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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
Angel Has Fallen 2019R☆☆☆☆ A framed Secret Service agent hunts for assassins while the Service is hunting him for the assassination attempt. Someone didn't like the president.
Anna 2019R☆☆☆ Russian Cinderella escapes her prince not-so-charming to be embraced by her wicked stepmother and two guardian angels. Not necessarily in that order.
The Beast 1996PG-13☆☆☆☆ An island tourist community is terrorized by a threat from the briny deep. The fish are biting today.
Big Kill 2018R☆☆☆☆☆ Two card sharps and a widower drift into Big Kill, Arizona, to find the boomtown gone bust and their welcome worn thin. Time to fish or cut bait.
Cold Pursuit 2019R☆☆☆☆ A model citizen quietly avenges the death of his son on the druggies. No message is sent so a rival gang gets blamed, starting a drug war.
Desperate Hours 1990R☆☆☆☆ A chastised family man comes home to find his wife and kids held hostage by an escaped psychopath. The FBI has itching trigger fingers.
High Sierra 1941G-PG☆☆☆☆ A pardoned con needs to pull one last job before going straight. Whatever happens, he's not going back to the joint.
Hobbs & Shaw 2019PG-13☆☆☆ Two spies and a rogue assassin fight a cyborg and his army to save the world from the timed release of a biological agent. Fast acting.
The International 2009R☆☆☆☆ The heat is on a shady international bank that will stop at nothing to protect itself. A jaded investigator won't let up. People die.
John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum 2019R☆☆☆☆ John Wick having been banned from The Table must curry scraps of favor to survive an ungodly number of bounty hunters. There is nowhere to run.
Miss Bala 2019PG-13☆☆☆★ A Hollywood makeup artist finds herself embroiled in a drug war when she travels to Tijuana to help her friend in a beauty pageant.
Murder at 1600 1997R☆☆☆★ A hapless D.C. detective gets in over his head trying to solve a murder in the White House. His hobby is history.
Once Upon a Time
... in Hollywood
2019R☆☆☆☆☆ A fading TV star and a flying high stuntman w/his fighting pet bulldog interrupt the sixties flow with fake news and fried hippie.
Overlord 2018R☆☆☆☆ A small band of Allied paratroopers landing in occupied France to prepare for D-Day find their target infested with Nazi super-soldiers. This experimental batch isn't stable.
The Recruit 2003PG-13☆☆☆☆ Obsessed with his dad's mysterious, untimely death, a peripatetic oil company brat is ripe pickings for CIA recruitment. Naturally talented.
Robin Hood (2018) 2018PG-13☆☆☆ A returned crusader lord disguised with a hood robs from the rich and gives to the poor in merry old England. Against much opposition.
Serenity 2005PG-13☆☆☆ Space smugglers cache a small psychic who holds important intel that threatens the regime. Dangers abound.
Silverado 1985PG-13☆☆☆☆☆ Four hombres who were run out of one western town join to fight corruption in and around the next town over.
Spy Game 2001R☆☆☆☆ A tangled web of loyalties leaves a CIA contractor in the lurch unless his mentor can work miracles. Do or die.
Stuber 2019R☆☆☆☆ A hard cop improvises with Uber to pursue the suspect he's gunning for. The driver just wants five stars before he's off to get laid.
U.S. Marshals 1998PG-13☆☆☆ A Deputy Marshal relentlessly pursues a federal fugitive adept at spycraft who's trying to prove his innocence on the run. Intense.
xXx 2002PG-13☆☆☆ An extreme sports maven gets dragooned into the spy business where he waxes heroic. Action abounds.
Title YearRating StarsDescription
The Beast 1996PG-13☆☆☆☆ An island tourist community is terrorized by a threat from the briny deep. The fish are biting today.
Cold Pursuit 2019R☆☆☆☆ A model citizen quietly avenges the death of his son on the druggies. No message is sent so a rival gang gets blamed, starting a drug war.
Good Boys 2019R☆☆☆★ Middle School brings changes to three fast friends. They grow in different directions.
High Sierra 1941G-PG☆☆☆☆ A pardoned con needs to pull one last job before going straight. Whatever happens, he's not going back to the joint.
Hobbs & Shaw 2019PG-13☆☆☆ Two spies and a rogue assassin fight a cyborg and his army to save the world from the timed release of a biological agent. Fast acting.
Holmes and Watson 2018PG-13☆☆☆ A thumbnail sketch of the life of Sherlock Holmes showing how his reputation was improved by his association with Dr. Watson. America had an influence, too.
The Missing 2003R☆☆☆☆ A frontier medicine woman loses her elder daughter to marauding renegades and must accept help from her estranged, Indian-pretender father to recover the lass.
Overlord 2018R☆☆☆☆ A small band of Allied paratroopers landing in occupied France to prepare for D-Day find their target infested with Nazi super-soldiers. This experimental batch isn't stable.
