Interview: Patricia Riggen on The 33 and the Challenges of Being a Female Director

“I’ve been very lucky,” Patricia Riggen says when discussing her career as a female director, a profession historically dominated by men. Read more

Spectre (Mendes, 2015)

Spectre (★★★) starts strong, overstays its welcome, overshoots its marks, and ends up a big mess. There is enough good here to make it enjoyable, especially if you like these sorts of movies. But the film doesn’t quite live up to the the rabid anticipation it seems to have succeeded in building. Read more

“How Can I Get Screeners?”

Kenneth R. Morefield explains why, no, you cannot borrow his screener. Read more

Arts & Faith Ecumenical Jury Nominee — Stations of the Cross (Brüggemann, 2015)

Jesus Camp meets Breaking the Waves. Read more

Sex, Death and Bowling (Walker, 2015)

Adrian Grenier almost always charms in charming movies. Read more

Bridge of Spies (Spielberg, 2015)

The first half of Bridge of Spies is Spielberg at his finest. Read more

The Ballet Boys (Elvebakk, 2015)

The Ballet Boys (★★½) doesn’t quite hold our attention as strongly as First Position, but it should nevertheless please its target audience. The film focuses on the high-school experiences of three aspiring dancers training in Norway. Lukas is introduced first. His parents tell us he often doesn’t get home before nine o’clock. One of the other dances admits that Lukas trains “the longest” and “the hardest.” Syvert comes across as more ambivalent. “Maybe I’ll be an engineer,” he says about… Read more

In My Father’s House (Stern and Sundberg, 2015)

“I want my dad in my life, but I grew up with addicts…” Read more

Sleeping with Other People (Headland, 2015)

I started to write that it took me a week to decide whether or not I liked Sleeping with Other People (★★), Leslye Headland’s Millenial riff on When Harry Met Sally, but that wasn’t true. It took me a week to accept and come to terms with the fact that I didn’t. Read more

Finding Noah (Baum, 2015)

To those who are like me, who were always taught that God does not intend for the Ark to be found and any attempt to locate it is a challenge to God, there is a surprise in how much enjoyment and illumination can be gained from Brent Baum’s documentary, Finding Noah: An Adventure of Faith. Read more


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