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Where the Big Screen meets the Good Book

Catholic visionary Maria Valtorta quoted Jesus as saying, "I am wherever there is life or a manifestation of life. Wherever a wise man meditates, a sculptor sculpts, a poet writes, ... I am there together with Him from Whom I come. ... I am there with the Most High Creator" (333).

John W. Whitehead, on "GOD AND FILM" writes, "In this chaotic age, people are increasingly seeking something outside themselves to give order and meaning to their lives. While painting once tackled these questions, modern film now addresses this search, which inevitably includes the subject of God. Of all the artistic forms throughout the ages, film may be the most suitable forum for the discussion of religion and God" (267).

If Jesus is in all works of art, and especially in film, then movies should yield that influence through comparison with the Bible. Such I have tried to do in these my reviews, updated weekly, by including an Ideology section in each of them. I don't have a particular point to make other than finding a biblical comparison most apropos to the material.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
Black Panther 2018PG-13☆☆☆ Some third-world African kings and pretenders duke it out while in possession of the world's most valuable rocks. News to the CIA. Old news to the UFO's.
The Commuter 2018PG-13☆☆☆☆☆ A genuine ride. Life goes terribly wrong for an unsung commuter. If only Liam Neeson were there to save the day.
Den of Thieves 2018R☆☆☆☆ Cocky criminal masterminds hit the Fed Reserve Bank in L.A. while being surveilled by Major Crimes Hotshots. Bullets do fly.
Game Nite 2018R☆☆☆☆ Three game-addicted couples & odd neighbor or bro mix it up on game night to play Murder We Wrote. Some of the players aren't acting. Some of the guns shoot real bullets.
The Hurricane Heist 2018PG-13☆☆☆☆ Ambitious crooks hit a Federal Treasury facility during a super storm. An inside man and a cooperative blow guarantee their success, but tenacious patriots interfere.
Maze Runner 3 2018PG-13☆☆☆☆ A fast-paced teen-heroes action flick cum medical thriller. Apocalyptic overtones. Third of a trilogy.
Ready Player One 2018PG-13☆☆☆☆ VR game maven stretches himself to score the grand prize while getting distracted by a virtual chick. Or is it a Chuck?
Robin Hood Adventures 1938PG☆☆☆☆☆ Well-known English medieval legend springs to life on the big screen. Well-worn plot never grows old. Much vigorous swordplay.
Samson 2018PG-13☆☆☆ A reluctant longhaired superhero with a heart to the ladies is selected to judge Israel and squash the domineering Philistines or die trying.
Title YearRating StarsDescription
Black Panther 2018PG-13☆☆☆ Some third-world African kings and pretenders duke it out while in possession of the world's most valuable rocks. News to the CIA. Old news to the UFO's.
Hostiles 2018R☆☆☆☆★ The American character was forged by hostile Indians, hostile environment, and hostile politics, with a bit of optimism and Yankee know-how thrown in. One man's journey depicted here.
Lost Horizon 1937PG☆☆☆☆☆ While the world teeters on the brink of war and diplomats despair, a forgotten Belgian priest invites an outsider to partake of his idyllic community.
Ready Player One 2018PG-13☆☆☆☆ VR game maven stretches himself to score the grand prize while getting distracted by a virtual chick. Or is it a Chuck?
Robin Hood Adventures 1938PG☆☆☆☆☆ Well-known English medieval legend springs to life on the big screen. Well-worn plot never grows old. Much vigorous swordplay.
Title YearRating StarsDescription
The Bible (Genesis) 1966none☆☆☆☆ An epic Sunday School story depiction of the first twenty-two chapters of Genesis.
Darkest Hour 2017PG-13☆☆☆☆ When the Nazi hammer is about to fall on Great Britain, a plodding cabinet member proves to be the man of the hour to lead the nation.
The Life of Emile Zola 1937G☆☆☆☆ A famous French author of the 19th century goes from struggling artist to successful writer only to, later in life, get embroiled in intrigue once more when he publishes a letter to the President defending an innocent soldier who'd been wrongly convicted of treason.
The Wolfpack 2015R☆☆☆ An inside out fairy tale where the wolf huffs and puffs and blows out the door from the inside. Captivating.
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