Robin Hood (2018) 2018PG-13☆☆☆ A returned crusader lord disguised with a hood robs from the rich and gives to the poor in merry old England. Against much opposition.
Serenity 2005PG-13☆☆☆ Space smugglers cache a small psychic who holds important intel that threatens the regime. Dangers abound.
Sullivan's Travels 1941G-PG☆☆☆☆☆ A successful director dons a bum's garb, adopts a loser mien, and hits the road hoping to gain insight on poverty. Be careful what you wish for.
xXx 2002PG-13☆☆☆ An extreme sports maven gets dragooned into the spy business where he waxes heroic. Action abounds.
Title YearRating StarsDescription
The Best of Enemies 2019PG-13☆☆☆ A 1971 southern school slow to integrate splits the community but forges new friendships. Follows true story.
Green Book 2018PG-13☆☆☆ A wop factotum escorts an ace coon on a music tour of the deep south in the 1960s at the fag end of segregation. They go by the book.
On the Basis of Sex 2018PG-13☆☆☆ The Greatest Generation gets its toe wet in the murky waters of sex discrimination law. This little piggy went to market.
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
The Art of Self-Defense 2019R☆☆☆☆ A crushed milquetoast seeks self-confidence through martial arts training but gets more than he bargained for. Sartorial achievement.
Ball of Fire 1941G-PG☆☆☆☆☆ Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs burlesque. Pedagogue expands his horizons by slumming it.
Blinded by the Light 2019PG-13☆☆☆☆ A 2nd generation Pakistani immigrant uses the music of American Bruce Springsteen to help establish his British identity. Family tensions.
Book Club 2018PG-13☆☆☆☆ Four sexagenarians of the fair sex explore a sexy book club selection. Easier read than done.
Brittany Runs a Marathon 2019R☆☆☆ A 28-year-old fatty female trains for the New York marathon, her goal being to finish it in style. Her life improves in the process.
Criminal Ways
aka The Wannabes
2003R☆☆☆☆☆ A washed out actor is tricked into getting four lowlifes up to speed to perform at a rich kids party they want to infiltrate to snatch some jewels. The media likes their act.
Destination Wedding 2018R☆☆☆☆ Two fringe, weekend wedding guests wind up stuck with each other. They stick it out, then end up stuck on each other. Please pass the wine.
Gloria Bell 2018R☆☆☆☆ Middle-aged divorcee negotiates the L.A. night scene, drifting children, lonely nights, wounded souls, and a stray cat. Not getting any younger.
National Lampoon's
Gold Diggers
2003UN–
Rated
☆☆☆☆ Two young men go from an orphanage to min. wage employment to petty thievery to gold diggery. Their targets are more experienced than they are.
Good Boys 2019R☆☆☆★ Middle School brings changes to three fast friends. They grow in different directions.
Green Book 2018PG-13☆☆☆ A wop factotum escorts an ace coon on a music tour of the deep south in the 1960s at the fag end of segregation. They go by the book.
The Grinch 2018PG☆☆☆☆ The mean Grinch hatches a plan to steal Christmas from the unwary Whos, but a kindhearted Who-child touches his heart.
Holmes and Watson 2018PG-13☆☆☆ A thumbnail sketch of the life of Sherlock Holmes showing how his reputation was improved by his association with Dr. Watson. America had an influence, too.
The Hustle 2019PG-13☆☆☆ When a two bit Grifteress crowds an established con artiste on the French Riviera, they compete for the territory. May the best man win.
In Good Company 2004PG-13☆☆☆☆ An aging ad exec with an expanding family and a contracting career, tries to adapt to the digital age. Dinosaurs get blindsided.
Isn't It Romantic 2019PG-13☆☆☆☆ Down-under architect wakes up to smell the roses when her hoity-toity client proves to be the kind of man her mom warned her about. True love is closer to home.
Late Night 2019R☆☆ A comedy show slump puts its British hostess on notice. A new diversity hire has some bright ideas.
Little 2019PG-13☆☆☆ A bitchy black boss gets to relive the childhood that made her that way. Lessons to be learned.
Long Shot 2019R☆☆☆☆☆ A female Secretary of State hires a yellow journalist of late to punch up her campaign speeches. Sparks fly.
My Blue Heaven 1990PG-13☆☆☆★ A rusticated cabal of deracinated crooks infests suburbia and does a cultural exchange. Rooting for the home team.
Once Upon a Time
... in Hollywood
2019R☆☆☆☆☆ A fading TV star and a flying high stuntman w/his fighting pet bulldog interrupt the sixties flow with fake news and fried hippie.
Poms 2019PG-13☆☆☆★ A former schoolteacher moves to an adult retirement community. As a last hurrah she starts a grandma-gonzo cheerleader club.
