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May 2007
Music and Love Make the Story for Once

This film’s plot is so sparse that the main characters don’t even have names. But that doesn’t matter at all. Once is a short, but straightforward, story about two people who are looking for love, though neither realizes it, and who live and view the world through music.

Eternity and Immortality Explored in The Fountain

What does it mean to have eternity set in our hearts? Is immortality possible? These are the questions explored by writer/director Darren Aronofsky in The Fountain, his latest ambitious, artistic, science-fiction production.

Complexity of Relationships the Focus in Painted Veil

The Painted Veil is one of those visual and cinematic masterpieces that we rarely see today. It’s uncomfortable, but it conveys how complex relationships—and emotions—truly are.

Lessons Are Learned the Crass Way in Georgia Rule

Georgia Rule is a super-heavy downer with a high cringe factor and a steady infusion of crassness and perversion. Yes, there are important lessons to be learned about relationships and generational patterns, but it’s not worth the ride to get there.

Waitress an Entertaining But Disturbing Slice of Life

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.

28 Weeks Later: Return of the Moral Horror Movie?

Director Danny Boyle’s terrifying vision of societal decay and survival of the fittest reinvigorated the horror genre in 2003 with 28 Days Later. Now, its sequel, 28 Weeks Later, introduces a stronger family dynamic than its predecessor.

Despite Flaws, Spider-Man 3 Works Hard to Amaze

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.

Age Bests Beauty in Lucky You

Actors Drew Barrymore and Eric Bana have both recently made People magazine’s “most beautiful” list. But in Lucky You, it is the performance of their older, wiser co-star Robert Duvall that is the most beautiful by far.

April 2007
Lackluster Script Overshadows Message in Hidden Secrets

While there’s certainly some important, timely lessons to be learned about how not to evangelize or the power of forgiveness, the worst flaw of Hidden Secrets is the lackluster script.

Royal Roles the Subject in Engaging Queen

The Queen provides the perfect opportunity to discuss the role of our leaders. Do they exist to lead or serve us? And how might that look, during our times of national crises? This well-made, amusing and thoroughly engaging film nudges us to wonder.

  • Annabelle Robertson |
  • April 27, 2007 |
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April 2007
Invisible Looks More Like a TV Drama

Together with screenwriters Mick Davis and Christine Roum, director David S. Goyer has, however unwittingly, created more of a CW television drama than the ghostly thriller The Invisible has been promoted as.

  • Annabelle Robertson |
  • April 27, 2007 |
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Suspension of Disbelief Needed for Next

If you like Nicolas Cage, and if you’re into movies like Minority Report, The Lake House, and Memento - and you don’t mind engaging in a lot of “willing suspension of disbelief” - you’ll love Paramount’s new thriller, Next.

Stage-to-Screen Leap Not Successful for “History Boys"

Some plays make the transition to the big screen with great triumph. Others, like "The History Boys," are not as successful. On-screen, the six-time Tony-award winning play feels like a filmed play without any cinematic adaptation.

  • Annabelle Robertson |
  • April 20, 2007 |
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“Last King" More About Arrogance, Less About Dictatorship

In "The Last King of Scotland," director Kevin MacDonald shows a bit too much torture and dismemberment, but his talent is evident and his message is important. It’s not so much about brutal dictators as it is about Western arrogance.

  • Annabelle Robertson |
  • April 20, 2007 |
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Shameful Vacancy Earns Timely Condemnation

A horrible tragedy such as the Virginia Tech massacre has, in a strangely unexpected way, opened the door for Christian critics to state what’s blindingly obvious: That some films, like Vacancy, are bad for the soul.

A Heartless Hopkins Gives Steely Edge to Fracture

Fracture gives Anthony Hopkins his juiciest role in years. Although lagging for stretches, the movie is worth seeing for its portrayal of villainy and the cat-and-mouse legal game that will keep viewers guessing until the final moments of the film.

Hot Fuzz Sure to Please Parody, Horror and Cop Fans

Written, directed and acted by the same team that gave us the hilarious zombie spoof, Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz is sure to please fans of parody as well as horror and cop movies. Think Monty Python meets Bad Boys II meets Halloween IV, and you’ll get the idea.

  • Annabelle Robertson |
  • April 20, 2007 |
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No Need to Visit the "Land of Women"

The trailer for “In the Land of Women” tries to convince us that this is a fun romantic comedy. It’s not. Rather it is a mostly depressing Lifetime-movie-of the-week story with all the brooding characters trying to “find themselves.”

“Notes” a Reminder of Our Vulnerability to Sin

"Notes on a Scandal" reminds us how vulnerable we all are to sin – even the most egregious kind. We may think we’re impervious, but we shouldn’t allow ourselves to be so naïve.

  • Annabelle Robertson |
  • April 19, 2007 |
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Hi-Tech Disturbia Aims Lo-Fi Morality at Teens

In what’s essentially a modern retelling of Rear Window, Disturbia has plenty going for it in terms of sheer entertainment value. But when it’s all said and done, the slickly-edited flick ends up being nothing more than a commercial for voyeurism and teenage rebellion.

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