:  I'll Be Me"

Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me (dir. James Keach, 2014)

James Keach’s “fly on the wall” documentary covering Glen Campbell’s farewell tour succeeds as a family portrait centered upon a man in decline due to Alzheimer’s, even if it overreaches slightly as a public service announcement. [Read more...]


Ask Me Anything (Burnett, 2014)

Katie may be promiscuous, but it’s unclear whether Burnett is condemning or endorsing modern, female sexuality. [Read more...]


“It Was a Christian Movement” — Wendell Pierce on Selma

I think that was the combination of the two: the political strategy of understanding what advocacy could do, understanding what God could do in non-violence, but [also] understanding that they were men and women of faith trying to appeal to the hearts of other men and women of faith. [Read more...]