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Megan Basham

Megan Basham
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
91% A Man Called Ove (En man som heter Ove) (2016) You wouldn't expect one of the most charming, heartwarming films in recent memory to center on a man repeatedly trying to commit suicide.‐ WORLD
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
6/10 79% Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) Whenever the story stops taking itself seriously and gives in to the sheer silliness of being a jukebox musical based on some of the airiest pop songs ever written, it becomes infectious in spite of itself.‐ WORLD
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
92% Another Year (2010) With its slow movement and at times painful portrayal of human wretchedness, it would be hard to imagine a less fun time at the movies than Another Year, but it would also be hard to imagine a more worthwhile one.‐ WORLD
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2018
12% Atlas Shrugged: Part I (2011) The very nature of Atlas Shrugged -- turning on its head all the typical clichés of who's a hero and who's a villain and its refreshing honesty about the way Washington works-gives it a certain liberating energy.‐ WORLD
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2018
38% I Am (2011) With two simple words G.K. Chesterton sums up our collective sin nature that prevents this earth from becoming the utopia Shadyac and his experts envision.‐ WORLD
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2018
77% Thor (2011) This is wink-and-nod fantasy with no overtures to anything more significant.‐ WORLD
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2018
No Score Yet Reconciliation (2011) [It] makes a real attempt to help believers who have never been tempted by this particular sin understand and bear the burdens of those for whom it is a daily battle.‐ WORLD
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2018
No Score Yet Gettysburg (2011) The best thing about the film is the individual lives it explores. ‐ WORLD
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2018
82% Super 8 (2011) It's impossible not to get caught up in Abrams' nostalgia for summer days at the Cineplex gone by. ‐ WORLD
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2018
80% Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) Parents of comic book fans could do much, much worse. ‐ WORLD
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2018
81% Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) The kids have to go back to school soon enough, and Rise of the Planet of the Apes offers one last shot at some great summer fun.‐ WORLD
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2018
No Score Yet Jerusalem Countdown (2011) Though the end-times ending borders on camp, it also acts as a nice cliffhanger set-up for a sequel.‐ WORLD
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2018
7/10 87% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) If it weren't for a smattering of PG-13 language, Ant-Man and the Wasp would be the perfect superheroes to save the whole family from the summer heat for a couple of hours.‐ WORLD
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
75% The Help (2011) It resonates with our desire to see wrongs set right at a time when so many white Americans were shamefully working against liberty and justice. ‐ WORLD
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2018
84% Contagion (2011) There's no doubt that Soderbergh's vision is arresting and sickeningly credible.‐ WORLD
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2018
33% Courageous (2011) Most of the characters are well-written and nuanced. ‐ WORLD
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2018
69% Footloose (2011) In its own humble way, Footloose's dancing ban and the events that prompt it illustrate the crux of today's political divide.‐ WORLD
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2018
36% In Time (2011) Interesting as the film is as a science fiction concept and dull as it is as a political allegory, the Christian understands that there is a fundamental flaw in the story, namely that W.H. Auden was wrong. ‐ WORLD
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2018
23% October Baby (2012) The Erwins get the biggest thing right: telling Hannah's story-and just Hannah's story-simply and sincerely.‐ WORLD
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2018
37% Immortals (2011) At least with this one, [the young audiences are] getting the anti-relativistic message that some powers seek only to destroy and Western culture is worth a fight.‐ WORLD
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2018
94% Hugo (2011) Hugo falls short in imagining that using one's talents toward useful work alone satisfies our need for significance. But its message that we are all here for a purpose, endowed by our creator with good gifts, is a rare subject for cinema.‐ WORLD
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2018
89% The Descendants (2011) Beyond Clooney, there's not much in The Descendants to warrant the Oscar buzz that is building around it. ‐ WORLD
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2018
32% Joyful Noise (2012) It feels insulting to the type of characters it's portraying. ‐ WORLD
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2018
75% Big Miracle (2012) At least in Big Miracle people stop haranguing others across the aisle and start working together.‐ WORLD
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2018
96% Undefeated (2012) "Feel-good movie of the year" is rarely a label that applies to documentaries. Yet, the Oscar-nominated Undefeated, which follows one season of an impoverished inner-city Memphis high school football team, may turn out to be exactly that.‐ WORLD
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
No Score Yet Monumental: In Search Of America's National Treasure (2012) What is in it is a passionate, old-fashioned, and occasionally surprising lesson on the Christian separatists who fled religious persecution in England for hardship and freedom in an unknown land.‐ WORLD
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
