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Q&O: What should I see this week?


It’s the post-Oscar-season slump, when studios typically dump their trash into theaters. If I have an itch to go to the movies, what rates as something better than dumpster diving?


You’re right — a lot of “leftovers” are wasting space on the big screen right now. But take courage! You can make good use of your moviegoing time.

Teaching classes at four schools, I’m finding it hard to make time for this March moviegoing madness. But I’m glad I saw The LEGO Batman Movie. (Here’s my review.)

I liked A United Kingdom, mostly because the two lead actors elevated rather mediocre material. (Here’s that review.)

If you haven’t had a chance to see I Am Not Your Negro, make the time. It is an extraordinary experience, and it’s meaningful to celebrate the prophetic voice of James Baldwin with a moviegoing community. On the big screen, the subject gets the honor he deserves. I haven’t reviewed it yet. Why? It demands substantial attention, and I get emotional when I think much about it. So I’m looking for a window of time in which I can do the subject justice.

More recent releases — I’ve heard great things about Get Out, and I cannot wait to see it! I’ve heard mixed reviews for Logan. And you’d have to pay me some good money for me to spend any time watching Kong: Skull Island or The Shack.

But the movie I’m most excited about seeing in a theater this month? Kedi. 

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Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet

Novelist and critic Jeffrey Overstreet teaches writing (Seattle Pacific University) and film studies (Northwest University and Houston Baptist University). He's written a memoir of moviegoing and faith (Through a Screen Darkly, Baker, 2007) and a fantasy series that begins with Auralia's Colors (The Auralia Thread, Random House, 2007-11). He's worked since 2001 as a film critic and columnist at Christianity Today, and he's been a regular contributor to Image, Paste, and Christ & Pop Culture. His writing has been recognized by The New Yorker and The Seattle Times. He regularly speaks at universities, conferences, and churches in the U.S. and abroad. Want to invite him to teach or speak? Email