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Q&O: Why an MFA? Also: Muppets! Korean Cinema! U2! God’s Not Dead! And more.

Q&A time! If you’re interested in MFA programs, Korean cinema, Muppets, God’s Not Dead, U2, or my dubious opinions… here we go! [Read more...]

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God’s Not Dead — Movie’s Not Fair (Updated!)

Now, two of the finest film critics in Christian media agree: There’s something quite contrary to the spirit of the Gospel at the heart of the smash-hit “Christian Movie” God’s Not Dead. [Read more...]

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Cover Your Ears! I’m Rambling on a Podcast and a Radio Program.

This weekend, I’m a guest on “Tapestry with Mary Hynes” on CBC radio and, in some places, on NPR. Also, on Monday I’ll join a panel discussion on “Noah” at The Kindlings Muse. You’re invited! [Read more...]

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Noah (2014): Part Two of a Two-Part Commentary

In which two very different moviegoers wrestle with Noah, and with some of the questions that the movie asks. [Read more...]

Noah tries to take cover from the flood of wrathful judgment cast by quick-to-anger, presumptuous, unmerciful religious moviegoers.

Noah (2014): Part One of A Two-Part Commentary

Darren Aronofsky made an epic Old Testament movie in which he wrestled with some of humankind’s most difficult questions. And Christians responded with admirable attention, grace, intelligence, and humility. Right? No? That didn’t happen? [Read more...]

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All The Noah That’s Fit to Print (Updated!)

Let’s focus on the reviews of Noah that demonstrate an actual love for movies, an interest in our neighbor Darren Aronofsky, and a willingness to engage his ideas. [Read more...]

A viscorclaw — one of the creepiest critters you'll encounter in The Ale Boy's Feast. Illustration by animator Ken Priebe.

Three Years Ago Today, We Raised Our Glasses to the Ale Boy

“This is my favorite fantasy series,” says the latest Amazon reviewer of The Ale Boy’s Feast, the fourth and final book in my series of fantasy novels called The Auralia Thread. “I recommend it to everyone 13 through 120.” [Read more...]

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The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

Every scene was like a spectacular frosted pastry with a sharp object baked into the middle of it. [Read more...]

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Seven Films That the Oscars Forgot

Now would be a great time to catch up with what the Oscars missed. And they missed a lot. Good news: Most of those titles are now easily accessible for you to enjoy at home. [Read more...]

Girl Rising

Girl Rising: A Film About Horrors, But It’s Not a Horror Movie

“I’m told my mother burst into tears when she learned my sex. She set me aside in the dirt.” [Read more...]

Still Reeling: The Passion of the Christ Revisited

Would I now disagree with the review I wrote ten years ago? Would I flinch to read what I wrote back then? [Read more...]

What’s So Funny? – Part 2

When movies make fun of religious characters, should we laugh? [Read more...]

What’s So Funny?

A criminal steals a baby. Are you laughing? A rabbi uses Jesus’ name in vain? Is that funny? [Read more...]

The Incredibles (and Other 10-Year-Old Films); Jesus Films; Matt Zoller Seitz; Scott Cairns

This week, special thanks go out to Brad Bird, Matt Zoller Seitz, and more. Find out why. [Read more...]

Put Your Name in the Credits

Breaking news! The times, they are a-changin’ here at Looking Closer with Jeffrey Overstreet. [Read more...]

Not Gonna Bow: Notes on the Oscars

It appears that a lot of people have completely misunderstood what cinema is for, concluding that it’s all some big cockamamie competition. [Read more...]

Is Groundhog Day the Most Meaningful Comedy Ever? Or The Truman Show?

On Monday, I’m going to share a special two-part post on comedy. That’s because the great Steven Greydanus of The National Catholic Register is stirring up conversation about great comedies with his introduction to the newly published Arts and Faith Top 25 Divine Comedies.  [Read more...]

The Great Beauty (2013)

I’ve just seen “The Great Beauty” and I’m still a little bit drunk on its imagery. It’s a feast for those with big appetites for beauty on the big screen. But alas, the meal is soured by a bitter syrup. [Read more...]

Before You See That Noah Movie, Read This…

Here’s an article about the upcoming “Noah” movie that’s sure to rub some Christian readers the wrong way. But Darren Aronofsky likes it. So does Russell Crowe. And so do I. [Read more...]

Listen Closer: St. Vincent, Beck, Neneh Cherry, Lost in the Trees… and U2

Got headphones? [Read more...]

Hard to Be a God — The Science Fiction Film of the Decade?

This film first won my attention when one of my favorite film critics rated it a perfect “10.” I began to dig for information. What is this movie? Why such a bold title? [Read more...]

Now You Can Watch the Zany Adventure Movie That America Missed

Looking for an escape? Searching for an exciting, hilarious, fun adventure film for the whole family? I highly recommend Luc Besson’s The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec. Globe-trotting adventure, over-the-top comedy, extravagant costumes, Egyptian tomb-raiding, and a rampaging pterodactyl… this movie has all of that and more. And it just arrived on Netflix. [Read more...]

The LEGO Movie (2014)

The LEGO Movie is, at once, a movie with more laughs-per-minute than any recent comedy I can remember; the greatest LEGO invention of all time; and a thrilling summons to unleash our own creativity — not only with our LEGOs, but with our lives. [Read more...]

Me? Interviewed for The New Yorker? What a Surprise…

I’ve just been informed that Sam Sweet at The New Yorker has published a piece about “The Christian Oscars.” I play a supporting role — not in the “Christian Oscars” (thank goodness) but in the article. I’m as surprised about this development as you probably are. I spoke with Sam a couple of days ago. He [Read More...]

Six Movies to Revisit Before You See The LEGO Movie

I encourage you to revisit this short list of movies before you go watch the LEGOs this weekend. Why? Let me explain… [Read more...]

Philip Seymour Hoffman: The Actor, The Philosopher, The Master, The Wrestler

I feel like I’ve been hit by a truck this morning, trying to absorb the reports that drug addiction has apparently taken the magnificent actor Philip Seymour Hoffman from us. [Read more...]

Through a Screen Darkly by Martha Bayles is New. Through a Screen Darkly by That Other Cultural Critic is 7 Years Old!

My book Through a Screen Darkly was published in 2007. Martha Bayles’ book, grabbing the same title, was published in January 2014. I’m going to take that as a compliment. [Read more...]

In Case You Missed It: Personal Highlights of 2013

I am so grateful for evenings, weekends, and coffee breaks. Those are the chances I have to share what I do best. I hope that some of it was useful to you in 2013. Here are some of the highlights of my past year… [Read more...]

Her (2013): A Guest Review by Lauren Wilford

Guest reviewer Lauren Wilford on Spike Jonze’s new film: “Depending on your perspective, Her has either an amazing elevator pitch or an awful one: ‘A guy falls in love with his iPhone.’” [Read more...]

Listen Closer: St. Vincent, Bruce Springsteen, Damien Jurado, Rosanne Cash, and More

It’s a good day for fans of St. Vincent, Bruce Springsteen, Damien Jurado, Rosanne Cash, Stephen Malkmus, and Sharon Jones. [Read more...]