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Man of Steel: Powerful enough to entertain

By Coyle Neal on June 14, 2013

Review of Man of Steel directed by Zach Snyder By COYLE NEAL The Superman story has been told (and filmed) so often that it is undoubtedly a challenge for filmmakers come up with a new ‘take’ on the story that…

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Iron Man 3 is worth every nickel

By Coyle Neal on May 3, 2013

Review of Iron Man 3, Directed by Shane Black Does this movie even really need a review? As with everything else in the Avengers oeuvre to date (with the possible exceptions of Hulk and The Incredible Hulk), Iron Man 3 is…

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If you love America, go see Pain & Gain

By Coyle Neal on April 26, 2013

Review of Pain and Gain, Directed by Michael Bay “Don’t be a don’t-er, do be a doer.” Such is the motto of body-builders/gym-rats Danny Lugo, Paul Doyle, and Adrian Doorball (Marky Mark, the Rock, and Anthony Mackie). Okay, if we’re…

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Rambling Through a Classic Western

By Coyle Neal on April 11, 2013

Review of Warlock by Oakley Hall The sky over your head will be bronze, the ground beneath you iron. (Deut. 28:23) For a Western, Warlock is a ridiculously complicated book. In one sense, it is a novelization of the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral and the Lincoln County War. In…

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G.I. Joe Appeals to the Inner Child — and Not Much Else

By Coyle Neal on March 28, 2013

Review of G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Directed by Jon Chu Cobra Commander has escaped from a high security prison, the evil Zartan is impersonating the President, and all but four of the G.I. Joes have been killed. It seems that nothing…

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Die Hard in the White House

By Coyle Neal on March 21, 2013

Review of Olympus Has Fallen, Directed by Antoine Fuqua Fortunately, the title of this review pretty much provides the summary of the movie [spoiler alerts from here on]. “Terrorists” have taken over the White House and are making insane demands…

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The Call: Trouble on the Line

By Coyle Neal on March 15, 2013

Review of The Call directed by Brad Anderson Jordan Turner (Halle Berry) works in “the Hive”—a 911 call center in California. When she receives a call from a girl being abducted, Jordan does her job efficiently and well, dispatching the…

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Mere Lewis

By Coyle Neal on March 6, 2013

Review of C.S. Lewis: A Life by Alister McGrath By COYLE NEAL Writing biographies is hard work. Sometimes, there just isn’t a lot of information about an individual—even if that individual is a very important historical figure. Sometimes there’s so…

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Hungry, Hungry Americans

By Coyle Neal on March 1, 2013

Review of A Place at the Table, Directed by Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush By COYLE NEAL A Place at the Table is a documentary exploring the problem of hunger in America. And if your first thought was “wait, what? Hunger…

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I am what I am, is that all that I am?

By Coyle Neal on February 20, 2013

Review of Who Do You Think You Are? By Mark Driscoll By COYLE NEAL Mark Driscoll may not know it (or heck, maybe he does), but when he wrote a book about searching for personal identity he stepped directly into…

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