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Steven D. Greydanus

Steven D. Greydanus
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
A 91% The Witch (2016) The stakes are real. The Devil is real. All roads do not lead up the mountain. Some lead to the heart of darkness, to the depths of a witch-haunted wood.‐ Catholic Digest
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2017
B+ 79% The Case for Christ (2017) The atheists and nonbelievers in The Case for Christ don't have horns and tails … The believers aren't persecuted, marginalized victims.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2017
D+ 45% Ghost in the Shell (2017) Scarlett Johansson is becoming - no, at this point it's safe to say she is - the default Hollywood poster girl for transhumanism.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2017
D+ 71% Beauty and the Beast (2017) Can a realistically computer-rendered French gilt bronze candelabra be debonair? Jaunty? Rakish, even?‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2017
B- 77% Kong: Skull Island (2017) Look, if you want to see King Kong duking it out with creatures that are literally called "Skullcrawlers," or locked in battle with a giant octopus...this film is your huckleberry.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2017
C 92% Logan (2017) Whenever the filmmakers have a choice between cruelly slaughtering characters and letting them live, they almost always choose the cruel path.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
C 19% The Shack (2017) God can meet people even in the kitschy and maudlin, just as he meets people even in suffering and tragedy. (Not that this justifies either.)‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
C 35% The Great Wall (2017) Less a cross-cultural artistic collaboration than a corporate-driven commodity with a whiff of nationalistic propaganda...That doesn't make it worse than a typical Hollywood spectacle.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
B- 90% The Lego Batman Movie (2017) More or less the sort of movie I had originally expected The Lego Movie to be, which is fine, but not very surprising.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2017
A 95% Paterson (2016) For the second year in a row, my favorite film is a winning love story named for an urban area more or less in my backyard.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2017
D+ 31% Passengers (2016) At some point...it becomes clear that the filmmakers know they've got two of the most attractive, likable superstars in Hollywood in a no-win scenario where losing isn't an option.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
A 85% Silence (2017) Draws me in like a sore tooth one can't stop probing with one's tongue, like a painful memory that rises unbidden in one's mind, stubbornly unresolved. ‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2016
C+ 85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) In previous Star Wars movies, one side wore black hats and the other wore white...Here that's not the case. For some, this is a selling point. For me, it's close to a deal-breaker.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2016
C+ 96% Moana (2016) It would be going too far to say that Moana combines everything I enjoy about contemporary Disney with everything I dislike, but it's got quite a bit of both.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2016
C 73% Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) Whimsical but never wondrous, amusing but never affecting...[The] HP films showed us things we had never seen before. Fantastic Beasts just made me wish I were watching Doctor Strange again.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2016
A- 87% Hacksaw Ridge (2016) Can be seen as an examination of war and nonviolence, but it also begs to be seen - like Birth of a Nation, with its #BlackLivesMatter echoes - in light of contemporary issues.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2016
A- 90% Doctor Strange (2016) Perhaps we might say simply that Derrickson has made a bona fide movie at a time when Marvel is only doing installments.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2016
A- 71% The Birth of a Nation (2016) Powerful and provocative.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2016
C- 64% Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016) Lurches in directions at once too juvenile for grownup tastes and too gruesome for kids. Maybe there's a sweet spot around 10 to 13 where it might feel gleefully transgressive. ‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2016
B 84% Deepwater Horizon (2016) The film sketches in these characters just enough to hold the story together. What really interests Berg is exploring how the disaster happened...and how those 126 people responded...‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2016
A- 93% Queen of Katwe (2016) Nair...doesn't shy from the harsh realities of life in Katwe...[she] also revels in the colors and textures of this world: clay-orange earth, bright fabrics, weatherbeaten bricks and wood.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2016
B 60% Hillsong - Let Hope Rise (2016) It may be one-sided, but it's also genuinely moving, even to the viewer who doesn't share the band's world, or not entirely.‐ Decent Films Guide
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2016
A- 85% Sully (2016) The film is attentive to the iconic power of that event, both in itself and in connection with the last time the world watched as an airliner went down against the New York skyline.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2016
B+ 64% Greater (2016) While Brandon's own faith never wavers, the film cross-examines Christian pieties and even faith itself to a greater degree than any other faith-based film I can think of. ‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2016
B+ 97% Kubo and the Two Strings (2016) 'Kubo' thrilled, dazzled and delighted me, brought tears to my eyes and broke my heart - in the end, not entirely in a good way.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2016
