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‘They Shall Not Grow Old’

Using actual war footage restored to lifelike standards, Peter Jackson’s “They Shall Not Grow Old” is a much-needed antidote to the heroic Hollywood rubbish passing for “war films.” […] Read More

‘The Hate U Give’

A black teenage girl is the sole witness when her childhood friend is shot and killed by a white police officer in “The Hate U Give,” a film that brings the reality of shooting unarmed black men into clear focus. […] Read More

‘First Man’

‘First Man’ is not like any “man in space” movie you have ever seen. It’s a very quiet movie about a very quiet man, Neil Armstrong, who became a hero to every child in his generation. […] Read More

BlacKkKlansman

Some may claim we live in a post-racial society, but director Spike Lee shows us in his new film, “BlacKkKlansman,” that racism is alive and well. […] Read More

‘Eighth Grade’

Middle school is an awkward yet magical time that few adults want to revisit, yet writer and director Bo Burnham captures those feelings in his new film, “Eighth Grade.” […] Read More

Fred Rogers worried at the end of his life if he was a sheep. That worry was grounded in Jesus’ telling of judgment in Matthew 25 where he speaks of the judgment as being the separation of the sheep from the goats. The sheep were the ones who would enter into the kingdom prepared for […] Read More

Being a pastor means that if a movie comes to the local theater about a pastor, I have to go see it. Paul Schrader’s “First Reformed” presents a pastor who has lost his way. Ethan Hawke is Rev. Ernst Toller, a pastor at an old historic church in upstate New York. About to celebrate its […] Read More

‘Annihilation’

Change is a dangerous thing. Rapid change is more dangerous because you cannot easily account for what is taking place. “Annihilation” is a movie about change. It is about rapid change taking place on a coastline somewhere in the southern United States. The area where the change is taking place is called “Area X.” It […] Read More

‘Black Panther’

The character of T’Challa / Black Panther has existed in the canon of Marvel Comics since his debut in Fantastic Four No. 52 in 1966. Stan Lee and Jack Kirby created him as the first black superhero in the Marvel Universe. They did so with a clear vision of wanting to avoid all the cliches […] Read More

‘Darkest Hour’

The narrative of history provides many a story worthy of capture on film. It is a rare narrative moment that provides for two stories to be placed on the screen, but the events of May 8 to June 4 in 1940 have yielded two best-picture nominees. Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk” tells the story of what happened […] Read More