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[July 5, 2016 | No Comment | ]

by Ted Giese

Horror films are not for everyone and neither are roller coasters. A “good” horror film is like a good roller coaster—it has twists and turns and loops in just the right spots. With The Conjuring 2, Director James Wan has constructed a roller coaster of a film with pacing that provides a scare in almost every scene. Just be careful not to get caught up in the film’s claim to be “based on a true story.”
In this installment, Ed and Lorraine Warren are called into action by a …


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[June 17, 2016 | One Comment | ]

by Ted Giese
During the end credits of X-Men: Days of Future Past, Bryan Singer set the stage for X-Men: Apocalypse. Filmgoers who sat through the last frames of the film were introduced to the character of Apocalypse—a mutant standing on a sand dune in ancient Egypt telekinetically constructing a massive pyramid with a crowd of worshipers at his feet and his four horsemen watching at a distance.
In the opening scenes of X-Men: Apocalypse this now aged mutant is shown transferring his accumulated knowledge, abilities, and soul into a younger body. …


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[May 25, 2016 | No Comment | ]

by Ted Giese
Captain America: Civil War, is MARVEL Studio’s third film featuring Captain America (not including his appearances in films like Avengers Assemble and Avengers: Age of Ultron, and a couple of small cameos in other films). As a result, Steve Rogers/Captain America, along with many of the other recurring characters, have received enough screen time to start developing into robust and complex characters. The current film provides fertile ground for this growing maturity in a genre not always equated with depth of character development.
At its heart this movie is …


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[April 22, 2016 | One Comment | ]

by Ted Giese
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is the sequel to Zack Snyder’s 2013 film Man of Steel, and picks up some 18 months after the massive destruction in Metropolis at the hands of Kryptonian General Zod and his invading alien ships. At the end of that film, freshman superhero Superman defeats Zod. This film introduces Bruce Wayne, the seasoned superhero Batman, into the Superman story line. He witnessed the devastation of the battle and its tremendous cost of human life and is left deeply distrusting of Superman—equating him …


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[April 15, 2016 | No Comment | ]

by Ted Giese
The Young Messiah, an adaptation of Anne Rice’s 2005 novel Christ The Lord: Out Of Egypt, tells the story of a seven-year-old Jesus returning to the Holy Land following a time of exile in Egypt. Jesus, the Virgin Mary, Joseph, and their extended family return following Joseph’s dream that Herod the Great is dead.
Since Scripture is mostly silent on how this unfolds, The Young Messiah enters into the same sort of territory as the 2014 film Noah in which the biblical character Noah must, for the sake of …


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[March 22, 2016 | No Comment | ]

by Stephen Chambers
Many thanks to Rev. Ted Giese for his recent and very helpful review of Risen. He characterizes the movie’s main points fairly and well, rightly noting that it’s one of the best “Jesus movies.” The movie coheres very well the Gospel accounts, demonstrating a healthy respect for the reality and meaning of Jesus’ death and resurrection.
When it comes to the historical realities of first century Palestine the situation is more mixed. Many of the actors, especially among the disciples, are far too European in appearance. The landscape isn’t quite right …


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