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Annie [video]

Posted Dec 20th 2014, 02:44 PM

I want to say I love the idea for Little Orphan Hushpuppy … but I’m not convinced there’s actually an idea here. Annie: my “Reel Faith” review.

Tags: Reel Faith Reviews (Video), Family, Musical

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies [video]

Posted Dec 19th 2014, 02:23 PM

“Will you follow me … one last time?” Well, if you promise it’s the last time. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies: my “Reel Faith” review.

Tags: All Things Tolkien, Peter Jackson's Middle Earth, Reel Faith Reviews (Video), The Hobbit, Action, Adventure

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Exodus: Gods and Kings [video]

Posted Dec 15th 2014, 03:42 PM

What happens when the director of Gladiator and Kingdom of Heaven takes on the story of Moses? It’s a mixed bag. Exodus: Gods and Kings: my “Reel Faith” review.

Tags: Bible Films, Ridley Scott, The Pentateuch, Religious Themes

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Penguins of Madagascar [video]

Posted Dec 12th 2014, 03:54 PM

Stick a fork in them, they’re done. Or maybe that’s just me. Penguins of Madagascar: my “Reel Faith” review.

Tags: DreamWorks Animation, Happy Feet of Madagascar, Spy Kids Stuff, Spy vs. Spy, Animation, Family

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The Theory of Everything [video]

Posted Dec 12th 2014, 03:50 PM

Stephen Hawking and Jane Wilde’s 30-year-marriage gets a decent Wikipedia treatment, if Wikipedia were prettier, and sanitized. The Theory of Everything: my “Reel Faith” review.

Tags: History, Reel Faith Reviews (Video), Biography, Romance

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Big Hero 6 [video]

Posted Dec 12th 2014, 03:25 PM

It’s a Marvel movie! It’s a Disney cartoon! It’s … a Marney movie! It’s set in San Fransokyo! Wait, what? Big Hero 6: my “Reel Faith” review.

Tags: Disney Animation, Disney: Lasseter-era Disney, East Meets West, Make Mine Marvel, Reel Faith Reviews (Video), Superheroes & Comic Book Movies, Action, Animation, Family

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What’s Up, Michael Bay?

Posted Aug 19th 2014, 03:21 PM

What if Pixar’s Up had been directed by Michael Bay instead of Pete Docter? This seems pretty accurate, actually.

Tags: Bayhem, Oddments & Humor

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Magic in the Moonlight [video]

Posted Aug 16th 2014, 09:39 PM

Watching Woody Allen’s latest, starring Colin Firth and Emma Stone, is like watching your uncle doing a card trick you’ve seen him do a hundred times. There’s no rabbit in the hat, and no God in heaven. We know, Woody. Magic in the Moonlight: my “Reel Faith” review.

Tags: Reel Faith Reviews (Video), Smoke & Mirrors, Drama, Religious Themes

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Get On Up [video]

Posted Aug 16th 2014, 03:15 AM

From the star of 42 and the director of The Help comes a film I enjoyed more than either of those. Get On Up: my “Reel Faith” review.

Tags: Reel Faith Reviews (Video), Biography, Drama, Musical

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The Hundred-Foot Journey [video]

Posted Aug 15th 2014, 12:25 PM

While I didn’t care for this movie as much as I hoped I would, I will say I went right from the theater to an Indian restaurant, where I got something I enjoyed more. The 100 Foot Journey: my “Reel Faith” review.

Tags: East Meets West, Foodie, Reel Faith Reviews (Video), Comedy, Drama, Romance

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles [video]

Posted Aug 15th 2014, 12:18 PM

Thanks to this film, I’ll be adding “Shrinking World Syndrome” to SDG’s Very, Very Little Movie Glossary. You know, how it turns out that the Joker killed Batman’s parents, Anakin Skywalker created C-3PO, and now April O’Neil is connected to the Turtles’ origins. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: my “Reel Faith” review.

