Reviews

The Babadook

Colin Stacy
The Babadook
From the very first scene of The Babadook, Australian writer and director Jennifer Kent makes a clear and resounding statement that her debut will be more than your standard horror fare. It’s a work to transcend genre...

Exodus: Gods and Kings

Kevin Nye
Exodus: Gods and Kings
I’m having a hard time with this film, perhaps because I am distracted and disgruntled by the film’s own depiction of God as a petulant British child. It can be most difficult for people to truly experience God when God is being poorly portrayed...

Foxcatcher

Elijah Davidson
Foxcatcher
Like the characters it features, Foxcatcher’s primary means of communication is violence. The violence assumes different forms like coerced testimony, a camera lens, a checkbook, and yes, even gun play...

Nightcrawler

Elijah Davidson
Nightcrawler
Like Bloom, we are now participants in this media culture, hoping to up our social and economic status by capitalizing on the carrion in others’ lives...

Movies We Missed, Don’t Make the Same Mistake

Elijah Davidson
Movies We Missed, Don’t Make the Same Mistake
This week, I’d like to tell you about three films that are available to watch now via video on demand (VOD) services – The Unknown Known, The Immigrant, and Under the Skin...

Birdman - Alternate Take

Colin Stacy
Birdman - Alternate Take
Riggan confesses, “I am nothing. I am not even here.” Iñárritu underlines this theme of meaning lost by often having characters peer upward, but he makes the choice to leave the audience blind to what exists above the frame...

Little Hope Was Arson

Gary Ingle
Little Hope Was Arson
Little Hope Was Arson is a fascinating documentary which centers around a group of churches that were destroyed by arson throughout east Texas in 2010. Its title alludes to Little Hope Baptist Church, which was the first church to be destroyed...

John Wick

Colin Stacy
John Wick
John Wick deals with grief-as-hell not in sentiment, but through cartoonish ultraviolence. Where Christ wielded compassion, sacrifice, and meekness as weapons against hell, Wick brandishes a torrent of bullets...

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1

Elijah Davidson
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1
The media has always been at the center of this series’ crosshairs. Now even the “good guys,” the rebels, wield the cannibalistic camera...

Rosewater

Kevin Nye
Rosewater
Rosewater reminds us that being exposed to more stories and more truth is the first step toward redemptive engagement...
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