A paradox lies at the heart of the new documentary Pope Francis: A Man of His Word, and it’s this: Actions speak louder. As Christians, what we do is far more eloquent than what we say. How we behave is far more persuasive than how we speak. Again and again in the doc, Francis drives home a truth often lost in the midst our noisy world: How important it is to listen. Listen. Listen. Admittedly, Francis says a lot in… Read more

I’m a sucker for haunted house stories. Nothing gives me goosebumps like a movie filled with dark hallways, creepy attics and maybe a secret panel or two. Ghosts seem to have an affinity with run-down Victorian mansions. Wraith, out on video today, gives us a picture-perfect haunted house. But the ghost who takes up residence here is decidedly a different sort of spirit—and one that carries in its spectral hands a decidedly pro-life message. Michael Sajbel, Wraith’s writer and director,… Read more

I saw Avengers: Infinity War last week. I’m still recovering. If you’re like me, read on and we’ll process together. (But if you haven’t seen Infinity War just yet, wait to read this ‘til you do.) Most of us go to movies, especially superhero movies, to be entertained. Sure, movies like Captain America: Winter Soldier and Black Panther have wider themes they want to explore. Yes, they can be great and gritty and even kinda sad, like Logan. But normally,… Read more

I don’t need to tell you this, of course. But Avengers: Infinity War is coming out this weekend, and it’s gonna be big. Like, big big. Hulk big. Ant-Man-turned-giant big. The Avengers will fight Thanos and his gauntlet encrusted with Infinity Stones and— Wait. What’s that, you say? I do need to tell you about Infinity Wars? You don’t know Captain America from Captain Crunch? That Groot is something that a tile expert with a speech impediment might mention? Think… Read more

Captain America Not-so-secret alias: Steve Rogers Starred in: Captain America: The First Avenger; Captain America: The Winter Soldier; Captain America: Civil War Appeared in: The Avengers; Avengers: Age of Ultron; Spider-Man: Homecoming Special abilities: Super-strong; Super-fast; Has a super Frisbee. Captain America is my favorite superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And he has to go. It’s not because I want him to go. Cap (played by Chris Evans), has been the heart and soul of the Avengers for years…. Read more

Hulk Not-so-secret alias: Bruce Banner Played by: Edward Norton, Mark Ruffalo Starred in: The Incredible Hulk Appeared in: The Avengers; Avengers: Age of Ultron; Thor: Ragnarok Special abilities: Growing big; turning green; getting super-duper strong; almost always keeping his pants on. So, let me admit this right up front: The Hulk is not, as far as I know, a Christ figure. He’s  not a great example of a sinning sinner trying to follow a higher calling. Crazy, right? If you’re… Read more

This is the first of a series of blogs I’m posting in advance of Avengers: Infinity War. The posts are my attempt to unpack what I see as the spiritual significance of some of the biggest heroes in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe. Naturally, we’re beginning with Iron Man, the guy who kicked the MCU into being—a guy whose story arc seems to follow many a Christian testimony. Iron Man Not-so-secret alias: Tony Stark Played by: Robert Downey Jr. Starred in: Iron… Read more

Inspirational football movies are old hat now. Great basketball stories are as common as upsets during March Madness. We’ve even had multiple Christian versions of both. But an inspirational volleyball story on the big screen? Now that’s something a little different. And, as it turns out, makes for a pretty good movie, too. The Miracle Season, in theaters this Friday, chronicles the story of the Iowa City West High School’s 2011 volleyball team. Fresh off a state championship, the Lady… Read more

Twenty-four days. That’s when Disney and Marvel will officially release Avengers: Infinity War—a movie boasting more superheroes than the Death Star has Stormtroopers. Everyone from Ant-Man to the White Wolf will be there, all (presumably) taking on the evil Thanos and his collection of Infinity Stones. I can’t wait. Nothing gets my geek adrenaline flowing like a gigantic all-star superhero mashup. If Hugh Jackman showed up as Wolverine, I could die a happy man. In preparation for the big day,… Read more

You gotta hand it to Steven Spielberg: He can make a pretty fun movie when he wants to. Ready Player One is a delightful visual thrill ride—a two-hour trip on Space Mountain if you replaced all the stars and planets with nods to ‘80s pop culture. I’m a little surprised that, given how much of that pop culture director Spielberg was responsible for, he resisted the urge to throw in references to Jaws and E.T.—or, at the very least, keep… Read more

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