Reviews

Mother!

Elijah Davidson
Mother!
Aronofsky excels at creating high intensity cinematic worlds laced with mythological symbolism and horrors out of the subconscious. I watched much of Mother! through my fingers, but I was as scared to look away from the screen as I was to look at it.

Close Encounters of the Third Kind - 40th Anniversary Presentation

Elijah Davidson
Close Encounters of the Third Kind - 40th Anniversary Presentation
Close Encounters of the Third Kind’s religious vision is striking.

Patti Cake$

Jasmine Brooke White
Patti Cake$
Inflated dreams of fame and fortune, stemming from a genuine passion and an authentic talent, Patricia Dombrowski, better known as Killer P or Patti Cake$, is on a mission to explode onto the golden green stages of hip hop and bullet train out of her tiny New Jersey life as fast as she can.

Detroit

Elijah Davidson
Detroit
Detroit, director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal’s latest film, is tragically uneven. In trying to be all things to all people, it becomes nothing to anyone.

Logan Lucky

Elijah Davidson
Logan Lucky
Director Steven Soderbergh has called his film, Logan Lucky, “Ocean’s 11’s inbred cousin.”

Good Time

Elijah Davidson
Good Time
Good Time depends greatly on Robert Pattinson’s performance. He is electric, the fire in his eyes like the gas in the many neon tubes that light each scene.

Annabelle: Creation

Kutter Callaway
Annabelle: Creation
In light of my current research on the horror genre, I am increasingly convinced that the reason we continue to see so many horror films in the twenty-first century is because they are providing the broader culture with a much-needed avenue for navigating the various traumas that seem to define much of contemporary life.

Brigsby Bear

Marcus Eiland
Brigsby Bear
This film reminded me of my faith community and our initial reluctance to accept the other, especially if we see the other as strange or peculiar (or sinful?!). Fear reigns in many parts of the American church, especially when a character like James enters and challenges the status quo.

Wind River

Elijah Davidson
Wind River
Wind River is a compelling film. It’s like Beowulf or Njal’s Saga. I mean that in the most complimentary sense possible.

Step

Elijah Davidson
Step
Step is inspiring because it shows one of America’s core myths in action - if you work hard and get a good education, you can rise from the station you were born in to a higher station.
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