From the Director of “Metropolitan” and “The Last Days of Disco”

I’m excited to find, among the new Netflix original series, “The Cosmopolitans,” a new series from Whit Stillman. [Read more...]

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Critics Vs. Audiences: Whom Shall We Trust?

When I shared some reviews that question the quality of a faith-based film, I received a scornful comment.  [Read more...]

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Looking Closer at When the Game Stands Tall

“When the Game Stands Tall” is getting a lot of attention in evangelical Christian culture because it’s a match made in evangelical Christian movie heaven: It’s about football, and it stars Jim Ca-jeezus. [Read more...]

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The Flood Hits Home Video: Give Noah a Chance

Since Aronofsky’s surprisingly (and maddeningly) controversial film “Noah” has finally arrived on home video (video on demand, streaming, blu-ray, and DVD), let me point you to my own review and the best reviews of the film I have come across to date. [Read more...]

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Who Among Us Is Thirsty? — A Reflection on the Loss of Robin Williams

I am sick at heart over the loss of one of my favorite imaginations. [Read more...]

Looking Closer at Lucy

I haven’t seen “Lucy” yet … but the clash of opinions about it among critics I respect has been entertaining and intriguing. [Read more...]

Overstreet’s Favorite Films of 2014 — So Far

What are your top five favorite films of the year so far? Most reviewers post their “Best of 2014 So Far” lists at the end of June, because that’s the year’s halfway point. But since a lot of films that qualify as 2014 films for American moviegoers because they opened in New York and L.A. [Read More...]

Boyhood (2014): A Three-Part Response

In which I think through Richard Linklater’s movie “Boyhood” by interviewing my 7-year-old self, my 15-year-old self, and my 20-year-old self… [Read more...]

Back to the Budapest Hotel: Second Impressions

Under the cover of night, Monsieur Gustave (Ralph Fiennes) escapes from prison and finds that “The Divine Zero” (Tony Revolori) has dutifully arrived to rescue him… [Read more...]

Overheard at the Movies: Persecuted, Noah, Wish I Was Here, Life Itself, I Origins, and A Most Wanted Man

Does the film about Roger Ebert get a “thumbs up” at Christianity Today? Is Persecuted an “overwrought, alarmist cog in the paranoia machine”? Is Noah “laughable and silly”? Does Wish I Was Here peddle “mushy feel-goodisms”? And how is Philip Seymour Hoffman in A Most Wanted Man? [Read more...]

Trailer Mix: Which Trailer Works for You?

Okay, moviegoers… today’s questions are: Which trailer is most effective? Which one makes you say, “I’m going to see that!” And why? [Read more...]

Looking Closer at Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Movie Reviewer so busy! Movie Reviewer scrambling to keep up with interesting movies this summer. Movie Reviewer not have time yet for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. But Movie Reviewer reading lots of interesting reviews from respectable critics… [Read more...]

Overheard at the Movies: Magic in the Moonlight, The Insider, Planes: Fire & Rescue, Mood Indigo

Here are clips from a few intriguing things I’ve overheard at the movies this week, regarding Woody Allen’s new movie; my favorite Michael Mann film; Disney’s latest talking-vehicle adventure; and the latest fantasy from Eternal Sunshine‘s Michel Gondry… [Read more...]

The Prince of Egypt Returns…

Didja hear? Disney’s asked the writer of Transformers to pen the script for a live-action version of… Dumbo.  Seems to be the thing to do now: Turn animated classics into live-action versions that nobody wants. Along the same lines, remember Dreamworks’ animated epic The Prince of Egypt? Well… doesn’t this look an awful lot a live-action version [Read More...]

Summer Reading Bargain: Auralia’s Colors is Less Than $5 at Amazon

This summer, Amazon is offering you Auralia’s Colors — both the paperback edition and the Kindle edition — for less than $5. [Read more...]

Five Years Later: Pixar’s Up Remains an Achievem- … SQUIRREL!

This summer is the fifth anniversary of the theatrical release of Up, and it is standing the test of time as one of Pixar’s greats. If it weren’t for the “dogfighting” at the end, which took things a bit too far for me (talking dogs — okay, I’ll go there, but talking dogs that fly [Read More...]

The 2014 Looking Closer Beauty Pageant — Contestant 3: Gloria

Just so happens that the first two contestants in the 2014 Looking Closer Beauty pageant were Polish. Now it’s time to meet the third contestant. She’s from Chile… [Read more...]

A Novelist, A Horror Filmmaker, and Two Critics: Conversations Worth Hearing

Scott Derrickson, Alissa Wilkinson, Sara Zarr, Steven Greydanus… listen to all of these inspiring Christians talking to each other about art and criticism! [Read more...]

Viewer Discussion Advised! 12 Steps to More Rewarding Moviegoing

Share this with your family and friends. Make a copy for your pastor. And start your own church-basement movie club! But be sneaky about it. The first rule of Sight Club is this: Don’t talk about Sight Club. [Read more...]

The 2014 Looking Closer Beauty Pageant – Contestant 2: Ewa

“The Immigrant” is going to bless those who love cinema more than entertainment, who want something to think about and talk about instead of something to pass the time. [Read more...]

The 2014 Looking Closer Beauty Pageant — Contestant 1: Ida

Welcome to the 2014 Looking Closer Beauty Pageant. So far this year, I’ve found four compelling contestants who manifest a different definition of beauty than the one embraced by popular culture. And it should come as no surprise that these characters appear in movies that have barely made a blip at the box office. [Read more...]


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