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Review: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

B- | **½ | +1| Teens & Up

There is an early moment in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey that captures the evocative poetry of Tolkien’s songs — something that The Lord of the Rings films, for all their achievements, never did. By the time the credits roll, that moment feels like it belonged in a very different film.   Read more >

Post: On the Air: “The World Over Live,” “Catholic Answers Live!” & “Reel Faith”!

This week I’ll be all over Catholic media talking about The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey: EWTN’s “The World Over Live” with Raymond Arroyo, “Catholic Answers Live” with Patrick Coffin, and our own “Reel Faith” with my co-host David DiCerto. (Pay attention and you may catch me on “Kresta in the Afternoon” at some point too.)   Read more >

Post: Hitchcock [video]

Hitchcock in 60 seconds: my “Reel Faith” review.   Read more >

Post: Anna Karenina [video]

Anna Karenina in 60 seconds: my “Reel Faith” review.   Read more >

Post: Life of Pi [video]

Life of Pi in 60 seconds: my “Reel Faith” review.   Read more >

Post: Skyfall [video]

Skyfall in 60 seconds: my “Reel Faith” review.   Read more >

Post: Flight [video]

Flight in 60 seconds: my “Reel Faith” review.   Read more >

Post: Wreck-It Ralph [video]

Wreck-It Ralph in 60 seconds: my “Reel Faith” review.   Read more >

Review: Lincoln (2012)

A | ***½ | +2| Teens & Up*

Steven Spielberg’s masterful Lincoln might more accurately have been called The 13th Amendment — and while the choice of the more marketable title is easy to understand, the more crucial decision to limit the scope of the film to the last few months of Lincoln’s life, and to focus less on Lincoln himself than on the political machinations of bringing about his most enduring legal legacy, must have been harder to make.   Read more >

Post: On the Air: “Reel Faith” & “Catholic Answers Live!”

This week I’m making a foray from my diaconal semi-hiatus from film reviewing, with new written and material and broadcast appearances — including the return of “Reel Faith”!   Read more >

Article: In Praise of Pixar Short Films

One of the more striking marks of Pixar’s innovative stature and impact on the world of Hollywood animation has been their pioneering revival of the long-neglected animated short film prior to the feature (at least prior to animated features) as an industry staple.   Read more >

Review: Argo (2012)

A | **** | +2| Teens & Up*

The fact-based premise is almost enough to sell Argo by itself. Argo opens and closes as a tense political spy caper, but it’s also an affectionate send-up of the movie-making process. The old advice to writers to “write what you know” is applicable to movies about movies, from Singin’ in the Rain to The Artist, and few subjects inspire Hollywood — or appeal to movie fans and film critics — more reliably than Hollywood itself.   Read more >

Post: Frankenweenie [video]

Frankenweenie, Burton’s best film in years, is available in a number of editions: four-disc Blu-ray/DVD combo with 3-D Blu-ray and digital copy; 2-disc Blu-ray/DVD combo, and 1-disc DVD.   Read more >

Post: Looper [video]

Looper in 60 seconds: my “Reel Faith” review.   Read more >

Post: Hotel Transylvania [video]

Hotel Transylvania in 60 seconds: my “Reel Faith” review.   Read more >

Post: Finding Nemo [video]

Finding Nemo in 60 seconds: my “Reel Faith” review.   Read more >

Post: On the Air: Catholic Answers Live, 9/28/2012

This Friday, September 28 I'll be appearing on the first hour of “Catholic Answers Live” (6pm–7pm EDT).   Read more >

Article: Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures on Blu-ray

The greatest action-adventure movie of all time is now available on Blu-ray. For now, of course, you can’t just buy Raiders of the Lost Ark; you have to get the 5-disc boxed set “Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures.”   Read more >

Article: Ghosts of the Abyss: The Other James Cameron Titanic Film

If you see only one James Cameron-directed movie about the Titanicand you should — see the one that doesn’t star Kate and Leo.   Read more >

Review: Finding Nemo (2003)

A | **** | +2| Kids & Up*

(New review for 3-D rerelease) Andrew Stanton’s Finding Nemo is the best father-son story in all of Hollywood animation, and maybe animation generally. It’s also a stunningly gorgeous film that exploits the potential of computer animation like no film before it and few films after it.   Read more >

Post: Singing to Babies (and Kids)

Our new arrival, Matthew, is going on a month old, and he’s learning a lot about the world. One of the things he’s learning is that when Papa holds him, it’s not delicious like with Mama —but Papa sings songs, which seems to interest him. Suz says that when he’s not hungry he seems to prefer to be held by Papa, which may have as much to do with my patented rocking hold technique as my crooning, but I like to think the crooning helps too.   Read more >

Post: Announcement: Where I’ll Be and What I’ll Be Doing

Everything is always changing, but August 2012 will go down as a month of particularly momentous milestones for the Greydanus family—some of which will have repercussions on my life and work, including my film review work, for many years to come.   Read more >

Review: ParaNorman (2012)

B- | *** | -2| Teens & Up*

Why does stop-motion animation work so well as a medium for the macabre, from The Nightmare Before Christmas to Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride to Coraline?   Read more >

Mailbag: Mailbag #21

Tangled, Thor, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, Lilo & Stitch, The Incredibles, Star Wars, American Beauty and more.   Read more >

Mailbag: Mailbag #20

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Robin Hood, Babies, How to Train Your Dragon, Once, The Notebook, The Exorcist, The Awful Truth and more.   Read more >

Mailbag: Mailbag #19

Clash of the Titans, Alice in Wonderland, Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, Hayao Miyazaki, The 13th Day and more.   Read more >

Mailbag: Mailbag #18

How to Train Your Dragon, Alice in Wonderland, Green Zone, Avatar, Hayao Miyazaki, Up in the Air and more.   Read more >

Mailbag: Mailbag #17

Clint Eastwood, Avatar, Hotel Rwanda, Children of Men, Hayao Miyzaki, Lenten viewing, The Last Temptation of Christ, Dogma, Harry Potter and more.   Read more >

Mailbag: Mailbag #16

“Zorro: The Complete Seasons 1 & 2”, Up in the Air, Adam, Dan Brown, Terminator movies and more.   Read more >

Mailbag: Mailbag #15

Watchmen, international film, Up, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, The Exorcist, The Shoes of the Fisherman, Corpus Christi, The Wizard of Oz and more.   Read more >

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