Despite an engaging storyline and well-crafted performances all around, a particularly skewed worldview is what ultimately makes Waitress so disturbing to watch as a Christian.
- November 27, 2007 |
The Namesake, from Indian director Mira Nair, reminds us of a film axiom: Some of the best movies about the American experience have come from filmmakers born in other lands.
- November 27, 2007 |
It’s been a long time since we’ve seen a musical comedy make it to the big screen that was worth the trouble of heading out to the local cinema-plex. Yet easily the year’s most entertaining film thus far, the bright and cheerful Hairspray, gives us a reason to like musicals again.
Proving that 50+ is apparently the new 30, Bruce Willis’ John McClane may be a dinosaur in the digital age; but he’s still got the killer instincts and witty comebacks in the face of many, many dangers in Live Free or Die Hard.
The story has nothing to do with the Christ of Christmas, but rather extols an important - but way-secondary - theme of family. If you can look past that and just want a few good laughs with your kids, this is not a bad choice for holiday entertainment.
Opening July 4, Werner Herzog’s Rescue Dawn is a celebration of America and the spirit that motivates our servicemen. But like a great celebration that goes on a little too long, it has a few lulls, some uncomfortable silences and certain excesses.
Flywheel is actually the first movie made by Kendrick and the now-famous team at Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Georgia. “Facing the Giants,” their second cinematic effort, created an unprecedented stir as “the little Christian film that could.”
- November 16, 2007 |
Besides being one of the most well-known hymns, Amazing Grace is also an amazing story - a reminder that believers are called to persevere through trials, and that we sometimes reap rewards in this life as well as the next.
With cleverly-written, well-voiced, all-star humor and impeccable animation, Shrek the Third is marred only by a few typical Hollywood worldview elements and some scatological humor.
Director Steven Soderbergh’s latest film is not an “enormity of success,” but it is disappointing. An outrage? Not really, but that’s the disappointing aspect of Ocean’s Thirteen: It’s hard to care about it much at all.
Tired of filthy stand-up? Think Christians can’t have fun? Think again – and take a gander at Thou Shalt Laugh 2, the hilarious sequel to Thou Shalt Laugh, a top-selling comedy DVD released last year.
- November 12, 2007 |
Michael Moore makes a devastating point with his newest movie. He shows us that the American healthcare system has become inaccessible, ineffective and frighteningly corrupt.
- November 09, 2007 |
Armed with loads of life lessons (and thankfully, not presented in a cloying, heavy-handed manner) and a clever script, Ratatouille has all the right ingredients to delight—even if resourceful rats aren’t usually your speed.
The hare-brained premise in Deck the Halls is neither heartwarming, particularly original, or funny - three essential components for a holiday comedy. To provide further insight into just how horrible it is, let’s just say it almost makes Christmas Vacation or A Christmas Story seem Oscar-worthy in comparison.
Under the guise of comedy, Universal Pictures and Director Dennis Dugan are now bringing audiences two hours and twenty minutes’ worth of gay party-line preaching in the form of I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry.
Even the multitude of DVD extras adds little to this would-be slacker film, which is an exercise in patience from beginning to end. Aside from a few scenes that might make you smile, there’s nothing funny about this comedy at all.
- November 01, 2007 |
You won’t be disappointed if you’re looking to be wowed by heretofore unseen action sequences in Spider-Man 3. But if it's more of the poignant storytelling of the first two films that you want, you may be dissatisfied.
License to Wed only gets more ridiculous as the minutes tick by, leaving you wonder why a film so bad would be green-lighted in the first place. It’s also a horrible endorsement for marriage and ministers alike, as neither are portrayed in a flattering light.
In Talk to Me, Don Cheadle’s character’s slogan is “keep it real.” And while many critics are crying for “realness” in movies, I’m hoping the pendulum is allowed to swing back to the middle with realness that doesn’t barrage with clutter (sex, violence, language, nudity) that’s hard to erase.
Home of the Brave is not a film about whether we should be in Iraq or not. It’s about what is happening to those who were. And despite its many shortcomings, that’s always worth seeing—especially for those of us back home, who have no clue.
- October 26, 2007 |