Blockers 2018R☆☆☆☆★ High school is a done deal / adulthood is now real / and prom night's a real thrill / if mom and dad will stop / parental overkill.
Downsizing 2017R☆☆☆ Miniaturized humans to solve the world's overpopulation problem. You wish.
Easy Living 1937TV-PG☆☆☆☆☆ Compounded misunderstandings about a sable coat disrupt a tycoon's married life and New York's financial district. No good deed goes unpunished. Chaos rules.
Game Nite 2018R☆☆☆☆ Three game-addicted couples & odd neighbor or bro mix it up on game night to play Murder We Wrote. Some of the players aren't acting. Some of the guns shoot real bullets.
Nothing Sacred 1937TV-PG☆☆☆☆ This screwball comedy spares no one. A Cinderella story where the fairy godmother is the wicked witch of the west. A whirlwind tour de force takes an unprepossessing Vermont charmer to the big city lights where her wishes all come true in the worst possible way. Zany!
Overboard 1987PG☆☆☆☆☆ Variation on Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew. Lives of the Rich and Famous meet lives of the poor and infamous. Good lessons to be learned by all. Can true love triumph?
Paint Your Wagon 1969PG-13☆☆☆☆ Low brow comedy set in an all-male town soon to be colonized by women of easy virtue. How low will it go?
Stage Door 1937(PG)☆☆☆☆☆ A coterie of theater neophytes (and one maven) occupy a Manhattan boarding house for women waiting for their big breaks. Lots of spicy dialogue. One ringer.
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
Borderline 1950TV-PG☆☆☆☆ Two US Customs agents posing as man and wife make a run to the border with a load of faux drugs, a parrot that doesn't say much, and a mule that says less. Surprises await them.
The Commuter 2018PG-13☆☆☆☆☆ A genuine ride. Life goes terribly wrong for an unsung commuter. If only Liam Neeson were there to save the day.
Dead End 1937TV-PG☆☆☆☆☆ A sultry day in a New York ghetto will see dead ends and new beginnings as its denizens size up their options and fight for the gravy. Not a musical.
Den of Thieves 2018R☆☆☆☆ Cocky criminal masterminds hit the Fed Reserve Bank in L.A. while being surveilled by Major Crimes Hotshots. Bullets do fly.
Game Nite 2018R☆☆☆☆ Three game-addicted couples & odd neighbor or bro mix it up on game night to play Murder We Wrote. Some of the players aren't acting. Some of the guns shoot real bullets.
The Hurricane Heist 2018PG-13☆☆☆☆ Ambitious crooks hit a Federal Treasury facility during a super storm. An inside man and a cooperative blow guarantee their success, but tenacious patriots interfere.
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
The Wolfpack 2015R☆☆☆ An inside out fairy tale where the wolf huffs and puffs and blows out the door from the inside. Captivating.
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
The Bible (Genesis) 1966none☆☆☆☆ An epic Sunday School story depiction of the first twenty-two chapters of Genesis.
Borderline 1950TV-PG☆☆☆☆ Two US Customs agents posing as man and wife make a run to the border with a load of faux drugs, a parrot that doesn't say much, and a mule that says less. Surprises await them.
The Commuter 2018PG-13☆☆☆☆☆ A genuine ride. Life goes terribly wrong for an unsung commuter. If only Liam Neeson were there to save the day.
Darkest Hour 2017PG-13☆☆☆☆ When the Nazi hammer is about to fall on Great Britain, a plodding cabinet member proves to be the man of the hour to lead the nation.
Dead End 1937TV-PG☆☆☆☆☆ A sultry day in a New York ghetto will see dead ends and new beginnings as its denizens size up their options and fight for the gravy. Not a musical.
Den of Thieves 2018R☆☆☆☆ Cocky criminal masterminds hit the Fed Reserve Bank in L.A. while being surveilled by Major Crimes Hotshots. Bullets do fly.
Downsizing 2017R☆☆☆ Miniaturized humans to solve the world's overpopulation problem. You wish.
Grand Illusion 1937(G)☆☆☆☆☆ At a couple WWI POW camps, officers make do as life goes on and some plan an escape. Lines get blurred between combatants.
Hostiles 2018R☆☆☆☆★ The American character was forged by hostile Indians, hostile environment, and hostile politics, with a bit of optimism and Yankee know-how thrown in. One man's journey depicted here.
The Life of Emile Zola 1937G☆☆☆☆ A famous French author of the 19th century goes from struggling artist to successful writer only to, later in life, get embroiled in intrigue once more when he publishes a letter to the President defending an innocent soldier who'd been wrongly convicted of treason.