Ready or Not 2019R☆☆☆☆☆ A rich family's acceptance ritual challenges a new bride on her wedding night after she draws the death card. They give her a head start.
Relative Strangers 2006PG-13☆☆☆ A respectable shrink learns on the eve of his wedding that he was adopted, putting his self-therapy to the test and amusing his adoptive brother.
Serious Moonlight 2009R☆☆☆☆ A floundering marriage meets an opportunistic crook. The mistress wouldn't miss it.
Sideways 2004R☆☆☆☆☆ Two middle-aged friends since college embark on a road trip in celebration of the one's upcoming marriage. Boys will be boys.
Stuber 2019R☆☆☆☆ A hard cop improvises with Uber to pursue the suspect he's gunning for. The driver just wants five stars before he's off to get laid.
Sullivan's Travels 1941G-PG☆☆☆☆☆ A successful director dons a bum's garb, adopts a loser mien, and hits the road hoping to gain insight on poverty. Be careful what you wish for.
What Men Want 2019R☆☆☆ A ballbuster uses her newly acquired psychic ability to succeed in a male-dominated field and with a new love interest. You can't hurry love.
Yesterday 2019PG-13☆☆☆☆ A has-been musician conks his head and corners the pop song market. His love life suffers.
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
Collateral 2004R☆☆☆☆☆ An L.A. cabbie working the night shift detours through the Twilight Zone and gets into a car chase with himself. Buckle up.
Criminal Ways
aka The Wannabes
2003R☆☆☆☆☆ A washed out actor is tricked into getting four lowlifes up to speed to perform at a rich kids party they want to infiltrate to snatch some jewels. The media likes their act.
Desperate Hours 1990R☆☆☆☆ A chastised family man comes home to find his wife and kids held hostage by an escaped psychopath. The FBI has itching trigger fingers.
Glass House:
The Good Mother
2006R☆☆☆ Two orphans have trouble adapting to their new home, It may or may not be their fault.
Gold Diggers 2003PG-13☆☆☆☆ Two young men go from an orphanage to min. wage employment to petty thievery to gold diggery. Their targets are more experienced than they are.
High Sierra 1941G-PG☆☆☆☆ A pardoned con needs to pull one last job before going straight. Whatever happens, he's not going back to the joint.
Holmes and Watson 2018PG-13☆☆☆ A thumbnail sketch of the life of Sherlock Holmes showing how his reputation was improved by his association with Dr. Watson. America had an influence, too.
The International 2009R☆☆☆☆ The heat is on a shady international bank that will stop at nothing to protect itself. A jaded investigator won't let up. People die.
John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum 2019R☆☆☆☆ John Wick having been banned from The Table must curry scraps of favor to survive an ungodly number of bounty hunters. There is nowhere to run.
Murder at 1600 1997R☆☆☆★ A hapless D.C. detective gets in over his head trying to solve a murder in the White House. His hobby is history.
Mute Witness 2015R☆☆☆☆ A foreign made slasher production runs afoul of the Russian mob when a dumb crew member witnesses something unspeakable. They're not in Kansas anymore.
My Blue Heaven 1990PG-13☆☆☆★ A rusticated cabal of deracinated crooks infests suburbia and does a cultural exchange. Rooting for the home team.
The Mule 2018R☆☆☆ A 90-year-old drug mule has unresolved family issues that impinge on his new trade when he gets a stricter boss. Out of the frying pan ...
Once Upon a Time
... in Hollywood
2019R☆☆☆☆☆ A fading TV star and a flying high stuntman w/his fighting pet bulldog interrupt the sixties flow with fake news and fried hippie.
A Perfect Murder 1998R☆☆☆☆☆ A struggling artist beds the trophy wife of a Wall Street wizard. Chickens come home to roost.
Replicas 2019PG-13☆☆☆☆☆ A neurologist enlists a clone scientist to help him replicate his dead family. Clones aren't built in a day.
The Score 2001R☆☆☆☆ An about-to-retire jewel thief goes on one last heist with a sharp but volatile neophyte partner. It all goes downhill.
Serious Moonlight 2009R☆☆☆☆ A floundering marriage meets an opportunistic crook. The mistress wouldn't miss it.
Silverado 1985PG-13☆☆☆☆☆ Four hombres who were run out of one western town join to fight corruption in and around the next town over.
Spy Game 2001R☆☆☆☆ A tangled web of loyalties leaves a CIA contractor in the lurch unless his mentor can work miracles. Do or die.
Stuber 2019R☆☆☆☆ A hard cop improvises with Uber to pursue the suspect he's gunning for. The driver just wants five stars before he's off to get laid.
U.S. Marshals 1998PG-13☆☆☆ A Deputy Marshal relentlessly pursues a federal fugitive adept at spycraft who's trying to prove his innocence on the run. Intense.
