Reviews

Storks

Roslyn Hernandez
Storks
A strong theme in Storks concerns the need for acceptance and belonging, which is masterfully depicted through Tulip’s vulnerability. In a scene where Junior tries to fire her, he calls her “Orphan Tulip,” she responds with, “Tulip is just fine, Orphan hurts my heart!”

Snowden

Matt Walker
Snowden
Stone weaves a story that artfully depicts a journey of personal change. The Edward Snowden portrayed early in the film likely would not have chosen to reveal government secrets. A catalyst of Snowden’s transformation is girlfriend Lindsay Mills.

The Vessel

Elijah Davidson
The Vessel
The Vessel is more plot-heavy than any of Malick’s recent films, but it is also concerned with “spiritual” matters, deeply rooted in a “real” context, sprinkled over with narration, and shot in that now-characteristic floating steady-cam style making use of natural light.

White Girl

Colin Stacy
White Girl
Wood and her crew have crafted a modern fairy tale that manages to weave together complex social themes into a world where each moment constantly resets perceptions. Wood isn’t misanthropic. In fact, she clearly has compassion and empathy for every one of these characters.

The Magnificent Seven

Kevin Nye
The Magnificent Seven
The question becomes, then, is this a story this generation needs to hear? Is the story worth retelling? To me, a story about retributive justice seems out of place today, or it should. At the very least it’s calloused, in light of the world we actually live in.

Sully

Christopher Lopez
Sully
Between the multiple shots of a plane burning and crashing into buildings and the skyline views of New York City, Eastwood likely intends to evoke the horrors of 9/11. There are several scenes where New York citizens, petrified and mouths agape, witness the plane descend toward the Hudson.

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.
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