Tags: Bayhem, Rebootin', Reel Faith Reviews (Video), Action, Family

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Guardians of the Galaxy [video]

Posted Aug 15th 2014, 11:35 AM

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If you’re not into turtles, and you have half a brain, this may be the movie for you. Guardians of the Galaxy: my “Reel Faith” review.

Tags: Make Mine Marvel, Superheroes & Comic Book Movies, Action, Science Fiction

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The Christ of Muscle Beach!

Posted Aug 8th 2014, 11:59 AM

(Or: What I Did On My Summer Vacation)

“Christ in Majesty” is the official name of the striking, somewhat controversial mosaic on the apse wall of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC, but someone Suz and I once knew jokingly nicknamed it “the Christ of Muscle Beach,” in reference to its half-bared chest and arm, muscular build and intimidating gaze.

It’s a nickname that came back to me last week on family vacation in Wildwood Crest, New Jersey, as I worked on a sand sculpture of a subject I’ve done a couple of times in the past, though not in eight years: the crucifixion of Jesus.

Not just because I was actually at the beach, but also because, in part due to my lifelong love of and training in comic-book and superhero art, my figure studies in any medium tend to look, well, like this:

I’ve always loved sculpting in sand on summer vacation. As a kid I started out making sharks and other sea creatures; I’ve also tried my hand at castles, dragons and mermaids (and mermen and merbabies), among other subjects.

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Tags: Personal

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Hercules [video]

Posted Aug 3rd 2014, 12:07 PM

A question I couldn’t get to in 60 seconds: What’s the real story with the creepy, green spaced-out tribal warriors? Can anyone explain that? Hercules: my “Reel Faith” review.

Tags: Ancient World Epics, Greek Mythology, Reel Faith Reviews (Video), Action, War

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Snowpiercer [video]

Posted Jul 31st 2014, 06:58 PM

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This is the summer’s most thought-provoking action movie. Snowpiercer: my “Reel Faith” review.

Tags: Aragorn Complex, Dystopian, Action, Science Fiction

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Planes: Fire & Rescue [video]

Posted Jul 31st 2014, 06:43 PM

Looking at those Cars eyes is worse than having no remnant of Pixar at all this year. Planes: Fire & Rescue: my “Reel Faith” review.

Tags: Debilitating Sequelitis, Disney Animation, Disney: Lasseter-era Disney, Reel Faith Reviews (Video), World of Cars, Animation, Family

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Deliver Us From Evil [video]

Posted Jul 31st 2014, 06:28 PM

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Édgar Ramírez might be my favorite horror-movie priest. Deliver Us From Evil: my “Reel Faith” review.

Tags: Exorcism & Demons, Priestly, Reel Faith Reviews (Video), Scott Derrickson, Horror, Religious Themes

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Scott Derrickson: The Epic Video Interview!

Posted Jul 4th 2014, 02:08 PM

Scott Derrickson is such a great interview subject that it was hard for me to cut down our sprawling 45-minute discussion to the 2500-odd words of the text article that ran earlier this week.

I’m very pleased, then, to be able to offer the Reel Faith video version of the entire interview. There’s a lot here that didn’t make it into the text article, so enjoy!

P.S. What Scott most wants you to know about this interview: Under the table I’m wearing shorts and sandals. (It was really hot in New York that day!)

Tags: Exorcism & Demons, Interviews, Scott Derrickson, Horror

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Transformers: Age of Extinction [video]

Posted Jul 3rd 2014, 12:34 AM

If Michael Bay can take 165 minutes for his latest Transformers movie, I can take two minutes to review it. Transformers: Age of Extinction: my “Reel Faith” review.

Tags: Antisocial Aliens, Based on Game or Toy, Bayhem, East Meets West, Action, Science Fiction

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Chef [video]

Posted Jun 20th 2014, 06:56 PM

I watched pretty much the whole second half of this movie with a smile on my face. Chef: my “Reel Faith” review.

Tags: Fatherhood, Food Truck, Foodie, Reel Faith Reviews (Video), Drama

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Edge of Tomorrow [video]

Posted Jun 20th 2014, 06:05 PM

I’m a sucker for a good time-bending movie. This is a good time-bending movie. Edge of Tomorrow: my “Reel Faith” review.