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
The Great Pyramid Trilogy 2008G☆☆☆ An examination of the history, construction, and significance of the Great Pyramid of Giza. Well researched.
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
After 2019PG-13☆☆☆ A straightlaced freshman co-ed mingles with her sophomore roommate's party crowd. Truth or dare.
Apartment Zero 1988R☆☆☆☆ A struggling art house owner acquires a roommate to make ends meet. They have more in common than they thought.
The Art of Self-Defense 2019R☆☆☆☆ A crushed milquetoast seeks self-confidence through martial arts training but gets more than he bargained for. Sartorial achievement.
The Best of Enemies 2019PG-13☆☆☆ A 1971 southern school slow to integrate splits the community but forges new friendships. Follows true story.
Blinded by the Light 2019PG-13☆☆☆☆ A 2nd generation Pakistani immigrant uses the music of American Bruce Springsteen to help establish his British identity. Family tensions.
Book Club 2018PG-13☆☆☆☆ Four sexagenarians of the fair sex explore a sexy book club selection. Easier read than done.
Brittany Runs a Marathon 2019R☆☆☆ A 28-year-old fatty female trains for the New York marathon, her goal being to finish it in style. Her life improves in the process.
Collateral 2004R☆☆☆☆☆ An L.A. cabbie working the night shift detours through the Twilight Zone and gets into a car chase with himself. Buckle up.
Desperate Hours 1990R☆☆☆☆ A chastised family man comes home to find his wife and kids held hostage by an escaped psychopath. The FBI has itching trigger fingers.
Destination Wedding 2018R☆☆☆☆ Two fringe, weekend wedding guests wind up stuck with each other. They stick it out, then end up stuck on each other. Please pass the wine.
Escape Room 2019PG-13☆☆☆☆ Six unconnected strangers play Escape Room for money, only to discover the penalties are lethal, the safety features minimal, and escape chances marginal.
Five Feet Apart 2019PG-13☆☆☆☆☆ A sick girl with survivor's guilt mothers a terminally ill boy with an attitude. Sweet tragedy.
Glass House:
The Good Mother
2006R☆☆☆ Two orphans have trouble adapting to their new home, It may or may not be their fault.
Gloria Bell 2018R☆☆☆☆ Middle-aged divorcee negotiates the L.A. night scene, drifting children, lonely nights, wounded souls, and a stray cat. Not getting any younger.
Green Book 2018PG-13☆☆☆ A wop factotum escorts an ace coon on a music tour of the deep south in the 1960s at the fag end of segregation. They go by the book.
Greta 2018R☆☆☆☆ Mom is gone. Dad has moved on. Cruella is running a con. And a callow Bostonian in the Big Apple is the mark.
Happy Death Day 2U 2019PG-13☆☆☆☆ Bayfield U. coed runs afoul of a mad physics experiment. Cutting edge physics meets baby face killer.
High Sierra 1941G-PG☆☆☆☆ A pardoned con needs to pull one last job before going straight. Whatever happens, he's not going back to the joint.
How Green
Was My Valley
1941G☆☆☆☆☆ An old man returns down memory lane to the Welsh coal mining village of his past. His memories live on.
In Good Company 2004PG-13☆☆☆☆ An aging ad exec with an expanding family and a contracting career, tries to adapt to the digital age. Dinosaurs get blindsided.
The International 2009R☆☆☆☆ The heat is on a shady international bank that will stop at nothing to protect itself. A jaded investigator won't let up. People die.
The Intruder 2019PG-13☆☆☆☆ A married black couple tries to live the American dream in the country but without owning any guns. Bambi is safe, but are they?
Late Night 2019R☆☆ A comedy show slump puts its British hostess on notice. A new diversity hire has some bright ideas.
Legends of the Fall 1994R☆☆☆☆ An Indian wars vet heads to Montana to begin again. His piece of the American pie gets picked clean by the vicissitudes of life.
The Little Foxes 1941TV-PG☆☆☆☆ In the new South of 1900, the Hubbard clan wheels and deals for shares of a plum industry. It's not to provide jobs.
Midsommar 2019R☆☆☆☆☆ A couple after going together four years needs to fish or cut bait. Summer festival provides just the impetus. Tough decision.
Miss Bala 2019PG-13☆☆☆★ A Hollywood makeup artist finds herself embroiled in a drug war when she travels to Tijuana to help her friend in a beauty pageant.
The Mule 2018R☆☆☆ A 90-year-old drug mule has unresolved family issues that impinge on his new trade when he gets a stricter boss. Out of the frying pan ...
Murder at 1600 1997R☆☆☆★ A hapless D.C. detective gets in over his head trying to solve a murder in the White House. His hobby is history.
On the Basis of Sex 2018PG-13☆☆☆ The Greatest Generation gets its toe wet in the murky waters of sex discrimination law. This little piggy went to market.
