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  • The Secret of Kells

    The Secret of Kells


    "Open your eyes and I'll tell you my name."

    Once again, this is my film of choice to conclude my class on academic writing students, as I discuss with my students the importance of beauty and artistic excellence in the representation of truth.

    A true gospel is a fearless gospel, one that welcomes and reconciles what is foreign — even at the great cost of suffering — rather than building walls and hardening hearts. I wonder how many people watch…

  • Paterson



    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    There are plenty of matches in this film: twins, reflections, poems that echo one another, people whose names hum with mysterious synchronicity, and a young couple of anarchists on a bus who powerfully resemble another young couple from another movie altogether.

    Also: kindred spirits.

    When two of them, Paterson and Laura, attend a late-night screening of Island of Lost Souls, they watch actor Richard Arlen stagger our of Doctor Moreau's laboratory and, horrified, shout, "They're vivisecting a human being. They're…

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  • The Innocents

    The Innocents


    Name one movie that is

    a) directed by a woman,
    b) filmed by a woman,
    b) about women, and
    c) deeply concerned with matters of faith.

    I can think of many films directed by men, and focusing on men, that rigorously wrestle with questions about God and the problem of evil. But The Innocents is a remarkably rare event.

    Here's my full review.

  • Selma



    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…