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On Film

Movie Commentary and Reviews

Film Commentary & Reviews

For writing after September 2016, check my archive at Vox.com.

"Sully," Christianity Today, 7 September 2016

"The Light Between Oceans," Christianity Today, 1 September 2016

"Fatima," RogerEbert.com, 26 August 2016

"The Hollars," Christianity Today, 25 August 2016

"Ixcanul," RogerEbert.com, 19 August 2016

"Ben-Hur," Christianity Today, 17 August 2016

"Kubo and the Two Strings," Christianity Today, 17 August 2016

"Sausage Party," Christianity Today, 11 August 2016

"Pete's Dragon," Christianity Today, 11 August 2016

"Book-to-Film Adaptations Still to Come in 2016," Vulture, 5 August 2016

"Equity," Christianity Today, 27 July 2016

"Star Trek Beyond,Christianity Today, 20 July 2016

"Don't Think Twice," Christianity Today, 20 July 2016

"Ghostbusters," Christianity Today, 13 July 2016

"Fathers and Daughters," Christianity Today, 8 July 2016

"The Secret Life of Pets," Christianity Today, 6 July 2016

"The Purge: Election Year," Christianity Today, 29 June 2016

"The BFG," Christianity Today, 29 June 2016

"Bill Gothard, The Fits, and Me," Christianity Today, 23 June 2016

"Parched," RogerEbert.com, 17 June 2016

"BAM Cinemafest Round-up," Christianity Today, 14 June 2016

"Finding Dory," Christianity Today, 14 June 2016

"Genius," Christianity Today, 10 June 2016

"Tikkun," RogerEbert.com, 10 June 2016

"The Conjuring 2," Christianity Today, 10 June 2016

"Genius," Christianity Today, 10 June 2016

"The Terror Inside: Rosemary's Baby and Black Swan," Musings, 8 June 2016

"Forget Wonder in Now You See Me 2," Christianity Today, 8 June 2016

"Building a Celluloid Bridge," Christianity Today, May 2016

"Meet the New Apocalypse (Same As the Old One)," Christianity Today, 25 May 2016

"Belladonna of Sadness," RogerEbert.com, 6 May 2016

"Redirected Attention: The Immigrant Films of Ramin Bahrani," Books & Culture, May/June 2016

"Tribeca Film Festival Round-Up," Christianity Today, 25 April 2016

"On the Film Festival Trail," Christianity Today, March/April 2016

"In A Hologram for the King, Tom Hanks Goes to Saudi Arabia," Christianity Today, 21 April 2016

"Sing Street Takes Teenagers (and Music) Seriously," Christianity Today, 14 April 2016

"Jungle Book Honors Tradition and Does Something New," Christianity Today, 13 April 2016

"My Favorite Roger: The Long Goodbye," RogerEbert.com, 4 April 2016

"Francofonia," RogerEbert.com, 1 April 2016

"God's Not Dead 2 Disastrously Misrepresents Church v. State Conflicts - and Condescends to Christians in the Process," Flavorwire, 1 April 2016

"I'm a Christian and I Hate Christian Movies," Thrillist, 31 March 2010

"Holy Week, Batman!Christianity Today, 23 March 2016

"A Space Program," Good Letters, 21 March 2016

"Adult Beginners: The Blair Witch Project," Movie Mezzanine, 14 March 2016

"Watching Wendell Berry, The Mad Farmer," Christianity Today, 13 March 2016

"Why We Keep the Legend of Bonnie and Clyde Alive," Christianity Today, 10 March 2016

"There Are Monsters Everywhere in 10 Cloverfield Lane," Christianity Today, 10 March 2016

True/False 2016 Coverage:

"Drink and a Movie: Inside Llewyn Davis," Bright Wall / Dark Room, March 2016

Berlinale 2016 Coverage:

"When Art Doesn't Make Us Better People," 8 February 2016

"Hail, Caesar! A Tale of the Christ?Christianity Today, 3 February 2016

"Drink and a Movie: The Man Who Knew Too Little," Bright Wall / Dark Room, February 2016

"Adult Beginners: Breathless," Movie Mezzanine, 25 January 2016

Sundance 2016 Coverage (all at Christianity Today):

"Twenty Movies That Stuck With Me in 2015," Christianity Today, 12 January 2016

"Adult Beginners: The Nightmare Before Christmas," Movie Mezzanine, 29 December 2015

"Joy," Christianity Today, 23 December 2015

"Why We Get So Religious About Star Wars," Christianity Today, 21 December 2015

"45 Years," Christianity Today, 21 December 2015

"Adult Beginners: The Silence of the Lambs,Movie Mezzanine, 16 December 2015

"The Risky Moral Gambit of The Big Short," Christianity Today, 10 December 2015

"Don Verdean," Christianity Today, 10 December 2015

"Arabian Nights," Paste, 9 December 2015

"Drink and a Movie: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe," Bright Wall / Dark Room, December 2015

