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News, reviews, and interviews on feature films and documentaries.

Insurgent’s special effects can't save its lifeless plot

By Bob Brown
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Movies | Insurgent , like last year’s Divergent , relies on special effects to buttress a sagging storyline. In case you missed the first installment in the series, or…

Beyond the Mask

By Megan Basham
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Movies | There’s a lot Christian families will love about Beyond the Mask , a Christian-produced action/adventure that gives classics like Zorro and the Lone Ranger a…

Do You Believe?

By Sophia Lee
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Movies | Do You Believe? has been promoted as the Christian version of Oscar-winning 2004 film Crash . Like Crash, Do You Believe? is an ensemble drama that interweaves…

Latest Marigold Hotel film leaves laughs on life support

By Bob Brown
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Movies | The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel picks up eight months after the conclusion of the first movie (released in 2011). Sonny (Dev Patel) is struggling to…

Chappie’s artificial intelligence asks real questions about human ‘programming’

By Bob Brown
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Movies | Chappie (rated R for violence, language, and brief nudity) is not so much a story about artificial intelligence as it is about human “programming.” Are we…

Two musicals, old and new, to watch at home this weekend

By Phil Boatwright
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DVD | Music is essential to movies. It’s sometimes unnoticed, serving only as background to support what’s happening on screen. Other times, it’s one of the…

Cinderella

By Emily Whitten
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Movies | Unlike recent Disney movies Maleficent and Into the Woods , director Kenneth Branagh’s live-action Cinderella (rated PG for mild thematic elements) is a visual…

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By Megan Basham
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Movies | American audiences will know English actor Jack O’Connell best for his affecting turn as Christian Olympian and POW Louis Zamperini in last year’s Unbroken

Box Office Top 10

By The Editors
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Movies | For the weekend of Feb. 27-March 1, according to Box Office Mojo

Little girls longing to be like Elsa

By Andrée Seu Peterson
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Movies | Moms who thought their 4-year-old daughters’ fascination with Elsa was cute are getting worried. At what point does cute become obsessed? Disney’s 2013…

The Lazarus Effect: Another unoriginal tale about deadish folks

By Bob Brown
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Movies | Don’t expect The Lazarus Effect (rated PG-13 for intense sequences of horror violence, terror, and some sexual references) to square with Biblical eschatology.

Focus uses cheap tricks to steal moviegoers’ money

By Bob Brown
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Movies | “You get their focus, then you can take whatever you want.” This is how Nicky explains to Jess the art of lifting a mark’s valuables. It also describes…

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