I am a pretty big Ben Stiller fan. I enjoy most of his comedies and I enjoy most of his dramas. The Museum movies I have enjoyed several times, as well as Mystery Men and Something About Mary. I was one of few people it seems that enjoyed Walter Mitty, let alone watched it multiple times. Along came Polly cracks me up. And I love the Madagascar series. However, there are a few like Tropic Thunder and Zoolander that just do not leave me desiring to watch it again… ever.
So skimming through new releases I find While We’re Young and seeing that Naomi Watts played his wife in the film, I was pretty excited to rent it.
Review by Nate
Ian looks across the diner booth at Sofi, her unique fusion of blue and hazel eyes staring back into his. “The eye is the one sticking point that religious people use to discredit evolution,” he tells her. “They use it as proof of a… intelligent designer… I’m looking to end the debate once and for all with clear, clean facts. Data points of every stage of eye evolution.”
“Why are you working so hard to disprove God,” Sofi asks him.
“Who proved that God was there in the first place?” Ian playfully retorts.
Review by Nate
The late Roger Ebert once described Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ as a movie that “depends upon theological considerations.” In other words, the movie stands or falls on theological grounds. His astute observation is one I believe holds for all biblical stories interpreted for the silver screen.
Review by Logan
There are good fairies and there are bad fairies. But is it really horns and pale skin that make a fairy bad?
“Of course not,” you might say. And you would be right. That’s why Disney, in another film in a long line of new takes on their classic fairy tales, decided to tackle the character of Maleficent. What could possibly make a fairy, a creature that is supposed to be so ingrained in happiness and joy, curse an innocent girl to fall asleep and never wake up? How could you turn someone so joyful into a villain so bitter? Continue Reading
I am a pretty big Chris Evans fan. I got introduced to him in a movie called The Perfect Score, and really started following him once I saw Cellular. Being the superhero fan that I am being Johnny Storm and Steve Rogers have been fabulous roles for him. When I saw a premise for a foreign film that he was signing on to play lead in, the Sci-Fi thriller Snowpiercer, a couple of years back, I was pretty excited.
Review by Tres
Snowpiercer is a Korean film (my foreign film) directed by Bong Joon-Ho. With the majority of the selected actors for his film speaking English, he shot the majority of the film in English. [Being a slow reader, I was relieved to find this out because I struggle with subtitles and getting the meanings of movies.]
Review by Elliott
Typically I choose a movie to review based on its moral message, but for today’s review I decided to watch a movie and see what it had to offer good or bad. I’ve really wanted to see The Host since back in 2013, when I saw the trailer, but haven’t had the opportunity till a week ago. I’m a sucker for science fiction stories based in utopias, so this movie appeared to be right up my alley. As a bonus it also had aliens! Aliens always make movies better…. 😉 My main concern was that this movie was based off the book of the same title by Stephenie Meyer, author of the Twilight Series. (Note: I’m happy to say I’ve never seen or read any of the twilight movies/books. My wife has excellent tastes) I was also a little concerned that some of the scenes in the trailer looked like they came directly from “The Notebooks” deleted scenes, but I don’t mind some romance. Despite those two things I was excited to give this a try.
Review by Gene
I recently received a request from a regular reader to review (lot of r-words there…) a movie they caught on Netflix and loved. The first thing they mentioned was that it is a Christian film. If you’re familiar with many Christian films or have read our general opinion on them as a group, you can imagine my suspicions were immediately raised, and not in a good way. Christian films can very quickly fall into some major cliché’s and stereotypes, and unfortunately this film did not avoid any of that.
Produced by Pure Flix, the company which brought the recent hit film God’s Not Dead, Finding Normal is a story of a woman who finds where she really belongs through the bad coincidence of a run-in with the law of the small country town of Normal. Candace Cameron-Bure, recently of Dancing with the Stars fame, plays Dr. Lisa Leland. Dr. Leland is a high-class city doctor with a generally poor outlook on the humble and simple things in life, including the people residing in small country towns. When she and her boyfriend of 5 years decide to travel to the Hamptons to do house calls (read: big money), a local cop ruins her plans when he pulls her over for speeding.
Review by Gene
I’m not one of those people who refuse to see trailers or read reviews of a movie I’m looking forward to. I figure if I can enjoy a movie after seeing every trailer, then that’s a good mark on the movie. For that reason I didn’t shy away from checking on some reviews for this year’s first major Bible-based movie, Noah. If you did the same, you’re probably going into this movie with the same feelings of hesitation as I did given some of the terrible reviews, mostly from Christian sources. Even the studio itself has been back-peddling and putting out some subtle reminders that this film is simply “inspired by” the events described in the Bible.
I’m not going to tell you to stay away from this film as some have. We have here some awesome imaginings of the flood and the structure of the ark. We have at least two or three decent performances from Noah (Russel Crowe), Tubal-Cain (Ray Winstone) and Ila (Emma Watson), who plays the wife of Shem. In fact, I would encourage just about any Christian to see it if for no other reason than to be able to communicate with others about the movie, and then about the Biblical story of Noah. See how I separated the two there? Consider that a hint of things to come.
Review by Nathan Sala with Clear Lens
After initially seeing the trailer, I was excited to see this movie. I am a fan of “Being John Malkovich” so I anticipated another crazy episode in a surrealistic, Spike Jonze-Charlie Kaufman universe. “Malkovich,” for those who don’t know, was about a puppeteer who discovered a way to crawl inside the actor John Malkovich’s mind and control him. Much of that film cleverly reinvented itself on the spot thereby eliminating any sense of predictability (which I thoroughly enjoyed). In “Her” Jonze abandons Kaufman’s surrealism and adopts a more straightforward approach. Unfortunately, as surrealism exits, predictability and just, plain weirdness ensues. And when I say “weirdness,” I don’t mean the cool kind. Continue Reading
Review by Eric
I decided to do a classic scary movie since it was my turn review a movie just after Halloween. I picked “The Exorcist” because many still hold the view that this is the scariest movie of all time, even though it is forty years old. Continue Reading