The Island (Ostrov) (2006)

Ostrov - The Island

This review was previously published as an installment of Jeffrey Overstreet's "Through a Screen Darkly" column at Christianity Today.-A certain hunger sets in after film critics have spent the summer chasing down all of the big-budget action movies and sophomoric comedies.This summer was no exception. We thrilled to the latest special effects (Iron Man), laughed at flashes of inspired audacity (Tropic Thunder), and threw out the trash (Space Chimps, Fly Me to the Moon, The House … [Read more...]

It Came Upon a Big Screen Clear: An examination of overlooked, underrated Christmas films

Here's the latest installment in the Through a Screen Darkly series at Christianity Today...It Came Upon a Big Screen ClearHoliday movies don't often depict the real Christmas story, but when they do, it's a light shining in the darkness. … [Read more...]

The Tale of Despereaux (2008)

This review of The Tale of Despereaux was originally published at Christianity Today.-Kate DiCamillo's book The Tale of Despereaux is an enchanting story about a mouse with the heart of a hero. Already considered a classic, this Newberry Award winner is a favorite of families and children's librarians everywhere.And now The Tale of Despereaux — or something vaguely resembling it — is a movie. Director Sam Fell is no stranger to rodents; he directed Dreamworks' Flushed Away. But where  … [Read more...]


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