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Boyhood [video] (2014)

I’m not sure we get to know any characters in all of cinema quite the way we get to know Mason Evans, Jr. and his family.

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Annie [video] (2014)

I want to say I love the idea for Little Orphan Hushpuppy … but I’m not convinced there’s actually an idea here.

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

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

“Will you follow me … one last time?” Well, if you promise it’s the last time.

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The Theory of Everything [video] (2014)

Stephen Hawking and Jane Wilde’s 30-year-marriage gets the Wikipedia treatment, if Wikipedia were prettier, and sanitized.

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 [video] (2014)

Katniss Everdeen may be the Mockingjay now, but Jennifer Lawrence is still the girl on fire.

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Big Hero 6 [video] (2014)

It’s a Marvel movie! It’s a Disney cartoon! It’s … a Marney movie! It’s set in San Fransokyo! Wait, what?

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Magic in the Moonlight [video] (2014)

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.

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Get On Up [video] (2014)

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

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The Hundred-Foot Journey [video] (2014)

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.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles [video] (2014)

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

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Hercules [video] (2014)

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?

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Planes: Fire & Rescue [video] (2014)

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

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Deliver Us From Evil [video] (2014)

Édgar Ramírez might be my favorite horror-movie priest.

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Chef [video] (2014)

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

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Edge of Tomorrow [video] (2014)

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

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Maleficent [video] (2014)

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.

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X-Men: Days of Future Past [video] (2014)

The director who launched the new era of comic-book movies 14 years ago with X-Men is back.

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Godzilla [video] (2014)

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.

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Million Dollar Arm [video] (2014)

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?

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier [video] (2014)

I like Lawrence Toppman’s comment on this one: “This sequel is, by design, entirely absorbing and satisfying without being one whit memorable.”

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God’s Not Dead [video] (2014)

I took two minutes to talk about this one, and still got in less than half of what bothered me about it.

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Ernest & Celestine [video] (2014)

I can’t imagine the soul who could watch this movie without smiling.

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Muppets Most Wanted [video] (2014)

Jason Siegel and Amy Adams are out. Can Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell and Tiny Fey pick up the slack?

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Son of God [video] (2014)

After ten years, Jesus is back on the big screen. Was it worth the wait? Son of God: my “Reel Faith” review.

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Noah [video] (2014)

The first major big-studio Bible film in decades is a dark, divisive, personal film from the director of Pi, The Fountain and Black Swan.

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Black Nativity [video] (2013)

Of the 2013 Christmas season’s trio of religiously inflected Christmas movies, this one just might be the most deserving of your time.

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire [video]

I appreciated the first Hunger Games movie, but wasn’t eager to watch it again at the time. The sequel has me wanting to watch the first film again — in a good way.

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Frozen [video]

Compared to Disney’s last (and only other) computer-animated fairy tale, Tangled, Frozen has twice the princesses, twice the hunky love interests, twice the domesticated anthropomorphic ungulates … but not a fraction of the humanity.

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Thor: The Dark World [video]

Is Loki a villain or an antihero? Either way, the fan favorite is basically the Marvel Universe’s answer to Catwoman, but he can’t carry the movie if he isn’t the main antagonist.

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Ender’s Game [video]

Orson Scott Card’s classic sci-fi tale emerges from a decade of development hell with its themes and story maybe 50 percent intact — which doesn’t make it a bad film.

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Gravity [video]

Sandra Bullock shines in Alfonso Cuarón’s mesmerizing action thriller in space, a rare Hollywood spectacle with a touch of spiritual awareness.

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Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 [video]

Part of me kind of wishes they had kept the original title Cloudy 2: Revenge of the Leftovers. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2: my 60-second “Reel Faith” review.

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The Wizard of Oz [video]

Digitally remastered from the original negatives, painstakingly restored, The Wizard of Oz celebrates its 75th anniversary in style. Here’s my “Reel Faith” 60-second tribute to this beloved classic.

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Elysium [video]

The director of District 9 is back … with a bigger budget and name stars.

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Planes [video]

It may be Pixar Ultra-Lite, but Disney’s Planes is a pleasant change of pace from the likes of The Croods and Turbo.

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2 Guns [video]

Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg are two great tastes that taste great together. So why did this film leave a sour taste in my mouth? 2 Guns: my “Reel Faith” 60-second review.

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The Wolverine [video]

He’s the best there is at what he does, but what he does isn’t very nice. The Wolverine: my “Reel Faith” 60-second review.

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Fruitvale Station [video]

Oscar Grant just might be the most memorable character I’ve encountered on the big screen this year. Fruitvale Station: my “Reel Faith” 60-second review.