"Watching Chi-Raq During Advent," Christianity Today, 7 December 2015

"Macbeth," Christianity Today, 5 December 2015

"Touch Me Not, But Watch Me Plenty" (on OUT 1: Noli me tangere and #ALLMYMOVIES), Paste, 20 November 2015

"Adult Beginners: Chinatown," Movie Mezzanine, 23 November 2015

"Drink and a Movie: The Birds," Bright Wall / Dark Room, November 2015

"Adult Beginners: Dr. Strangelove," Movie Mezzanine, 9 November 2015

"Trumbo," Christianity Today, 6 November 2015

"Brooklyn," Christianity Today, 3 November 2015

"Adult Beginners: Citizen Kane," 20 October 2015

"Introducing Adult Beginners," Movie Mezzanine, 19 October 2015

"Room," Christianity Today, 14 October 2015

"Just Try Something: A Dispatch from the New York Film Festival," Christianity Today, 10 October 2015

"Steve Jobs," Christianity Today, 8 October 2015

"The Martian," Christianity Today, 2 October 2015

"The Walk," Christianity Today, 29 September 2015

"99 Homes," Christianity Today, 25 September 2015

"Captive," Christianity Today, 17 September 2015

"Black Mass," Christianity Today, 17 September 2015

"Z for Zachariah and the Future of Humanity," Movie Mezzanine, September 2015

"The Wolfpack," Christianity Today, 11 June 2015

"Slow West," Christianity Today, 13 May 2015

"Pitch Perfect 2," Christianity Today, 13 May 2015

"Don Hertzfeldt: Beauty and Sadness in Bite-Sized Portions," Movie Mezzanine, May 2015 (with Tim Grierson)

"Biblical Epics Are Not Documentaries," Christianity Today, 28 April 2015

"Tribeca Film Festival Roundup," Christianity Today, 25 April 2015

"Child 44," Christianity Today, 18 April 2015

"The Clouds of Sils Maria," Christianity Today, 10 April 2015

"Can Indie Filmmakers Save Religious Cinema?The Atlantic, 18 March 2015

"The Gunman," Christianity Today, 19 March 2015

"The Word, the Flesh, and the Biblical Epic," Christianity Today, 5 March 2015

Sundance 2015 Coverage:

"Why The Hunger Games is About Racism," Christianity Today, 24 November 2014

"What Rosewater Says About Principled Pluralism," Christianity Today, 15 November 2014

"Absolutely, Interstellar is a (r)eligious Movie," Christianity Today, 12 November 2014

"Lessons from the Church of Satan," Christianity Today, 10 November 2014

"Birdman," Christianity Today, 16 October 2014

"Some Final Notes on Left Behind," Christianity Today, 6 October 2014

"Gone Girl," Christianity Today, 2 October 2014

"This Is Where I Leave You," Christianity Today, 22 September 2014

"The Drop," Christianity Today, 12 September 2014

"The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them," Christianity Today, 12 September 2014

"Getting the Romantic Comedy Right," Christianity Today, 6 August 2014

"Life Itself," Christianity Today, 3 July 2014

"Begin Again," Christianity Today, 25 June 2014

"Boyhood," Christianity Today, 23 June 2014

"Night Moves," Christianity Today, 28 May 2014

"Ida," Christianity Today, 22 May 2014

"Transcendence," Christianity Today, 17 April 2014

"There's More to Love Than 'True Love'," Christianity Today, April 2014

"Noah," Christianity Today, 27 March 2014

"What's With All the Movies About Doppelgangers?The Atlantic, 14 March 2014

"Le Week-End," Christianity Today, 13 March 2014

"The Monuments Men," Christianity Today, 6 February 2014

"Why We Review R-Rated Films," Christianity Today, 24 January 2014

"The Wolf of Wall Street," Christianity Today, 26 December 2013

"American Hustle," Christianity Today, 14 December 2013

"Inside Llewyn Davis," Christianity Today, 4 December 2013

"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," Christianity Today, 22 November 2013

"About Time," Christianity Today, 1 November 2013

"The Counselor," Christianity Today, 25 October 2013

"Gravity," Christianity Today, 4 October 2013

"Short Term 12," Christianity Today, 20 August 2013

"The Spectacular Now," Christianity Today, 1 August 2013

"Trance and The Place Beyond the Pines," Christianity Today, 5 April 2013

"Take Shelter," Christianity Today, 30 September 2011

"The Social Network," Christianity Today, 1 October 2010

"A Serious Man," Christianity Today, 2 October 2009

A complete list of movie reviews from 2008 onward may be found on my CV