“Harry Potter’s Story is God’s Plan and Our Hope.”

Two reviews by mainstream film reviewers have been published: Kenneth Turan and A.O. Scott.Meanwhile, the rest of the reviewers seem to be following the rules that they agreed to follow before they were given the privilege of an advance screening.(It bugs me that I have to respect the studio's instructions about when to publish my review, or face the consequences, while the big shots just publish whenever they please, and they don't even get a slap on the wrist. This embargo system do … [Read more...]

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001)

[Here's my own original review, which was first published at the original Looking Closer website on January 21, 2001. I also covered the Christian media coverage of Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone in Christianity Today's Film Forum.]-For the record, I'm not a big fan of the Harry Potter books — So already I'm in the minority. And many will immediately disqualify my opinion of the film because of it.But Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone is a film now, and needs to be fairly t … [Read more...]