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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Title YearRating StarsDescription
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
Ball of Fire 1941G-PG☆☆☆☆☆ Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs burlesque. Pedagogue expands his horizons by slumming it.
Book Club 2018PG-13☆☆☆☆ Four sexagenarians of the fair sex explore a sexy book club selection. Easier read than done.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 ...
Replicas 2019PG-13☆☆☆☆☆ A neurologist enlists a clone scientist to help him replicate his dead family. Clones aren't built in a day.
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
The Beast 1996PG-13☆☆☆☆ An island tourist community is terrorized by a threat from the briny deep. The fish are biting today.
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.
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.
Music /
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.
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.
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.
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 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 ...
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.
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
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.
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.
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.
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.
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
The Beast 1996PG-13☆☆☆☆ An island tourist community is terrorized by a threat from the briny deep. The fish are biting today.
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 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
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
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
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

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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