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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 […]

Take 2: Dallas Buyers Club

“Dallas Buyers Club,” starring Matthew McConaughey, is a biopic film about Ron Woodroof, a Dallas electrician, part time rodeo cowboy, and fulltime homophobic who is diagnosed with AIDS in 1986 and given 30 days to live. After receiving this apparent life sentence, Ron takes his health care into his own hands to acquire AZT, then […]

Take 2: 12 Years A Slave

“12 Years a Slave” is the rarest of films. While the object of most films is to entertain and or inform through the telling of a story, “12 Years a Slave” transcends to an experiential level.  As with other transcending films, in telling the true story of Solomon Northrup, a free black American who was […]

Film Review: Darkness draws parallels between hero, villain

By Kendrick Kuo, Special Contributor Star Trek Into Darkness Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence  For those who have not seen the trailer, this second installment of director J.J. Abrams’ planned Star Trek trilogy centers on a villain named John Harrison. This terrorist mastermind, using a suicide bomber, detonates a bomb […]

Film Review: Malick’s concept of love still shrouded in mystery

Mr. Malick, reportedly a Catholic, poured his faith out in the profound The Tree of Life, a movie that moved me so much, it inspired a tattoo on my arm.

Film Review: Place Beyond the Pines survives a few missteps

The Place Beyond the Pines tells a story in three “acts,” that may or may not be inspired by the Old Testament theme of children suffering “for the iniquity of [their] parents” (Exodus 20:5). Either way, it makes for a compelling if oddly structured drama.

Film Review: Robinson biopic offers winning entertainment

42 is named after Robinson’s uniform number—which in 1997 was retired permanently in his honor. And of course, the movie is a tribute in itself, a crowd pleaser that overcomes a few moments of dramatic excess with sincere performances from all concerned.

Film Review: Pi offers visual beauty—and theological confusion

By Ben Witherington III, Special Contributor… Life of Pi Rated PG for emotional thematic content throughout, and some scary action sequences and peril Films involving India and Indians have been all the rage of late, since at least Slumdog Millionaire. In the Oscar-nominated Life of Pi, we have another such film, which has a profoundly […]

Film Review: Much-touted docudrama gives us room for debate

Audience reactions to Zero Dark Thirty, the Academy Award-nominated drama about the 10-year hunt for Osama bin Laden, have ranged across the spectrum. Some viewers find it extremely suspenseful—especially in the last half hour—while others compare its slower moments to watching paint dry.

Film Review: On page, stage and screen – ‘Les Mis’ holds power

By Kenny Dickson, Special Contributor… Les Misérables Rated PG-13 for suggestive and sexual material, violence and thematic elements Given that Les Misérables is perhaps the most successful and popular stage musical of all time, and given the star quality of the cast, the movie adaptation was one of the most anticipated films of 2012. Adding […]