Reviews

Divergent

Elijah Davidson
Divergent
Divergent separates itself from other similar post-apocalyptic, young adult, female warrior franchises in its decision to set its action in a decrepit city instead of in a more rural environment. If you enjoy looking at pictures of ruinous modern urbanscapes, this is the movie for you...

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Elijah Davidson
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
In this installment in the series, Captain America's insistence on doing what is right is challenged by a world where right and wrong are harder to discern. He is a soldier, after all, and his loyalty lies with the state. If the state is participating in nefarious activities, must Captain American become the tool of a totalitarian regime?

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Elijah Davidson
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Surprise is the essence of comedy, and the constant whip pans between aires of respectability and vulgarity has always been the essence of Anderson's comedy, and it's especially evident in The Grand Budapest Hotel...

Noah

Elijah Davidson
Noah
Noah is terrifically entertaining and true to the details of the text, but more importantly, it is also true to the spirit of the story? To put it another way, does Noah care about the things the Bible cares about?

Before You Know It

Jessi Knippel
Before You Know It
I found myself drawn to Dennis, who I ended up having the pleasure of taking care of during the film festival, because at the heart of his story, Dennis is a man looking community and a sense of belonging...

Kidnapped For Christ

Jessi Knippel
Kidnapped For Christ
How is it possible to use God and theology as the basis for harm?

2014 Oscar Nominated Documentary Features

Elijah Davidson
2014 Oscar Nominated Documentary Features
As the distribution channels continue to flatten, we increasingly have the opportunity to view some of Oscar's other gems. All five of the nominees for Best Documentary Feature are available to stream online, four of them from the same streaming video service (Netflix). They're each worth your time.

2014 Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts

Elijah Davidson
2014 Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts
The Academy Awards honor five special animated shorts each year. Here are brief reviews of each nominee.

The LEGO Movie

Elijah Davidson
The LEGO Movie
I love messy movies. I think more humanity and beauty comes seeping out of the cracks in a work done by a group of people than is often present in its more perfect parts. The LEGO Movie is full of cracks...

Inside Llweyn Davis - Subtle Grace

Jessi Knippel
Inside Llweyn Davis - Subtle Grace
Llweyn Davis is often found apologizing to the people who love and care about him for his behavior and actions to him. He is a broken man who avoids his grief and turns it into frustration for the people who love and care for him. However, over and over again he experiences their mercy and grace...
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