Parents Are the Problem in Enough Said

An enjoyable, if sometimes frustrating, viewing experience. [Read more...]

In Texas, Saints in Search of a Better Story

The provocatively titled film does little to transcend its inspirations, simply reminding us of earlier influences. [Read more...]

Blanchett Wondrous in Woody’s Humdrum Blue Jasmine

The movie leaves us thinking about the broken-down, “babbling” Jasmine—and not much else. For some that will be enough, but others will long for a film full of fleshed out characters rather than a showcase highlighting one performance. [Read more...]

Martin Scorsese on Film Preservation and the Future of Movies

Review of Scorsese’s Jefferson Lecture The National Endowment for the Humanities selected filmmaker Martin Scorsese to deliver its 2013 Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities, a distinction NEH calls “the highest honor the federal government confers for distinguished intellectual achievement in the humanities.” Speaking to an audience at the Kennedy Center in April in Washington, D.C.—and [Read More...]

Terrence Malick’s To the Wonder: A Stunted Scriptural Meditation on Marriage and Ministry

Review of To the Wonder, Directed by Terrence Malick Terrence Malick, the reclusive filmmaker of Badlands, Days of Heaven, and The Thin Red Line, has turned to more explicit religious themes in his most recent films. The Tree of Life, Malick’s 2011 epic, included a long creation sequence and a mystical moment of reunion with deceased loved [Read More...]

The Evil Dead: “Please, God: Give Me a Break”

Review of Evil Dead, Directed by Fede Alvarez Some viewers like movies that leave them thinking about themes and ideas for weeks and months after they see them. Others want an experience at the cinema, a couple of hours that make them laugh, cry, scream or jump out of their seats. The pleasures of those [Read More...]

Beyond the Hills Joins the List of Great Spiritual Dramas

Review of Beyond the Hills, Directed by Christian Mungiu Here’s the bottom line on Beyond the Hills, the new film from Romania’s Christian Mungiu: It’s one of the best religious dramas in recent memory, on par with the great spiritual dramas from Ingmar Bergman in his prime (The Seventh Seal, The Virgin Spring, The Silence). But [Read More...]

Stoker and the Shadow of Alfred Hitchcock

A Review of Stoker, Directed by Park Chan-wook “Shadow of a Doubt” seems a particularly American film, although it is part of a tradition that starts with Dante, culminates with Dostoevsky (whom Hitchcock has called a “master”) and includes in it as well the best writings of Henry James and Graham Greene. … But the [Read More...]

An Absentee Father’s Legacy to His Movie Critic Son

Review of Try to Tell the Story by David Thomson By CHRISTIAN HAMAKER The worldview of most well-known movie critics is anything but Christian. While that doesn’t invalidate their opinions about how art works, it raises the question about the presuppositions those critics bring to their analysis of films and filmmakers. David Thomson has written [Read More...]

Which Short Films Will Get Oscar’s Nod?

By CHRISTIAN HAMAKER It’s a well-established truth that Oscar-nominated films in the Best Picture category are about Important Topics, and thus demand long running times. Sometimes those running times are justified, but it’s not unusual for a Best Picture nominee to wear out its welcome well before the final credits roll. This year, eight of [Read More...]


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