You’re Not Good Enough, You’re Not Smart Enough, and Some People Don’t Like You: The Refreshing Realism of Monsters University

Dreams die. Get over it. [Read more...]

‘Epic’ Community Focuses on Serving, Not Deserving

Review of Epic, Directed by Chris Wedge From Chris Wedge, director of Ice Age, comes Epic, a passable animated feature based on William Joyce’s  The Leaf-Men and the Brave Good Bugs. The plot is … well, kind of complex and hard to summarize. If you don’t care about the plot and just want the review, [Read More...]

‘Bound Together’ in Suffering…and Salvation

Review of Bound Together: How We Are Tied to Others in Good and Bad Choices by Chris Brauns As Americans, we love our independence. I am my own man (or woman), I make my own destiny, I am autonomous, don’t tread on me. But for all our cowboy sentiment, there is a union, communion, and solidarity [Read More...]

Here’s Looking at You, Casablanca!

Review of Casablanca, Directed by Michael Curtiz It’s December of 1941 in sunny, depressing Casablanca, where refugees flock in an attempt to flee the ravages of Nazi-infested Europe. They flock to Vichy-controlled Casablanca, and there they stay—unless Captain Louis Renault (Claude Rains) cares to bestow upon them the coveted exit visas that will allow them [Read More...]

Killing the Green-Eyed Monster

Review of The Envy of Eve: Finding Contentment in a Covetous World by Melissa B. Kruger By ALEXIS NEAL Covetousness is a mother sin. […I]t is a breach of all the ten commandments.  ~Thomas Watson Have you ever considered that the Ten Commandments begin and end with virtually the same commandment—‘You shall have no other gods [Read More...]

Man or Mouse: Humanity and Morality in The Secret of NIMH

Review of The Secret of NIMH, Directed by Don Bluth Mrs. Brisby has a serious problem. Her youngest son, Timmy, has a nasty fever. Which would be problem enough, but it’s getting to be plow season. This is bad news for field mice (like the Brisbys) and other such critters currently living in a field [Read More...]

More or Less: A Generous Orthopraxis

Review of More or Less: Choosing a Lifestyle of Excessive Generosity by Jeff Shinabarger Is your closet overflowing? Do the contents of your storage area threaten to overwhelm anyone unwise enough to peek inside? Does your junk drawer need a junk drawer? If so, Jeff Shinabarger’s More or Less might be the book for you. Shinabarger [Read More...]

Jurassic Park Is Back and Better Than Ever

Review of Jurassic Park 3D, Directed by Steven Spielberg The year is 1993, and fictional bajillionaire (and genetic engineering tycoon) John Hammond (Richard Attenborough) has finally done the un-doable: he has brought the dinosaurs back to life. Using DNA recovered from prehistoric mosquitoes preserved for millions of years in amber (and supplemented with frog DNA, [Read More...]

‘On the Road’ to Nowhere

Review of On the Road by Jack Kerouac When I moved to D.C., some friends and I started a book club. Our goal was to work our way through the classics of English/American Literature and read the books that everyone else seemed to have read in high school or college. Books which, for some reason, had [Read More...]

Burt Wonderstone: From Wonder-Empty to Wonder-Full

Review of The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, Directed by Don Scardino Yet this I hold against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first. ~ Revelation 2:4 Albert Weinzelstein and his friend Anthony—social outcasts and frequent targets for bullying—wanted nothing more than to explore the wonderful world of magic; a world personified by Rance Holloway [Read More...]


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