EX MACHINA | Monday Movie Review

This is a promotional image for the film EX MACHINA that features Domhnall Gleeson, Alicia Vikander, and Oscar Isaac.

A good science fiction story is hard to find, but call in the search dogs because Ex Machina is here. Being released within the same weekend as the ultra-anticipated-but-ultimately-meh Avengers: Age of Ultron hasn’t stopped Ex Machina from being rightfully hailed as the “sleeper hit” of the early summer movie season. And upon leaving the theater after … Continue reading

AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON | Monday Movie Review

This is an image from the film AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON that features all the heroes.

Avengers: Age of Ultron is a great way to start off your summertime film season – that is, if your summertime film season is summarized by all spectacle and wit with just a hint of relevance. Because as engaging and as exciting as the film was, I still walked out of … Continue reading

FOXCATCHER | Monday Movie Review

This is an image from the film FOXCATCHER that features Steve Carell and Channing Tatum as John du Pont and Mark Schultz.

If truth is stranger than fiction, the true story upon which Foxcatcher is based is one of the most bizarre tales from the fringe of the hyper-wealthy, post-modern American subculture to emerge. The film follows Olympic gold medal wrestler Mark Schultz as he and his brother of equal accomplishments Dave Schultz … Continue reading

DO YOU BELIEVE? | Monday Movie Review

This is an image from the film DO YOU BELIEVE? that features Ted McGinley as Matthew preaching to his congregation.

Whenever I leave the theater after watching a Christian movie, I more often than not feel like something is missing. Maybe the film could have been more artistically crafted. Maybe the plot could have been more creatively unique. Maybe the characters could have been more depth. Maybe the thought behind … Continue reading

CINDERELLA | Monday Movie Review

This is a promotional image for the film CINDERELLA that features Lily James as Cinderella.

Sometimes, the classics just do it right, and Kenneth Branagh’s retelling of the Disney classic Cinderella does it right. The perfect balance of substance and spectacle, this film reinstates the value of the sincere heart and warmth that has been softly fleeting from our culture. Susan Wloszczyna of the Roger Ebert staff says it … Continue reading

THE SUNSET LIMITED | Monday Movie Review

This is an image from the film THE SUNSET LIMITED that shows Tommy Lee Jones and Samuel L. Jackson and White and Black sitting at a table.

If you like watching an artistically crafted philosophical debate unfold between a White suicidal professor and the Black railway worker that saved his life, you will love The Sunset Limited. Based on screenwriter Cormac McCarthy’s play of the same name, this film adaptation is the insightful dramatization of how abstract religious … Continue reading

WHIPLASH | Monday Movie Review

This is an image from the film WHIPLASH that features Miles Teller as Andrew playing the drums as J.K. Simmons as Fletcher looks on.

J.K. Simmons shatters any preconceived notions of his acting ability with his award-winning portrayal of the menacing jazz instructor Terence Fletcher in Damien Chazelle’s latest drama Whiplash. Fletcher’s baseline is unadulterated rage, and anything else is almost just pretense. His furor ranges from debilitating, foul-mouthed mind games slapping them on the cheek to throwing … Continue reading

OLD FASHIONED | Monday Movie Review

This is an image from the film OLD FASHIONED that features Rik Swartzwelder as Clay and Elizabeth Roberts as Amber sitting on the steps and going through the marriage counseling book.

If I’ve ever said anything bad about movies in the Christian genre (and you know I have…at least one of them), I am hereby now recanting such negativity because of Old Fashioned. This film is intelligently witty, competently profound, and most of all poignant (being released just in time to battle a … Continue reading

KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE | Monday Movie Review

This is an image from the film KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE that features Colin Firth as Gallahad and a gang behind him.

Kingsman: The Secret Service has an attitude problem: it thinks it is the best and most original spy movie available to the known world. Throughout the film, the dialogue is sharp to express out loud the flaws and shortcomings of the genre’s most notable entries (James Bond, Jason Bourne, etc.) and then … Continue reading

JUPITER ASCENDING | Monday Movie Review

This is a promotional image for the film JUPITER ASCENDING with Mila Kunis as Jupiiter Jones, Channing Tatum as Caine Wise, and the planet Jupiter behind them.

I really wanted to love Jupiter Ascending, the Wachowskis’s latest big-screen adventure. After seeing it in 3D, I couldn’t get over how beautiful it all looked. The futuristic cityscapes, the outer space sequences, and the expansive use of the color palette throughout the whole picture was impressively lush. After those few seconds of … Continue reading

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