Lots of Stupid Christians

Review of The Democratization of American Christianity by Nathan O. Hatch For as long as I can remember, I’ve been addicted to the bandwagon. Consequently, here is my contribution to the ongoing Schaeffer’s Ghost discussion of the intellectual state of modern Christianity. If you’ve missed it, Paul Miller started with a post discussing why Christians [Read More...]

Howl’s Moving Castle

Review of Howl’s Moving Castle, Directed by Hayao Miyazaki Rating: 8/10 Howl’s Moving Castle tells the story of a young woman named Sophie, who owns a hat store in a European-looking town. War is coming to the kingdom. It so happens that Sophie meets Howl, a wizard, and the Witch of the Waste is immediately [Read More...]

A Wizard of Goodness in the Land of Oz

This prequel wants to be great. Does it succeed? [Read more...]

Is the EMPEROR Guilty?

Review of EMPEROR, Directed by Peter Webber Depending on your level of interest in WWII’s Pacific theater, you will have heard of the post-surrender dilemma: should the United States place Emperor Hirohito on trial for war crimes? To do so would satisfy the populations of the West, but it would also throw Japan into turmoil [Read More...]

A Morally-Complex Game of Thrones

As in real life, sometimes it’s hard to see moral clarity in complex situations. [Read more...]

Mere Lewis

Review of C.S. Lewis: A Life by Alister McGrath By COYLE NEAL Writing biographies is hard work. Sometimes, there just isn’t a lot of information about an individual—even if that individual is a very important historical figure. Sometimes there’s so much information that sifting through everything to discover what is important can seem to be [Read More...]

A God for Bad Days, Too

Review of Finding God in the Dark: Faith, Disappointment, and the Struggle to Believe by Ted Kluck & Ronnie Martin By ALEXIS NEAL Have you ever gone through a difficult time? Had the rug yanked out from under you? Looked disillusionment and disappointment square in the face? If so, you are not alone. From sports writer [Read More...]

Robin Williams, Biblical Counselor: Good Will Hunting

Review of Good Will Hunting, Directed by Gus Van Sant By PAUL D. MILLER Will Hunting is preternaturally brilliant, but has a troubled soul. His friends–Chucky, Morgan, and Billy, from Boston’s rough South Side–work menial jobs and pass the time drinking and cursing. Will, while working as a janitor at MIT, stumbles across an impossible [Read More...]

A Boy, a Beanstalk, and the Power of Storytelling

Review of Jack the Giant Slayer, Directed by Bryan Singer By ALEXIS NEAL Once upon a time, giants roamed the English countryside, crushing and consuming anyone who stood in their way. After much violence and property damage, a solution was finally found in the form of a magical crown that enabled the wearer to control [Read More...]

Hungry, Hungry Americans

Review of A Place at the Table, Directed by Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush By COYLE NEAL A Place at the Table is a documentary exploring the problem of hunger in America. And if your first thought was “wait, what? Hunger in America? The land of the dollar menu and people so regularly fat that it’s [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...]

Life, Above All

Review of Life, Above All, Directed by Oliver Schmitz By KENDRICK KUO Rating: 7/10 Life, Above All is not a film for the faint of heart. This gut-wrenching South African film, adapted from Alan Stratton’s novel Chandra’s Secret, is a fictional thread in a very real piece of South Africa’s fabric—namely, children orphaned by AIDS. [Read More...]

Percy Jackson and the Absent Father

Review of Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan by PAUL D. MILLER The Lightning Thief (2005) is a perfectly serviceable young adult fantasy novel. It is the sort of book you read without much concentration for a few hours’ or days’ pleasant diversion, one that makes few demands of you. As [Read More...]

Argo: A Hollywood Feel-Good Fantasy

Argo, directed by Ben Affleck by Paul D. Miller No wonder Hollywood loves Argo.  It is a movie about how movies save the day. Argo has already won Best Picture at the Golden Globes, the Producers Guild, the BAFTAs, and the Critic’s Choice–and probably the Oscars, by the time you read this.  All for good [Read More...]


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