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Latest blockbuster feels more superfluous than superheroic

By Rebecca Cusey, Special Contributor The Avengers Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action throughout, and a mild drug reference Months from now, when we’re bloated and gorged with yet another explosive summer blockbuster, we’ll look back on the late spring as a more innocent time, a time when a movie like […]

Epic drama is overdone — but helpful as history

For Greater Glory Rated R for war violence and some disturbing images Few movies these days cover historical events that are unknown even to some history buffs. But such is the case with For Greater Glory, a newly released, 143-minute epic starring Andy Garcia. The Cristero War (1926-29) was an armed uprising against the Mexican […]

Tired Exotic Marigold Hotel will bore viewers of any age

By Rebecca Cusey, Special Contributor… Most of my life, I’ve looked forward to growing old. It seems like it could be a kick, what with wearing clothes that shock the neighbors, developing unreasonable and unyielding demands, and devising new ways to irritate and embarrass my children. A good time, all around. The new film, The […]

Cameron goes from teen idol to L.A. outsider

By Lauren Markoe, Religion News Service… Kirk Cameron was once one of Hollywood’s babies, the spunky, handsome teenager who starred in the 1980s hit series Growing Pains, and whose picture was taped inside many a schoolgirl’s locker. But now, Hollywood scolds and even mocks Mr. Cameron who, at 41, is a vocal evangelical Christian, and, […]

Sci-fi hit asks questions that we shouldn’t ignore

The Hunger Games Rated PG-13 for intense violent thematic material and disturbing images—all involving teens Rather than dull the source material for mass consumption, director Gary Ross sharpens the edge of Suzanne Collins’ popular teen novel, The Hunger Games, in the screen adaptation that grossed $155 million in its opening weekend. Viewers looking only for […]

On screen, Blue Like Jazz is rich conversation starter

Blue Like Jazz Rated PG-13 for thematic material, sexuality, drug and alcohol content, and some language   “Life is like jazz, son, it never resolves.” This advice, given to the main character by his father, reveals what some will see as the greatest strength and others will see as the greatest weakness of Blue Like […]

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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. Read more…   We Bought a Zoo moves from reality to ‘reel’ life UMR Associate Editor Bill […]

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