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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
Adrift 2018PG-13☆☆☆☆ Two young bohemians meet in Xanadu, fall in island love, swing a sailing gig, and crew a crippled ghost boat. The book deal turned into this movie.
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.
Breaking In 2018PG-13☆☆☆★ Four surprised crooks, two child hostages, and one queen bee mix it up on an isolated estate. Desperate moves are called for.
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 First Purge 2018R☆☆☆☆ Beta testing an experimental 12 hour suspension of law and order on Staten Island. On live TV with dead participants.
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.
Hotel Artemis 2018R☆☆☆☆ A hospital for wounded criminals has an upswing in admissions during the 2028 L.A. riots. Personalities clash, power fails, and a hitwoman executes her plan.
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.
Jurassic World:
Fallen Kingdom
2018PG-13☆☆☆ An awakening volcano on Isla Nublar threatens to drive the dinosaurs extinct - again. U.S. Congress debates catastrophe, dinosaur advocates attempt liberation, and animal traffickers cash in.
Maze Runner 3 2018PG-13☆☆☆☆ A fast-paced teen-heroes action flick cum medical thriller. Apocalyptic overtones. Third of a trilogy.
The Meg 2018PG-13☆☆☆ A disgraced, divorced, and disenfranchised deep sea diver redeems himself fighting the sea monster of his nightmares. I-told-you-so on steroids.
Ocean's Eight 2018PG-13☆☆☆ Released feloness gathers seven hustlers to snatch a prized necklace at the Met Gala. Makes it look easy.
Rampage 2018PG-13☆☆☆☆ A video-game–derived creature feature. A reclusive gorilla whisperer and a brilliant geneticist join forces to try to save Chicago & an infected ape before the army bombs them all to smithereens.
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.
The Spy Who
Dumped Me
2018R☆☆☆☆ Two artless citizens get chased around Europe by mysterious bad guys associated with the boyfriend of one of them. Turns out he's a spy.
Upgrade 2018R☆☆☆☆☆ A techno throwback loses his progressive wife and is aided by an AI implant to avenge her death. Cutting edge technology at its scariest.
Title YearRating StarsDescription
Adrift 2018PG-13☆☆☆☆ Two young bohemians meet in Xanadu, fall in island love, swing a sailing gig, and crew a crippled ghost boat. The book deal turned into this movie.
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.
Jurassic World:
Fallen Kingdom
2018PG-13☆☆☆ An awakening volcano on Isla Nublar threatens to drive the dinosaurs extinct - again. U.S. Congress debates catastrophe, dinosaur advocates attempt liberation, and animal traffickers cash in.
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.
Moonrise Kingdom 2012PG-13☆☆☆☆☆ In an insular island community about to be blasted by a storm, two troubled twelve-year-olds band together, elude pursuers, and flaunt authority. More power to them.
Only Angels Have Wings 1939NR☆☆☆☆☆ In the glory days of aviation, a remote South American way station attracts daredevil pilots and their groupies. An air transport company works hard to secure a contract while the women work hard to land their men.
Rampage 2018PG-13☆☆☆☆ A video-game–derived creature feature. A reclusive gorilla whisperer and a brilliant geneticist join forces to try to save Chicago & an infected ape before the army bombs them all to smithereens.
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.
Il Postino 1994PG☆☆☆☆☆ A postman's eye is captured by a village barmaid, and in residence on his route lives a reclusive love poet. The left hand washes the right.
The Wolfpack 2015R☆☆☆ An inside out fairy tale where the wolf huffs and puffs and blows out the door from the inside. Captivating.
Young Mr. Lincoln 1939NR☆☆☆☆☆ A series of anecdotes about the young man Abraham Lincoln: experiences and influences as he heads towards his life calling.
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
Analyze This 1999R☆☆☆☆ A family-practice shrink analyzes a mob boss with a girlish disposition. It's professional suicide for both if this gets out. The feds and a fiancee have their say, too.
The Band's Visit 2007PG-13☆☆☆☆ When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. Egyptian musical ambassadors play a poky town in Israel named Hope.
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.
Bull Durham 1988R☆☆☆☆ Trailing Durham Bulls acquire a rookie pitcher with a million dollar arm and a five cent brain. Under the tutelage of a seasoned catcher and influence of a heady main squeeze, he blossoms.
Destry Rides Again 1939TV-PG☆☆☆☆☆ A lawless western town known for its "promiscuous shooting" is tackled by a famous lawman's son who relies more on his repartee than a six-shooter. Who will have the last laugh?
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.
Life of the Party 2018PG-13☆☆☆ A dumped housewife joins her daughter to finish college together. The old girl is a hit, college has gotten strange, and the hubby's upgraded style shows some slippage.
