movie review

What “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” Gets Right and Wrong

**SPOILER ALERT** The original Jurassic Park film from twenty-five years ago rather inventively explored a theme that has been prominent in Western culture from the time of the Romantic reaction to the Enlightenment—namely, the dangers of an aggressive and arrogant rationalism. Beginning in the late eighteenth century, poets and philosophers such as Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Wolfgang von Goethe, Johann Herder, William […]

The Most Unexpectedly Religious Film of the Year

SPOILER ALERT! I went to see A Quiet Place, John Krasinski’s new thriller, with absolutely no anticipation of finding theological or spiritual themes. I just wanted a fun evening at the movies. How wonderful when a film surprises you! I don’t know if I can find the golden thread that draws all of these themes together into a coherent message, […]

Real Life Inspiration Continues with Dolphin Tale 2

Dolphin Tale 2

Major box office hits are ripe for sequels, but no one expected another installment of Dolphin Tale. The story had centered on the real life rescue and recovery of the baby dolphin Winter who lost her tail. It became bigger than a mere animal adventure when the development of a prosthetic tail brought about the invention of Winter’s gel which […]

Behind the Scenes of the New Movie, Dolphin Tale 2

Dolphin Tale 2

Dreams don’t come with sequels and neither do movies based on true stories, but never say never. The true rescue of the dolphin Winter was a dream come true for Clearwater Marine Aquarium (CMN) in Florida when the story became a wildly successful movie. It turned around the financially strapped aquarium—from 78,000 visitors a year to 750,000—while touching the hearts […]

The Identical

How many know that Elvis Presley had an identical twin Jesse who died shortly after childbirth? Can you imagine if he had lived? But how would two men with the same legendary talent fit into the music world where only one man could be the King of Pop? In the movie The Identical, we imagine. This fictional “what if” story has changed […]

When the Game Stands Tall

It’s not about winning or losing but about how you play the game. Those words are usually reserved for losing teams, but legendary football coach, Bob Ladouceur, who shattered the record for all American sports, taught his team to live them; win or lose. He took the Spartans of De La Salle High School in California from obscurity to winning […]

Deliver Us From Evil Opens Today

Edgar Ramirez in Deliver Us From Evil

Deliver Us From Evil opens today (7/2/14) and will “deliver” an R-rated supernatural thriller that combines a perfect blend of faith, redemption and the sheer horror of evil.  It is the real -life horror and conversion story of New York police officer Ralph Sarchie (played brilliantly by Eric Bana). Sarchie is a fallen-away Catholic with a young believing family who […]

Noah: A Post-Modern Midrash

Russell Crowe and Jennifer Connelly star as Noah and his wife "Naamah"

Darren Aronofsky’s cinematic re-telling of the story of Noah has certainly stirred people up.  While quite a few reviewers, both religious and non-religious, have given the film high marks, many Christians, both Evangelical and Catholic, have registered a far less than enthusiastic reaction.  One prominent Catholic blogger and movie reviewer opined that “Noah” is “embarrassingly awful” and “the stupidest film […]

What Do We Really Know of Noah?

Russell Crowe and Jennifer Connelly star as Noah and his wife "Naamah"

When you go to see Noah, which opens tomorrow (3/28/2014) at a theater near you, prepare to be rattled.  That’s what the film’s Director Darren Aronofsky promises and that is what he and Paramount Pictures delivers with their epic and fantastical film Noah. I had a chance to preview Noah last week-end at Paramount studios in Hollywood and speak to […]

Restless Heart: The Confessions of Augustine

“I should have been a better mother,“ St. Monica said to Bishop Ambrose about her son Augustine.  “If Augustine had been an easier child, God would not have given him a mother like you,” he responded. –Dialogue from the movie RESTLESS HEART: The Confessions of St. Augustine. Such a perspective is balm to a parent’s praying heart.  Ironically, the story […]