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Is Genesis History? (Purifoy, 2017)

February 21, 2017 – 11:54 am
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Spoiler Alert: The answer is “yes.”

3 Screenshots: A Monster Calls

February 11, 2017 – 6:56 pm
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A Monster Calls was my favorite film of 2016, but if failed to earn an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture.

Jonathan: LGBTQ Film or Simply a Film about Family? (with director interview)

February 7, 2017 – 9:51 am
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“The only way they have is to pretend to be someone else, and this is such a tragedy”

Akron (King & O’Donnell, 2015)

February 4, 2017 – 7:05 pm
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Benny (Matthew Frias), is a college student living the kind of charmed, fairy-tale existence that one imagines only places like Akron, Ohio afford to Hispanic gay kids.

Captain Fantastic — A Homeschooler’s Perspective

January 22, 2017 – 10:28 pm
(l to r) Viggo Mortensen stars as Ben and Annalise Basso as Vespyr in CAPTAIN FANTASTIC, a Bleecker Street release.
Credit: Wilson Webb / Bleecker Street

As someone who grew up homeschooled, I have become accustomed to negative portrayals of homeschooling throughout media. Homeschoolers are awkward, they don’t know how to socialize, or as one comedian put it, “They’re like if an alien took over a regular kid’s body.”

3 Screenshots: La La Land

January 7, 2017 – 11:48 am
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Much has been inked so far about the film’s charm and its “follow your dreams” theme. I can agree with that assessment, but I think La La Land is a more sober, ambiguous film (even before the end) than everyone is giving it credit for.

Lion (Davis, 2016)

December 23, 2016 – 4:45 pm
Lion Dev Patel

Lion is a movie that grapples with physical geography but not human geography. We get no real sense of what being Indian might mean to Saroo or whether his home has any pull independent of his childhood memories.

Right Now, Wrong Then (Hong, 2015)

December 19, 2016 – 10:28 am

From the order of the title cards, the film appears to be providing a commentary that states Cheonsoo’s actions in the second half are much more laudable than his actions in the first, even though some later scenes demonstrate how inconsiderate he still can be, and his inflated opinion of himself never vanishes.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (Edwards, 2016)

December 13, 2016 – 12:01 pm

Star Wars is a brand now, not a cultural touchstone.

The Fight Within (Gordon, 2016)

November 24, 2016 – 7:33 pm
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The Fight Within, a Christian-themed movie about a reluctant Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter, begins with Logan Chandler (John Major Davis) honing his skills working out at the punching bag. With each jab and thrust he flashes back to his father angrily admonishing him for some error in form or perceived error in character.