Moonrise Kingdom 2012PG-13☆☆☆☆☆ In an insular island community about to be blasted by a storm, two troubled twelve-year-olds band together, elude pursuers, and flaunt authority. More power to them.
Ninotchka 1939US TV-G☆☆☆☆☆ A special envoy from Moscow comes to Paris to facilitate the sale of state confiscated jewels, contested by their former female owner whose main man has designs on the dish. Red rhetoric meets big blarney.
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!
Ocean's Eight 2018PG-13☆☆☆ Released feloness gathers seven hustlers to snatch a prized necklace at the Met Gala. Makes it look easy.
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?
Overboard 2018PG-13☆☆☆☆ Love/hate at first slight. Pretty young working widow mom turns tables on rich playboy cad when the latter falls into the deep and awakes sans memory or anyone to claim him.
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?
Il Postino 1994PG☆☆☆☆☆ A postman's eye is captured by a village barmaid, and in residence on his route lives a reclusive love poet. The left hand washes the right.
A Serious Man 2009R☆☆☆☆ A Minnesota Jew in 1967 struggles amidst building pressures to make sense of an unrewarding life. Not going to happen.
Shall We Dance? 1996PG☆☆☆☆☆ A middle aged Japanese accountant relieves the tedium of his humdrum life by taking up ballroom dancing on the sly. His wife is onto him.
Sorry to Bother You 2018R☆☆☆☆ An upwardly mobile Negro on a winning streak risks losing his girl for his success. There's plenty of room at the bottom.
The Spy Who
Dumped Me
2018R☆☆☆☆ Two artless citizens get chased around Europe by mysterious bad guys associated with the boyfriend of one of them. Turns out he's a spy.
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.
Super Troopers 2 2018R☆☆☆☆ Disgraced troopers who couldn't color between the lines reprise themselves to patrol a no-man's land between movable U.S.-Canadian borders. Diplomacy is not their strong suit.
Upgrade 2018R☆☆☆ A techno throwback loses his progressive wife and is aided by an AI implant to avenge her death. Cutting edge technology at its scariest.
The Women 1939NR☆☆☆☆ A New York Socialite is pressured to divorce her cheating husband but afterwards holds regrets. Her ex doesn't like his new model. Their daughter doesn't like divorce.
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
Analyze This 1999R☆☆☆☆ A family-practice shrink analyzes a mob boss with a girlish disposition. It's professional suicide for both if this gets out. The feds and a fiancee have their say, too.
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.
Breaking In 2018PG-13☆☆☆★ Four surprised crooks, two child hostages, and one queen bee mix it up on an isolated estate. Desperate moves are called for.
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.
Hotel Artemis 2018R☆☆☆☆ A hospital for wounded criminals has an upswing in admissions during the 2028 L.A. riots. Personalities clash, power fails, and a hitwoman executes her plan.
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.
Jesse Stone
Innocents Lost
2011TV-PG☆☆☆ Jesse Stone is divorced, sans badge, down one friend, living alone, and imbibing two drinks a night. He consults for the Mass. State Police on a hinky bust and moonlights avenging his friend.
Ocean's Eight 2018PG-13☆☆☆ Released feloness gathers seven hustlers to snatch a prized necklace at the Met Gala. Makes it look easy.
Super Troopers 2 2018R☆☆☆☆ Disgraced troopers who couldn't color between the lines reprise themselves to patrol a no-man's land between movable U.S.-Canadian borders. Diplomacy is not their strong suit.
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
Adrift 2018PG-13☆☆☆☆ Two young bohemians meet in Xanadu, fall in island love, swing a sailing gig, and crew a crippled ghost boat. The book deal turned into this movie.
The Band's Visit 2007PG-13☆☆☆☆ When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. Egyptian musical ambassadors play a poky town in Israel named Hope.
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.
Breaking In 2018PG-13☆☆☆★ Four surprised crooks, two child hostages, and one queen bee mix it up on an isolated estate. Desperate moves are called for.
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.
Goodbye, Mr. Chips 1939NR☆☆☆☆☆ Public school don reflects on his many-storied past before bidding his final adieu to his charges not a few. Based on the book.
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 Hunchback of Notre Dame 1939TV-PG☆☆☆☆ The printing press challenges superstition when a beautiful Gypsy girl awakens Medieval prejudices. She really rings the bells.
Jesse Stone
Innocents Lost
2011TV-PG☆☆☆ Jesse Stone is divorced, sans badge, down one friend, living alone, and imbibing two drinks a night. He consults for the Mass. State Police on a hinky bust and moonlights avenging his friend.
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.