C+ 25% Ben-Hur (2016) On paper, and sometimes even on-screen, there's some promise and potential in this remake ... An intractable problem is that the Jesus scenes are among the film's weakest moments.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2016
B+ 87% Pete's Dragon (2016) A rare family film that takes its time and allows the characters to breathe, to romp in the forest, to gaze at stars...I wish I'd grown up watching this film instead of the original.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2016
C- 56% Jason Bourne (2016) The world has changed since 2007, and not only in the ways the filmmakers are self-consciously trying to engage.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2016
B+ 84% Star Trek Beyond (2016) This is something that has been missing from Star Trek for a while: an arresting picture of a shiny, hopeful future worth dreaming of. ‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2016
C- 74% The Secret Life of Pets (2016) Plays as if it were stitched together from every haphazard notion tossed out in an early brainstorming session, with no subsequent editing or refining.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2016
A- 93% The Innocents (Les innocentes) (2016) A wrenching drama about the human cost of what is often called man's inhumanity to man, though it is often women and children who suffer most, as here.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2016
B 94% Finding Dory (2016) Hank the octopus is a particular standout … his mad skills are highly entertaining — so entertaining, in fact, that I kind of wish the movie had been about him.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2016
B 80% The Conjuring 2 (2016) Wan goes bigger and splashier … Metaphorically splashier, I mean; it's not very bloody, but it's bloody scary, thanks to Wan's skills and some shrewd choices by Chad and Carey Hayes.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2016
C+ 76% Last Days In The Desert (2016) A promising exercise in a style of film-making I'd like to see more of, but it's a promise somewhat unfulfilled.‐ Crux
Read More | Posted May 27, 2016
B+ 90% Captain America: Civil War (2016) Has nearly all the strengths of the best Marvel Cinematic Universe movies so far, as well as some of the weaknesses.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted May 5, 2016
A- 95% The Jungle Book (2016) The second film in a row from Jon Favreau that makes me want to hug the director.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2016
C- 28% Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) Snyder's films are so eager to establish that "Superman was never real" that they never permit even the illusion that he ever was.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2016
A 47% The Young Messiah (2016) Offers an imaginative vision of the most iconic and celebrated family in human history that is both surprising and familiar, warmly human and credible yet also different.‐ Decent Films Guide
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2016
B- 51% Risen (2016) For all its issues, Risen remains more interesting in some ways than a straightforward dramatization of the Gospel story like Son of God. ‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2016
B 92% Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) Content merely to continue the story...It answers the question "Where are they now?" but has no new thoughts or insights regarding the stories we know.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2015
A- 96% Spotlight (2015) Plunges us into the rhythms of a specific time and place: Boston around the turn of the millennium, at a time when...the extent of the cover-up culture in the Church had not yet been exposed. ‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2015
B+ 87% The Peanuts Movie (2015) Comes billed as being "From the imagination of Charles Schulz," and, almost astonishingly, it pretty much is.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2015
C- 9% Fantastic Four (2015) The negative buzz around the new Fantastic Four is so radioactive you could almost expect to develop superpowers just by reading about it.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2015
B+ 99% Shaun the Sheep Movie (2015) The world of Shaun the Sheep puts a smile on my face before anything even happens.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2015
A 93% Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation (2015) The opening sequence is like a declaration of war; it's like starting a film with the truck sequence from Raiders, or Ghost Protocol's Burj Khalifa sequence.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2015
B- 81% Ant-Man (2015) I enjoyed "Ant-Man" most as small-scale spectacle, a high-tech update on "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids" cinema...The plot, it must be said, rewards not thinking about it.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2015
C 56% Minions (2015) I'm a fan of silliness and nonsense, and Minions are about as silly and nonsensical as kiddie entertainment gets. But everyone has limits.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2015
B+ 81% Batkid Begins (2015) Who would have thought that the week after Inside Out opened, another movie about a kid in San Francisco would have me crying even more - and laughing almost as much?‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2015
A+ 98% Inside Out (2015) A rare family film for so many reasons: a story with no villain...a wise and wounding depiction of growing up, a story of growth and loss, with real stakes and real consequences.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2015
B 71% Jurassic World (2015) Pratt more than delivers. You could almost say he manages to stand in for Sam Neill, Jeff Goldblum AND Laura Dern. He's got Neill's toughness, Goldblum's humor and Dern's down-to-earthness.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2015