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The Conjuring [video]

Thirty years after The Exorcist, when it comes to fighting the powers of hell, the Catholic Church still has the heavy artillery, as Roger Ebert once wrote. The Conjuring: my “Reel Faith” 60-second review.

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Despicable Me 2 [video]

He was bad to the bone. Now he’s Dad to the bone. Does his mojo survive the transition? Despicable Me 2: my “Reel Faith” 60-second review.

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World War Z [video]

It’s the end of the world was we know it … again. World War Z: my “Reel Faith” 60-second review.

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Monsters University [video]

Is it “okay to be okay” if you’re Pixar? Monsters University: : my “Reel Faith” 60-second review.

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Much Ado About Nothing [video] (2012)

Shakespeare knows how to throw a party … and so does Joss Whedon. Much Ado About Nothing: my “Reel Faith” 60-second review.

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Man of Steel [video]

A Superman movie for our times — but is that a good thing? Man of Steel: my “Reel Faith” 60-second review.

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Now You See Me [video]

The closer you look, the less you see? Now You See Me: my “Reel Faith” 60-second review.

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After Earth [video]

Is After Earth really as bad as people are saying? Here’s my “Reel Faith” 60-second review.

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Fast & Furious 6 [video]

Fast & Furious 6 in 60 seconds: my “Reel Faith” review.

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The Great Gatsby [video]

The Great Gatsby in 60 seconds: my “Reel Faith” review.

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Pain & Gain [video]

Pain & Gain in 60 seconds: my “Reel Faith” review.

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Iron Man Three [video]

Iron Man Three in 60 seconds: my “Reel Faith” review.

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Iron Man 2 [video]

Iron Man 2 in 60 seconds: my “Reel Faith” review.

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Iron Man [video]

Iron Man in 60 seconds: my “Reel Faith” review.

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From Up on Poppy Hill [video]

Studio Ghibli takes a break from high-flying fantasy in this naturalistic, nostalgic coming-of-age story.

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42 [video]

42 in 60 seconds: my “Reel Faith” review.

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To the Wonder [video]

To the Wonder in 60 seconds: my “Reel Faith” review.

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Evil Dead [video]

Evil Dead in 60 seconds: my “Reel Faith” review.

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Jurassic Park [video]

Jurassic Park in 60 seconds: my “Reel Faith” review.

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The Croods [video]

The Croods in 60 seconds: my “Reel Faith” review.

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The Incredible Burt Wonderstone [video]

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone in 60 seconds: my “Reel Faith” review.

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The Call [video]

The Call in 60 seconds: my “Reel Faith” review.

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Oz the Great and Powerful [video]

Oz the Great and Powerful in 60 seconds: my “Reel Faith” review.

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Les Misérables [video]

Les Misérables in 60 seconds: my “Reel Faith” review (plus product notes).

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Hyde Park on Hudson [video]

Hyde Park on Hudson in 60 seconds: my “Reel Faith” review.

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey [video]

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in 60 seconds: my “Reel Faith” review.

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Hitchcock [video]

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

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Anna Karenina [video]

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

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Life of Pi [video]

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

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Skyfall [video]

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

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Flight [video]

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

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Wreck-It Ralph [video]

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

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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.

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Looper [video]

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

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Hotel Transylvania [video]

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

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Finding Nemo [video]

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

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ParaNorman [video]

ParaNorman in 60 seconds: my “Reel Faith” review.

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Ruby Sparks [video]

Ruby Sparks in 60 seconds: my “Reel Faith” review.

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Beasts of the Southern Wild [video]

Beasts of the Southern Wild in 60 seconds: my “Reel Faith” review.

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To Rome, with Love [video]

To Rome, with Love in 60 seconds: my “Reel Faith” review.

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Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter [video]

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter in 60 seconds: my “Reel Faith” review.

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Brave [video]

Brave in 60 seconds: my “Reel Faith” review — plus clips from the film!

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Snow White and the Huntsman [video]

Snow White and the Huntsman in 60 seconds: my “Reel Faith” review.

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Prometheus [video]

Prometheus in 60 seconds: my “Reel Faith” review.

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Moonrise Kingdom [video]

Moonrise Kingdom in 60 seconds: my “Reel Faith” review.

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For Greater Glory [video]

For Greater Glory in 60 seconds: my “Reel Faith” review.

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Dark Shadows [video]

Dark Shadows in 60 seconds: my “Reel Faith” review.

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The Avengers [video]

The Avengers in 60 seconds: my “Reel Faith” review.

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Battleship [video]

Battleship in 60 seconds: My “Reel Faith” review.

