Category Archives: Film Reviews

Review: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

hr_Alexander_and_the_Terrible,_Horrible,_No_Good,_Very_Bad_Day_6Alexander Cooper (Ed Oxenbould) is a middle school student who has known his share of bad days. In fact, the day before his twelfth birthday he face plants in the yard in front of his crush, later ignites her lab notes and nearly incinerates the science department in class, and most horrendous, learns that his birthday party the next night is running against that of school rival Philip Parker and everyone is going. Surely, things can’t get any worse, right?

Review: Captain America – The Winter Soldier

CaptainAmericaCaptain America: The First Avenger, while standing as a solid and relatively faithful entry into the Marvel universe for Steve Rogers, was, in many ways, one of the lesser films to emerge from the Marvel Universe at that time, failing to match the energy and pizzazz of films like Iron Man, Thor, or The Incredible Hulk. His was a faithful origin story but lacked the proverbial and, in some cases, literal punch of his more flashy counterparts. Yet, with the release of The Avengers, Cap got a little more confident, battling alien bad guys alongside demi-gods, radioactive freaks, and marvels of modern science with the best of him, slowly coming to grips with the new millennium.

Now, with Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the Captain is back and this time he’s helming a movie that honors his legacy, his heroic nature in full display as he sets out to save the world once again.

Review: Muppets Most Wanted

MuppetsMostWantedThere’s a moment early on in Muppets Most Wanted where Kermit and Fozzie Bear, during a musical number entitled, “We’re Doing a Sequel,” utter the telling line, “Everybody knows the sequel is never quite as good.”

And they’re right.

But that doesn’t mean that this eighth Muppet film doesn’t deserve a viewing. Just don’t expect it to step up and overshadow the resurgence the franchise experienced in 2011 with The Muppets.

Review: God’s Not Dead

GodsNotDeadIt’s an unfortunate fact but Christian movies have very honestly earned the poor reputation that so many of them carry. From the cheesy production values of classic 70s fare like A Thief In the Night to more recent work like the “Left Behind” series featuring Kirk Cameron, we’ve very much missed the mark in terms of making quality films. Yet, there’s been a growing tide of not only support but of artists seeking to craft films from a faith-based perspective with excellence, not only theologically but also creatively. This is the type of thinking that’s led to films like Amazing Grace, The Ultimate Gift, and Blue Like Jazz. Are they perfect films? No, far from it. But they’re taking steps in the right direction.

The latest film to step into the spotlight in an attempt to bring a faith-filled message to the masses is Pure Flix Entertainment’s God’s Not Dead