Does “V for Vendetta” celebrate rape? (And other viewer mail.)

The latest letters at CT Movies are very interesting: I saw V for Vendetta, and I am appalled that the cruelty shown toward the Natalie Portman character has been overlooked in practically every movie review I've read. ... Why is no one noticing this? This is a film about a rape, not a revolt. You know what? I completely agree. I haven't officially reviewed the film yet, but I was very disturbed by the way they ended up showing the abuse of this character in a positive light. Why didn't you … [Read more...]

The Most Redeeming Movies of 2005?

 Christianity Today Movies has posted The 10 Most Redeeming Films of 2005.Mark Moring explains the definition: What do we mean by "redeeming" films? They're all stories of redemption—sometimes blatantly, sometimes less so. Several of them literally have a character that represents a redeemer. And with some of them, the redemption thread is buried beneath the surface; you might have to look a bit harder for it, but it's most certainly there. Some of them are "feel-good" movies that l … [Read more...]

Millions (2004)

This review was originally published at Christianity Today on March 11, 2005. -A particularly reliable source once said, "I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven." When he said this, he was referring to children like Damian.Damian is the young hero of Millions, and you've never encountered a hero quite like him. Unlike the Bart Simpsons and Malcolms in the middle of most family entertainment, Damian is not a … [Read more...]

Did I mention…?

Now playing.MILLIONS."The most gleeful movie about a single-minded kid since A Christmas Story." - The Chicago ReaderGo see it. Then tell all of your friends. And take your family. … [Read more...]

Danny Boyle: The Looking Closer Interview (Feb. 2005)

As Danny Boyle's new film Slumdog Millionaire is cleaning up at this year's various surveys of film critics, perhaps it's a good time to revisit the conversation I enjoyed with Boyle in February 2005 at the release of Millions, which is my favorite of his films (so far... I'm seeing Slumdog Millionaire this week), and still my favorite film of 2005.So... here's a link to my review of Millions, a Christmas movie I highly recommend.And here's my interview with Boyle, which ran in an … [Read more...]


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