Catwoman (2004)

This review was originally published at Christianity Today. •Reviewing Catwoman, a film critic can take the easy road: find the most readily available derogatory metaphor relating to cats."It's the pick of the litter box," for starters. Or, "This kitty's just roadkill that's been left to bake in the sun too long." Too grisly? How about, "The summer's biggest hairball!" No, that was probably used in a review of Garfield—still, Garfield looks good compared to Catwoman. Critics will have a … [Read more...]

More Than Half a Picture

Slate's got the good news... … [Read more...]

Coffee and Cigarettes (2003)

This review was originally published at Christianity Today.-If you could sit down and have a cup of coffee with anybody in the world alive today, who would you choose?Filmmaker Jim Jarmusch has done even better than that. He's brought together many of his favorite pop culture figures and filmed them while they talk to each other over cups of coffee. He's been doing this for twenty years, and now moviegoers get to enjoy the results. Coffee and Cigarettes is a film for people who want … [Read more...]

SHOCKER! Christian Critics Hate ‘Saved!’

Right on cue, Christian film critics are lining up to condemn Saved! for being a "hateful attack on Christianity."What it is, in fact, is a spot-on satire about the manipulative, militant tactics of many evangelical Christians who give the faith a bad name with their codes of conformity. … [Read more...]

Three Reflections on The Passion, Post-Hubbub

In the latest issue of SPU's Response, Todd Rendleman, film instructor, and Rob Wall, professor of the Christian Scriptures, join me in offering reflections on The Passion of the Christ now that the hubbub has died down. … [Read more...]

Another Scholar Calls DaVinci Code’s Bluff

Who's next in line? … [Read more...]

A Movie That Needs to Be Made

It's been made before, but rarely seen. This true story has a plot that should captivate the imagination of some filmmakers out there... … [Read more...]

A Verse for Writers and Other Artists

As I plunge headlong through a jam-packed, stress-heavy workday, I am reminded of a Scripture verse I found quoted recently in a devotional...  … [Read more...]

Troy – A Movie Review for the Sports Page

Here, at long last, is my review of Troy, written in a caffeine-induced haze last night. I was wishing I was at home watching more episodes of the great Aaron Sorkin-scripted TV show Sports Night, and that preference may have influenced what I said in my review... … [Read more...]

Anne Quote of the Day

One of the reasons I married Anne is that, while I'm trying to look closer at movies and music and other arts, she's looking closer at what God has made.Yesterday, out of the clear blue, after a silent minute in the car, she suddenly said, … [Read more...]


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