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  • The Case for Christ

    The Case for Christ

    ★★★½

    Jon Gunn’s THE CASE FOR CHRIST manages to accomplish what so many Christian films have failed to do. While so few of the characters found in modern Christian films ever really register as real, flesh-and-blood human beings, THE CASE FOR CHRIST is peopled with flawed, struggling characters who live in the same world as the rest of us. That combined with the investigative journalistic nature of the story, and we arrive at a film that, while certainly imperfect, is often effective and occasionally even powerful.

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  • Anthropoid

    Anthropoid

    ★★★★

    For a good portion of Sean Ellis’ Anthropoid, it felt like just another World War II movie. As horrendous as it may sound, I found myself thinking, “Do we really need another standard World War II movie?” Of course, exploring the bloodiest and most complex war in human history has led to some of the best movies ever made. But, 70 years and hundreds of war movies later, is there anything new to say? Or has the war simply become…

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  • Demolition

    Demolition

    ½

    Jean-Marc Vallee’s DEMOLITION is a movie of such unrelenting quirkiness that all other character beats, story milestones, or emotional tones that it might be attempting are pushed violently aside, leaving the audience with a collection of gimmicks that call themselves a movie. At every turn, the film’s insufferable preciousness made me roll my eyes, grit my teeth, and desperately wish I was doing something else. After watching the film, I had to sit in L.A. traffic for an hour, but…

  • Batman: The Killing Joke

    Batman: The Killing Joke

    ★★½

    Alan Moore’s The Killing Joke is practically a hallowed text in the Batman universe. His one-off laid the groundwork for the Joker being taken seriously as one of the most complex villains in the history of comics. Since then, we’ve seen the character become darker and more lethal; a man whose insanity seems to be deeply rooted in a philosophy of nihilism. The Joker has become a larger than life figure in general pop culture, appearing on television, video games,…