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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.

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: ‘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.

Animated Disney adventure holds plenty of charm

By Rebecca Cusey, Special Contributor… Wreck-It Ralph Rated PG for some rude humor and mild action/violence If Disney’s latest animated creation, Wreck-It Ralph, feels a little familiar, hewing closely to the lines of Pixar’s Toy Story, who can say that’s a bad thing? It’s like comparing a new car to a Ferrari. It may not […]

DVD Review: Bernie’s story on film feels odd but engaging

Bernie Rated PG-13 for some violent images and brief strong language The lines between comedic drama and documentary seem a little blurred in Bernie. At least, that’s true until we adjust to writer-director Richard Linklater’s unusual approach. Local “interviews” (mostly scripted with co-writer Skip Hollandsworth) are used throughout to narrate this tale of money, murder […]

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 […]