Movie Reviews

On screen, ‘Blue Like Jazz’ is rich conversation starter
Donald Miller’s spiritual memoir Blue Like Jazz connected in a big way with many young adult Christians. Special contributor Mike Baughman has our review of the new film version.

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We Bought a Zoo moves from reality to ‘reel’ life
UMR Associate Editor Bill Fentum offers a DVD review of We Bought a Zoo, starring Matt Damon.

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Character’s journey can help Christians respond to autism
The Rev. Kenny Dickson offers a DVD review of Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, with a focus on what it can teach Christians who have responsibility for someone with autism.

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Movie boasts quaint title, but familiar storytelling.
Associate editor Bill Fentum finds some plot contrivances, but also old-fashioned charm and intelligence, in the new film Salmon Fishing in the Yemen.

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‘The Way’ follows characters on spiritual pilgrimage.
The Rev. Gary Keene offers a review of The Way, directed by Emilio Estevez and starring Martin Sheen, about an unexpected traveler on a famous religious pilgrimage route in Spain.

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