How on earth did this film come out the same year as THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING, and somehow end up with visual effects that look like MIGHTY MORPHIN' POWER RANGERS: THE MOVIE? It's like someone took RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK, sucked out all the charm, and combined it with all the worst elements of THE MUMMY RETURNS. A ridiculously convoluted Macguffin, painful early 2000s CGI, and more climaxes than any one movies needs, LARA CROFT: TOMB RAIDER is a lazily plotted, poorly paced actioner that takes its video game source and gives it little personality or actual stakes.
Christian films can often be separated into two distinct categories. There are films that explore the essence of faith, and its effect on humanity - I'm thinking of films like Martin Scorsese's SILENCE and THE LAST TEMPTATION OF CHRIST, Carl Dreyer's THE PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC, Bruno Dumont's HADEWIJCH and HORS SATAN, Terrence Malick's THE TREE OF LIFE, Jessica Hausner's LOURDES, and Xavier Beauvois' OF GODS AND MEN.
And then there are films with a clear agenda, seeking only…
Blind teenager Leo and Giovana are the best of friends and constant companions. But when handsome stranger Gabriel moves to town, his presence threatens to come between them, as Leo finds himself more and more romantically drawn to Gabriel in ways he never thought possible. A tender and beautiful coming of age tale that perfectly captures teenage romantic angst and sexual awakening in a very real and honest way. Sensual without feeling exploitative, THE WAY HE LOOKS is a wonderful film, a truly touching love story that captures growing up in all of its messy, awkward, sometimes painful beauty.
Clint Eastwood is perhaps one of the most quintessentially American directors, so it is no surprise that he chose to tackle such a quintessential story of American heroism, in the form of Chris Kyle, a Navy SEAL credited with being the deadliest sniper in US history. In the process, Eastwood delivers his finest film since GRAN TORINO, and one of the very best films yet to deal with the Iraq war. He presents us with a man who represents the…