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

Covenantal Grace in BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES | FCC 54

This is a promotional image for the film THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES that features Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield as he sits on his throne.

On this episode of Finding Christ in Cinema, we follow the Orcs, the Eagles, the Men, the Elves, and the Dwarves to the Lonely Mountain as we look for Christian themes in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. What can we learn from Bilbo Baggins withholding the Arkenstone from Thorin … 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

Carrying Burdens in STAND BY ME | FCC 52

This is an image from the film STAND BY ME that features Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Jerry O'Connell, and Cory Feldman as Gordie, Chris, Vern, and Teddy as they just find the body.

On this episode of Finding Christ in Cinema, we follow the train tracks to the woods in South Harlow as we look for Christian themes in the 1986 classic Stand By Me. Chris Chambers is a genuine peacemaker. Is this what helps Gordie LaChance become wise in the eyes of … 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

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

Fitting Together Perfectly in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY | FCC 43

This is an image from the film GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY that features Chris Pratt as Star-Lord as he flies the Milano.

On this episode of Finding Christ in Cinema, we crank up the Blue Swede and fight the Dark Aster as we look for Christian themes in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. What business do a thief, two thugs, an assassin, and a maniac have in the Kingdom of God? Will they … Continue reading

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

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

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