87% The Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012) The Pirates! relies more on wit than on double-entendres, and for parents who appreciate quirk, it offers a clever respite from the bathroom gags that populate many family films these days.‐ WORLD
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
21% For Greater Glory (2012) If these events seem to fit a little too neatly into modern narrative, seem almost too ready-made for current controversies... a few minutes' worth of research confirms the essential truth of the story.‐ WORLD
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
57% U.N. Me (2012) Though the number of years he dedicated to it unmistakably plays a part in U.N. Me's effectiveness, it's obvious from the outset that Horowitz has innate talent for the medium.‐ WORLD
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
73% Prometheus (2012) Despite its flaws, Prometheus is a visually stunning film (well worth the extra expense of 3-D) that leaves the viewer pondering its themes of creation's longing to know its creator long after the credits have rolled.‐ WORLD
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
51% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Almost all the fun that isn't dependent on CGI technology is brushed aside to make room for toothy displays from creatures more like horror movie monsters than wild animals.‐ WORLD
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
72% The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) There's nothing overtly awful about The Amazing Spider-Man except that it replaces the best elements of the previous versions with something far more cynical and calls it progress.‐ WORLD
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2018
75% Hope Springs (2012) The heart of the movie is about sacrificing pride and risking embarrassment in order serve a spouse in love. ‐ WORLD
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2018
0% Last Ounce of Courage (2012) Though some of the language here mirrors what we often hear from the ACLU and public-school officials, Last Ounce of Courage simplifies and dumbs down their arguments to such a degree that they become ugly stereotypes rather than real people. ‐ WORLD
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2018
27% 2016: Obama's America (2012) Segments dealing with the college-age Obama's political activities and his later involvement with domestic terrorists like Bill Ayers are... valid and illuminating territory for viewers who haven't heard these things before.‐ WORLD
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2018
93% Looper (2012) Looper may not be something Christian moviegoers want to expose themselves to, but it should hearten us to know that young, influential filmmakers like Johnson are wrestling with these questions in such well-done movies.‐ WORLD
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2018
92% Skyfall (2012) One of the central exchanges of the film could easily go down as the defining theme of the Oct. 22 foreign policy debate.‐ WORLD
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2018
74% Rise of the Guardians (2012) While the heroes of DreamWorks' film claim to be the guardians of childhood, their tattooed, hoodied posturing actually diminishes it.‐ WORLD
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2018
92% Silver Linings Playbook (2012) Thanks to some truly terrific acting and amusing subplots with Pat's parents, the story works. ‐ WORLD
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2018
94% First Reformed (2018) Ethan Hawke brilliantly captures the doubt many believers wrestle with, but the film never seriously engages with the counsel the Bible offers to deal with it. ‐ WORLD
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2018
94% Incredibles 2 (2018) For this cultural-analysis-loving adult, however, Pixar has created a worthy sequel to the Incredibles' story.‐ WORLD
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
No Score Yet 11AM: Hope for America's Most Segregated Hour (2018) The film does such a good job offering a Biblically grounded call for racial reconciliation at a broad level, it sometimes neglects to show how that messy process works at a close one. ‐ WORLD
Read More | Posted May 11, 2018
87% Tully (2018) While all of this will understandably keep many Christians away, it's fascinating how much Biblical wisdom is nonetheless contained within this profane, at times painfully authentic picture of depressed midlife.‐ WORLD
Read More | Posted May 11, 2018
7/10 83% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) In some sense, this is every Marvel movie combined. So if the first installment of the two-part culmination of all that effort seems a bit loaded, I'd say other critics need to put their nitpicky hats away. This is for the fans, and they have earned it. ‐ WORLD
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2018
71% The Croods (2013) The Croods is packed with laughs. ‐ WORLD
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2018
29% G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013) This storyline certainly has an interesting peace-through-strength/Manchurian candidate subtext, but it's lost when the film veers off to a mystical Himalayan ninja temple and is not only completely confusing, but also abominably acted.‐ WORLD
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2018
49% The Great Gatsby (2013) When the crucial moment of the story comes, it feels emotionally stunted and unrelated to anything that has passed.‐ WORLD
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2018
11% After Earth (2013) The future-based characters seem to bear no relation at all to actual living, laughing, arguing human beings. ‐ WORLD
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2018
66% World War Z (2013) Much less bloody (though, of course, not bloodless and peppered with mild profanity) and much more cerebral than typical horror fare, the Pitt-produced apocalyptic thriller comes about as close as one can to a heart-warming zombie film.‐ WORLD
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2018
50% White House Down (2013) It would be impossible to detail in this space all the ways Roland Emmerich's latest action/adventure, White House Down, violates the bounds of good (or even moderate) taste. ‐ WORLD
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2018