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  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

    ★★★★

  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

    ★★★★½

  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

    ★★★½

  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

    ★★★★

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  • A Serious Man

    A Serious Man

    ★★★★½

    A Serious Man is not most of the things it's purported to be. It's not a cynical denunciation of organized religion; the face-value depiction of faith (or lack thereof) renders it more a critique of individuals who apathetically practice organized religion than a takedown of the system itself. It's not a retelling of the Book of Job; that Bible story requires a man of unwavering righteousness to unload trials upon, and Larry's morality is far too passive for him to…

  • The Night of the Hunter

    The Night of the Hunter

    ★★★★½

    Satan knows Scripture better than most. The Night of the Hunter is a whimsically unsettling parable about the difference between speaking the Bible and sharing the Gospel. The biblical warning against wolves in sheep's clothing has never been rendered so terrifyingly or precisely as it is here, with angular production design and spectral cinematography hinting at pure evil hiding just beyond the frame even when the satanic Reverend Powell is physically absent from it.

    Powell has cemented himself in my…

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