Once Upon a Time
... in Hollywood
2019R☆☆☆☆☆ A fading TV star and a flying high stuntman w/his fighting pet bulldog interrupt the sixties flow with fake news and fried hippie.
A Perfect Murder 1998R☆☆☆☆☆ A struggling artist beds the trophy wife of a Wall Street wizard. Chickens come home to roost.
Poms 2019PG-13☆☆☆★ A former schoolteacher moves to an adult retirement community. As a last hurrah she starts a grandma-gonzo cheerleader club.
The Score 2001R☆☆☆☆☆ An about-to-retire jewel thief goes on one last heist with a sharp but volatile neophyte partner. It all goes downhill.
Serenity 2019R☆☆☆☆ An island recluse fishes for the beast that haunts his dreams, communes via esp with his distant son, and sandbags his ex who is all too tangible. A black cat dogs his steps.
Sideways 2004R☆☆☆☆☆ Two middle-aged friends since college embark on a road trip in celebration of the one's upcoming marriage. Boys will be boys.
Sullivan's Travels 1941G-PG☆☆☆☆☆ A successful director dons a bum's garb, adopts a loser mien, and hits the road hoping to gain insight on poverty. Be careful what you wish for.
Thr3e 2006PG-13☆☆☆☆ The killer's riddles have expiration times, his copycat's are more manageable, and the harried seminary student faces deadlines.
Unplanned 2019R☆☆☆ A Texas gal learns about life through her experiences, in particular a stint with Planned Parenthood that turns into an eye opener. Not a good way to keep her friends.
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
The Grinch 2018PG☆☆☆☆ The mean Grinch hatches a plan to steal Christmas from the unwary Whos, but a kindhearted Who-child touches his heart.
Isn't It Romantic 2019PG-13☆☆☆☆ Down-under architect wakes up to smell the roses when her hoity-toity client proves to be the kind of man her mom warned her about. True love is closer to home.
Little 2019PG-13☆☆☆ A bitchy black boss gets to relive the childhood that made her that way. Lessons to be learned.
Serenity 2019R☆☆☆☆ An island recluse fishes for the beast that haunts his dreams, communes via esp with his distant son, and sandbags his ex who is all too tangible. A black cat dogs his steps.
What Men Want 2019R☆☆☆ A ballbuster uses her newly acquired psychic ability to succeed in a male-dominated field and with a new love interest. You can't hurry love.
Yesterday 2019PG-13☆☆☆☆ A has-been musician conks his head and corners the pop song market. His love life suffers.
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
Apartment Zero 1988R☆☆☆☆ A struggling art house owner acquires a roommate to make ends meet. They have more in common than they thought.
High Sierra 1941G-PG☆☆☆☆ A pardoned con needs to pull one last job before going straight. Whatever happens, he's not going back in the joint.
Midsommar 2019R☆☆☆☆☆ A couple after going together four years needs to fish or cut bait. Summer festival provides just the impetus. Tough decision.
Serenity 2019R☆☆☆☆ An island recluse fishes for the beast that haunts his dreams, communes via esp with his distant son, and sandbags his ex who is all too tangible. A black cat dogs his steps.
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
The Best of Enemies 2019PG-13☆☆☆ A 1971 southern school slow to integrate splits the community but forges new friendships. Follows true story.
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
The Beast 1996PG-13☆☆☆☆ An island tourist community is terrorized by a threat from the briny deep. The fish are biting today.
Brightburn 2019PG-13☆☆☆☆ A star child grows up to be a star jerk with unrestrained superpowers. Call the FBI.
Glass House:
The Good Mother
2006R☆☆☆ Two orphans have trouble adapting to their new home, It may or may not be their fault.
Greta 2018R☆☆☆☆ Mom is gone. Dad has moved on. Cruella is running a con. And a callow Bostonian in the Big Apple is the mark.
Happy Death Day 2U 2019PG-13☆☆☆☆ Bayfield U. coed runs afoul of a mad physics experiment. Cutting edge physics meets baby face killer.
The Intruder 2019PG-13☆☆☆☆ A married black couple tries to live the American dream in the country but without owning any guns. Bambi is safe, but are they?
Ma 2019R☆☆☆★ A new kid in town connects with the popular crowd who hang out with a matriarchal figure from their parents' past. History surfaces.
Midsommar 2019R☆☆☆☆☆ A couple after going together four years needs to fish or cut bait. Summer festival provides just the impetus. Tough decision.
Overlord 2018R☆☆☆☆ A small band of Allied paratroopers landing in occupied France to prepare for D-Day find their target infested with Nazi super-soldiers. This experimental batch isn't stable.
Ready or Not 2019R☆☆☆☆☆ A rich family's acceptance ritual challenges a new bride on her wedding night after she draws the death card. They give her a head start.
