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Article: Auf Wiedersehen! Stay tuned!

It was a busy summer season; it wasn’t a terribly good summer season — above all for family audiences, who were left almost completely out in the cold. Still, it was generally an improvement on last summer, particularly for popcorn spectacle and action.   Read more >

Article: Life for Life: Maximilian Kolbe

Two great mysteries hover over the cardinal moment in St. Maximilian Kolbe’s life, a quiet exchange of words with the deputy camp commander at Auschwitz-Birkenau heard by few and lasting probably less than a minute.   Read more >

Review: When the Game Stands Tall

C+ | ** | +2| Teens & Up

Sports movies love underdogs scrapping their way to the top. When the Game Stands Tall is about what happens when a ridiculously successful team finally stumbles.   Read more >

Post: What’s Up, Michael Bay?

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

Post: Magic in the Moonlight [video] (2014)

D | Teens & Up

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.   Read more >

Post: Get On Up [video] (2014)

B+ | Teens & Up

From the star of 42 and the director of The Help comes a film I enjoyed more than either of those.   Read more >

Post: The Hundred-Foot Journey [video] (2014)

C | Teens & Up

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.   Read more >

Post: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles [video] (2014)

D+ | Teens & Up

Thanks to this film, I’ll be adding “Shrinking World Syndrome” to SDG’s Very, Very Little Movie Glossary.   Read more >

Post: Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

A- | Teens & Up

If you’re not into turtles, and you have half a brain, this may be the movie for you.   Read more >

Article: Robin Williams RIP

In the flood of commentary and sorrow surrounding the death of Robin Williams, apparently by suicide, so many are struggling over what to say about a man who seemed never to be at a loss for words.   Read more >

Post: The Christ of Muscle Beach!

“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.   Read more >

Review: Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

A- | ***½ | +1-1| Teens & Up

Guardians is a romp, a lark — rare descriptors for a popcorn summer movie, alas, in these days of dark, grim tentpoles from Maleficent to Hercules, Edge of Tomorrow to Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.   Read more >

Post: Hercules [video] (2014)

D+ | Teens & Up

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?   Read more >

Post: Snowpiercer [video] (2014)

B- | Adults

This is the summer’s most thought-provoking action movie.   Read more >

Post: Planes: Fire & Rescue [video] (2014)

C | Kids & Up

Looking at those Cars eyes is worse than having no remnant of Pixar at all this year.   Read more >

Post: Deliver Us From Evil [video] (2014)

B | Teens & Up*

Édgar Ramírez might be my favorite horror-movie priest.   Read more >

Review: Planes: Fire & Rescue (2014)

C | ** | -1| Kids & Up

With this sequel to last summer’s spin-off from the franchise that descended from Pixar’s Cars, the World of Cars has left behind not only stock cars, the open road, specific real-world settings and Larry the Cable Guy, but racing itself. Practically nothing is left of John Lasseter’s original vision, except those blasted windshield eyeballs. In this melancholy year without Pixar, it’s worse than no reminder at all.   Read more >

Review: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)

A | ***½ | +2| Teens & Up

Wait, where did this movie come from? Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is so not the sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes I expected or was prepared for.   Read more >

Post: Scott Derrickson: The Epic Video Interview!

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.   Read more >

Review: Deliver Us From Evil (2014)

B | *** | +2| Teens & Up

Why would a mother at the zoo throw her toddler over a railing into the moat of a lion enclosure? That’s the kind of horrible question that can look very different if you are a police officer or a priest.   Read more >

Article: Interview: Filmmaker Scott Derrickson on Horror, Faith, Chesterton and Deliver Us From Evil

Scott Derrickson is a very nice guy who makes movies about things that aren’t very nice.   Read more >

Post: Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)

D | Teens & Up

If Michael Bay can take 165 minutes for his latest Transformers movie, I can take two minutes to review it.   Read more >

Post: Chef [video] (2014)

A- | Teens & Up*

I watched pretty much the whole second half of this movie with a smile on my face.   Read more >

Post: Edge of Tomorrow [video] (2014)

B+ | Teens & Up

I’m a sucker for a good time-bending movie. This is a good time-bending movie.   Read more >

Article: The Trouble With Angels: Heavenly Messengers According to Hollywood

The popular eschatological confusion that we “become angels” when we die may be a headache for catechists, but only a curmudgeon would object to a Hollywood fable taking this sort of creative license. Still, there’s no reason for all movie angels to be as angelically incorrect as Clarence.   Read more >

Mailbag: Mailbag #24

Maleficent, Of Gods and Men, Wall-E, Forrest Gump, Wreck-It Ralph, Argo and more.   Read more >

Article: Maleficent, Rape and Sympathy for the Devil

A story like this demands to be seen through the lens of what biblical scholars call “redaction criticism,” which basically means “What was changed, added or deleted in this retelling of the story, and what do those changes tell us about the storyteller’s intentions and outlook?”   Read more >

Article: So, How Gay is How to Train Your Dragon?

How to Train Your Dragon’s Gobber the Belch Comes Out As Gay,” headlines screamed in the weeks prior to the release of DreamWorks’ animated sequel How to Train Your Dragon 2.   Read more >

Review: How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)

C+ | **½ | +1-2| Kids & Up*

The first film related how Hiccup changed his village’s way of life forever, winning the love of the girl of his dreams, the approval of his authoritarian father and the respect of everyone in town — not to mention the loyalty of his magnificent new draconian friend, Toothless. Where do you go from there?   Read more >

Mailbag: Mailbag #23

Million Dollar Arm, Monsoon Wedding, Star Trek Into Darkness, Les Misérables, Happy Feet, Lincoln, The Lone Ranger and more.   Read more >

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