Wadjda: A Girl’s Life, Saudi Style

This first-ever feature film by a female Saudi director charmingly, persuasively calls for women’s equality in the Islamic world. [Read more...]

A Classic Revisited: Red Beard (dir. Akira Kurosawa, Japan, 1965)

Red Beard, a medical drama set in 19th Century Japan, showcases director Akira Kurosawa’s flair for great storytelling, inspiring humanism, and visual brilliance. [Read more...]

The Normal Heart (dir. Ryan Murphy, USA, 2014)

This year’s Emmy winner for Outstanding Television Movie uses a terrific ensemble to tell the gripping story of the AIDS crisis in early 1980′s New York. [Read more...]

The Zero Theorem (dir. Terry Gilliam)

Terry Gilliam’s latest sci-fi dystopia challenges the mind and overwhelms the senses. [Read more...]

The Great Beauty (dir. Paolo Sorrentino, Italy, 2013)

Considering that this year’s Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film centers upon a despondent older man confronting the void of his empty life, The Great Beauty is a surprisingly giddy ride. [Read more...]

Beyond God’s Not Dead: Three Better Films About Clashing Worldviews

It’s high time to look past “God’s Not Dead” and examine three far superior movies from the past year (“The Unbelievers,” “Philomena,” and “Broken Circle Breakdown”) that prominently featured clashing believer and unbeliever characters. [Read more...]

God’s Not Dead: An Atheist’s Response

  Warning:  This analysis contains spoilers that include the film’s ending. For atheists who love movies, the trumpeting and stomping elephant in the room all year long has been God’s Not Dead (hereafter referred to as GND).  Although a few Christian film critics laudably objected to this aesthetic shop of horrors (Peter Chattaway’s detailed evisceration [Read More...]

Life Itself (dir. Steve James, USA, 2014)

Roger Ebert (1942-2013) exemplified the best traits of a film critic. For over forty years, he excelled as a populist communicator unafraid to expose his audience to novel cinematic works.  I am grateful for the thousands of reviews that contribute to his literary legacy, but how I would’ve loved to attend one of his 5-hour frame-by-frame [Read More...]

Particle Fever (dir. Mark Levinson, USA, 2013)

Who would’ve thought a film about subatomic physics could be so stirring and virtuous? Particle Fever surpassed my expectations as the best new documentary I’ve seen this year. [Read more...]

New DVD releases and What the Critics Said

1. The Lego Movie (Available 6/17) “Boasting beautiful animation, a charming voice cast, laugh-a-minute gags, and a surprisingly thoughtful story, The Lego Movie is colorful fun for all ages.” -Rotten Tomatoes consensus.  2. Grand Budapest Hotel (6/17) “Typically stylish but deceptively thoughtful, The Grand Budapest Hotel finds Wes Anderson once again using ornate visual environments [Read More...]


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