AMERICAN SNIPER | Monday Movie Review

This is an image from the film AMERICAN SNIPER that features Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle as he lines up his rifle for a shot.

As endearingly as Bradley Cooper plays American war hero Chris Kyle, the story of director Clint Eastwood’s latest film American Sniper still revolves around the sin of murder and its harrowing after-effects on those forced to commit it in times of war. But despite what some people are forcing themselves to … Continue reading

Paraclete in RETURN OF THE KING | FCC 42

This is an image from the film RETURN OF THE KING that features Elijah Wood and Frodo Baggins holding the Ring over the fires of Mount Doom.

On this episode of Finding Christ in Cinema, we finally simply walk into Mordor as we find Christian themes in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. What is the one thing that separates Frodo from Smeagol? How is Aragorn the next Christ-figure? All that and more … Continue reading

The Lamb of God in THE TWO TOWERS | FCC 41

This is an image from the film TWO TOWERS that features Frodo, Sam, and Smeagol as they are being captured.

On this episode of Finding Christ in Cinema, we get to the Black Gate of Mordor only to be caught by Faramir as we look for Christian themes in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. Why does Samwise change his mind about Smeagol? Is it because Frodo is the … Continue reading

SELMA | Monday Movie Review

This is an image from the film SELMA that features David Oyelowo as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr arm-in-arm with other protesters as they cross the Edmund Peetus Bridge.

It’s important to remember (as a fellow social commentator has pointed out) that Ava DuVernay’s latest historical drama Selma is not about a Man but about a Moment. The Man is Martin Luther King, Jr. – played acutely and occasionally alienatingly (more on that later) by David Oyelowo – and the film … Continue reading

Faithful in Little in FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING | FCC 40

This is an image from the film FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING that features Merry, Frodo, Sam, and Pippin as they prepare for battle.

On this episode of Finding Christ in Cinema, we embark on the One Journey to Rule Them All as we find Christian themes in THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING. How can Frodo encourage us to take care of the small things? Is Gandalf the better … Continue reading

INTO THE WOODS | Monday Movie Review

This is an image from the film INTO THE WOODS that features James Corden as the Baker and Emily Blunt as the Baker's Wife.

You want to see Disney’s adaptation of Stephen Sondheim’s stage musical Into The Woods, but you do not want to see it for the wrong reasons (like I did when I saw it the first time). One wrong reason might be wanting to see Johnny Depp’s performance as the (Big, Bad) … Continue reading

2014 Year-End Countdown | FCC 39

This is us.

On this episode of Finding Christ in Cinema, we take a look back at 2014 and reconsider all the podcast episodes and Monday Movie Reviews to explore which ones we believed to be the most effective for fulfilling the Great Commission. All that and more in 3…2…1! Year-End Countdown: Monday … Continue reading

HOBBIT: BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES | Monday Movie Review

This is an image from the film HOBBIT: BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES that features Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins.

When I first watched it, I loved The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies. At some moments, I was awed by  some of the most beautiful world creation I’ve ever seen in a film. At other parts, I marveled at certain actors’ abilities to draw me into their respective characters. I couldn’t … Continue reading

Faith and Sight in THE POLAR EXPRESS | FCC 38

This is an image from the film THE POLAR EXPRESS that features Hero Boy standing on the outside of the train.

On this episode of Finding Christ in Cinema, we pour the hot chocolate and look for Christian themes in The Polar Express. Is seeing really believing? Does something have to be seen in order to be real? All that and more in 3…2…1! Faith in the Partial Ticket The tagline of … Continue reading

A Pure Heart in HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS | FCC 37

This is an image from the film DR. SEUSS' HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! that features the Grinch looking down on Whoville.

On this episode of Finding Christ in Cinema, we hang pantookas on the ceiling and pile pankunas on the floor as we find Christian themes in Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas. What is it about the Whos that initially offends the Grinch but ultimately transforms him? All that … Continue reading