Christianity Today

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Rating Title/Year Author
3/4 The Best of Enemies (2019) Kenneth R. Morefield Telson says that the film shows how one Christian woman's acts of love had ripples that 'went down generations.' EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
B+ The Man Without a Past (2002) Jeffrey Overstreet With its rusty railroads and dingy metal canisters where the downtrodden dwell, [this film] finds color, surprise, and joy in the simplicity of struggling Helsinki outcasts. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
B+ Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004) Jeffrey Overstreet He's sure to offend viewers who don't see the humor in such stuff. [But Ron Burgundy] highlights the truth about television news. It's entertainment disguised as information. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2019
3/4 Across the Universe (2007) Carolyn Arends Across the Universe is a good-natured (if sometimes enthusiastic to the point of corniness) romp. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2018
2.5/4 Local Color (2006) Annie Young Frisbie Despite the color that Mueller-Stahl and Morgan bring to their roles, Local Color remains as flat as a monochrome painting. EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2018
3/4 Liyana (2017) Kenneth R. Morefield A testament to the power of art and imagination to transform trauma. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2018
The Mayo Clinic: Faith - Hope - Science (2018) Jenny Collins Backed by Burns's teams, talent and toolkit, the film unpacks Mayo's remarkable origin story and its enduring legacy of faith and science. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2018
4/4 Selma (2014) Alissa Wilkinson It is a very, very good movie, beautifully shot by Bradford Young and deftly, almost astonishingly well-directed by relative newcomer Ava DuVernay. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2018
3/4 Night Comes On (2018) Kenneth R. Morefield Some conventional scenarios are elevated, particularly by a great performance from Fishback. EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2018
2.5/4 Hope Springs Eternal (2018) Kenneth R. Morefield Not as risky as it should be but still better than most offerings to its target audience. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2018
1.5/4 Christopher Robin (2018) Kenneth R. Morefield The script seems to operate on the assumption that if it announces and acknowledges the stale predictability of its character moments, this makes it a postmodern wink rather than a routine bit of fan-service retrieved from a warehouse. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2018
Break Point (2014) Kenneth R. Morefield The adult-child interactions are the best parts, and it is surprisingly sweet for the eighty percent that is not needlessly crass. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2018
1.5/4 Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Kenneth R. Morefield How did we get to the point where we are shedding tears over the potential deaths of dinosaurs while cheering the grisly demise of human villains? EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2018
3.5/4 Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) Kenneth R. Morefield [Won't You Be My Neighbor] holds him up, deservedly, as a good example to encourage and inspire us, helping us to see both his faults and our own in better perspective. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2018
A Wrinkle in Time (2018) Sarah Arthur It remains to be seen whether the film will qualify as mythopoeic, theologically speaking. It may not address all our "cosmic questions." But it can still be darn good fun. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2018
Black Panther (2018) Esau McCaulley Killmonger is such a compelling antagonist because audiences are left to wonder whether to see him as a criminal or the inevitable outcome of society's past sins. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2018
3.5 Ucitelka (2016) Kenneth R. Morefield The film understands that broken systems persist precisely because their brokenness benefits somebody. EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2018
3/5 In the Land of Pomegranates (2018) Kenneth R. Morefield The dialogue sessions are the heart and the best part of In the Land of Pomegranates. EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2018
The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017) Laura Kenna Dan Stevens delivers an eccentric, anxious, animated young Dickens to the screen. EDIT
Posted Dec 1, 2017
Wonder (2017) Micha Boyett In Wonder, the beauty of the relationship between Isabel and Via is the insistence that Via does need her mother-a reminder that we are all hurting, we are all weak, and we all need one another, whether our needs are ordinary or extraordinary. EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2017
Justice League (2017) E. Stephen Burnett Ultimately, all this makes Justice League the superhero movie some fans feel they deserve but not the one other fans needed-especially fans who prefer their tales to grow with them. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2017
2.5/4 Sissi (1955) Kenneth R. Morefield It's fascinating to contrast these films with the darker (literally and thematically) post-war offerings of the Italian neorealists that were produced only a few years earlier. EDIT
Posted Nov 23, 2017
3/4 The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017) Kenneth R. Morefield [Scrooge] alternately haunts and taunts the author, but when the walls of the grave cave in on him, Plummer finds just the right note of desperation to melt our own hearts. EDIT
Posted Nov 23, 2017
2/4 The Star (2017) Kenneth R. Morefield It is meant as a mild endorsement to point out that this animated nativity story is every bit as good as the jungle adventures of the animated parrots, Blu and Jewel. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2017
