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

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

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

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.

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.

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

  • Subscribe to Podcast