Thr3e 2006PG-13☆☆☆☆ The killer's riddles have expiration times, his copycat's are more manageable, and the harried seminary student faces deadlines.
Us 2019R☆☆☆☆ A family vacation turns apocalyptic when a childhood nightmare catches up with mom. She has a history.
Music /
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
Blinded by the Light 2019PG-13☆☆☆☆ A 2nd generation Pakistani immigrant uses the music of American Bruce Springsteen to help establish his British identity. Family tensions.
Criminal Ways
aka The Wannabes
2003R☆☆☆☆☆ A washed out actor is tricked into getting four lowlifes up to speed to perform at a rich kids party they want to infiltrate to snatch some jewels. The media likes their act.
Green Book 2018PG-13☆☆☆ A wop factotum escorts an ace coon on a music tour of the deep south in the 1960s at the fag end of segregation. They go by the book.
The Grinch 2018PG☆☆☆☆ The mean Grinch hatches a plan to steal Christmas from the unwary Whos, but a kindhearted Who-child touches his heart.
Isn't It Romantic 2019PG-13☆☆☆☆ Down-under architect wakes up to smell the roses when her hoity-toity client proves to be the kind of man her mom warned her about. True love is closer to home.
Yesterday 2019PG-13☆☆☆☆ A has-been musician conks his head and corners the pop song market. His love life suffers.
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
Criminal Ways
aka The Wannabes
2003R☆☆☆☆☆ A washed out actor is tricked into getting four lowlifes up to speed to perform at a rich kids party they want to infiltrate to snatch some jewels. The media likes their act.
Escape Room 2019PG-13☆☆☆☆ Six unconnected strangers play Escape Room for money, only to discover the penalties are lethal, the safety features minimal, and escape chances marginal.
Glass House:
The Good Mother
2006R☆☆☆ Two orphans have trouble adapting to their new home, It may or may not be their fault.
Greta 2018R☆☆☆☆ Mom is gone. Dad has moved on. Cruella is running a con. And a callow Bostonian in the Big Apple is the mark.
Happy Death Day 2U 2019PG-13☆☆☆☆ Bayfield U. coed runs afoul of a mad physics experiment. Cutting edge physics meets baby face killer.
Holmes and Watson 2018PG-13☆☆☆ A thumbnail sketch of the life of Sherlock Holmes showing how his reputation was improved by his association with Dr. Watson. America had an influence, too.
The International 2009R☆☆☆☆ The heat is on a shady international bank that will stop at nothing to protect itself. A jaded investigator won't let up. People die.
The Intruder 2019PG-13☆☆☆☆ A married black couple tries to live the American dream in the country but without owning any guns. Bambi is safe, but are they?
Midsommar 2019R☆☆☆☆☆ A couple after going together four years needs to fish or cut bait. Summer festival provides just the impetus. Tough decision.
The Mule 2018R☆☆☆ A 90-year-old drug mule has unresolved family issues that impinge on his new trade when he gets a stricter boss. Out of the frying pan ...
Murder at 1600 1997R☆☆☆★ A hapless D.C. detective gets in over his head trying to solve a murder in the White House. His hobby is history.
Overlord 2018R☆☆☆☆ A small band of Allied paratroopers landing in occupied France to prepare for D-Day find their target infested with Nazi super-soldiers. This experimental batch isn't stable.
Ready or Not 2019R☆☆☆☆☆ A rich family's acceptance ritual challenges a new bride on her wedding night after she draws the death card. They give her a head start.
Replicas 2019PG-13☆☆☆☆☆ A neurologist enlists a clone scientist to help him replicate his dead family. Clones aren't built in a day.
Thr3e 2006PG-13☆☆☆☆ The killer's riddles have expiration times, his copycat's are more manageable, and the harried seminary student faces deadlines.
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
After 2019PG-13☆☆☆ A straightlaced freshman co-ed mingles with her sophomore roommate's party crowd. Truth or dare.
Ball of Fire 1941G-PG☆☆☆☆☆ Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs burlesque. Pedagogue expands his horizons by slumming it.
The Book Club 2018PG-13☆☆☆☆ Four sexagenarians of the fair sex explore a sexy book club selection. Easier read than done.
Destination Wedding 2018R☆☆☆☆ Two fringe, weekend wedding guests wind up stuck with each other. They stick it out, then end up stuck on each other. Please pass the wine.
Five Feet Apart 2019PG-13☆☆☆☆☆ A sick girl with survivor's guilt mothers a terminally ill boy with an attitude. Sweet tragedy.
Gloria Bell 2018R☆☆☆☆ Middle-aged divorcee negotiates the L.A. night scene, drifting children, lonely nights, wounded souls, and a stray cat. Not getting any younger.
In Good Company 2004PG-13☆☆☆☆ An aging ad exec with an expanding family and a contracting career, tries to adapt to the digital age. Dinosaurs get blindsided.
