Reviews

Dunkirk

Elijah Davidson
Dunkirk
Dunkirk is, on one level, a straightforward recapitulation of the rescue of over three hundred thousand English troops off the shores of France by private, English fishing and pleasure vessels in the early days of World War II.

War for the Planet of the Apes

Elijah Davidson
War for the Planet of the Apes
Caesar was our “Caesar” in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Now he’s our “Moses.”

Spider-Man: Homecoming

Kevin Nye
Spider-Man: Homecoming
Refreshingly, Homecoming’s real “home” is in the high school portions of this movie, which work so well that the audience is left wishing that this weren’t even a superhero movie but just a high-school comedy.

Chasing Coral

Elijah Davidson
Chasing Coral
Chasing Coral is compelling. It makes you want to do whatever you can to steward this planet better, as God called us to do.

A Ghost Story

Christopher Lopez
A Ghost Story
This film could have been more about the mystical experience “on the other side,” but instead it focuses on the experiences of life we do our best to avoid—authentic grieving or serious contemplation about life’s meaning—and the experiences we tragically let pass us by—the gift of being present with someone we love.

The Big Sick

Elijah Davidson
The Big Sick
The Big Sick is an excellent comedy – no, it’s an excellent film, no qualification needed. It’s the kind of film that deserves to show up on top ten lists at the end of the year.

The Beguiled

Elijah Davidson
The Beguiled
The promise of liberation comes, for the women, in the form of a wounded Union soldier. For the school’s matron, he is an opportunity to put their Christian convictions into practice...

Baby Driver

Elijah Davidson
Baby Driver
Baby Driver delivers.

The Hero

Elijah Davidson
The Hero
This isn’t a desperate film. It is comfortable resolving story threads in ways they would resolve in real life. Just when you think the movie is going to take a wrong step and veer into a most banal territory, The Hero shifts back into the wisdom that makes it an exceptional film.

Cars 3

Elijah Davidson
Cars 3
Cars 3 mostly works. The emotional pull associated with the passing away theme is resonant—“death and taxes,” you know?—and the movie has one stand-out sequence involving a demolition derby. The movie isn’t peak Pixar though.
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