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...]

Gonna Fly Now; Or, the American (Non)Gospel

Review of Rocky, Directed by John D. Avildsen By ALEXIS NEAL I feel a little silly describing the plot of Rocky (1976). Still, I know there may be a few young whippersnappers out there who never sat around on Saturday afternoons watching old action movies on TNT and who thus don’t know who this Sylvester [Read More...]

Django Discusses Race

Review of Django Unchained, Directed by Quentin Tarantino By KENDRICK KUO Django Unchained is everything you would expect from a Tarantino film. Much in the same vein as Inglorious Basterds, this story is a historical one. Instead of Nazi Germany, it is set in the antebellum South. If you liked Inglorious Basterds, I would reckon [Read More...]

Why I Hate Christmas

Review of The Polar Express, Directed by Robert Zemeckis By PAUL D. MILLER The Polar Express (2004) is the perfect expression of what I hate about Christmas. And by “Christmas,” I mean, of course, the simpering, saccharine celebration of objectless “faith” in nothing in particular—a collection of groundless and ephemeral good feelings we artificially and [Read More...]

Cirque du Soleil: A James Cameron Filmmaking Dictionary

Review of Cirque du Soleil, Directed by James Cameron By COYLE NEAL James Cameron’s Cirque du Soleil is a regular Pandora’s box of titanic proportions. It is a masterpiece of cinematic excellence and a film course all rolled into one. Merely watching this movie will teach you all about what makes a great film. As I [Read More...]

Reaching for Justice

Review of Jack Reacher, Directed by Christopher McQuarrie By COYLE NEAL Tom Cruise’s latest movie is both unfortunately and fortunately timed. It is unfortunately timed because of how it opens—with a sniper randomly shooting people in Pittsburgh. Suspect James Barr is quickly caught, and before being put in a coma by a brutal prison beating, [Read More...]

Grace Accepted; Grace Rejected—A Review of Les Misérables

Review of Les Misérables, Directed by Tom Hooper By ALEXIS NEAL After years of imprisonment and hard labor, one-time thief Jean Valjean is finally released from prison, only to discover that, for an ex-con life on the outside is harder than he expected. When the Bishop of Digne unexpectedly takes pity on him, Valjean promptly [Read More...]

This Is 40: Hollywood on Aging

Review of This Is 40, Directed by Judd Apatow By KENDRICK KUO Pete (Paul Rudd) got Debbie (Leslie Mann) pregnant, got married, and a few years later, they have two kids and they are 40 years old. Well…Debbie thinks she is 38, but later we discover she is actually 40. This Is 40 is a [Read More...]

Faith, Reason, and the Man in the Big Red Suit

Review of Miracle on 34th Street, Directed by George Seaton By ALEXIS NEAL Young Susan Walker is an intensely practical child. Her mother Doris has only ever told her the truth—her childhood has been uniformly free of such frivolous and fictitious nonsense as fairy stories, happily-ever-afters, make believe, and most importantly (for our purposes, anyway): [Read More...]


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