My latest piece at Christianity Today looks at the new Christian film, War Room. While I do think Christian films are slooooowly improving, I focus on their writing as a weak point:
Many Christian productions are willing to hire experienced, professional directors; even when they’re shot by self-taught cinematographers, the result is usually at least adequate. Christian productions now attract familiar stars: Robert Duvall in Seven Days in Utopia; Sean Astin in Mom’s Night Out; Cybill Shepard in Do You Believe?
But when it comes to screenplay writing, the genre seems stuck in a rut. It’s more committed to heavy-handed providential plotting than imaginative explorations of character or setting.
You can read the whole article at Christianity Today Movies & TV.