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The moral, theological, religious, and cultural significance of the movies and why most “faith based” reviewers just don’t get it. Read More …


Movie Review: Ray

Ray Charles: America’s Mythic Hero The Taylor Hackford movie, Ray, casts the singer and song writer as an icon of American civil religion. I commend this compelling film, but the truth about Ray Charles is more complicated.


Star Wars, Revenge of the Sith

Star Wars, Episode 3, Revenge of the Sith, Now Out on DVD We reviewed the latest and last in the Star Wars series in May. Now out on DVD, this could be a good stocking stuffer for Christmas. It’s got enough spiritual substance to engage the entire family in fun conversation about the meaning of […]


Movie Review: Star Wars, Episode III

Is This Star Wars The One? “Star Wars, Episode III, The Revenge of the Sith” may well be the ultimate in the George Lucas series, as it continues to pioneer a new art form: spirituality fiction. Some have compared the sixth and final episode to Shakespeare. No way. For all its battle scenes, its vision […]


Movie Review: Lord of the Rings

The Lord of the Rings As A Christian Classic R. R. Tolkien wanted to create a literature in which Christianity was implied rather than imposed, suggested rather than preached. He saw the need for speaking truth in fresh, new forms, accessible to those who are put off by official church dogma. In the Rings trilogy, […]


Movie Review: The Da Vinci Code

The Da Vinci Code I loved the book and am eager to see the movie, now showing in a theatre near you. Here I explore the negative reactions of many of my Christian colleagues and why they just don’t get it.


Movie Review: Lolita

Lolita: Lessons in Love Gone Wrong Adrian Lyne’s controversial film is not so much about pedophilia, as about an obsessive love that can poison a marriage as well as a relationship between an older man and a child.


Movie Review: Mel Gibson’s Passion

The Passion of the Christ Mel Gibson’s blockbuster reveals more about the personal faith and passions of the movie maker than about Jesus of Nazareth. And while Gibson is completely entitled to tell the story any way he pleases, he did not present it as his personal take on the gospel narrative; he advertized it […]