Critics Vs. Audiences: Whom Shall We Trust?

Sin City 2

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

Looking Closer at When the Game Stands Tall

when the game stands tall

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

The Flood Hits Home Video: Give Noah a Chance

Noah bluray

Here comes the flood. Again. … [Read more...]

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

Robin Williams as Parry

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

Looking Closer at Lucy

Lucy movie

"I have a confession to make," said a former professor of mine when we sat down to talk over lunch.He looked genuinely troubled."Okay," I said, a bit anxious, stirring the ice cubes in my tea.He ran his fingers through his hair until it stood up straight. He glowered down at the shrimp in his stir fry. He sighed and said..."I went and and saw Lucy." … [Read more...]

Overstreet’s Favorite Films of 2014 — So Far

faves 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. in December won't be accessible elsewhere until January, February, or even March in other major cities, so, well... I figured I'd wait until the end of July to mark a more accurate cinema-year halfway … [Read more...]

Boyhood (2014): A Three-Part Response


Here's a three-part post on Richard Linklater's movie Boyhood:1) In which I interview my 7-year-old self, my 14-year-old self, and my 20-year-old self... and it turns into a tense and uncomfortable conversation about our differing perspectives.2) Some reflections on just how meaningful this movie can be for us right now.3) What some of my favorite film reviewers are saying about Boyhood.  … [Read more...]

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

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?My own movie-reviewing work has slowed down this month due to the fact that I'm busy earning my MFA. (I am, however, prepping my review of Boyhood.) But I'm listening to the chatter about all kinds of films, and I'm … [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...]

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

Magic in the Moonlight

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...]