Isn't It Romantic 2019PG-13☆☆☆☆ Down-under architect wakes up to smell the roses when her hoity-toity client proves to be the kind of man her mom warned her about. True love is closer to home.
Legends of the Fall 1994R☆☆☆☆ An Indian wars vet heads to Montana to begin again. His piece of the American pie gets picked clean by the vicissitudes of life.
Little 2019PG-13☆☆☆ A bitchy black boss gets to relive the childhood that made her that way. Lessons to be learned.
The Little Foxes 1941TV-PG☆☆☆☆ In the new South of 1900, the Hubbard clan wheels and deals for shares of a plum industry. It's not to provide jobs.
Long Shot 2019R☆☆☆☆☆ A female Secretary of State hires a yellow journalist of late to punch up her campaign speeches. Sparks fly.
Serious Moonlight 2009R☆☆☆☆ A floundering marriage meets an opportunistic crook. The mistress wouldn't miss it.
Sideways 2004R☆☆☆☆☆ Two middle-aged friends since college embark on a road trip in celebration of the one's upcoming marriage. Boys will be boys.
Sullivan's Travels 1941G-PG☆☆☆☆☆ A successful director dons a bum's garb, adopts a loser mien, and hits the road hoping to gain insight on poverty. Be careful what you wish for.
What Men Want 2019R☆☆☆ A ballbuster uses her newly acquired psychic ability to succeed in a male-dominated field and with a new love interest. You can't hurry love.
Yesterday 2019PG-13☆☆☆☆ A has-been musician conks his head and corners the pop song market. His love life suffers.
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
The Beast 1996PG-13☆☆☆☆ An island tourist community is terrorized by a threat from the briny deep. The fish are biting today.
Brightburn 2019PG-13☆☆☆☆ A star child grows up to be a star jerk with unrestrained superpowers. Call the FBI.
Escape Room 2019PG-13☆☆☆☆ Six unconnected strangers play Escape Room for money, only to discover the penalties are lethal, the safety features minimal, and escape chances marginal.
Happy Death Day 2U 2019PG-13☆☆☆☆ Bayfield U. coed runs afoul of a mad physics experiment. Cutting edge physics meets baby face killer.
Overlord 2018R☆☆☆☆ A small band of Allied paratroopers landing in occupied France to prepare for D-Day find their target infested with Nazi super-soldiers. This experimental batch isn't stable.
Replicas 2019PG-13☆☆☆☆☆ A neurologist enlists a clone scientist to help him replicate his dead family. Clones aren't built in a day.
Serenity 2005PG-13☆☆☆ Space smugglers cache a small psychic who holds important intel that threatens the regime. Dangers abound.
Serenity 2019R☆☆☆☆ An island recluse fishes for the beast that haunts his dreams, communes via esp with his distant son, and sandbags his ex who is all too tangible. A black cat dogs his steps.
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
The Art of Self-Defense 2019R☆☆☆☆ A crushed milquetoast seeks self-confidence through martial arts training but gets more than he bargained for. Sartorial achievement.
Poms 2019PG-13☆☆☆★ A former schoolteacher moves to an adult retirement community. As a last hurrah she starts a grandma-gonzo cheerleader club.
xXx 2002PG-13☆☆☆ An extreme sports maven gets dragooned into the spy business where he waxes heroic. Action abounds.
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
Angel Has Fallen 2019R☆☆☆☆ A framed Secret Service agent hunts for assassins while the Service is hunting him for the assassination attempt. Someone didn't like the president.
Anna 2019R☆☆☆ Russian Cinderella escapes her prince not-so-charming to be embraced by her wicked stepmother and two guardian angels. Not necessarily in that order.
Apartment Zero 1988R☆☆☆☆ A struggling art house owner acquires a roommate to make ends meet. They have more in common than they thought.
The Art of Self-Defense 2019R☆☆☆☆ A crushed milquetoast seeks self-confidence through martial arts training but gets more than he bargained for. Sartorial achievement.
The Beast 1996PG-13☆☆☆☆ An island tourist community is terrorized by a threat from the briny deep. The fish are biting today.
Cold Pursuit 2019R☆☆☆☆ A model citizen quietly avenges the death of his son on the druggies. No message is sent so a rival gang gets blamed, starting a drug war.
Collateral 2004R☆☆☆☆☆ An L.A. cabbie working the night shift detours through the Twilight Zone and gets into a car chase with himself. Buckle up.
Desperate Hours 1990R☆☆☆☆ A chastised family man comes home to find his wife and kids held hostage by an escaped psychopath. The FBI has itching trigger fingers.
Escape Room 2019PG-13☆☆☆☆ Six unconnected strangers play Escape Room for money, only to discover the penalties are lethal, the safety features minimal, and escape chances marginal.
Greta 2018R☆☆☆☆ Mom is gone. Dad has moved on. Cruella is running a con. And a callow Bostonian in the Big Apple is the mark.
