I remember when this was a very popular movie among evangelical Christians — the idea being that is sinful to compromise your devotion to God by supporting a corrupt leader and shrugging off his womanizing ways in order to gain political advantage. I guess that makes me old, that I can remember those days.
Who wouldn't want to check out a film that could be pitched as "The Mosquito Coast meets The Kings of Summer meets Little Miss Sunshine"?
I was surprised by how much this movie persuaded me that this family was living sustainably in the woods not far from my home. It's a fantasy, but close attention to idiosyncratic details and convincing depictions of grief made me care.
Then, the film draws us into a messy collision of the father's idealism and…
Thank God Almighty.
Director Ava Duvernay had a monumental task before her, making a high-profile motion picture focused on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, with a cast of famous names. What’s more, the closer the film has come to release, the more the headlines have shown us just how much we need a Great Film about Dr. King’s vision.
Even great directors would probably have disappointed us. Think of Spielberg’s Lincoln: Hey, I loved it, but I acknowledge that it…
I'm not the first person to say it, but it's true — this film, like the two before it, is designed to be seen a second time, when viewers will realize just how every fleeting moment either foretells upcoming events, sets up elaborate jokes, or reveals a punchline for a joke yet to be told. It's the fastest-moving, most confidently scripted and edited film I've seen this year. And the action scenes are dizzyingly joyous. When was the last time…