EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS | Monday Movie Review

This is an image from the film EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS that features Christian Bale as Moses and Ben Kingsley as Nun discussing Moses's real origin.

Just to get it out there: I was overly disappointed with Exodus: Gods and Kings. At times, too much spectacle floods the scene, and the drama is desert dry in others. Putting the “gyp” in Egypt, this film is swindled and dwindled at every corner from the original power of the familiar, … Continue reading

HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY, PART 1 | Monday Movie Review

This is the promotional image for the film HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY, PART 1.

Jennifer Lawrence shines once again as Katniss Everdeen – this time, in Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1. In fact, most actors and actresses in this film hit their own bullseyes. Unfortunately, the incredible acting in this film isn’t enough to save the experience from being too drawn out. Maybe I was … Continue reading

Selflessness in IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE | FCC 36

This is an image from the film IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE that features the Bailey family and the townspeople in the Granville house.
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On this episode of Finding Christ in Cinema, we go to Bedford Falls and look for Christian themes in Frank Capra’s 1947 classic It’s A Wonderful Life. How can George Bailey help us be a better Christian? Is it because he puts aside his own glorification for the needs of others? … Continue reading

Jesus’s Invitation in A CHRISTMAS CAROL | FCC 35

This is a promotional image from the TNT/Hallmark film adaptation of Charles Dickens's A CHRISTMAS CAROL featuring Patrick Stewart as Ebenezer Scrooge.
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On this episode of Finding Christ in Cinema, we get back to 19th-Century England and look for Christian themes in Patrick Stewart’s version of A Christmas Carol. What can we learn from the Ghost of Christmas Present? Can we sit at his feet like we can for Jesus? All that and … Continue reading

BIRDMAN | Monday Movie Review

This is an image from the film BIRDMAN that features Michael Keaton as RIggan Thompson making his bird call.

Michael Keaton, in his underwear, peacefully levitating: such is the first scene of Alejandro González Iñárritu’s film Birdman. This initial scene, oddly enough, sets beautifully the tone for the following two hours as it depicts Keaton’s character Riggan Thomson at a safe distance from the real world. We follow Riggan, a has-been actor once famous … Continue reading

Like A Little Child in THE LEGO MOVIE | FCC 34

This is a promotional image for the film THE LEGO MOVIE and it features Emmet, Batman, Wyldstyle, and other characters.
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On this episode of Finding Christ in Cinema, something is rotten in Bricksburg as we look for Christian themes in The LEGO Movie. What makes the Special so “special”? Is The Man Upstairs causing Emmet to stumble? All that and more in 3…2…1! The LEGO Movie  is Like a Little … Continue reading

Christian Discipleship in BRAVEHEART | FCC 33

This is an image from the film BRAVEHEART that features Mel Gibson as William Wallace wearing his blue Scottish woad war paint.
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On this episode of Finding Christ in Cinema, we take the high road to 13th Century Scotland and look for Christian themes in Mel Gibson’s Braveheart. What can we make of William Wallace being discipled by his uncle? Is this what makes him a better encourager like Barnabas? All that and … Continue reading

INTERSTELLAR | Monday Movie Review

This is an image from the film INTERSTELLAR that features the black hole known as Gargantuan.

For regular readers of this column, please forgive me for not getting it to you in fashionable time. I saw the film on a Sunday night, and the experience bled over into the next morning thanks to a forty-five minute drive. I usually try to write the review to be … Continue reading

Spiritual Gifts and Lost Sheep in INKHEART | FCC 32

This is an image from the film INKHEART that features the character Mo being apprehended by two evil henchmen.
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On this episode of Finding Christ In Cinema, we literally bring all the words and the one, true Word to life as we find Christian themes in the film Inkheart. Is Mo hiding his spiritual gift under a bushel? Is he incessantly searching for his wife like Jesus searches for … Continue reading

Pearl of Great Price in UP | FCC 31

This is a promotional image from the film UP that features Carl, Russell and Dug flying with the house.
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On this episode of Finding Christ In Cinema, we release the balloons from the chimney and sail to Paradise Falls as we look for Christian themes in Disney/Pixar’s Up. Have Carl and Ellie found the Pearl of Great Price? Will they have to empty themselves to attain it? All that and … Continue reading