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Steven D. Greydanus

Steven D. Greydanus
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
A 46% 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- 52% 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+ 86% 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
B+ 97% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) For all its action and spectacle, Mad Max: Fury Road represents a sort of creative idealism that critics and cinephiles swoon for.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted May 29, 2015
C 50% Tomorrowland (2015) Is anything more dispiriting than a failed attempt at inspiration? ‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted May 20, 2015
B 75% Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) Whedon's wit and invention are considerable...[but] the movies keep getting bigger, with diminishing returns. I find myself hoping against hope that Ant-Man will be really, really small.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2015
A- 99% Song Of The Sea (2014) Like Miyazaki, Moore isn't afraid to take the time to breathe deeply, savor moments of silence and beauty, and open the door to wonder and mystery. ‐ Decent Films Guide
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2015
A- 83% Cinderella (2015) Such a gallant anachronism...that it offers, without ever raising its voice, a ringing cross-examination of our whole era of dark, gritty fairy-tale revisionism. ‐ Decent Films Guide
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2015
A 98% The Overnighters (2014) An existentially probing documentary with more layers than a twisty Hollywood thriller, at turns inspiring, challenging, sobering and finally devastating.‐ Decent Films Guide
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2015
A+ 99% Selma (2015) Captures a sense of events unfolding in the present tense, in a political and cultural climate as complex, multifaceted and undetermined as the times we live in.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2015
C+ 51% Unbroken (2014) An honorable movie that, on paper, I should love...almost a secular Passion of the Christ...[with] little more sense of Louis' psychology or inner life than Caviezel's Jesus.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2014
C+ 59% The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) The sketchy end-credit imagery often feels more Tolkienesque than anything in the preceding two-plus hours, leaving one wistfully contemplating: what might have been, what might have been.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2014
C+ 66% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014) May be essential to series fans, but it feels more like a TV series arc episode than a feature film.‐ Decent Films Guide
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2014
C+ 71% Interstellar (2014) As emphatically as Nolan writes PROSE PROSE PROSE PROSE PROSE, in the largest possible font, it never verges into poetry.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2014
A- 89% Big Hero 6 (2014) May be a bit too glib to reach the heights of The Incredibles or The Iron Giant, but if you can't have Brad Bird, this is pretty much the next best thing.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2014
B 78% St. Vincent (2014) A movie essentially without a single surprise, which doesn't make it disagreeable...Murray and young Lieberher develop a nice rapport.‐ Decent Films Guide
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2014
C 29% The Song (2014) If wisdom isn't one of your character's defining traits, should Solomon really be your model?‐ Decent Films Guide
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2014
D+ 75% The Boxtrolls (2014) When a soulless corporate product like 'Planes: Fire and Rescue' sputters, it's barely worth a shrug. When a handcrafted labor of love like 'The Boxtrolls' goes bad, it's a tragedy.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2014
C+ 17% When The Game Stands Tall (2014) A faith-friendly sports film that's more interested in extolling character than in developing characters.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2014
C 44% Planes: Fire And Rescue (2014) Think of the climactic forest fire in Bambi, and then take away the deer, rabbits, squirrels, raccoons, birds and people. A forest fire ... in an uninhabited forest.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2014
A 90% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) Nothing in the well-made but prosaic 2011 reboot hinted at the power of this film.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2014
B 28% Deliver Us from Evil (2014) Courtroom dramas and police procedurals are not normal settings for demons or exorcists, but Derrickson's intriguing premise is that demons cannot be confined to where we expect to find them.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2014
C+ 92% How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) As with the Ice Age sequels, situations may change and characters may come and go, but the central characters and relationships forged in the first film have become static.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2014
B 81% The Fault In Our Stars (2014) A flawed but empathic, fairly honest movie about flawed but empathic, honest characters.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2014
D 50% Maleficent (2014) Warmed-over Frozen. ‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted May 30, 2014
A- 90% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) If more comic-book movies were like this, there'd be less complaining about how many of them there are.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted May 22, 2014
B+ 52% The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) So much better than its predecessor that I've gone from being merely disappointed with the 2012 reboot to being downright angry about it.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted May 1, 2014
B+ 76% Noah (2014) A work of art and imagination that makes this most familiar of tales strange and new, at times illuminating the text, at times stretching it to the breaking point.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2014
B+ 96% The LEGO Movie (2014) Does everything you expect, but also does a great deal you don't expect, subverting clichés, taking roads less traveled and even tiptoeing into theological wonder.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2014
B+ 79% Saving Mr. Banks (2013) Hanks' Disney is a teddy bear; Thompson's Travers is a porcupine. They go together like apple pie and, oh, liver and onions. He lights up the charm...She refuses utterly to be charmed. ‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2013
C 75% The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013) The transformation of Jackson's Middle Earth into alt-Tolkien fan fiction is complete.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2013
C+ 89% Frozen (2013) May be the most tragic fairy tale in the Disney canon, which is saying something.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2013
A 96% 12 Years a Slave (2013) Made me angry, and grateful, in ways I didn't always anticipate.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2013
A- 96% Gravity (2013) Something almost unheard of these days: a Hollywood spectacle that shows us something new, set in the universe we live in.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2013
B 25% Planes (2013) While I'm not sure it needs a theatrical release, I'm struck by the rarity of seeing such a comparatively simple, innocent cartoon on the big screen.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2013
B+ 70% The Wolverine (2013) A gingery palate cleanser in a summer of overcooked Big Macs. ‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2013
C+ 67% Turbo (2013) Too bad there isn't a lot more you can say about Turbo than "That snail is fast." He is, but that's not character development. ‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2013
B- 73% Despicable Me 2 (2013) Turning Dr. Evil into Austin Powers ... is the best possible way to keep the reformed character from losing his mojo. (Oh, how Mike Myers has influenced this discussion!) ‐ Decent Films Guide
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2013
D 31% The Lone Ranger (2013) Even more than Man of Steel, The Lone Ranger is the poster child for our culture's terminal inability to offer children today heroic role models.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2013
B 78% Monsters University (2013) A charming, well-crafted trifle - at least until the subversive last act, when it sets its sights a bit higher.‐ National Catholic Register
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2013