Reviews

Kubo and the Two Strings

Elijah Davidson
Kubo and the Two Strings
Kubo and the Two Strings is an innovative, original, imaginative, hand-crafted (literally), morally-compelling film with a narrative arc that is truly redemptive in the theologically-rich, Christian sense of the word.

Don’t Think Twice

Elijah Davidson
Don’t Think Twice
I enjoyed Don’t Think Twice, and I’m surprised to say that, because I don’t typically like movies in which personal ambition and innate competency are key themes. Imposter Syndrome is real, and I don’t like seeing it fictional characters any more than I like seeing it in the mirror staring back at me.

Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World

Andy Singleterry
Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World
The difference between Lo and Behold and Herzog’s earlier works is so great that I wonder how seriously to take him. These people enthuse about sending a colony to Mars and robots playing soccer, but maybe Herzog intends to make fun of them?

Greater

Elijah Davidson
Greater
Greater certainly tries to baptize its kind of faith in the Christian faith. I mean that literally – an opening scene in the film shows Brandon being baptized; his most prized possession is his copy of Pilgrim’s Progress; “I’ll Fly Away” dominates the soundtrack.

Southside With You

Elijah Davidson
Southside With You
Southside With You is a gently fictionalized recounting of Michelle and Barack Obama’s first date back in 1989 when they were working together for the summer at a Chicago law firm. She was a junior associate. He was an intern from Harvard. They walk and talk and fall in love.

Hell or High Water

Elijah Davidson
Hell or High Water
Westward Expansion has long since ended. Now we’re facing Western Recession.

Under the Shadow

Elijah Davidson
Under the Shadow
Under the Shadow is pregnant with thematic material. It touches on women’s struggles to form identities in Iran, the special horror of a never-ending war, the place of traditions in contemporary society, and what obligations, if any, neighbors have to one another. But the film is only pregnant with these themes. It never births them fully.

Suicide Squad

Christopher Lopez
Suicide Squad
Suicide Squad does give us a story of a very diverse group of people whose lives do not orbit around doing bad and getting caught by the “good” guy.

Jason Bourne

Elijah Davidson
Jason Bourne
The United States government is up to their old tricks (again) crafting black ops programs. When Bourne blips on their omnipresent screens, they get worried, thinking he’s out to expose them (again), so they try to chase him down and catch or kill him (again).

The Legend of Tarzan

Elijah Davidson
The Legend of Tarzan
Could you do worse at the theater this weekend? Absolutely. The Legend of Tarzan doesn’t treat you as if you are stupid.
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