“Calvary” and the High Risks of Pursuing a Vocation

The film Calvary, which features Brendan Gleeson as a good priest staring down the end of a gun barrel, has been in theaters for a few weeks. The High Calling writes about the film and vocation: There is a cost to vocational calling, not just to the called, but also, and perhaps more so, to [Read More...]

We Miserable Sinners

I’ve got a new column at Christianity Today, where I’m the chief film critic, called “Watch This Way.” Last week, after I saw the remarkable film Calvary, I posted some reflections on why being a Christian and making a good film requires being a wretch: When art is made in order to carry a message, it becomes a [Read More...]

Fasincating Review of a Fascinating Movie – “Boyhood”

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My colleague and contributor to this blog, Alissa Wilkinson, is the chief film critic for Christianity Today. Check our her review of Boyhood, which sounds like a fascinating, unique (truly), and compelling film. I had not planned to see this film until I read Alissa’s review. Here’s how it starts: I don’t write these types [Read More...]

Large and Startling Pictures

I’ll confess: I’m a film critic, and I’ll watch most anything, but there’s one genre I avoid, and that’s horror. Especially supernatural horror. As I told my husband after I watched The Exorcism of Emily Rose, I don’t need to be convinced that the supernatural exists. But then again, others do – and writer/director Scott Derrickson [Read More...]


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