Thor: Ragnarok (2017) Joel Mayward Ragnarok is a colorful, campy sendup of the superhero genre, even as its storyline and thematic elements are decidedly morbid. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2017
Suburbicon (2017) Laura Kenna Despite being a tale of two families besieged by tragedy, the film fails to capitalize on all that dramatic potential and instead feels emotionally flat. EDIT
Posted Nov 3, 2017
Blade Runner 2049 (2017) Joel Mayward In the midst of its bleak dystopian vision, I found Blade Runner 2049's affirmation of the value of individual life to be surprisingly hopeful. EDIT
Posted Oct 20, 2017
3/4 Walking Out (2017) Kenneth R. Morefield Exactly the sort of well-crafted small film that should make us all grateful places like the Sundance Institute exist. EDIT
Posted Oct 20, 2017
3.5/4 Only the Brave (2017) Kenneth R. Morefield The firefighting scenes are spectacular, but the special effects never dwarf the human relationships-and that's as it should be. EDIT
Posted Oct 20, 2017
3/4 Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017) Kenneth R. Morefield Sadness, films like Goodbye remind us, can be an appropriate response of a tender heart made for joy but confronted with a fallen and broken world. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2017
2.5/4 Steve McQueen: American Icon (2017) Kenneth R. Morefield it adopts a modest, understated tone while chronicling the Hollywood star's troubled childhood, spiritual seeking, and eventual self-identification as born-again Christian. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2017
Home Again (2017) Alicia Cohn This setup for a pretty standard situation comedy ought to lead to heartwarming hilarity. It doesn't. EDIT
Posted Sep 29, 2017
First They Killed My Father (2017) D.L. Mayfield I now have a better view of Cambodians as my neighbors, and I can catch a glimpse of the image of God wandering the earth in the midst of horror. These glimpses have allowed me to see myself, and my world, as closer to that reality than I could ever wish. EDIT
Posted Sep 29, 2017
4/4 First Reformed (2017) Kenneth R. Morefield I have been waiting most of my adult life for Paul Schrader to direct a great film. EDIT
Posted Sep 29, 2017
It (2017) Cameron McAllister It gets the "Losers Club" right, and this eclectic little group more than compensates for the movie's shortcomings. EDIT
Posted Sep 21, 2017
3/4 Birth of the Dragon (2016) Kenneth R. Morefield Whatever the criticisms, Yu Xia's portrayal of Wong Jack Man makes the film well worth seeing. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2017
3.5/4 La fille inconnue (2016) Kenneth R. Morefield How we think about our neighbor in the abstract can and usually is a very different thing from how we respond to that same neighbor when we have to look him or her in the face. EDIT
Posted Sep 1, 2017
3/4 Trophy (2017) Kenneth R. Morefield Trophy is unlikely to persuade non-hunters to go on safari, but it may make them think twice before calling those who do monsters. EDIT
Posted Sep 1, 2017
The Wrong Light (2016) Kenneth R. Morefield The film shows that we need committed, responsible, determined journalists because few of us have the resources to investigate the truth claims of those who make demands for our attention, our money, our votes, and our praise. EDIT
Posted Aug 18, 2017
Hot Type: 150 Years of the Nation (2014) Kenneth R. Morefield Hot Type's shadowing of editor Katrina vanden Heuvel drags a little as she tries to navigate the periodical through those challenges, but the film shines as it follows reporters on the road. . . EDIT
Posted Aug 18, 2017
Nobody Speak: Hulk Hogan, Gawker and Trials of a Free Press (2017) Kenneth R. Morefield As Nobody Speak spirals outward from the Gawker case to examine the broader cultural conflicts between journalists and the powerful, it loses some of its focus but none of its righteous indignation EDIT
Posted Aug 18, 2017
They Call Us Monsters (2016) Johnathan Kana With its category-defying pastiche of stakeholder perspectives, it feels less like a heavy-handed work of advocacy than a quiet meditation on a difficult truth many of us would prefer to ignore: Evil knows no age restrictions. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2017
3.5/4 Kono sekai no katasumi ni (2016) Kenneth R. Morefield Katabuchi, in what can justly be described as a labor of love, reportedly spent six years researching the history of Hiroshima... EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2017
Atomic Blonde (2017) Laura Kenna Sadly, the spy movie limits its female protagonist by framing her as a sex object for male viewers. EDIT
Posted Aug 4, 2017
A Ghost Story (2017) Kevin McLenithan Of the many reasons to treasure David Lowery's new film A Ghost Story, one of the biggest is the way it outlines the shape not just of one human life, but of human life in general. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2017
3.5/4 Dunkirk (2017) Kenneth R. Morefield Dunkirk is a war movie that plays particularly well for people who don't typically like war movies. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2017
To the Bone (2017) Rachel Marie Stone Although To the Bone reaches toward bigger questions of body, mind, and spirit, profundity eludes its grasp. EDIT
Posted Jul 21, 2017
Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) E. Stephen Burnett This film marks a happy return for Marvel's popular yet humble hero, and to Spider-Man's classic themes of power and responsibility. EDIT
Posted Jul 14, 2017
The Beguiled (2017) Laura Kenna There is plenty in The Beguiled for any viewer to chew on after they leave the theater. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2017
Despicable Me 3 (2017) Valerie Dunham Despicable Me 3 surprised me. Three movies in, the franchise still works, and works well. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2017