Big Trouble in Little China: Tina Turner Was Wrong–We DO Need Another Hero

Review of Big Trouble in Little China, directed by John Carpenter By ALEXIS NEAL Jack Burton is nobody special. He’s just your average red-blooded American—a loudmouth truckdriver with a gambling habit and a knack for getting into trouble. When his friend Wang’s fiancée Miao Yin is kidnapped by sex traffickers, Jack agrees to help get [Read More...]

In Defense of Burning Witches

Review of Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, Directed by Tommy Wirkola By COYLE NEAL Deep in the woods of Germany, a sinister plot is brewing—and the brew will be seasoned with twelve kidnapped children from nearby Augsburg. Enter Hansel and Gretel: orphans, siblings, and professional witch hunters hired by the city to rescue the children. [Read More...]

Searching for Forgiveness in The Words

Review of The Words, Directed by Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal By KENDRICK KUO The Words is almost more a parable than a movie. The film has three interlayered stories—Clayton Hammond is an author who writes The Words, a book about Rory Jensen who finds an old book manuscript and decides to publish it as [Read More...]

Les Miserable, a second take

Review of Les Miserables, Directed by Tom Hooper By COYLE NEAL “Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.” Luke 17:33 I went into Les Miserables without having read the book or seen the musical or previous film adaptations (though I have read The [Read More...]

Middle Earth is Inherited by the Meek

A Review of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Directed by Peter Jackson By KENDRICK KUO After hearing the good reviews, including our very own Paul Miller’s take on the film, I decided to watch The Hobbit on New Year’s Day. There are many ways to review a film adaptation of a book—fidelity to the book’s [Read More...]

Not Fade Away and the Limits of Nostalgia

A review of David Chase’s Not Fade Away By Christian Hamaker As a young boy, radio and records were my best friends. We lived in a split-level home inBurke,Va.—not the bustling Fairfax Country suburb of today, but a new development in the early 1970s. A 7-Eleven, a Peoples Drug store and High’s convenience store were [Read More...]

Justice at Zero Dark Thirty

An Army veteran and former CIA spook appreciates Zero Dark Thirty. For him, it’s all too real. [Read more...]

Rust and Bone: A Slow Awakening to Love

Review of Rust and Bone, Directed by Jacques Audiard By CHRISTIAN HAMAKER Pity the critic who can’t make heads or tails of what he’s just seen. Readers, who look to him for guidance, will surely be disappointed when he frankly admits he’s not sure about the merits of a particular film. That’s the case with [Read More...]

Josh Garrels Speaks of God

Review of The Sea In Between, a Mason Jar Music Film By KENDRICK KUO Josh Garrels has become a hit at my church, and I count myself among the smitten. Mason Jar Music (the producer) screened the music documentary The Sea In Between at each stop of Garrels’s Northeast tour. The tour ended in Washington, [Read More...]

Christian Hamaker’s Top 20 Films of 2012

By CHRISTIAN HAMAKER The year started slowly at the cinema, but it delivered so strongly in the final few months that the dreary first two-thirds of the year are easily forgivable in retrospect. Here’s a list of the 20 best films I saw this year, tilted decidedly toward the latter months of 2012. 20. Flight: [Read More...]


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