Lost Horizon 1937PG☆☆☆☆☆ While the world teeters on the brink of war and diplomats despair, a forgotten Belgian priest invites an outsider to partake of his idyllic community.
Nothing Sacred 1937TV-PG☆☆☆☆ This screwball comedy spares no one. A Cinderella story where the fairy godmother is the wicked witch of the west. A whirlwind tour de force takes an unprepossessing Vermont charmer to the big city lights where her wishes all come true in the worst possible way. Zany!
Paint Your Wagon 1969PG-13☆☆☆☆ Low brow comedy set in an all-male town soon to be colonized by women of easy virtue. How low will it go?
Phantom Thread 2018R☆☆☆☆ A consummate high-end dressmaker matches wits with 'my fair lady' a flirty barmaid. She can outstare him, but can she outdrink him?
Paul Apostle of Christ 2018PG-13☆☆☆☆ His execution a certainty the Apostle Paul in confinement awaits his coming fate. A surprise visitor Luke the physician wants to record Paul's final thoughts for posterity and to strengthen the persecuted church.
Red Sparrow 2018R☆☆☆☆ What's a nice girl spy like you doing in Russian Sex School? She's doing pretty well, actually. Not that she wouldn't rather be someplace else.
Samson 2018PG-13☆☆☆ A reluctant longhaired superhero with a heart to the ladies is selected to judge Israel and squash the domineering Philistines or die trying.
Stage Door 1937(PG)☆☆☆☆☆ A coterie of theater neophytes (and one maven) occupy a Manhattan boarding house for women waiting for their big breaks. Lots of spicy dialogue. One ringer.
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
Lost Horizon 1937PG☆☆☆☆☆ While the world teeters on the brink of war and diplomats despair, a forgotten Belgian priest invites an outsider to partake of his idyllic community.
Ready Player One 2018PG-13☆☆☆☆ VR game maven stretches himself to score the grand prize while getting distracted by a virtual chick. Or is it a Chuck?
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
Borderline 1950TV-PG☆☆☆☆ Two US Customs agents posing as man and wife make a run to the border with a load of faux drugs, a parrot that doesn't say much, and a mule that says less. Surprises await them.
Dead End 1937TV-PG☆☆☆☆☆ A sultry day in a New York ghetto will see dead ends and new beginnings as its denizens size up their options and fight for the gravy. Not a musical.
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
The Bible (Genesis) 1966none☆☆☆☆ An epic Sunday School story depiction of the first twenty-two chapters of Genesis.
Darkest Hour 2017PG-13☆☆☆☆ When the Nazi hammer is about to fall on Great Britain, a plodding cabinet member proves to be the man of the hour to lead the nation.
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
Truth or Dare 2018PG-13☆☆☆☆ Two inseparable college friends find their relation strained by a spring break excursion and a not-so-fun game. Too much information; too few options.
Unsane 2018R☆☆☆☆ A career girl gets out of her depth when she relocates to a strange city. She thinks her stalker may have followed her there. Seeking counsel she gets trapped in a mental health quagmire.
Music /
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
Paint Your Wagon 1969PG-13☆☆☆☆ Low brow comedy set in an all-male town soon to be colonized by women of easy virtue. How low will it go?
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
The Commuter 2018PG-13☆☆☆☆☆ A genuine ride. Life goes terribly wrong for an unsung commuter. If only Liam Neeson were there to save the day.
Den of Thieves 2018R☆☆☆☆ Cocky criminal masterminds hit the Fed Reserve Bank in L.A. while being surveilled by Major Crimes Hotshots. Bullets do fly.
Game Nite 2018R☆☆☆☆ Three game-addicted couples & odd neighbor or bro mix it up on game night to play Murder We Wrote. Some of the players aren't acting. Some of the guns shoot real bullets.
Lost Horizon 1937PG☆☆☆☆☆ While the world teeters on the brink of war and diplomats despair, a forgotten Belgian priest invites an outsider to partake of his idyllic community.
Red Sparrow 2018R☆☆☆☆ What's a nice girl spy like you doing in Russian Sex School? She's doing pretty well, actually. Not that she wouldn't rather be someplace else.
Runaway Jury 2003PG-13☆☆☆☆ Things are queasy in the Big Easy when a juror's not excused, pretty pleasey. It ain't easy gaming the system with his main squeezey.
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
