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[December 13, 2018 | No Comment | ]

Fatherhood rings true
Reaching a goal, like becoming boxing’s World Heavyweight Champion, isn’t always enough. Creed II (2018) continues the story of Adonis Johnson (Michael B. Jordan). He is the son of Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers)—the result of an adulterous relationship—who, with the help of Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone), Apollo’s boxing rival, eventual trainer and friend, gains notoriety in the ring without using his father’s name. He eventually accepts the Creed name and legacy and fights as Adonis Creed. One of the strongest themes of the first Creed (2015) film was …


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[November 29, 2018 | No Comment | ]

Losing the magic
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) is the second Harry Potter prequel by director David Yates under the Fantastic Beasts title penned for the screen by J.K. Rowling. It continues the story started in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) which introduced audiences to the character Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), a mild-mannered wizard and cryptozoologist with an interest in mythical and fantastical magical beasts who reluctantly finds himself drawn into a byzantine plot to stop the dangerous Voldemort-esque Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp).
Rowling and Yates set …


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[October 11, 2018 | No Comment | ]

Another broken Christian film
Director Harold Cronk who garnered notice with films like God’s Not Dead (2014) and God’s Not Dead 2 (2016) made God Bless the Broken Road for release in 2016 but it didn’t hit theatres until 2018. The film’s title comes from the song “Bless the Broken Road” written in 1994 by singer-songwriter Marcus Hummon with Jeff Hanna and Bobby Boyd from the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and popularized by the country band Rascal Flatts in 2004. The song is about finally finding love after travelling through difficulties …


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[September 21, 2018 | No Comment | ]

An unsatisfying horror
The Nun is the latest instalment in an ever-growing series of loosely connected horror films started by the surprise success of director James Wan’s The Conjuring (2013). Here the story is credited to Wan, but he did not direct. The Nun’s director is Corin Hardy who struggles to duplicate the controlled rollercoaster effect of the previous Conjuring films. While The Nun hit number one in its opening weekend it is unlikely to have the staying power of the earlier franchise films and for good reasons.
Set in 1952 Romania …


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[September 10, 2018 | No Comment | ]

By: Rev. Ted Geise
Asian film has a Christian twist
Years ago, there was a critically-acclaimed all-Asian-cast film in which Michelle Yeoh played a leading role: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000). This time around she plays a supporting role as Eleanor Young the protective mother of male lead Nick Young (Henry Golding) in this year’s celebrated romantic comedy Crazy Rich Asians. Nick is in love with NYCU Economics professor Rachel Chu (Constance Wu) but has kept an important detail about his life from her: he is a crazy rich Asian from a …


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[August 23, 2018 | No Comment | ]

By: Rev. Ted Geise
Big Shark Shallow Story
When Steven Spielberg’s Jaws hit theatres in 1975 the film’s tagline was: “You’ll never go in the water again.” Some people didn’t, and many more had second thoughts every time they dipped their toes in water —even at their local swimming pool! Jon Turteltaub’s The Meg (2018) won’t likely scare up the same response. The corny $130 million B-film about a believed long-extinct 70-foot megalodon shark hunting marine biologists and oceanographers in the waters around a western Pacific billionaire-funded state-of-the-art research laboratory may take …


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