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A Longing for Something More Suffuses Only Yesterday

By Christian Hamaker on February 26, 2016

A delicately told early entry from Studio Ghibli gets an American release.

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The Top 20 Films of 2015

By Christian Hamaker on December 31, 2015

Counting down the year’s 20 best films.

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Middleburg Film Festival Puts Spotlight on Church Scandal

By Christian Hamaker on October 30, 2015

Faith, truth and belief fuel a strong slate of films at an up-and-coming festival.

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Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet Can’t Transcend a Tired Framing Story

By Christian Hamaker on August 21, 2015

Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet is uneven, but in its best moments, the film is captivating.

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Mavis! Closes AFI Docs Festival With a Gospel Shout

By Christian Hamaker on June 24, 2015

Highlights from Days 4 and 5 of the AFI Docs documentary film festival.

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Anger, Artistry Characterize AFI Docs Audience Award Winner

By Christian Hamaker on June 23, 2015

A look at highlights from Day 3 at the AFI Docs documentary film festival.

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AFI Docs Highlight the Role of Faith, Family in Making a ‘Better World’

By Christian Hamaker on June 22, 2015

Highlights from Days 1 and 2 at the AFI documentary film festival.

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McFarland, USA Shows How to Run the Race

By Christian Hamaker on February 20, 2015

Well played if overly familiar, this inspirational sports story is tough to fault.

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Timbuktu Rejects Jihadism

By Christian Hamaker on February 6, 2015

A film that speaks clearly and unequivocally about a growing problem.

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Moral Discussions Engage in “Winter Sleep”

By Christian Hamaker on January 30, 2015

Breathtakingly beautiful and rich in moral discussion, this intimate epic earns every minute of its lengthy running time.

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