Tags: Antisocial Aliens, Reel Faith Reviews (Video), Timey-Wimey, Action, Science Fiction, War

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Maleficent [video]

Posted Jun 7th 2014, 10:55 PM

Angelina Jolie is perfect for the part of Disney’s most iconically evil villainess. If only they’d let her play it for more than one scene. Maleficent: my “Reel Faith” review.

Tags: Disney Fairy Tales, Fairy Tales, Fractured Fairy Tales, Reel Faith Reviews (Video), Squelched Girl Syndrome, Villaincentricity, Family, Fantasy

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Ida [video]

Posted Jun 7th 2014, 10:32 PM

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A Polish nun embarks on a trip of discovery in this gorgeous black-and-white period piece. Ida: my “Reel Faith” review.

Tags: Monastic Cinema, Foreign Language, Religious Themes

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Where can I watch “Reel Faith”?

Posted Jun 3rd 2014, 05:43 PM

For the time being, episodes of “Reel Faith” are no longer be posted for a week at the website. You have to catch them when they air, either via cable or the Internet.

The good news is, they’re airing a lot! This is my best info (all times Eastern, and n.b., times may be subject to change; check local listings):

NET is carried by Time Warner and Cablevision as well as Verizon FiOS On Demand; you can also watch NET live online.

Episode 4 will air at the following times: Sunday the 21st, 7:30pm (Eastern); Tuesday the 23rd at 3am; Wednesday the 24th at 3am and 10:30pm. More times posted as they become available.

“Reel Faith” airs on Salt & Light TV and Catholic TV. Check local listings or the websites for streaming options.

Tags: Decent Films Doings, Reel Faith

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X-Men: Days of Future Past [video]

Posted May 24th 2014, 10:20 PM

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The director who launched the new era of comic-book movies 14 years ago with X-Men is back. X-Men: Days of Future Past: my “Reel Faith” review.

Tags: Make Mine Marvel, Reel Faith Reviews (Video), Superheroes & Comic Book Movies, X-Men, Action

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Godzilla [video]

Posted May 24th 2014, 10:13 PM

The latest Hollywood take on the most successful movie monster of all time is a huge hit with audiences and critics…but I’m not feeling the love. Godzilla: my “Reel Faith” review.

Tags: Monstrous, Reel Faith Reviews (Video), Action

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Million Dollar Arm [video]

Posted May 24th 2014, 10:07 PM

What happens when an American sports agent goes to the land of cricket, the Taj Mahal and endless traffic jams looking for anyone who can pitch upwards of 80mph? Million Dollar Arm: my “Reel Faith” review.

Tags: Reel Faith Reviews (Video), Sports

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier [video]

Posted Apr 12th 2014, 10:45 PM

I like Lawrence Toppman’s comment on this one: “This sequel is, by design, entirely absorbing and satisfying without being one whit memorable.” Captain America: The Winter Soldier: my “Reel Faith” review.

Tags: Avengers Assemble, Make Mine Marvel, Reel Faith Reviews (Video), Superheroes & Comic Book Movies, Action

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God’s Not Dead [video]

Posted Apr 12th 2014, 10:38 PM

I took two minutes to talk about this one, and still got in less than half of what bothered me about it. God’s Not Dead: my “Reel Faith” review.

Tags: Reel Faith Reviews (Video), Religious Themes

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Special “Reel Faith”: Religious Films Edition! And “Catholic Answers Live!”

Posted Apr 11th 2014, 06:04 PM

Two notable back-to-back Decent Films events tonight!

At 7pm Eastern I’ll be on “Catholic Answers Live!” with Patrick Coffin, talking about everything from Noah to Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Check station listings or listen online (78pm Eastern).

Then at 8pm, watch a special episode of “Reel Faith” devoted to religion on the big screen: Noah, God’s Not Dead and Son of God, plus the 10-year anniversary of The Passion of the Christ. Check local listings or watch online (88:30 Eastern).

Tags: Decent Films Doings

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