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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18 Jan 2017

Silence According to Scorsese: a Looking Closer interview

“I believe you are previewing Silence today,” said the email. I blinked. I had only just opened my laptop on a Tuesday afternoon in order to prepare my notes for my film class at Northwest University. But everything else vanished in a moment. All I could do was study the

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14 Jan 2017

Paterson (2016)

1. It’s as if director Jim Jarmusch heard about the year that I just survived and somehow decided to bless me, so he studied the movies that have given me particular blessings in the past, and then he went and made a movie that makes make me laugh and cry

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13 Jan 2017

Scorsese’s sympathy for the devils

Some Christians recoil at the name “Martin Scorsese” just the way that the two priests in his new movie Silence are repulsed by their untrustworthy guide Kichijiro. (I know this first hand, I get angry mail from evangelicals whenever I review Scorsese’s work.) In many Christian minds, this former Jesuit seminarian

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06 Jan 2017

Cameraperson (2016)

[UPDATE: Cameraperson is now streaming on Amazon Prime.] “Things means things.” That’s what my high school poetry teacher used to say as I blinked at seemingly unrelated elements of a poem. Now I know what he means. The details of our lives, however arbitrary, will talk with one another if

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