Eastern Promises (2007)

This review was originally published at Christianity Today.-In 2004, screenwriter Stephen Knight went prowling in the London underworld and found one of the year's best big-screen stories—Dirty Pretty Things. In that film, illegal immigrants accepted laborious, thankless, humiliating jobs just to scrape up enough cash to survive. For some, desperation led to dangerous deals, like selling their bodily organs to the black market. But the underworld's overlord was eventually challenged by a … [Read more...]

Violence’s Spirituality

Is A History of Violence a "spiritual film"?The Revealer takes a look at the spiritual questions of A History of Violence.Thank goodness somebody's taking a look (besides the various Christian film critics I've quoted in tomorrow's Film Forum).  … [Read more...]

A History of Violence (2005)

This review was originally publishedat Christianity Today Movies.-The Godfather saga. Apocalypse Now. Full Metal Jacket. Unforgiven. The Passion of the Christ. They've all been rightfully celebrated as artful, original explorations of dark subject matter, unflinching in their portrayals of human evil. Each film leaves viewers exhausted, bruised by depictions of gross violence. This is not mere "entertainment." Many viewers would be wise to avoid them altogether. Not all sensibilities are … [Read more...]