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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

You’re Not a Sexist Moviegoer. Or… Are You?

We’re about halfway through 2014, and as I look at the Top 20 Box Office hits so far, something troubles me. Where are the substantial leading roles for women? I’m not talking about wicked queens in fairy tales and Hunger Games-style action heroes. I mean women. You know… women who inhabit worlds like ours. [Read more...]

How to Train Your Dragon 2: How to Spoil a Sequel

This isn’t really a review of How to Train Your Dragon 2. It’s more of a sigh of disappointment. This movie starts the engines of so many interesting story possibilities, and then devolves into just another “Come at me, bro!” battle spectacle. [Read more...]

Looking Closer at How to Train Your Dragon 2

I’m thinking about seeing “How to Train Your Dragon 2.” So I’m consulting the opinons of Steven Greydanus, Scott Renshaw, Tasha Robinson, and Susan Wloszczyna… [Read more...]

There Are No “Good People” and “Bad People”: A Must-Read Response to the Hurt and the Heroism at Seattle Pacific University

What really happened at Seattle Pacific University on Thursday? Did a “bad guy” show up on campus? Did “good guys” overcome him? [Read more...]

Pray for Seattle Pacific University.

Thursday afternoon: Report 1 – 4:30pm. : I am in a conference room here at Seattle Pacific University with the staff of University Communications — my coworkers — and with some of our amazing student interns, some of whom have been preparing for graduation. Please pray for our community. Over the coming days, we will [Read More...]

Confessions of an X-Men Ex-Fan [Revised]

I’m not going to try to talk anybody out of liking “Days of Future Past.” I can see why it’s getting such great reviews. But in the whole film, I found only one sequence particularly memorable… [Read more...]

Why Moviegoers Everywhere Must Learn to Say “Zvyagintsev”

If you hear film buffs shouting “Zvyagintsev!” in the coming months, do not say “Gesundheit.” The proper response is this: “When do I get to see Leviathan?” [Read more...]

Gadzooks! A Godzilla for Malick Fans?

Here are some of the more intriguing paragraphs I’ve read about Godzilla… [Read more...]

Surely J. J. Abrams Can Do Better: Phantom Menace at 15

I know, I know. Take a deep breath. Let go of your anger, young Jedi. [Read more...]

Aragorn’s Favorite Peter Jackson Movie (Hint: It’s Not The Return of the King)

It’s another return of the king! Aragorn is back, and he has some kingly wisdom to share with us… [Read more...]


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