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Short Term 12: REVIEW
An intimate gem of a movie about tackling personal demons, and the power of grace.
The Best Films of 2013
What a great year it was at the movies!
Our local movie houses were brimming this year with stories of true-life heroes, singing snowmen, astronauts fighting for their lives, shy daydreamers going on globe-hopping adventures, and men falling in love with their computers. We saw the big-screen returns of the likes of Ron Burgundy, Mike and Sully, Kirk and Spock, Bilbo, Katniss, and even the Man of Steel.
2013 in Film:
Don’t go see this movie. Just don’t.
The LEGO Movie: REVIEW
“Everything is awesome!”
Monuments Men: REVIEW
Is art worth dying for? Certainly not ‘art’ this dull.
Labor Day: REVIEW
A sap-fest that’s one part The Fugitive, and one part The Notebook.
Is This All There Is?
Have we settled for drinking water from the toilet and searching for scraps in the dumpster when there is a delicious feast waiting with our name on it?
Artificial Love: A REVIEW of ‘her’
A poignant and deeply heartbreaking exploration of the many facets of falling in love, and of the reasons we give ourselves for accepting counterfeit love in an ever-changing world of instant connection and growing loneliness.
August: Osage County: REVIEW
Meryl Streep’s borderline scenery-chewing performance heads up this dark dramedy featuring a number of A-list actors.
Lone Survivor: REVIEW
A moving and harrowing tribute to those who daily put their lives on the line for their country.
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty: REVIEW
Stop Dreaming. Start Living.
If “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” was a woman, I would marry her.
Inspiring, beautiful, quirky and clever, “Mitty” makes me laugh and makes me cry. It challenges me to look at the world differently, helps me appreciate life more, and gives me hope for the future.
Is it perfect? Maybe not.
But hey, that’s marriage.
Has God called you into ministry?
… Though that probably doesn’t mean what you think it means.
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom: REVIEW
A moving history lesson that narrowly succeeds as a tribute to the life of Nelson Mandela.
Saving Mr. Banks: REVIEW
This joyous celebration of the struggles that accompany bringing art to life is a spoonful of sugar.
American Hustle: REVIEW
Is it even possible for a David O. Russell-directed drama with Jennifer Lawrence, Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, and Jeremy Renner to fall flat on its face? Apparently.
Inside Llewyn Davis: REVIEW
Does the holiday season already depress you? Well, here’s the perfect movie for you.
The Book Thief: REVIEW
An admirable little film that is both bleak and hopeful.
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues: REVIEW
The gang is back together! And they’re staying classy.
A delightfully simple road-trip dramedy from Alexander Payne.
The HOBBIT: The Desolation of Smaug: REVIEW
Still trying to capture that good ol’ “Lord of the Rings” magic.
Out of the Furnace: REVIEW
A mediocre drama with top-notch performances from Christian Bale, Woody Harrelson, and Casey Affleck.
Sweet, Little, Nerf-y Life
(This article was originally written on June 22, 2011):
“You live a sweet, little, nerf-y life. Sitting on your biscuit, never having to risk it.”
A moving journey through grief with the unlikeliest of duos.
12 Years a Slave: REVIEW
A heart-wrenching and brutal look at our nation’s greatest atrocity.
Quite possibly one of the most stunning and beautifully simple films ever made.
The Dallas Buyer’s Club: REVIEW
A flawed but gritty look at the rise of the AIDS epidemic in the 1980’s, led by a forceful performance from Matthew McConaughey.
The Christmas Candle: REVIEW
A sentimental, if hokey, Christmas movie for the whole family.
Disney returns to form with this delightful new sing-along adventure.
By now, Disney has the whole “princess-movie” thing down to a science. They tend to know what works, and what doesn’t. Even though it may hit all the same notes as those that came before it, “Frozen” still enchants throughout and manages to recapture that classic Disney spirit.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire: REVIEW
The Hunger Games: All-Stars Edition.
The Girl on Fire is back- and she’s being forced to go through hell all over again.