Moonrise Kingdom 2012PG-13☆☆☆☆☆ In an insular island community about to be blasted by a storm, two troubled twelve-year-olds band together, elude pursuers, and flaunt authority. More power to them.
The Natural 1984PG☆☆☆☆ A gifted young ballplayer loses his focus while on the cusp of the big leagues but later in life rediscovers his talent and his girl. The stuff of legend.
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!
Of Mice and Men 1939PG☆☆☆☆ Two Depression era itinerant workers have big plans to improve their lot. A different kind of fate awaits them when they land on a farm where a neglected wife loves soft words and one of these transients things soft.
Only Angels Have Wings 1939NR☆☆☆☆☆ In the glory days of aviation, a remote South American way station attracts daredevil pilots and their groupies. An air transport company works hard to secure a contract while the women work hard to land their men.
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.
Il Postino 1994PG☆☆☆☆☆ A postman's eye is captured by a village barmaid, and in residence on his route lives a reclusive love poet. The left hand washes the right.
A Quiet Place 2018PG-13☆☆☆☆ An embattled farm family of four is up against an invasion of locusts numbering ... three. These big badass bugs eat the farmers, not the farm. They're ignored by big government as usual.
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.
A Serious Man 2009R☆☆☆☆ A Minnesota Jew in 1967 struggles amidst building pressures to make sense of an unrewarding life. Not going to happen.
Shall We Dance? 1996PG☆☆☆☆☆ A middle aged Japanese accountant relieves the tedium of his humdrum life by taking up ballroom dancing on the sly. His wife is onto him.
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.
The Women 1939NR☆☆☆☆ A New York Socialite is pressured to divorce her cheating husband but afterwards holds regrets. Her ex doesn't like his new model. Their daughter doesn't like divorce.
Young Mr. Lincoln 1939NR☆☆☆☆☆ A series of anecdotes about the young man Abraham Lincoln: experiences and influences as he heads towards his life calling.
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?
Sorry to Bother You 2018R☆☆☆☆ An upwardly mobile Negro on a winning streak risks losing his girl for his success. There's plenty of room at the bottom.
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
The First Purge 2018R☆☆☆☆ Beta testing an experimental 12 hour suspension of law and order on Staten Island. On live TV with dead participants.
The Meg 2018PG-13☆☆☆ A disgraced, divorced, and disenfranchised deep sea diver redeems himself fighting the sea monster of his nightmares. I-told-you-so on steroids.
A Quiet Place 2018PG-13☆☆☆☆ An embattled farm family of four is up against an invasion of locusts numbering ... three. These big badass bugs eat the farmers, not the farm. They're ignored by big government as usual.
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.
Unfriended: Dark Web 2018R☆☆☆☆☆ A hapless app designer inadvertently replaces his slow laptop with someone's infected castoff, gets sucked into the dark web, and brings his friends along with him. Onscreen horror.
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.
Upgrade 2018R☆☆☆☆☆ A techno throwback loses his progressive wife and is aided by an AI implant to avenge her death. Cutting edge technology at its scariest.
Music /
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
The Band's Visit 2007PG-13☆☆☆☆ When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. Egyptian musical ambassadors play a poky town in Israel named Hope.
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?
Shall We Dance? 1996PG☆☆☆☆☆ A middle aged Japanese accountant relieves the tedium of his humdrum life by taking up ballroom dancing on the sly. His wife is onto him.
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.
Super Troopers 2 2018R☆☆☆☆ Disgraced troopers who couldn't color between the lines reprise themselves to patrol a no-man's land between movable U.S.-Canadian borders. Diplomacy is not their strong suit.
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
Adrift 2018PG-13☆☆☆☆ Two young bohemians meet in Xanadu, fall in island love, swing a sailing gig, and crew a crippled ghost boat. The book deal turned into this movie.
The Band's Visit 2007PG-13☆☆☆☆ When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. Egyptian musical ambassadors play a poky town in Israel named Hope.
Bull Durham 1988R☆☆☆☆ Trailing Durham Bulls acquire a rookie pitcher with a million dollar arm and a five cent brain. Under the tutelage of a seasoned catcher and influence of a heady main squeeze, he blossoms.
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.
Goodbye, Mr. Chips 1939NR☆☆☆☆☆ Public school don reflects on his many-storied past before bidding his final adieu to his charges not a few. Based on the book.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame 1939TV-PG☆☆☆☆ The printing press challenges superstition when a beautiful Gypsy girl awakens Medieval prejudices. She really rings the bells.
Moonrise Kingdom 2012PG-13☆☆☆☆☆ In an insular island community about to be blasted by a storm, two troubled twelve-year-olds band together, elude pursuers, and flaunt authority. More power to them.