Happy Death Day 2U 2019PG-13☆☆☆☆ Bayfield U. coed runs afoul of a mad physics experiment. Cutting edge physics meets baby face killer.
High Sierra 1941G-PG☆☆☆☆ A pardoned con needs to pull one last job before going straight. Whatever happens, he's not going back in the joint.
The International 2009R☆☆☆☆ The heat is on a shady international bank that will stop at nothing to protect itself. A jaded investigator won't let up. People die.
John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum 2019R☆☆☆☆ John Wick having been banned from The Table must curry scraps of favor to survive an ungodly number of bounty hunters. There is nowhere to run.
Miss Bala 2019PG-13☆☆☆★ A Hollywood makeup artist finds herself embroiled in a drug war when she travels to Tijuana to help her friend in a beauty pageant.
The Missing 2003R☆☆☆☆ A frontier medicine woman loses her elder daughter to marauding renegades and must accept help from her estranged, Indian-pretender father to recover the lass.
The Mule 2018R☆☆☆ A 90-year-old drug mule has unresolved family issues that impinge on his new trade when he gets a stricter boss. Out of the frying pan ...
Murder at 1600 1997R☆☆☆★ A hapless D.C. detective gets in over his head trying to solve a murder in the White House. His hobby is history.
Mute Witness 2015R☆☆☆☆ A foreign made slasher production runs afoul of the Russian mob when a dumb crew member witnesses something unspeakable. They're not in Kansas anymore.
A Perfect Murder 1998R☆☆☆☆☆ A struggling artist beds the trophy wife of a Wall Street wizard. Chickens come home to roost.
The Recruit 2003PG-13☆☆☆☆ Obsessed with his dad's mysterious, untimely death, a peripatetic oil company brat is ripe pickings for CIA recruitment. Naturally talented.
Replicas 2019PG-13☆☆☆☆☆ A neurologist enlists a clone scientist to help him replicate his dead family. Clones aren't built in a day.
River Runs Red 2018NR☆☆ Appalachian blood feud crosses the blue line as the plot staggers into the Twilight Zone. Experimental cinema at its cheesiest.
Robin Hood (2018) 2018PG-13☆☆☆ A returned crusader lord disguised with a hood robs from the rich and gives to the poor in merry old England. Against much opposition.
The Score 2001R☆☆☆☆ An about-to-retire jewel thief goes on one last heist with a sharp but volatile neophyte partner. It all goes downhill.
Serenity 2005PG-13☆☆☆ Space smugglers cache a small psychic who holds important intel that threatens the regime. Dangers abound.
Serenity 2019R☆☆☆☆ An island recluse fishes for the beast that haunts his dreams, communes via esp with his distant son, and sandbags his ex who is all too tangible. A black cat dogs his steps.
Spy Game 2001R☆☆☆☆ A tangled web of loyalties leaves a CIA contractor in the lurch unless his mentor can work miracles. Do or die.
Stuber 2019R☆☆☆☆ A hard cop improvises with Uber to pursue the suspect he's gunning for. The driver just wants five stars before he's off to get laid.
Thr3e 2006PG-13☆☆☆☆ The killer's riddles have expiration times, his copycat's are more manageable, and the harried seminary student faces deadlines.
U.S. Marshals 1998PG-13☆☆☆ A Deputy Marshal relentlessly pursues a federal fugitive adept at spycraft who's trying to prove his innocence on the run. Intense.
xXx 2002PG-13☆☆☆ An extreme sports maven gets dragooned into the spy business where he waxes heroic. Action abounds.
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
Legends of the Fall 1994R☆☆☆☆ An Indian wars vet heads to Montana to begin again. His piece of the American pie gets picked clean by the vicissitudes of life.
Overlord 2018R☆☆☆☆ A small band of Allied paratroopers landing in occupied France to prepare for D-Day find their target infested with Nazi super-soldiers. This experimental batch isn't stable.
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
Big Kill 2018R☆☆☆☆☆ Two card sharps and a widower drift into Big Kill, Arizona, to find the boomtown gone bust and their welcome worn thin. Time to fish or cut bait.
Legends of the Fall 1994R☆☆☆☆ An Indian wars vet heads to Montana to begin again. His piece of the American pie gets picked clean by the vicissitudes of life.
The Missing 2003R☆☆☆☆ A frontier medicine woman loses her elder daughter to marauding renegades and must accept help from her estranged, Indian-pretender father to recover the lass.
Once Upon a Time
... in Hollywood
2019R☆☆☆☆☆ A fading TV star and a flying high stuntman w/his fighting pet bulldog interrupt the sixties flow with fake news and fried hippie.
Silverado 1985PG-13☆☆☆☆☆ Four hombres who were run out of one western town join to fight corruption in and around the next town over.

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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