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  • The Exorcist
  • Psycho
  • It's a Wonderful Life
  • The Iron Giant

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  • Malignant

    ★★★★½

  • Faith Based

    ★★★★

  • The Eyes of Tammy Faye

    ★★★★½

  • The Rules of the Game

    ★★★½

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  • Faith Based

    Faith Based

    ★★★★

    I was really surprised by the collection of opposites here. It’s decisively picking on Christian films, but it’s also remarkably non-cynical. Despite multiple call-outs to the absurdity or naïveté of believers, it clearly doesn’t view sincere faith in practice the same way. And it clearly has a rooted affection in the importance of community. The last third also cracks open some disarmingly poignant observations about the nature of friendship and responsibility. 

    Sometimes the jokes are clever (occasionally hysterical), sometimes they’re…

  • The Eyes of Tammy Faye

    The Eyes of Tammy Faye

    ★★★★½

    It would be easy to see the subjects as caricatures, extremities of opulent lifestyles and charismatic manipulation. But the performances — particularly from Jessica Chastain, who absolutely disappears into her role — endow a humanity and a pathos that is easy to forget amidst the sensationalism of the original coverage. 

    The film itself makes many competent, if predictable, choices. But it’s the central character of Tammy Faye and Chastain’s layered portrayal that make this more than your average biopic.

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  • Glass

    Glass

    ★★★★½

    My opinion won’t be popular (or likely shared), but I loved this movie. I had not read previous reviews going in, but I’d seen the ratings of critics I respect and friends I tend to agree with and they were all pretty dreary.

    About halfway through the film, I was actively asking myself: “What’s wrong with me? I think I love this movie. Am I just stupid?” (That last question is still possibly true, by the way.)

    But this was…

  • Ad Astra

    Ad Astra

    ★★★★

    Visually rapturous and meditatively paced, this one will appeal to those who like their space stories thoughtful and, at times, spiritual. Pitt delivers a subtle and restrained performance, and the tone builds upon the evocative predecessors like 2001: A Space Odyssey or Solaris. The pacing will distance less patient viewers, but if you can connect to the rhythm, this is a beautiful and uplifting experience.