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The Case for Christ
3 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

The Case for Christ could easily be renamed 'The Sceptic's Guide to the Resurrection'. Honestly, sitting through this movie was GOD awful, and I mean that literally. It has the look and feel of a mid-budget indie flick but the dialog sounds like it was ripped straight off the Lifetime Channel. It aspires to be like the movie 'Spotlight', in reality, it falls flatter than Adam Sandler's career. Sure there are a few good bits here and there, but, overall it sucks.

Here is the breakdown. Newspaper reporter and longtime atheist Lee Strobel can't handle it when his wife discovers Jesus after meeting a new friend during a traumatic event. He does the only thing he knows to do. He investigate the resurrection in an attempt to disprove it. Lee Strobel is a real life person and the movie is based on a book Strobel had written after going through this journey.

This is where I leave the niceties behind and throw up the SPOILER WARNING. While the there is an attempt to portray Strobel as a cynic, he comes off as being completely intolerant. A man with daddy issues who is incapable of handling his wife getting saved in the name of Jesus Christ. He is completely intolerant. When the daughter ask the question "Who is Jesus", Strobel shuts the conversation down like a Michigan freeway under construction. The more he investigates the facts of the resurrection, the further he pulls away from his family and blames the wife. His journey also affects his work as well. While researching the Jesus thing, he does a half ass job on a story about an accused cop shooter that lands the shooter in jail because of information Strobel blindly accepts from the cops. I get the metaphor here. Strobel easily believes the police while stubbornly resisting information from the religious scholars. Even this part of the movie is glossed over in an attempt to push the resurrection down the throats of the audience like popcorn from the concession stand. Like Strobel, Jon Gunn (Director) does a half a$$ job at his job and misses the real story. In fact, after Strobel finds evidence that the shooter is innocent, the movie glosses over it by dropping a couple of lines in a couple scenes as if it was an afterthought.

This is the biggest reason why 'The Case for Christ' is crap. The writer Brian Bird and the Director Gunn burns so much energy trying to sell the audience on the resurrection, the more interesting subplot feels like filler. The story of the cop shooter James Dixon is the clearest metaphor for Jesus and should have taken center stage. Dixon is persecuted by the man, confesses his sins, then thrown in jail only to walk free later. The missed potential is mind blowing. It's for this reason I can't endorse 'The Case for Christ'. Not even as a free bootleg found in the parking lot of the local Walmart. If you want to watch one man's religious journey of self-discovery watch 'Heaven is for Real', at least you'll see a cool portrait of Jesus that looks like Berry Gibb.

Beauty and the Beast
4 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

'Beauty and the Beast' is the musical 'LA LA Land' wants to be when it grows up.

Passengers (2016)
7 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Passengers only has three things going for it. Special Effects, Jennifer Lawrence, and Chris Pratt. All three you can get by watching the trailer so do that instead of watching the movie

The Magnificent Seven
10 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

The Magnificent Seven is exactly what you expect. Solid action. Classic western story. And a lots of hero shots of Denzel Washington in silhouette. Despite the few flaws, the movie is pretty good. It's easy to overlook the clichéd trick shooting and the larger than life characters. Those are the things that make mythical westerns mythical. Director Antoine Fuqua avoided the attempt to chase realism and in doing so created a good old fashion feel good for the good guy flick that's worth seeing.

Snowden (2016)
10 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

If you think he is a Whistleblower, 'Snowden' is a movie about a patriotic individual out to expose government wrong doing. If you think he is a criminal, 'Snowden' is about a naïve goody-goody who is disillusioned about his role in the intelligence community. Either way, there are times when Oliver Stone's intentions are clear when the movie take a temporary turn for the preachy. There are moments when the movie advocates for the protection of privacy. But those moments are necessary. They help to explain the thing that Snowden is attempting to expose. If you overlook that however, you'll find a pretty solid Ripped-From-The-Headlines flick about one man's fight with his own conscience.

Personally, I am of the belief that Edward Snowden is both a whistleblower and a criminal. If I set my personal beliefs aside, I have to say it's hard to set your personal beliefs aside. So much of how you see the movie 'Snowden' depends on how you see the man Snowden. It's all perspective. Whether you love him or hate him, 'Snowden' is a good late summer flick with solid acting and good directing. With a foundation of making films like 'Platoon', 'Wall Street', and 'JFK', Oliver Stone is probably best suited for a project like this. A rare Hollywood match of Director and Subject.