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  • The Heretic

    The Heretic

    As an impersonal piece of propaganda, this is might be the "God's Not Dead" for the other side of Christianity. We never see Rob Bell the human being he talks about so much, only Rob Bell the Performer, the Guru, the Man on Stage With a Mic. All his "friends" come across as Bell worshipers and fellow performers, the awe of his brilliance in their eyes when they speak about him. The only bit of genuine emotion Bell seems to…

  • The Other Side of Hope

    The Other Side of Hope

    ★★★★

    I found this improved upon a second viewing, where the overlong wait for the two narratives to converge felt more intentional, the musical interludes more like chapters to the story. Also forgot just how abrupt and ambiguous the ending is in comparison to the rest of the film. I still love the sight gag of "washing" the kitchen door window.

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  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★★★★

    Every time I've watched this movie, my wife and I have had a wonderful conversation afterward about love, vocation, and commitment. It's the same themes and ideas every time--even the same conflicts or quibbles about characters and the meaning of the ending--but, in its own lovely way, it still feels fresh and restorative.

    This is a good film.

  • The Red Shoes

    The Red Shoes

    ★★★★★

    Ballet is an art form I've rarely enjoyed and can only appreciate as an outsider to the craft. Yet this...this is pure cinema. Simply fantastic. This was my first viewing of The Red Shoes. It won't be the last.