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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Here’s Looking at You, Casablanca!

By Alexis Neal on April 24, 2013

Review of Casablanca, Directed by Michael Curtiz It’s December of 1941 in sunny, depressing Casablanca, where refugees flock in an attempt to flee the ravages of Nazi-infested Europe. They flock to Vichy-controlled Casablanca, and there they stay—unless Captain Louis Renault…

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Man or Mouse: Humanity and Morality in The Secret of NIMH

By Alexis Neal on April 22, 2013

Review of The Secret of NIMH, Directed by Don Bluth Mrs. Brisby has a serious problem. Her youngest son, Timmy, has a nasty fever. Which would be problem enough, but it’s getting to be plow season. This is bad news…

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“Oblivion” and Earth’s Horatius

By Julia Polese on April 19, 2013

Oblivion, directed by Joseph Kosinski Then out spake brave Horatius, The Captain of the Gate: “To every man upon this earth Death cometh soon or late. And how can man die better Than facing fearful odds, For the ashes of…

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Always Online, Ever “Disconnected”

By Kendrick Kuo on April 18, 2013

Review of Disconnect, Directed by Henry Alex Rubin Disconnect gives us four stories about people growing estranged from one another and how they reach a breaking point, only to find that reconnection is still possible. The narrative struggles with the…

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Are We All in a Trance?

By Kendrick Kuo on April 12, 2013

Review of Trance, Directed by Danny Boyle What is the role of memory in shaping our identity and our motives? This question drives the plot of Trance, Danny Boyle’s (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire) newest film. If you just watch the trailer,…

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Terrence Malick’s To the Wonder: A Stunted Scriptural Meditation on Marriage and Ministry

By Christian Hamaker on April 12, 2013

Review of To the Wonder, Directed by Terrence Malick Terrence Malick, the reclusive filmmaker of Badlands, Days of Heaven, and The Thin Red Line, has turned to more explicit religious themes in his most recent films. The Tree of Life, Malick’s 2011…

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42 and Jackie Robinson’s Legacy of Nonviolence

By Kendrick Kuo on April 11, 2013

Review of 42, Directed by Brian Helgeland The story of Jackie Robinson is familiar to most Americans, but being an American who grew up overseas, I must confess ignorance of this iconic hero before watching 42. (The educational value of…

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The Raiders of the Lost Ark Discover That “Our God is a Consuming Fire”

By Paul Miller on April 10, 2013

Review of Raiders of the Lost Ark, Directed by Steven Spielberg When I was growing up, I read a lot of The Hardy Boys and The Sugar Creek Gang series, adventure stories in which boys solve mysteries, chase bad guys,…

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End of Watch: A Portrait of Male Friendship

By Kendrick Kuo on April 9, 2013

Review of End of Watch, Directed by David Ayer  The first thing I heard about End of Watch was its realistic and moving portrayal of male friendship. I watched the film with that expectation and it did not disappoint. End…

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