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March 2007
Ultimate Gift Poses Important Life Questions

What matters most in life? And what happens when we don’t appreciate the many gifts that life offers? These are the questions posed by FoxFaith's newest theatrical release, The Ultimate Gift.

  • Annabelle Robertson |
  • March 09, 2007 |
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Violent 300 a Perverse Form of Eye Candy

Filled with violent battle scenes, gory killings and some surprisingly explicit sex, 300 is a perverse form of eye candy. A war epic that arrives in the midst of the United States' ongoing war against Islamic radicalism, it offers, at best, only faint echoes of the current conflict.

 
Offensive "Borat" Addresses Stereotypes, Reveals Prejudices

"Borat" intends to offend, in order to reveal our deepest prejudices. The film also has a strong message about stereotypes and the subtle racism that still exists in our country. But to get there, we have to wade through a lot of nudity, foul language, scatology and crude humor.

  • Annabelle Robertson |
  • March 08, 2007 |
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More Talk, Less Truth Found in "Conversations"

"Conversations With God" is one man's true account of how he found answers from God, became a "spiritual messenger" and authored a successful book series that has sold over 7 million copies. After watching this film, Annabelle Robertson creates a fictional "conversation" of her own with the film's main character.

  • Annabelle Robertson |
  • March 05, 2007 |
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Sleuthing Is All in the Family in Zodiac

An R-rated film about an infamous serial killer is the first great “family film” of 2007. No, it’s not appropriate for anyone other than adults, but at its heart, Zodiac is about family values.

 
Raunchy Wild Hogs Belongs in the Slop Bucket

Wild Hogs is the story of four guys trying to escape from suburbia. In what’s essentially a less sophisticated City Slickers meets Easy Rider, it doesn’t take long for the humor to make its way directly to the slop bucket.

 
Turtles Are Mutated Once Again in TMNT

The year was actually 1984 when the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were first invented. Now, rather inexplicably, they’ve been resurrected from their cinematic grave. Why? No doubt, to market more junk to another generation of unsuspecting kids and gullible parents.

  • Annabelle Robertson |
  • March 01, 2007 |
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February 2007
Life-Changing Faith on Display in Amazing Grace

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.

  • Christian Hamaker |
  • February 23, 2007 |
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Family Bonds Extolled in The Astronaut Farmer

The Astronaut Farmer is a compelling case study on whether or not it’s really worth the risk to follow the big dreams. More than anything, it’s an interesting peek into the dynamics of something we don’t often see: a functional, loving, supportive family.

 
“The Number 23” Simply Doesn’t Add Up

When it’s said and done, there’s not much about “The Number 23” that actually adds up. It’s ultimately nothing more than a superstition gone seriously awry that wastes the talent of actors like Jim Carrey and Virginia Madsen.

  • Christa Banister |
  • February 23, 2007 |
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February 2007
Well-Acted Breach Wears Religion on Its Sleeve

The true story of the fall of FBI spy Robert Hanssen, Breach shows how a man who tricked the U.S. government for decades was brought down by the very people he held in contempt, and how a young bureau employee who shared Hanssen’s Catholic faith led to the man’s undoing.

  • Christian Hamaker |
  • February 17, 2007 |
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Clichés, Conflicting Values Spoil “Daddy’s Little Girls”

While “Daddy’s Little Girls” could’ve been an uplifting story, any potential was lost in hackneyed writing and heavy-handed, but inconsistent moralizing. And despite director Tyler Perry’s good intentions, the audience deserves far more.

  • Christa Banister |
  • February 16, 2007 |
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Nothing Worth Learning in “School for Scoundrels”

“School for Scoundrels” is based on a novel by Stephen Potter and a 1960 screenplay by Hal Chester and Patricia Moyers. Unfortunately, however, the adaptation doesn’t work. What should have been either dark or funny simply comes across as horrendously cruel.

  • Annabelle Robertson |
  • February 16, 2007 |
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Characters, Not Effects, Steal the Show in Terabithia

There’s nothing that spectacular about the special effects in Bridge to Terabithia. But the film's characterization is extraordinary, just like the award-winning book on which it's based. And no amount of computer-generated effects can make up for that.

  • Christa Banister |
  • February 16, 2007 |
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Music and Lyrics Hits Most of the Right Notes

Ultimately, much like those heart-shaped boxes of chocolate on Valentine’s Day, Music and Lyrics is a momentary pleasure - probably not good enough for your DVD collection, but an entertaining-enough escape for an hour and a half.

  • Christa Banister |
  • February 14, 2007 |
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"Grudge 2" a Rehash of the First

The real problem with "The Grudge 2" is the script, which is a redundant rehash of the first. It wasn’t great to begin with and now it’s worse. And again, that’s assuming you like watching people being murdered and terrified to begin with. And that, my friends, is the crux.

  • Annabelle Robertson |
  • February 12, 2007 |
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Hannibal Rising Sinks Like a Stone

If Hannibal Rising isn’t bad enough to kill off this film franchise, nothing will do the trick. Ghastly and often disgusting, it somehow manages also to be dull, all the while providing a strange but not entirely convincing impetus for Hannibal Lecter’s taste for human flesh.

  • Christian Hamaker |
  • February 09, 2007 |
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Last Sin Eater Mediocre Despite Strong Message

I applaud director Michael Landon Jr.'s goals, and I have no doubt that he put his very heart into this movie. I also sympathize with the film’s strong gospel message. As a film critic, however, I’m obliged to hold him to the same standard as other filmmakers.

  • Annabelle Robertson |
  • February 09, 2007 |
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Crass Outweighs Cute in Norbit

For those who saw Daddy Daycare and Doctor Doolittle, and were hoping for some more “Eddie-Murphy’s-now-a-dad-so-he’s-making-cute-family-films” movies, don’t hold your breath. His latest comedy, Norbit, has way more crassness going for it than cuteness.

 
No Real Romance or Comedy in Because I Said So

In Because I Said So, unfortunately the writers decided that character development and actual romance or comedy should be sacrificed for constant chatter about sex and humor of the lowest possible caliber.

  • Christa Banister |
  • February 02, 2007 |
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