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Steven D. Greydanus

Steven D. Greydanus
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
A 70% The Unknown Girl (La fille inconnue) (2017) Jenny's search is a quest for atonement, not only for herself, but also for others. A physician of the body, she becomes a kind of physician of the soul, her clinic office a secular confessional, sealed by her ethic of doctor-patient confidentiality.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2017
A- 93% All Saints (2017) A vanishing rarity: a film that explores the Christian ideal in a way that is attractive regardless of viewers' faith or lack thereof, while challenging believers to live up to that ideal.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
B- 82% Detroit (2017) The interminable central act, dramatizing the events at the Algiers [Motel], overflows with impotent rage and horror.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2017
A- 90% A Ghost Story (2017) Lowery finds power in the image's very absurdity ... [The ghost] is so silent, so slow and so often still, that it becomes first arresting, then poignant, and finally unbearably sad.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2017
A 92% Dunkirk (2017) The first film Nolan has made that feels bigger than the director's preoccupations and obsessions.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
A- 93% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) How? How did this happen? How has Fox's rebooted Planet of the Apes series emerged, against all odds, as the most compelling, most morally resonant franchise of our times?‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2017
B 92% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) Another good-enough Marvel movie that is less than the sum of its parts, a crowd-pleaser with many fine scenes but no great ones.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2017
D 60% Despicable Me 3 (2017) To call Despicable Me 3 desperate would be to ascribe too much effort and passion to the thing. Ice Age: Collision Course, now: There was a properly desperate sequel.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2017
B- 68% Cars 3 (2017) At this point it seems like too much to hope for that any Pixar sequel, let alone a Cars sequel, should function smoothly from start to finish, but at least it ends well.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017
D- 16% The Mummy (2017) I have never seen a movie work harder or more hopelessly...not merely to launch a new franchise, but to jump from a standing start into a full-blown Marvel-style shared cinematic universe in one go.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
B 92% Wonder Woman (2017) Invests Princess Diana with possibly the most genuinely heroic characterization of any modern cinematic superhero.‐ Decent Films Guide
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2017
D+ 29% Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) Maybe if I watched it again, Dead Men would make more sense, but here's the thing: I didn't get Curse of the Black Pearl all in one go either, but I knew I wanted to watch it again.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
D- 28% King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017) Revenge. It's the cheapest, laziest, lowest-common-denominator character motivation in the book. Cultural vandalism.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
C- 82% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) What doesn't work, alas, are the big things: the main story involving Peter and his real space dad, played by Kurt Russell, and the romantic "unspoken thing" between Peter and Gamora.‐ Decent Films Guide
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
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+ 55% 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+ 44% 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- 76% 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 93% 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 20% 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- 91% 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 96% 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+ 30% 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 84% 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- 86% 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- 89% 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- 72% The Birth of a Nation (2016) Powerful and provocative.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2016
C- 63% 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 83% 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- 92% 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- 94% 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 79% 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+ 91% 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