Reviews

Music Video - “Wildest Dreams” by Taylor Swift

Elijah Davidson
Music Video - “Wildest Dreams” by Taylor Swift
Misplaced nostalgia—an ill-conceived, sentimental longing for the past—is the real star of the music video for “Wildest Dreams,” the latest video single off Taylor Swift’s album 1989.

Z for Zachariah

Matt Walker
Z for Zachariah
The film explores their relationship and plays with the question, “How much do our pasts really matter?” Together Ann and John can become new people. John’s past and egregious survival tactics are forgotten in the radiance of Ann’s unconditional hospitality.

Mistress America

Elijah Davidson
Mistress America
Once again, Brooke, Tracy, and their acquaintances aren’t avatars for America—the short-sightedness of simplifying people to fit our needs is kind of the point of the movie—any more than any of us are.

Straight Outta Compton

Joseph Kolapudi
Straight Outta Compton
Though many disregard the influence of N.W.A. due to the nature of gangsta rap and its focus on guns, drugs, and promiscuity, the movie depicts the reason behind the seeming aggrandizement of violence; it was the daily reality of the average boy living in their neighborhood

Becoming Bulletproof

Elijah Davidson
Becoming Bulletproof
Becoming Bulletproof is inspirational but not in a cloying or simplistic way. The film shows that even though it isn’t easy for disabled and abled people to work this closely, it can be done, and the things that make it difficult are as much the abled people’s “fault” as anyone else’s.

Ten Thousand Saints

Gary Ingle
Ten Thousand Saints
Ten Thousand Saints is a powerful film which is not afraid to explore some of the hardships adolescents may experience while searching for the good in the midst of it.

The Look of Silence

Elijah Davidson
The Look of Silence
The more obstacles Adi encounters, the more it begins to feel like the truth—and the justice it would bring—stand little chance of ever being realized in Indonesia.

Fantastic Four

Andy Singleterry
Fantastic Four
Most of the movie focuses on the inter-dimensional “science” before anyone lights on fire or creates a flying force-field bubble. If you’re coming to Fantastic Four looking for big, superhero action, you might feel cheated.

Shaun the Sheep Movie

Kent Webber
Shaun the Sheep Movie
The rhythm of work and rest that is portrayed in Shaun The Sheep Movie is a beautiful depiction of the rest from work that is offered to humanity in scripture. This rest, or Sabbath, affirms our created goodness.

Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation

Elijah Davidson
Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation
And if Tom Cruise is the Fred Astaire of action movies, then in Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, he’s finally found his Ginger Rogers. Rebecca Ferguson is as remarkable as Cruise is in every action scene she’s in.
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