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Steven D. Greydanus

Steven D. Greydanus
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
B 60% Gosnell: The Trial of America's Biggest Serial Killer (2018) Tells a story worth telling, and does so reasonably well, but while it avoids actual preaching, it's still addressed to the choir. That doesn't make it a bad film, but it could have been a better one.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
A- 88% First Man (2018) Ultimately more about the "man" than the "first."... Above all, it's the story of a fragile human being who was never the same after a defining tragedy -- who loved his daughter to the moon and back.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
C- 39% Unbroken: Path to Redemption (2018) Worthwhile religious movies explore the implications and the lived experience of faith or perhaps illuminate the reality of life without it. Path to Redemption has no interest in the first and isn't up to the second.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
C+ 68% The Apparition (L'apparition) (2018) The resolution is clever, giving both secular and religious viewers something to hold on to, but unsatisfying in giving short shrift to the final piece of its complicated puzzle. ‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
B- 60% Operation Finale (2018) Tells a decent story well enough, but what does it want to say?‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
C 72% Christopher Robin (2018) Like ‘Finding Neverland,’ full of melancholy and a wan approximation of the whimsical spirit of its literary inspiration.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
A- 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) Completes possibly the most improbable cinematic hat trick in Hollywood history: An unpromising series that began with three patchy, uneven entries has now produced three terrifically entertaining ones.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2018
C- 59% Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (2018) "Zinging" is destiny, and even if it strikes one person before the other, it's still meant to be. In the real world this translates to harassment and stalking.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
B+ 88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) I'm not ashamed to say that I most enjoyed "Ant-Man" when it felt like a sequel in spirit to "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids." "Ant-Man and the Wasp" doubles down on that vibe and then some.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2018
B+ 94% Incredibles 2 (2018) Smart, funny, energetic and a lot of fun, which means it's about as good as we can hope for from the studio that used to be Pixar.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2018
A 99% Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) For a few formative years of our lives, Mr. Rogers showed us the way. Why don't we walk that way? Because of all the voices dominating the discussion ever since.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
A- 93% First Reformed (2018) First Reformed can hardly imagine a hopeful future for the world, [yet] the film is full of longing for redemption... Toller hopes that his journal is a kind of prayer. Perhaps Schrader hopes the same for his film.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018
C 70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) There's nothing here like the wince-inducing dialogue or wooden acting of George Lucas's prequel trilogy. On the other hand, there's nothing like their visionary quality either.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
A- 84% Pope Francis - A Man of His Word (2018) If it isn't the documentary final word on the 266th pope, in a way it's something better: It's a winsome, challenging call to take the Gospel more seriously and to work to make the world around us a little bit better.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
B 83% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Yes, I want to see the next Marvel movie. But I long for popcorn movies like the last couple of Mission: Impossible installments, in which, after two-plus hours of ridiculously entertaining action, the mission actually is accomplished.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
C- 46% The Devil and Father Amorth (2018) There is little, if any, genuinely religious dimension ... It's basically a "boo" movie in documentary form - that, and an exercise in brand reinforcement and exploitation.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2018
B+ 72% Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc (Jeannette l'enfance de Jeanne d'Arc) (2018) A dialogue, and a mutual cross-examination, not only among the main characters ... and above all between man and God, but also between Péguy and Dumont, and even between Péguy the Socialist unbeliever of 1897 and Péguy the believing Catholic of 1910.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
A- 95% A Quiet Place (2018) Even though A Quiet Place is a terrific film just the way it is, I can't help wishing there were more families like this in other kinds of movies.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2018
B+ 47% Paul, Apostle of Christ (2018) The most dramatically and thematically interesting material emerges from the agonized deliberations of the Roman Christians ... the prospect and the plausibility of violence in the name of Christ is treated with a level of complexity welcome in such a film.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
C+ 51% Tomb Raider (2018) Jolie's Lara was perhaps having too much fun for much sense of urgency, but Vikander's Lara isn't really having fun at all, which makes it hard for the audience to have much fun either.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2018
D+ 41% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) Sentence I did not expect to write: The film's portrayal of the otherworldly Mrs. W's...makes the depiction of the Holy Trinity in The Shack profound and numinous by comparison.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
C+ 25% Samson (2018) Perhaps...I am being too hard on a pretty okay movie that will make a lot of viewers happy.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2018
A- 97% Black Panther (2018) Makes the Marvel Cinematic Universe a bigger, more interesting, more engaging place, one where for the first time women and people of color aren't limited to token or supporting roles.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2018
A- 100% Paddington 2 (2018) I don't want to review Paddington 2: I want to live in it, and invite you to live in it with me.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2018
B 91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) Has fresh story beats and new ideas ... Yet as the complicated, messy plot unfolds, the lack of a larger vision in this new trilogy becomes more glaring. ‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
B- 97% Coco (2017) Coco's flaws and limitations would sting less if it weren't the one original Pixar film in a string of sequels...With each new release it seems clearer that Pixar's glory days are an increasingly distant memory.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
C 44% The Star (2017) A little like The Nativity Story meets The Secret Life of Pets, which probably sounds like a winning formula to some people. If you think The Secret Life of Pets is as mediocre as I think it is...‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
C 41% Justice League (2017) The notion of Superman as a guiding ideal haunts these films...It's a vision [the filmmakers] recognize Superman is supposed to embody, but seem incapable of...actually realizing.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
C+ 92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) If Ragnarok doesn't matter in a Thor movie, what could you possibly put onscreen ever again that would matter?‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
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- 94% 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- 84% 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- 91% 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- 15% 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 93% 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- 31% 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- 83% 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+ 52% 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+ 43% 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- 75% 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 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