The Water Diviner takes a refreshing dive into one of history’s footnotes

Review of The Water Diviner, Directed by Russell CroweRussell Crowe’s freshman directing effort tells the story of Australian farmer Joshua Connor (Crowe), who travels to Turkey to recover the bodies of his three sons, all of whom were killed fighting in the battle of Gallipoli during World War I. On its face, Connor’s journey is a fool’s errand, and so the story is weighted with an honorable pointlessness reminiscent of Saving Private Ryan. What does it really matter that he finds his sons’ … [Read more...]

The Heresy of Noah, and why it’s still a good movie

Review of Noah, Directed by Darren Aronofsky Darren Aronofsky’s film Noah has been analyzed and debated ad nauseum by critics and bloggers in Christian circles. I suppose given its biblical source material, everyone felt a need to weigh in. Normally I wouldn’t presume to try to add another voice to a subject so thoroughly flogged (and now ancient history, in internet terms). But there’s a simple way of framing Noah that I have yet to see presented.It is this:The film tells the sto … [Read more...]

The Disappointment of Winter’s Tale

Winter's Tale, directed by Akiva GoldsmanBy Elizabeth WhyteWhenever any movie studio announces they are going to adapt a 700-page novel for the silver screen, every good book lover groans. And when the 700-page novel is on a book lover’s list of favorites, that book lover sheds a little tear, then hopes against all odds that the movie studio will somehow do literature justice.With Winter’s Tale, my hopes suffered a violent, messy death.Hear me out. I am not one of those bibl … [Read more...]

Les Miserable, a second take

Review of Les Miserables, Directed by Tom HooperBy COYLE NEAL“Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.” Luke 17:33I went into Les Miserables without having read the book or seen the musical or previous film adaptations (though I have read The Hunchback of Notre Dame), so please be aware that this is a review by a noob. That said, the movie is fantastic. While of course I can’t speak to whether or not it is faithful to th … [Read more...]

Grace Accepted; Grace Rejected—A Review of Les Misérables

Review of Les Misérables, Directed by Tom HooperBy ALEXIS NEALAfter 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 repays the Bishop’s kindness by making off with all the silver he can carry. Valjean is apprehended by the authorities, of course, but the Bishop insists that the si … [Read more...]