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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 […]

Film Review: ‘Lincoln’ depicts politics in all its unsavory glory

The film covers just a segment of Lincoln’s life. In 1865, the war rages on and Lincoln’s desperate battle to save the Union is still in doubt. The Battle of Gettysburg, and the inspirational speech given there, is a raw memory. Lincoln has won and begun a second term as President. His Emancipation Proclamation, a wartime edict freeing slaves, has been in effect for two years.

Film Review: Star-powered Hope Springs prompts talk about marriage

By Rebecca Cusey, Special Contributor… Hope Springs Rated PG-13 for mature thematic content involving sexuality It’s become quite fashionable to cluck and sigh at romantic comedies that end with the girl getting her guy and, perhaps, a ring. “That’s just the beginning,” we scold. “What happens after that? What about grown-up romances? The ones that […]

Film Review: Who will save us from the coming storm?

By Rebecca Cusey, Special Contributor… The Dark Knight Rises Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, some sensuality and language   So you say you want a revolution? Are you—to paraphrase a character in this story—tired of the rich living so large and leaving so little for the rest of us? Do the […]