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  • Signs

    Signs

    ★★★½

    One of my least favorite (albeit common) devices in a film is whenever a television or radio supplies us with what theme or essential plot point we’re supposed to be appreciating. Thankfully, Shyamalan fills Signs with talkative televisions and radios that never commit this blunder; rather, they merely report the fear and uncertainty that plagues his characters (and us). Read: he shows great restraint here, and that restraint extends outward to just about every creative decision on display. As I…

  • Weathering with You

    Weathering with You

    ★½

    The prettiest man-made climate change denial film ever made. Don’t forget to put your wants first regardless of the global cost and remember: “The world’s always been crazy so it’s no one’s fault that it’s like this.” I wish I was making this up.

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  • Toy Story 4

    Toy Story 4

    ★★½

    Toy Story 3: "The thing that makes Woody special is he'll never give up on you. Ever. He'll be there for you, no matter what."

    Toy Story 4: shh, just forget that

  • The Tree of Life

    The Tree of Life

    ★★★★★

    Updated review over on filmfisher!

    “I give you my son.”

    I’ve been bold enough to say it before and I’ll say it again—in terms of theological scope and artistry, The Tree of Life is the essential Christian masterpiece of cinema. As Travis put it, it is the Sistine Chapel of film. It is film’s Messiah by Handel. Like these two masterworks, Tree of Life spans from creation to new earth. The entirety of our existence. Our place in the created order. Is…