From the Tribeca Film Festival (REVIEW)

An overview of humanity’s brokenness and longings of those directly victimized by such fracturing has been on display during the first 4 days of the Tribeca Film Festival.

Movie review: “McFarland, USA” (REVIEW)

By the end of the story I had admitted my surprise and reminded myself that one should never judge a film by its release date. By the very end of the film, following the conclusion of the narrative, it hit me how special “McFarland USA” is.

Selma (REVIEW)

In an Oscar worthy performance, David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King Jr. accomplishes the daunting challenge of effectively re-presenting the very well-known public oratory of MLK.

Movie review: The Theory of Everything

The jigsaw puzzle piece is a fitting symbol for marriage, with each person being a different shape as determined by their interests, talents, beliefs and personalities.

Take 2: A Review of “Calvary”

Any film entitled “CALVARY” whose subject is the travails of a good man trying to be a good priest by ministering to challenging people in a difficult time will carry the weight of significant expectations. In discussing the title, writer / director John Michael McDonagh speaks to the dual meaning of the word, that Calvary […]

Take 2: Now and Then

With four faith or Bible oriented films in release at the same time in the Spring of 2014, and more in production or post production, one can rightly claim that the on and off again romance between faith and film is back on.  The connection between the film industry and faith community dates back to […]

Take 2: Son of God

Speaking for their film “Son of God,” producers Roma Downy and Mark Burnett spoke about their desire to update the epic Biblical films of the 1950’s and 60’s to better fit with today’s audiences. With greater technological tools at their disposal, “Son of God” is sharper and crisper than the epic narratives of 50 years […]

Take 2: UMR’s Guide to 2014 Oscars

The 2014 Academy Awards Show is this Sunday, March 2. In preparation for this year’s Oscars, UMR Movie Reviewer Kenny Dickson offered his thoughts on this year’s 2014 Best Picture Awards:

Take 2 — August: Osage County

Rating: R (extreme language and adult content) The film adaptation of Tracy Letts’s Pulitzer Prize winning play “August: Osage County” brings to the screen the intense story of the Weston family in all their pain and unimaginable dysfunction. Receiving her 18th Oscar nomination, Meryl Streep stars as the Weston family matriarch Violet Weston, and Julia […]

Take 2: Philomena

“Philomena” is a film about love, loss, determination, courage, faith and forgiveness.  Based on the 2009 book The Lost Child of Philomena Lee by Martin Sixthsmith, “Philomena” tells the true story of Philomena Lee an Irish Catholic woman who in the 1950’s was forced to give up her son after he was born out of […]