Ninotchka 1939US TV-G☆☆☆☆☆ A special envoy from Moscow comes to Paris to facilitate the sale of state confiscated jewels, contested by their former female owner whose main man has designs on the dish. Red rhetoric meets big blarney.
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!
Only Angels Have Wings 1939NR☆☆☆☆☆ In the glory days of aviation, a remote South American way station attracts daredevil pilots and their groupies. An air transport company works hard to secure a contract while the women work hard to land their men.
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?
Overboard 2018PG-13☆☆☆☆ Love/hate at first slight. Pretty young working widow mom turns tables on rich playboy cad when the latter falls into the deep and awakes sans memory or anyone to claim him.
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?
Il Postino 1994PG☆☆☆☆☆ A postman's eye is captured by a village barmaid, and in residence on his route lives a reclusive love poet. The left hand washes the right.
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.
Shall We Dance? 1996PG☆☆☆☆☆ A middle aged Japanese accountant relieves the tedium of his humdrum life by taking up ballroom dancing on the sly. His wife is onto him.
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.
The First Purge 2018R☆☆☆☆ Beta testing an experimental 12 hour suspension of law and order on Staten Island. On live TV with dead participants.
Jurassic World:
Fallen Kingdom
2018PG-13☆☆☆ An awakening volcano on Isla Nublar threatens to drive the dinosaurs extinct - again. U.S. Congress debates catastrophe, dinosaur advocates attempt liberation, and animal traffickers cash in.
Maze Runner 3 2018PG-13☆☆☆☆ A fast-paced teen-heroes action flick cum medical thriller. Apocalyptic overtones. Third of a trilogy.
The Meg 2018PG-13☆☆☆ A disgraced, divorced, and disenfranchised deep sea diver redeems himself fighting the sea monster of his nightmares. I-told-you-so on steroids.
A Quiet Place 2018PG-13☆☆☆☆ An embattled farm family of four is up against an invasion of locusts numbering ... three. These big badass bugs eat the farmers, not the farm. They're ignored by big government as usual.
Rampage 2018PG-13☆☆☆☆ A video-game–derived creature feature. A reclusive gorilla whisperer and a brilliant geneticist join forces to try to save Chicago & an infected ape before the army bombs them all to smithereens.
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?
Sorry to Bother You 2018R☆☆☆☆ An upwardly mobile Negro on a winning streak risks losing his girl for his success. There's plenty of room at the bottom.
Upgrade 2018R☆☆☆☆ A techno throwback loses his progressive wife and is aided by an AI implant to avenge her death. Cutting edge technology at its scariest.
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
Bull Durham 1988R☆☆☆☆ Trailing Durham Bulls acquire a rookie pitcher with a million dollar arm and a five cent brain. Under the tutelage of a seasoned catcher and influence of a heady main squeeze, he blossoms.
The Natural 1984PG☆☆☆☆ A gifted young ballplayer loses his focus while on the cusp of the big leagues but later in life rediscovers his talent and his girl. The stuff of legend.
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
Adrift 2018PG-13☆☆☆☆ Two young bohemians meet in Xanadu, fall in island love, swing a sailing gig, and crew a crippled ghost boat. The book deal turned into this movie.
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.
Breaking In 2018PG-13☆☆☆★ Four surprised crooks, two child hostages, and one queen bee mix it up on an isolated estate. Desperate moves are called for.
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 First Purge 2018R☆☆☆☆ Beta testing an experimental 12 hour suspension of law and order on Staten Island. On live TV with dead participants.
Hotel Artemis 2018R☆☆☆☆ A hospital for wounded criminals has an upswing in admissions during the 2028 L.A. riots. Personalities clash, power fails, and a hitwoman executes her plan.
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.
The Meg 2018PG-13☆☆☆ A disgraced, divorced, and disenfranchised deep sea diver redeems himself fighting the sea monster of his nightmares. I-told-you-so on steroids.
Ocean's Eight 2018PG-13☆☆☆ Released feloness gathers seven hustlers to snatch a prized necklace at the Met Gala. Makes it look easy.
A Quiet Place 2018PG-13☆☆☆☆ An embattled farm family of four is up against an invasion of locusts numbering ... three. These big badass bugs eat the farmers, not the farm. They're ignored by big government as usual.
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.
Upgrade 2018R☆☆☆☆☆ A techno throwback loses his progressive wife and is aided by an AI implant to avenge her death. Cutting edge technology at its scariest.
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
Destry Rides Again 1939TV-PG☆☆☆☆☆ A lawless western town known for its "promiscuous shooting" is tackled by a famous lawman's son who relies more on his repartee than a six-shooter. Who will have the last laugh?
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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