“Accidental Feminism” is purposefully great!

Review of The Accidental Feminist: Restoring our Delight in God’s Good Design by Courtney ReissigBy MADELINE FETTERLYThe Accidental Feminist, by Courtney Reissig addresses a very important and culturally relevant topic today—feminism.  One needn't look far to see that gender and feminism are issues that raise much debate.  With mainstream culture clamoring to define gender roles—or rather to define 'gender' as 'the absence of specific roles'—it is worthwhile for the Christian to consider … [Read more...]

Engaging, Understanding, and Assessing Roman Catholicism from an Evangelical Perspective

Review of Roman Catholic Theology & Practice: An Evangelical Assessment, by Gregg AllisonKAITLYN BELLOLIDuring a recent friendly, but spirited, discussion with a Catholic priest seated next to me on a plane, we covered a wide variety of topics: salvation, universalism, authority, purgatory, and Christian love. Our Bibles open, we took turns choosing passages for discussion in an attempt to explain the basis for our differing beliefs, while noting areas of agreement. In the background … [Read more...]

Driving Fast with Nowhere to Go

Need for Speed, directed by Scott WaughReviewed by Matthew FoersterFilms based on video games are a fairly common feature in theaters today. From Tomb Raider featuring Angelina Jolie to the successful Resident Evil series, video game based movies have proven to be formidable box office hits. However, one noticeable difference between those films and the most recent video game-turned-movie, Need for Speed, is that they were based on games featuring character-driven narratives. That is to s … [Read more...]

The Boys in the Boat

Review of The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James BrownBy JONATHAN KEIMThe 1936 Berlin Olympics foreshadowed the coming European war. Because no shots had been fired, however, the soon-to-be antagonists looked for symbols and propaganda victories. The Nazis, for instance, co-opted the Olympic heritage to reinforce the notion that the world had come to pay homage to the greatness of the Third Reich, and made every … [Read more...]

Her Not Here

Review of Her, Directed by Spike JonzeBy ABE TIMLERHer, the latest of Spike Jonze’s highly unconventional films, retains the quirky, independent personality and the relentless preoccupation with psychological discovery that marked his much celebrated Being John Malkovich (1999), Adaptation (2002), and Where the Wild Things Are (2009). Equally owned by Joaquin Phoenix’s performance as Theodore Twombly, this two-hour examination of romance (albeit one lacking the necessary reciprocating oth … [Read more...]

Jack Ryan, God, and the Cold War

Jack Ryan: The Shadow Recruit, directed by Kenneth Branaghby Jeff GenotaIt's a cold January evening in Washington. I step into the breeze atop the Georgetown hill. Looking upwards, one can see the Russian tricolor and its storied embassy in the backdrop. Downhill, the towering Washington monument keeps me in place. I feel that lurking around me the Cold War was still raging, or at least my body warring against the cold with my tan overcoat. I look over my shoulder, left and right; to … [Read more...]

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty: Our Understated Habit of Daydreaming

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, directed by Ben StillerBy Abe TimlerIn 2008 holiday audiences were delivered David Fincher’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Five Christmases later, the Secret Life of Walter Mitty parodies a key scene from Benjamin Button’s reverse aging. Without that scene, it’s unlikely these two title characters would be compared. On the surface, both films are adaptations of short stories (by F. Scott Fitzgerald and James Thurber, respectively); and both stories … [Read more...]

Disney’s Frozen: A Warm Story

Review of Frozen, Directed by Chris BuckBy GIANCARLO MONTEMAYORDisney’s new animated film is a princess fairytale based on Hans Christian Andersen’s story of the Snow Queen, and though we are used to this type of genre from Disney, somehow Frozen feels fresh. Maybe it is because the film is now about two princesses (Elsa and Anna) instead of one, and even though one of them finds her “prince charming,” he turns out to be not that charming after all. This movie is more about family bonds a … [Read more...]

Not Strange Enough: “Church Rescue” and the National Geographic Effect

Review of Church Rescue, Episode 1By BOBBY JAMIESONHave you ever seen someone gawk at an evangelical? I don’t know if the phrase is unique to him, but I’ve often heard Al Mohler refer to this as the “National Geographic effect.” What he means is that secular Westerners—especially elites—sometimes respond to evangelical Christians about like they’d respond to rumors of cannibalistic tribes in the South Pacific: “Wait—there are still people like that out there!?”If life can imitate art, … [Read more...]

Pacific Rim: There be Monsters (and Robots)

Pacific Rim, directed by Guillermo del ToroBy Michael HendrixPacific Rim opens up like a gathering storm, wasting little time in pitting the film’s ocean-born beasts against their robotic hunters. Over two hours later, you’re left with the sense of a movie richly infused with the joy of its creator. Helmed by Pan’s Labyrinth (2006) and Hellboy (2004) director Guillermo del Toro, Rim is an inspired and enthralling take on classic Japanese monster movies.A portal has opened up at the bo … [Read more...]