Tomorrowland? Or Tomorrow-bland?

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"Is anything more dispiriting than a failed attempt at inspiration?"That first line of Steven Greydanus's latest film review reminds me of some of the reviews I read for Andrew Stanton's first non-Pixar feature film — the unfortunately named, and more unfortunately reviewed, John Carter. That movie and its critical reception (rejection?) were hard pills to swallow for this faithful Pixar fan. Stanton's a great storyteller, and I had been excited about his labor of Edgar Rice Burroughs lov … [Read more...]

Looking Elsewhere: Starring… American Sniper, The Imitation Game, Sundance, The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven, Fairy Tales, Global Warming, Bob Dylan, Sufjan Stevens, St. Vincent, Marilynne Robinson, and More

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I'll conclude with a few words about the American Sniper hubbub.But first, here are some of the things that caught my attention on the Wild Wild Web in the last couple of weeks... … [Read more...]

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...]

A Novelist, A Horror Filmmaker, and Two Critics: Conversations Worth Hearing

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I love it when people I love interview people I love. … [Read more...]

An Ugly, Arrogant Gospel: God’s Not Dead, But Is He Shaking His Head?

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Now, two of the finest film critics in Christian media agree: There's something quite contrary to the spirit of the Gospel at the heart of the smash-hit "Christian Movie" God's Not Dead. … [Read more...]

The Incredibles (and Other 10-Year-Old Films); Jesus Films; Matt Zoller Seitz; Scott Cairns

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I haven't posted any Hi 5s on ths blog in a while, but it's... um... "hi time" that I got back in the habit of it. Gratitude is good for the soul.What is Hi 5 to the Face? Find out here.Let's get started! This time, I'm sending Hi 5s to the following superstars...Ken Morefield over at 1 More Film Blog, for inviting Steven Greydanus to toast Pixar's The Incredibles, which is now ten years old! … [Read more...]

Before You See That Noah Movie, Read This…

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A few days ago on my Facebook page, I declared, "Steven Greydanus has written *the* must-read article on the 'controversy' over Darren Aronofsky's NOAH." And I linked to the article itself: "Everybody Chill Out About the Noah Movie."Steven, who has a website of his own at DecentFilms.com, and who is currently writing about movies for The National Catholic Register, has been my favorite film reviewer for almost as long as we've been friends — several years now. But what he's written here i … [Read more...]

The Abomination of “Desolation”: Two Hobbit-Related Lists

At Tolkien's graveside in 1992. Back then, he wasn't turning over in his grave. Not yet.

 Peter Jackson's new Middle-Earth movie — The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug — is here. And not even an army of the most influential film critics could prevent it from becoming a box office sensation.But, as you can see, most film critics are actually cheering for the film. And why not, if what you want is a immersive, overwhelming, action-packed big-screen experience?Me, I didn't attend the press screening. I initially accepted the invitation, hoping that this chapter wou … [Read more...]

The Lone Ranger: “Cynical. Bankrupt. Brutal. Anti-American. A Catastrophe.”

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Steven Greydanus has seen The Lone Ranger.And he is not a happy camper.But I'm grateful for his vigorously critical review... because now I know not to spend even a nickel on this movie.Just listen to this... … [Read more...]

Oz the Unfortunate and Underwhelming?

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Should I throw myself into the latest Oz tornado? I'm reluctant. And most of the reviewers I trust — even those who are big fans of L. Frank Baum's Oz stories — are frustrated with Sam Raimi's Oz the Great and Powerful.If you're looking for guidance, I recommend, above all, Steven Greydanus's review. He writes... … [Read more...]


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