Where is Dad?

Review of King on the Hill, Directed by  Steven Soderbergh By CHRISTIAN HAMAKER Recently, director Steven Soderbergh announced his intention to retire from filmmaking. The auteur burst onto the scene with Sex, Lies and Videotape at the Cannes Film Festival in 1989, and quickly followed that success with Kafka, which was considered a failure. Soderbergh [Read More...]

Review of Total Recall by Someone who has seen the Original Version

Review of Total Recall, Directed by Len Wiseman By COYLE NEAL “But it irks me, Lord, to link that phase of my existence with my present life, the life I live now in this world; I do not remember passing through it, I have to rely on the reports of others concerning it…”[i] Augustine wrote [Read More...]

Review of Total Recall

Review of Total Recall, Directed by Len Wiseman By ALEXIS NEAL Factory worker Doug Quaid is dissatisfied with his lot. He lives in a miserable post-apocalyptic world that is sharply divided along economic lines.  What remains of humanity is crammed into two vastly overcrowded zones—the United Federation of Britain, home of the haves, and what [Read More...]

The Dark Knight Resurrects

Review of The Dark Knight Rises, Directed by Christopher Nolan By KENDRICK KUO In continuation of Alexis and Paul’s tracing of Christian themes in blockbuster action films, I’d like to add my own voice. Both have argued for the power of Christian mythology (in the true, Narnian sense of the term) in the storyteller’s craft. [Read More...]

Dark Knight Rex

Review of The Dark Knight Rises, Directed by Christopher Nolan By PAUL D. MILLER What do you get when someone rewrites A Tale of Two Cities, sets it in modern-day New York with Fritz Lang’s Metropolis underneath, turns Robespierre into a drug-addled terrorist warlord modeled on Darth Vader, and ends it with an apotheosis copied [Read More...]

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry

Review of Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, Directed by Alison Klayman By KENDRICK KUO Ai Weiwei is an unknown, strange sounding name to most Americans, but Americans are nonetheless becoming more aware of the plight of Chinese dissidents. Earlier this year the blind activist Chen Guangcheng, known for protesting against forced abortions, escaped from house arrest [Read More...]

The Rocks Cry Out: Finding the Gospel in (Very) Unexpected Places

Review of Die Hard, Directed by John McTiernan By ALEXIS NEAL Once upon a time, a man and a woman were married.  Then one day, the woman left her husband.  She moved far away and started a new life without him.  She even abandoned his name. Then this woman was captured by evil men who [Read More...]

The Gospel According to Nemo

Review of Finding Nemo, Directed by Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich By PAUL D. MILLER Finding Nemo (2003) ages well.  It is the best Pixar film, among the best films of the past decade, one of the finest family movies ever made, and, on my list, one of the greatest movies ever.  WALL-E (2008) is [Read More...]

Christian Cinema at Your Local Art House

Review of The Kid With a Bike by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardennes By CHRISTIAN HAMAKER You know the situation in the first few minutes of the film. It’s all there, etched on the face of a young boy. If you’re a parent, you might pick up on his determination bordering on desperation. The young boy [Read More...]

The Amazing Spider-Man

Review of The Amazing Spider-Man, Directed by Marc Webb By COYLE NEAL I went into The Amazing Spider-Man with two things in mind: the question of whether or not Martin Sheen’s still got it (he does); and a sense of entitlement. And as an American I know the feeling of entitlement like the back of my hand. [Read More...]