'It Comes at Night'
'It Comes at Night'

By: Michael Parnell
"It Comes at Night" may be marketed as a horror movie but it defies classification. It's a tale about what happens when trust erodes in a society, and we all stick to our tribes. (Photo: A24 Films)

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'Wonder Woman'
'Wonder Woman'

By: Ircel Harrison
'Wonder Woman' is the real deal. Rather than a feminist polemic, the superhero film is about humanity, our virtues and sins, and the choice we make between the two. It has action and heart. (Photo: Warner Bros.)

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'Alien: Covenant'
'Alien: Covenant'

By: Michael Parnell
Ridley Scott directed a masterpiece in 1979 with "Alien." He followed that up with "Prometheus" and now "Alien: Covenant," a film that reveals creation comes with all manner of horror. (Photo: Twentieth Century Fox)

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'Colossal'
'Colossal'

By: Michael Parnell
We want to believe our choices don't affect anyone else, but even our smallest actions can have huge consequences for the world. That's the premise of the hard-to-categorize film, "Colossal." (Photo: Voltage Pictures)

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'The Lost City of Z'
'The Lost City of Z'

By: Michael Parnell
An early 20th-century explorer faces racism back home when he shares his discovery of a lost South American city built by people of color that rivaled any comparable city built by Europeans. (Photo: Bleecker Street)

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'The Case for Christ'
'The Case for Christ'

By: Michael Parnell
Based on the best-selling true story of Lee Strobel's journey to become a Christian, "The Case for Christ" commits a fatal flaw in its storytelling, making it a bad testimony about the nature of God. (Photo: Pure Flix)

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'Ghost In The Shell'
'Ghost In The Shell'

By: Michael Parnell
A movie should tell a compelling story and ask us to think. 'Ghost in the Shell' does not do that, even though it is a visually stunning film. And that is a shame. (Photo: Paramount)

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'The Shack'
'The Shack'

By: Michael Parnell
Don't get bogged down over theology when you watch "The Shack," based on the best-seller. It's a movie that speaks to the millions who struggle with unresolved grief. (Photo: Lionsgate)

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'The Founder'
'The Founder'

By: Michael Parnell
"The Founder" reveals an unflattering picture of the American success story. While we idolize folks who make big money, we never ask the hard question of how they made those millions. (Photo: The Weinstein Company)

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'Silence'
'Silence'

By: Michael Parnell
Martin Scorsese's 'Silence' may be the most Christian film ever made, but few will see it. The story of two priests in 16th-century Japan, the challenging film isn't for the faint of heart. (Photo: Paramount Pictures)

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'Hidden Figures'
'Hidden Figures'

By: Michael Parnell
For a window into our nation's larger history and the role that three extraordinary African-American women played in the space program, "Hidden Figures" is stellar. (Photo: 20th Century Fox)

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'Fences'
'Fences'

By: Michael Parnell
August Wilson's play, "Fences," is lovingly brought to the screen by actor and director Denzel Washington. This film features some of the best performances of the decade. (Photo: Paramount Pictures)

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'La La Land'
'La La Land'

By: Michael Parnell
Writer and director Damien Chazelle reinvigorates the classic Hollywood musical with "La La Land," and his two stars, Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, deliver Oscar-worthy performances. (Photo: Lionsgate)

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'Moana'
'Moana'

By: Ircel Harrison
Disney's "Moana" is the story of a strong-willed Polynesian princess teamed up with a mythological demigod, whose story of redemption is one of the animated film's key themes. (Photo: Walt Disney Studios)

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'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story'
'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story'

By: Michael Parnell
"Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" tells the saga of what took place before that first Star Wars movie in 1977. It's a rousing film that takes its role seriously as part of a larger whole. (Photo: Disney / Lucasfilm)

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'Loving'
'Loving'

By: Michael Parnell
"Loving" tells the story of an interracial couple marrying in 1950s Virginia. Their union violates state law, and they take their battle to the Supreme Court. One of the year's best films. (Photo: Focus Features)

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'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'
'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'

By: Joe LaGuardia
Although the plot seems recycled from "A New Hope," the blockbuster "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" is a rousing tale that reminds us of our own uncertainties. (Photo: Lucasfilm Ltd.)

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'Trumbo'
'Trumbo'

By: Ircel Harrison
'Trumbo,' a film about a blacklisted Hollywood screenwriter, reminds us how easily we turn on those who are different from us. It's particularly interesting in light of our current political climate. (Photo: Bleeker Street Media)

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