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New Twists Given to Sleuth Remake

This remake of the 1972 classic of the same name has been given some distinctly new twists. Based on the successful stage production by Anthony Shaffer, it featured Lawrence Olivier as Wyke and Michael Caine as Tindle, in Jude Law’s current role.

  • Annabelle Robertson |
  • March 13, 2008 |
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Secret Things a Perfect Discussion, Evangelism Tool

The Secret Things of God is an inspired approach to evangelism, and it works extremely well. This DVD could serve as a great focal point for church outreach events. It is also the perfect discussion tool for friends who’ve become entranced by The Secret.

  • Annabelle Robertson |
  • March 11, 2008 |
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Movie Magic Makes August Rush Truly Unforgettable

August Rush is pure Hollywood magic. But if you’re willing to suspend your disbelief, sit back, and enjoy, then the rewards are many. And if you’re like me, you’ll probably even tear up, so you may want to bring some Kleenex along for the ride.

Feel-Good Dan in Real Life a Nice Option

Overall, Dan in Real Life is a must-see, a total feel-good movie. It’s been a long time since I’ve observed an audience laughing and cheering so unabashedly. So it’s good to have a nice moviegoing option again.

Witty Dialogue Makes Bee Movie Buzzworthy

I admit that I didn’t really want to like Bee Movie. Like so many films that are overly hyped, I assumed that any redeeming value was probably sacrificed for the bottom line. But that’s the funny thing about jumping to conclusions—sometimes you’re wrong. And I was definitely way off with this one.

Evil Thrives Where God Is Absent in No Country

No Country for Old Men’s greatest asset—or liability, depending on how you interpret it—is the struggle for answers to profound questions: How can well-meaning people confront unstoppable evil? Is there any hope to do so apart from God?

Brains Triumph Over Beauty in Nancy Drew

In light of recent, more self-centered ‘tween/teenage fare like Disturbia, the decidedly countercultural message of Nancy Drew--with a main character who genuinely cares about helping people--is most refreshing.

Video Game-Inspired Hitman Proves Inferior

Hitman, based on a video game but employing a similar story and style as the Bourne films, is in every way inferior to those films, not to mention pretty much every other film currently playing in theaters.

Milk Promotes Agenda, Provides Food for Thought

Based on the career of Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man elected to public office, Milk’s divergence from an evangelical worldview doesn’t make it completely void of merit. It can provide food-for-thought to the contemplative Christian who is willing to watch and listen even while disagreeing.

Inexperience and Inconsistencies Run Wide in Awake

Awake is writer/director Joby Harold’s first effort, and unfortunately his inexperience bleeds through. The plot is rife with inconsistencies and makes so many mistakes that few will find it credible.

  • Annabelle Robertson |
  • March 06, 2008 |
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Into the Wild May Be Penn's Best Yet

Sean Penn is one of the most talented screenwriters and directors in Hollywood, and this film may be his best yet. It’s longwinded and a bit rambling, and he romanticizes what most will consider a reckless, self-indulgent quest. But it’s a very worthy film nonetheless.

  • Annabelle Robertson |
  • March 06, 2008 |
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Delightful Wonder Emporium Sparks Imagination

This holiday season, Walden Media brings our kids Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium—a delightful movie that, though it contains some faulty worldview elements, will spark their imagination and teach them a few lessons about loving and living.

Truths Are Gained in Things We Lost in the Fire

“Accept the good.” That’s the moral of Things We Lost in the Fire, and although the characters’ ideas of good aren’t consciously grounded in the ultimate Good, director Susanne Bier’s drama is tough to shake.

Subtlety Not Lacking in The Darjeeling Limited

Like most of director Wes Anderson’s films, The Darjeeling Limited is hardly “plot gone wild.” Those looking for a gripping storyline are sure to be disappointed. It’s subtle, Anderson’s style. Very, very subtle.

  • Annabelle Robertson |
  • February 28, 2008 |
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Latest Version of The Ten Commandments Comes Up Short

Cecil B. DeMille’s 1956 version of The Ten Commandments will always be the classic by which others are judged. Animated versions are likely to be compared to the 1998 film, The Prince of Egypt. Unfortunately, despite an all-star cast, this newest version comes up decidedly short.

  • Annabelle Robertson |
  • February 28, 2008 |
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Embellished, Sexed-Up Beowulf Falls Flat

In the hands of screenwriters Neil Gaiman and Roger Avary, this adaptation of Beowulf adds a large dose of sex, nudity and moral failing to the epic poem’s story of a hero from across the seas who fights monsters at his own peril.

  • Christian Hamaker |
  • February 26, 2008 |
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Director Pushes Envelope and Agenda in Redacted

Redacted takes its plot from a recent incident in Iraq. Director Brian De Palma loves to push the cinematic envelope, and this project is no different. Here, he toys with the medium in order to make a statement about it. He’s also very, very angry about the war.

  • Annabelle Robertson |
  • February 22, 2008 |
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No Joy Found in This Depressing Wedding

Everyone longs for hope beyond the pain of broken relationships in Margot at the Wedding. But watching such a dismal spectacle is like listening to the clamor of a discordant harmony. It’s uncomfortable, depressing, and you just want it to end.

  • Annabelle Robertson |
  • February 22, 2008 |
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Polished Michael Clayton Tells Its Story with Panache

Michael Clayton is crisp and propulsive, without being at all alienating. The story tackles clear, documented corporate criminality that will have even the most hardened supporters of Big Business wanting to see justice done.

  • Christian Hamaker |
  • February 19, 2008 |
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American Gangster Robs Viewers of Time and Money

Two great actors and a great director have teamed up for the not-so-great American Gangster, yet another look at one man’s rise to power and his struggle to maintain hold of that power as the law moves in.

  • Christian Hamaker |
  • February 19, 2008 |
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