Easy Living 1937TV-PG☆☆☆☆☆ Compounded misunderstandings about a sable coat disrupt a tycoon's married life and New York's financial district. No good deed goes unpunished. Chaos rules.
Nothing Sacred 1937TV-PG☆☆☆☆ This screwball comedy spares no one. A Cinderella story where the fairy godmother is the wicked witch of the west. A whirlwind tour de force takes an unprepossessing Vermont charmer to the big city lights where her wishes all come true in the worst possible way. Zany!
Overboard 1987PG☆☆☆☆☆ Variation on Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew. Lives of the Rich and Famous meet lives of the poor and infamous. Good lessons to be learned by all. Can true love triumph?
Paint Your Wagon 1969PG-13☆☆☆☆ Low brow comedy set in an all-male town soon to be colonized by women of easy virtue. How low will it go?
Phantom Thread 2018R☆☆☆☆ A consummate high-end dressmaker matches wits with 'my fair lady' a flirty barmaid. She can outstare him, but can she outdrink him?
Robin Hood Adventures 1938PG☆☆☆☆☆ Well-known English medieval legend springs to life on the big screen. Well-worn plot never grows old. Much vigorous swordplay.
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
Black Panther 2018PG-13☆☆☆ Some third-world African kings and pretenders duke it out while in possession of the world's most valuable rocks. News to the CIA. Old news to the UFO's.
Downsizing 2017R☆☆☆ Miniaturized humans to solve the world's overpopulation problem. You wish.
Maze Runner 3 2018PG-13☆☆☆☆ A fast-paced teen-heroes action flick cum medical thriller. Apocalyptic overtones. Third of a trilogy.
Ready Player One 2018PG-13☆☆☆☆ VR game maven stretches himself to score the grand prize while getting distracted by a virtual chick. Or is it a Chuck?
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
Borderline 1950TV-PG☆☆☆☆ Two US Customs agents posing as man and wife make a run to the border with a load of faux drugs, a parrot that doesn't say much, and a mule that says less. Surprises await them.
The Commuter 2018PG-13☆☆☆☆☆ A genuine ride. Life goes terribly wrong for an unsung commuter. If only Liam Neeson were there to save the day.
Den of Thieves 2018R☆☆☆☆ Cocky criminal masterminds hit the Fed Reserve Bank in L.A. while being surveilled by Major Crimes Hotshots. Bullets do fly.
The Hurricane Heist 2018PG-13☆☆☆☆ Ambitious crooks hit a Federal Treasury facility during a super storm. An inside man and a cooperative blow guarantee their success, but tenacious patriots interfere.
Maze Runner 3 2018PG-13☆☆☆☆ A fast-paced teen-heroes action flick cum medical thriller. Apocalyptic overtones. Third of a trilogy.
Red Sparrow 2018R☆☆☆☆ What's a nice girl spy like you doing in Russian Sex School? She's doing pretty well, actually. Not that she wouldn't rather be someplace else.
Truth or Dare 2018PG-13☆☆☆☆ Two inseparable college friends find their relation strained by a spring break excursion and a not-so-fun game. Too much information; too few options.
Unsane 2018R☆☆☆☆ A career girl gets out of her depth when she relocates to a strange city. She thinks her stalker may have followed her there. Seeking counsel she gets trapped in a mental health quagmire.
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
Darkest Hour 2017PG-13☆☆☆☆ When the Nazi hammer is about to fall on Great Britain, a plodding cabinet member proves to be the man of the hour to lead the nation.
Grand Illusion 1937(G)☆☆☆☆☆ At a couple WWI POW camps, officers make do as life goes on and some plan an escape. Lines get blurred between combatants.
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
Hostiles 2018R☆☆☆☆★ The American character was forged by hostile Indians, hostile environment, and hostile politics, with a bit of optimism and Yankee know-how thrown in. One man's journey depicted here.
Paint Your Wagon 1969PG-13☆☆☆☆ Low brow comedy set in an all-male town soon to be colonized by women of easy virtue. How low will it go?

Works Cited

Valtorta, Maria. The Gospel as Revealed to Me. Vol. 2. Translated from Italian by Nicandro Picozzi, M.A., D.D.  Revised by Patrick McLaughlin, M.A. This 2nd English Edition has now replaced the First English Edition, The Poem of the Man-God. WEB.

Whitehead, John W. Grasping for the Wind: the search for meaning in the 20th century. Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House, 2001. Print.

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