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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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Lasseter, Miyazaki and Moore: “Song of the Sea” Expands Ranks of Great Animators

By Christian Hamaker on January 30, 2015

Irishman Tomm Moore brings another Irish legend to the big screen.

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The Top 20 Films of 2014

By Christian Hamaker on December 26, 2014

1. The Immigrant The grace of God at work in the lives of the oppressed and the oppressor. Marion Cotillard is an immigrant and Joaquin Phoenix the man who takes advantage of her. But there are larger forces at work.…

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A Gift From Heaven, but Only for a Short Time

By Christian Hamaker on October 31, 2014

A gentle storybook tale about the fleeting nature of life.

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