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The Pirates! Band of Misfits [video]

The Pirates! Band of Misfits / In an Adventure with Scientists! in 60 seconds: my “Reel Faith” review.

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The Cabin in the Woods [video]

Cabin in the Woods in 60 seconds: my “Reel Faith” review.

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Chimpanzee [video]

Chimpanzee in 60 seconds: my “Reel Faith” review.

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The Hunger Games [video]

The Hunger Games in 60 seconds: my “Reel Faith” review.

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We Have a Pope [Habemus Papam] [video]

We Have a Pope in 60 seconds: My “Reel Faith” video review.

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The Kid with a Bike [video]

The Kid with a Bike in 60 seconds: My “Reel Faith” video review.

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21 Jump Street [video]

21 Jump Street in 60 seconds: My “Reel Faith” video review.

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Wrath of the Titans [video]

Wrath of the Titans in 60 seconds: My “Reel Faith” video review.

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John Carter [video]

John Carter in 60 seconds: My “Reel Faith” video review.

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The Lorax [video]

The Lorax in 60 seconds: My “Reel Faith” video review.

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The Secret World of Arrietty [video]

The Secret World of Arrietty in 60 seconds: My “Reel Faith” video review.

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The Ides of March [video]

The Ides of March: my “Reel Faith” review.

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War Horse [video]

Here’s my 30-second take on War Horse.

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The Adventures of Tintin [video]

Here’s my 30-second take on The Adventures of Tintin.

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The Artist [video]

Here’s my 30-second take on The Artist.

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Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol [video]

Here’s my 30-second take on Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol.

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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy [video]

Here’s my 30-second take on Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.

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Hugo [video]

Here’s my 30-second take on Martin Scorsese’s Hugo.

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Arthur Christmas [video]

Here’s my 30-second take on Aardman Animation’s Arthur Christmas.

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Twilight – Breaking Dawn: Part 1 [video]

Here’s my 30-second take on Twilight – Breaking Dawn: Part 1.

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Tangled [video] (A review in verse)

Disney’s Tangled in 30 seconds — in rhyming verse.

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Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 [video] (A Review in Verse)

Here’s my 30-second rhyming review of Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows: Part 1.

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The Smurfs [video]

Don’t give them any more of your time.

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Tower Heist [video]

Here’s my 30-second take on Tower Heist.

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Machine Gun Preacher [video]

Here’s my 30-second take on Machine Gun Preacher. See also my related interview with Sam Childers.

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Contagion [video]

Contagion may not be everyone’s ideal date movie, but I’m married to an RN who prefers a good medical thriller to a trite chick flick. Suz was impressed with the technical realism of Contagion. I was impressed too. Here’s my 30-second take.

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Super 8 [video] (2011)

J. J. Abrams is a skilled storyteller, but has a bad habit of over-promising and under-delivering.

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Green Lantern [video] (2011)

Green Lantern: my “Reel Faith” review.

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Rio [video]

Fasten your seat belts … I think this is the fastest talking I’ve done in any of these reviews!

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There Be Dragons [video]

If you don’t have 30 seconds to spare, here’s a spoiler: There aren’t really any dragons.

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Soul Surfer [video]

I just want to say: How often does the opportunity come to rhyme “island” and “Thailand”?

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Hop [video]

The hunt for bin Laden may be over, but let’s not forget: Hop is still in theaters, and will soon be coming to DVD.

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Winter’s Bone [video]

Paying tribute to Winter’s Bone in a 30-second rhyming review presented some challenges. I decided to riff on one of the bluegrass songs in the film, although without instruments (and with only 30 seconds to get it out) I had to make some adjustments to the rhythm and melody.

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Inception [video]

Back from a week in Spain! More to come this week on Of Gods and Men, once I catch my breath—and catch up on a few other things—but for now here’s my 30-second look at Inception. Enjoy!

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The Rite [video]

My latest Reel Faith YouTube mini-review.

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Of Gods and Men – [video]

Don’t worry—no joking around this time.

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The Social Network [video]

There is no excuse for this, I know. So I won’t try. Creation myths may need a devil, but Mark Zuckerberg didn’t make me do it. Mea cula, mea cula, mea maxima culpa.

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The Adjustment Bureau [video]

Complementing my full-length review of The Adjustment Bureau, here’s my 30-second take on the film in verse—the latest of my “Reel Faith” 30-second reviews from NET TV …

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The Tourist [video] (2011)

Johnny Depp is a wet blanket, and Angelina Jolie cranks the glamour so high she’s no longer human, in this would-be Charade style light-hearted romantic thriller. (There is one good scene, the boat chase in Venice.)