The Song “Shares the Weaknesses of Most Faith-Based Films”

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I've received two emails this week asking for my opinion of The Song. This is what I can offer... … [Read more...]

Looking Closer at The Hundred-Foot Journey

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As I joined the line to buy tickets for a mid-afternoon matinee showing of Guardians of the Galaxy, I had a rare and unsettling experience. A large crowd had assembled at the ticket counter, and I quickly discovered that these moviegoers had come for the opening-day matinee of a movie that I did not know existed.Somehow, I had failed to notice any promotional effort at all for Lasse Haalstrom's The Hundred Foot Journey. … [Read more...]

This Post Contains R-Rated Subject Matter: Viewer Discretion is Advised.

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Watching the trailers before Chef on Friday night, I was reminded by the smirking comments of viewers around me that the "This Motion Picture is Rated..." screen before a preview does as much, if not more, to intrigue viewers about the violence, language, or nudity included in the film than it does to dissuade anybody, or to warn parents about the content of the film.It's been obvious for decades in the way the announcer on television says "Viewer discretion advised!", his sinister tone … [Read more...]

In Memory of My Friend, My Boss, My Mentor: Jennifer Gilnett

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The last 13 days have been a harrowing experience of heartbreak and loss for me and many who are close to me. I haven't said anything about it here at Looking Closer, but I think the time has come. … [Read more...]

Have You Ever Changed Your Mind About a Movie? (or How I Got “Dead Poets Society” Wrong)

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Alissa Wilkinson, chief film critic for Christianity Today, asked me if I've ever changed my mind about a movie... and would I write about that? So I'm asking you. What's a movie you loved the first time, or hated the first time, and then experienced a total change of mind? I chose to write about Dead Poet's Society. He's how I began my response to Alissa... … [Read more...]

U2′s Songs of Innocence: Not Bad for Four Guys in Their Mid-50s!

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Okay, for the one reader out there who doesn't know: You can download the new U2 album for free right now on iTunes.In something just short of a resurrection, U2 is back and — to my surprise and delight — they sound reinvigorated, inspired, and amazing.Thanks, my brothers.This was a generous surprise, a big blast of sunshine and joy during a season of shadow and heartbreak.And after one listen, I'm a happier U2 record-listener than I've been since March 4, 1997.... And appare … [Read more...]

She’s Growing Up So Fast! Auralia’s Colors is 7 Years Old


My first novel Auralia's Colors — currently on sale at Amazon for a bargain price — is 7 years old today!She's growing up so fast.  … [Read more...]

Q&O: What I’d Change in My Memoir. My Favorite Moviegoing Companion. Top Albums of 2014 So Far. Why You Rarely See Me Smile. More “Noah” Bashing. And More!

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"You're going to a movie: Who do you call and invite to go with you?""Why are you such a movie snob?""What's your favorite album of 2014 so far?""Why do you rarely smile in pictures?"Questions are coming in, so... time for another Q & O = Question and Overstreet! … [Read more...]

Best Use of Music in a Movie: Share Your Favorites

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On Twitter, the poet Amy Newman asked me to share my pick for "Best Use of Music in a Movie."When a poet as gifted as Amy Newman asks you a question, you answer it. … [Read more...]

First Impressions of Steve James’ Film About Roger Ebert: Life Itself


"Drama holds a mirror up to life, but needn't reproduce it."Roger, Roger, Roger. Here I am watching a film about your departure, and I'm still jotting down things you said that will be worth quoting in my own film reviews. … [Read more...]