12 Feb 2017

Warning: The Witch is just the beginning

I was lucky enough to start reading work by Lauren Wilford when she was still an undergraduate at Seattle Pacific University. Just a few years later, here she is — the senior editor at an extraordinary film journal called Bright Wall Dark Room, where she’s quickly becoming one of the most

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12 Feb 2017

The LEGO Batman Movie trumps expectations

When, during an early scene of The LEGO Batman Movie, my opening-weekend audience was surprised by a Jerry Maguire joke and laughed appreciatively, a little girl sitting next to me — she might have been six years old — scowled, shook her head, stood up, and announced to her mother, “This

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07 Feb 2017

Overstreet’s Favorite Films of 2016

“Whaaaat? You didn’t love La La Land?” I liked La La Land. It reminded me of musicals that I love. I just liked other musicals better this year. (And I think I enjoyed Emma Stone’s lip-synch contest with Jimmy Fallon just as much or more than her performance here. It just

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07 Feb 2017

My favorite film critic’s top 10 of 2016

Steven Greydanus of Decent Films and The National Catholic Register has published his Top 10 films of 2016. It’s definitely worth your attention. But of course it is — he’s my favorite film critic. And now I’m frustrated that I haven’t finished and published my own list yet, because people are

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