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Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (Zwick, 2016)

October 20, 2016 – 8:34 pm

Tom Cruise is not my ideal choice to play Jack Reacher; let’s just get that out of the way.

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Call For Papers: Critical Essays on the Films of Hirokazu Koreeda

October 14, 2016 – 9:37 pm
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The editors of Faith and Spirituality in Masters of World Cinema (three volumes, Cambridge Scholars Publishing) are seeking proposals for the first volume of a new series focusing on prominent but less scrutinized filmmakers. The inaugural edition will examine the work of Japanese director Hirokazu Koreeda. A master of the contemporary drama who has explored trauma, loss and identity through documentary and fiction, Koreeda has become a widely respected name on the festival circuit. Read the full story »

3 Days of Terror: The Charlie Hebdo Attacks (Reed, 2016)

September 9, 2016 – 11:42 am

In fifty-nine exhausting minutes, the film deftly interweaves archival footage of Paris in January of 2015. In a seventy-two hour span, attacks from ISIS and Al-Qaeda targeted the offices of Charlie Hebdo and a related standoff at a kosher supermarket in the same city.

TIFF 2016 Preview: Queen of Katwe

September 3, 2016 – 5:05 pm
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The following teaser trailer pushed me off the fence. This definitely looks like a major studio production with Christian themes as opposed to a Christian-niche movie. Check out the featurette and see if you don’t agree.

Robb Skyler is Howard Cosell in Hands of Stone

August 22, 2016 – 7:42 am
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Cosell helped shape the events that became part of sports history, and the makers of the new Roberto Duran biopic Hands of Stone needed an actor who could not only mimic the broadcasters patter but who also understood the man behind the showman. They turned to veteran comedian and character actor Robb Skyler.

Fred Zinnemann: Oklahoma!

August 20, 2016 – 6:44 pm
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No song is shot completely in one take, but whenever the camera can move instead of cut, it does

The Witness (Solomon, 2015)

August 18, 2016 – 12:41 pm

The Witness is a powerfully messy film.

An Art That Nature Makes: The Work of Rosamond Purcell (Bernstein, 2015)

August 10, 2016 – 10:00 am
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If I had the film on DVD, I would be seriously tempted to play it through once with no sound, just savoring the images, and then go back and listen to the commentary.

Before You Offer LGBTQ People “Thoughts and Prayers” …

August 7, 2016 – 12:46 pm
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News of the mass murder of forty-nine people at a gay nightclub in Orlando spread through social and mainstream media last month, prompting a now familiar pattern of shock, anger, denial, and accusations.

Bad Moms (Lucas & Moore, 2016)

July 28, 2016 – 4:45 pm

The film that Bad Moms most reminded me of was — help me, Jesus — Moms’ Night Out.

Equals (Doremus, 2015)

July 26, 2016 – 3:03 pm
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Speculative fiction has always been allegorical. The alternate worlds, be they in the future or some alternate plane of existence, are meant to illuminate and comment on our own when the culture of the current moment does not invite the sort of commentary the author is looking to make.

300 (Snyder, 2006) — 10 Years Later

July 24, 2016 – 4:48 pm
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There are great films that depict the horrors of war and honor those who sacrifice themselves as part of it. Saving Private Ryan and Fury come to mind. There are many as well about civilians who sacrifice money, career, and even lives to promote the progress of a cause or idea greater than themselves. Sacrifice is a noble thing. Of the one who sacrifices his life, the Bible says there is no greater love.