Damsels in Distress (2011) – A Looking Closer Film Forum

A Looking Closer Film Forum is an evolving "conversation" among critics... a "round-table" review of perspectives from critics I regularly consult as I revise my list of viewing priorities. In this case, I've seen the movie, but didn't emerge with much to say about it. I think I need to see it a second time. Either Damsels has a lot of good things on its mind that never cohere into a satisfying comedy for me, or I just need more time to think about and appreciate its finer points. These … [Read more...]

Bleepity bleep.

More than a decade ago, when I was writing for Christianity Today's movie-review website, I quickly grew weary of hearing from moviegoers who believe that we should condemn films in which characters cuss. So, I invited a variety of Christians who write film reviews to offer their opinions on "foul language" and whether or not Ted Baehr's Movieguide and other "morality checklist" review sites are justified in their blanket condemnation of movies in which expletives occur. You can revisit … [Read more...]

The Presidents of the United States of America

As America waits to see Steven Spielberg's Abraham Lincoln film, starring Daniel Day-Lewis in what some are treating as an automatic Oscar-winning performance, here comes another "Hail to the Chief!" kind of movie, starring Bill "He's Overdue" Murray as FDR. Here's the trailer for Hyde Park on the Hudson. … [Read more...]

Chariots of Fire (1981)

I've written a two-part reflection on the 1981 film Chariots of Fire, which is appearing at Good Letters, the blog hosted by IMAGE. Part One Part Two It's not really a film review. It's more of a personal consideration of the film: what I remember of its reception among Christian moviegoers, what I loved about the movie when I was a kid, how it changed my life in college, what it's saying to me now. If you want to read a more straightforward film review, here's one from Steven Greydanus. … [Read more...]


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