24 Feb 2017

Inspiring lovers in an uninspired movie

David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike make A United Kingdom worth seeing.

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22 Feb 2017

Scary but true: Time to watch Sophie Scholl

On January 19, The Washington Post published an article by Tyler Huckabee called “Christians say Hollywood ignores them. But they ignore great films about faith.” This was no surprise to me. I’ve been writing about films that fit this description for decades now. And one of those films — a movie

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14 Feb 2017

A United Kingdom’s Oyelowo: “Sacrificial love.”

Here’s a perfect post for Valentine’s Day. Over at Movie Mezzanine, Kristen O’Neal talks with David Oyelowo, who played Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Ava DuVernay’s film Selma, about the interracial love story in A United Kingdom. It caught my attention because I have plans to see the film next week.

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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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07 Feb 2017

Bazannouncement!

You may have noticed that I included David Bazan’s album Blanco in my top records of 2016 this week. So you can see why I’m excited about today’s news. This just in: DavidBazan’s fourth full-length studio album — Care — arrives on March 7. You can pre-order the vinyl, CD, MP3 or hi-res WAV

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06 Feb 2017

The first great album of 2017?

Something remarkable happens when a writer with a golden voice and a gift for lyrics falls head over heels in love. 2016 brought us Radiohead’s most sumptuously beautiful album, A Moon Shaped Pool — but those songs bled from wounds of disillusionment, filling deep wells of sadness. As I read

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05 Feb 2017

Overstreet’s Favorite Recordings of 2016: The Top Ten (Post 3 of 3)

And so we’ve come to the final list: my top ten favorite recordings of 2016. (If you want to read the list that leads up to the Top Ten, well… here’s Part One and here’s Part Two.) I’ve recorded short videos that feature my personal reflections on each of these

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