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January 07, 2020
And Denver’s Film Critics Nominate …
It's awards season, of course. The Golden Globes were handed out this weekend, and Oscar...
December 30, 2019
Watching God’s Best Movies of 2019
It’s never easy to piece together these “best of” lists, but I especially struggled this...
December 22, 2019
The 12 Best Non-Christian Christian Movies of the Decade
Hollywood and heaven have never been next-door neighbors. Look, most movie studios want to encourage...
December 10, 2019
In Dark Waters, a Lawyer Trades New-School Profits to Become an Old-School Prophet
The environmental docudrama Dark Waters pits attorney Robert Bilott, one-time defender of the country’s mighty...
November 21, 2019
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood is a Beautiful Movie. It’s Also All About Pain.
I’ve got a friend who’s prone to make lists, and he recently gave me one...
October 03, 2019
The Real Horror of Joker
Joker makes fine October viewing, what with Halloween around the corner and all. With all...
September 10, 2019
Pennywise, Paul and Scary: What IT: Chapter Two Says About Faith, Hope and Love
The R-rated IT: Chapter Two doesn’t skimp on blood. Indeed, gallon for gallon, it might...
August 15, 2019
Where’d You Go Bernadette? Asks an Important Question—and Not the One in the Title
My favorite quote from Where’d You Go, Bernadette? isn’t from the movie at all. Rather,...
July 22, 2019
‘Skin’ the Movie, Gets Under It
Change—real change—is hard. Some people say it’s pretty much impossible. Any changes we make are...
July 05, 2019
Every Movie in the MCU Rated, from Worst to First
Spider-Man: Far from Home is like the “Scouring of the Shire” for the Marvel Cinematic...
June 21, 2019
What’s Up With All These Haunted Dolls at the Movies?
Back in my day, dolls rarely tried to kill you. I didn’t own any...
June 19, 2019
Why Are We Here? A Spork Has Some Thoughts About That.
Toy Story 4 is an odd duck. I’m not speaking of the literal odd duck...
June 04, 2019
New Doc Beautifully Tells a Story of Tragedy and Forgiveness
“Forgive them, for they know not what they do.” That’s what Jesus said, hanging on...
May 21, 2019
Storytelling is Not a Democracy.
In the closing moments of HBO’s Game of Thrones, a haggard Tyrion Lannister suggests that...
May 10, 2019
How Do You Respond to Unspeakable Hate? With Forgiveness, a New Documentary Says.
I was driving to Denver when I heard about another local school shooting--the fourth in...
May 07, 2019
Endgame is All About Colossal Failure—and Second Chances
The dust is settling, the ash has blown away. And, inescapably, the internet is roaring...
April 26, 2019
Everything I Needed to Know I Learned From the Marvel Cinematic Universe
Avengers: Endgame is here. Finally. The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been building toward this moment...
April 19, 2019
Pilgrim’s Progress is Instructive, Inspiring … and Utterly Insane
I've never read Pilgrim's Progress. As a college English major, you think I would've. And...
April 16, 2019
In The Curse of La Llorona, ‘The Only Way You Can Combat Darkness is With Light.’
I’ve written plenty about the spiritual dichotomy we find in horror movies. For lots of...
April 15, 2019
Notre Dame’s Fire Was Horrible. But We Can Find Hope There, Too
The fire in Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris is dying down now. No one knows...
April 10, 2019
Amazing Grace is a Messy Masterpiece
Singer Aretha Franklin was at her peak in 1972. She’d recorded more than 20 albums,...
April 09, 2019
Seeing the Power of Faith in The Curse of La Llorona
I just got back from a film junket in Los Angeles for The Curse of...
April 04, 2019
Yes, Shazam is Great Fun. And It Has a Great Message, Too
D.C.’s on a roll. After spending years in a post-Christopher Nolan wilderness, D.C. and Warner...
March 29, 2019
Zach Snyder Just Doesn’t Get Batman
If Batman throws a party to celebrate his 80 years in action, I’m hoping Zack...
March 27, 2019
“It Was a Moment I’ll Never Forget.” Bill Riddick Talks About the Real ‘Best of Enemies’
Durham was a powder keg in 1971, according to the film The Best of Enemies....
March 25, 2019
This is ‘Us.’ And It’s Horrifyingly Spiritual
Jordan Peele’s smart, terrifying new film Us is tethered, you might say, to the Bible—specifically...
March 22, 2019
‘If Someone is Allowed to Touch History, Then It Sticks With Them.’ Scholar Robert Cargill Talks About the History Channel’s New Show About Jesus
The History Channel will unveil a new eight-part miniseries based on the life of Jesus...
March 21, 2019
Walking in the Shadow of Death in The Long Goodbye
Her blog was called “Mundane Faithfulness,” but there was nothing mundane about it. Not ever,...
March 15, 2019
Wonder Park Contains a Wonderful Message about Creativity
In Genesis, God speaks the universe into being. “Let there be light,” He says, and...
March 08, 2019
Captain Marvel Isn’t a Great Movie. But it has a Great Message
Captain Marvel is … just fine. It’s fun. It’s entertaining. It’s got a very likable...
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