Les Misérables (2012)

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My day-job coworkers and I opened gifts from our "Secret Santas" at an office Christmas party this week, and my friend Eric received a box of the complete Lord of the Rings Pez dispensers. There they are, several hobbits, men, a wizard, and Gollum... plastic heads on plastic sticks, looking grim and yet promising a sugar high.I suspect it's only a matter of time until we see the Les Misérables Pez dispenser set. And that isn't just because Les Misérables has a similarly enthusiastic fan bas … [Read more...]

The King’s Speech (2010)

[This review by Jeffrey Overstreet appeared in abridged versions at Image and at Seattle Pacific University's Response.]-Tom Hooper’s movie The King's Speech is made of close-ups.And that makes sense. It’s about a speech impediment, one that almost prevented the Duke of York from fulfilling his duties when he became King George IV. … [Read more...]

Longford (2006)

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This capsule review was originally published in the Winter 2008 installment of Connections, an email newsletter for Seattle Pacific University alumni.-Presented on HBO in 2006, Tom Hooper’s film Longford offers one of the most inspiring and moving portrayals of a Christian in recent memory.A frequent and compassionate minister to prisoners, the Seventh Earl of Longford — Frank Pakenham, or “Lord Longford” — made headlines and stirred up scandal in the 1960s as he developed a friendshi … [Read more...]


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