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[June 14, 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Ted Giese
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is the continuing story of Peter Quill/Star Lord and his band of intergalactic misfit anti-heroes. In this installment of the Marvel franchise Quill finally meets his biological father who his mother insisted was “an angel composed out of pure light.” This extraterrestrial being named Ego turns out to be something called a “Celestial” and lives up to his name. The character Quill interacts with is only a manifestation of the real Celestial entity named “Ego the Living Planet.” Yes, that’s right, Quill’s …


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[May 17, 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Ted Giese
The Promise is a sweeping historical drama set in 1915 at the beginning of the Armenian Genocide at the hands of Turkey’s Ottoman Empire. The current Turkish government and its predecessors publicly deny this holocaust took place. Viewers need to know that even now the Turkish government doesn’t want people to see this film or any film detailing the events surrounding this attempt to wipe out the Armenian Christian population that lived within its borders.
Viewers need to know that even now the Turkish government doesn’t want people to …


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[April 21, 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Ted Giese
The Case for Christ is a docudrama detailing the story of a Chicago Tribune reporter, Lee Strobel, who attempts to disprove Christianity after his wife, Leslie, becomes a Christian following a “chance” encounter with a nurse who saves the life of their daughter. Sensing something more than coincidence at work—the right person (a nurse) in the right place (the restaurant) at the right time (a choking incident)—Leslie eventually accepts an invitation to go to church with the nurse. At church, she hears God’s Word and believes in Jesus.
Strobel, …


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[March 30, 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Ted Giese
Bill Condon’s adaptation of Beauty and the Beast  starring Emma Watson is a live-action version of the 1991 Disney musical animated fairy tale of the same name. It’s the story of a spoiled vain prince cursed by an enchantress to live his life as a beast in an enchanted castle to learn a lesson about making value judgments based on appearance alone. The curse can only be lifted if someone loves him despite his beastly appearance—and this all before the final petal falls from a single red rose …


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[March 9, 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Ted Giese
Occasionally a product hits the market after interest has peaked and people have moved on. Stuart Hazeldine’s film adaption of the popular 2007 novel The Shack by Canadian author William P. Young may be this kind of product. The opening weekend box office for the film garnered only $16 million US—low for a film based on a book which sold more than 10 million copies. Had the film come out in 2008 it could have exploited the book’s momentum. In 2017, it seems set to fizzle not sizzle—and …


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[January 31, 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Ted Giese
Martin Scorsese’s Silence is an adaptation of Shūsaku Endō’s 1966 novel of the same name. It is the story of two Portuguese Jesuit priests, Father Rodrigues and Father Garrpe, infiltrating Japan nineteen years after the authorities had banned Christianity and enacted a brutal regime of persecution meant to snuff out the faith.
The central purpose of Rodrigues’ and Garrpe’s mission is to find their former Father Confessor and mentor, Ferreira, who is rumoured to have publicly apostatized his faith in Christ Jesus. Rodrigues and Garrpe find the rumour of …


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