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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 Point 2001R☆☆☆★ After a score gone sour and a marriage gone south, a couple of crooks and a fisherman run into female trouble. Out of the frying pan ...
Command Performance 2009R☆☆☆ A rocker and a rookie take on Russian terrorists in the concert Arena. Somebody deserves a medal and someone a backhanded compliment.
Ford v. Ferrari 2019PG-13☆☆☆☆☆ Historical reenactment of a 1960s corporate contest focusing on the men and their philosophies. Lots of fast racing.
The Gentlemen 2020R☆☆☆☆ A British drug lord looks to retire while various wheelers and dealers look to dice up his business ... or dice up him. A feeding frenzy ensues.
Next 2007PG-13☆☆☆ A reluctant stage magician with reliable precog is recruited by the FBI to hunt for a terrorist nuke. His girlfriend gets kidnapped.
The Rhythm Section 2020R☆☆☆ A sorry looking heroin whore after learning the plane accident that killed her family was no accident decides to make somebody else sorry.
Underwater 2020PG-13☆☆☆☆ Scientists stranded on the sea floor migrate to an abandoned drilling station looking for escape pods. To the monsters they're lunch.
Title YearRating StarsDescription
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory 2005PG☆☆☆☆☆ Some lucky boys and girls get to tour a chocolate factory deluxe. The luckiest one is apprenticed.
Fantasy Island 2020PG-13☆☆☆ Five hapless contest winners, a stranded PI, a kidnapped girl and a queer staff mix up their fantasies and fears on a tropical island.
Welcome to the Jungle 2007NR☆☆☆ Four foolhardy wayfarers bite off more than they can chew on an ill advised trek into cannibal territory. Two camcorders tell the tale.
Title YearRating StarsDescription
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood 2019PG☆☆ A jaded journalist pens a puff piece on a children's celeb and finds inner peace. Inspired by a true tale.
Changeling 2008PG☆☆☆☆ The wrong child is returned home to a woman whose son disappeared. The police don't care. They're looking to avoid embarrassment.
Charlie Wilson's War 2007R☆☆☆☆ A second-rate congressman and a marginalized CIA officer conspire together on the demise of the Soviet Union. Truth is stranger than fiction.
Ford v. Ferrari 2019PG-13☆☆☆☆☆ Historical reenactment of a 1960s corporate contest focusing on the men and their philosophies. Lots of fast racing.
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
About a Boy 2002PG-13☆☆☆☆ A single man of 38 and a 12-yr-old misfit boy join forces for their mutual benefit. One finds a woman and the other discovers girls.
Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason 2004R☆☆☆ A jilted British bird reclaims a lost boyfriend but is it going anywhere? Time will tell.
Cats 2019PG☆☆☆☆ A curious cat finds herself at a full moon festival featuring a kitty singing slam. She gets a front row seat.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory 2005PG☆☆☆☆☆ Some lucky boys and girls get to tour a chocolate factory deluxe. The luckiest one is apprenticed.
Charlie Wilson's War 2007R☆☆☆☆ A second-rate congressman and a marginalized CIA officer conspire together on the demise of the Soviet Union. Truth is stranger than fiction.
Downhill 2020R☆☆☆☆ A family on holiday to lift their spirits find themselves getting even more depressed on an alpine slippery slope.
Impractical Jokers: The Movie 2020PG-13☆☆☆ A comedy team of highschoolers never grown up challenge themselves with outrageous pranks on a road trip to Miami.
Knives Out 2019R☆☆☆☆☆ A curmudgeon, crime novelist passes the torch to the next generation with the game afoot. A Sherlock Holmes spinoff investigates his apparent suicide.
License to Wed 2007PG-13☆☆☆☆ Family forces a fawning couple to take a marriage prep course before they wed. Class is realistic to a fault.
Lucky Number 2015TV-14☆☆☆ A wannabe sportscaster is assigned his idol's old phone number loaded with texts from fawning sycophants. He reaps the benefits for himself.
Nine Months 1995PG-13☆☆☆☆ A successful shrink's girlfriend is pg, giving him nine months to fish or cut bait. How could this be? Duh.
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
Black Point 2001R☆☆☆★ After a score gone sour and a marriage gone south, a couple of crooks and a fisherman run into female trouble. Out of the frying pan ...
Changeling 2008PG☆☆☆☆ The wrong child is returned home to a woman whose son disappeared. The police don't care. They're looking to avoid embarrassment.
The Departed 2006R☆☆☆☆ Multiple foxes in chicken costumes guard the henhouses in South Boston. I smell a rat.
The Gentlemen 2020R☆☆☆☆ A British drug lord looks to retire while various wheelers and dealers look to dice up his business ... or dice up him. A feeding frenzy ensues.
Knives Out 2019R☆☆☆☆☆ A curmudgeon, crime novelist passes the torch to the next generation with the game afoot. A Sherlock Holmes spinoff investigates his apparent suicide.
Uncut Gems 2019R☆☆☆☆ A NYC Jewish gem merchant/hustler acquires a rare African opal collection that is like to be his undoing. Going, going, gone!
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
Rameses: wrath of God or man? 2004NA☆☆☆ A recap of the Exodus story with an alternate ending for Pharaoh's son. Pretty conjectural but with good imagery.
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
1917 2019R☆☆☆☆ Two British grunts in WWI are given a dangerous mission crossing enemy lines to save a battalion. Nonstop tension.
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood 2019PG☆☆ A jaded journalist pens a puff piece on a children's celeb and finds inner peace. Inspired by a true tale.
About a Boy 2002PG-13☆☆☆☆ A single man of 38 and a 12-yr-old misfit boy join forces for their mutual benefit. One finds a woman and the other discovers girls.
Black Point 2001R☆☆☆★ After a score gone sour and a marriage gone south, a couple of crooks and a fisherman run into female trouble. Out of the frying pan ...
Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason 2004R☆☆☆ A jilted British bird reclaims a lost boyfriend but is it going anywhere? Time will tell.
Cats 2019PG☆☆☆☆ A curious cat finds herself at a full moon festival featuring a kitty singing slam. She gets a front row seat.
Changeling 2008PG☆☆☆☆ The wrong child is returned home to a woman whose son disappeared. The police don't care. They're looking to avoid embarrassment.
Charlie Wilson's War 2007R☆☆☆☆ A second-rate congressman and a marginalized CIA officer conspire together on the demise of the Soviet Union. Truth is stranger than fiction.
Command Performance 2009R☆☆☆ A rocker and a rookie take on Russian terrorists in the concert Arena. Somebody deserves a medal and someone a backhanded compliment.
The Departed 2006R☆☆☆☆ Multiple foxes in chicken costumes guard the henhouses in South Boston. I smell a rat.
Downhill 2020R☆☆☆☆ A family on holiday to lift their spirits find themselves getting even more depressed on an alpine slippery slope.
Ford v. Ferrari 2019PG-13☆☆☆☆☆ Historical reenactment of a 1960s corporate contest focusing on the men and their philosophies. Lots of fast racing.
I Still Believe 2020PG☆☆☆☆ A Christian singer learns from painful experience how to relate his music to his audience who have pains of their own.
Knives Out 2019R☆☆☆☆☆ A curmudgeon, crime novelist passes the torch to the next generation with the game afoot. A Sherlock Holmes spinoff investigates his apparent suicide.
The Rhythm Section 2020R☆☆☆ A sorry looking heroin whore after learning the plane accident that killed her family was no accident decides to make somebody else sorry.
Richard Jewell 2019R☆☆☆ A hero rent-a-cop becomes the FBI's prime suspect for a bombing, and a media target as well, disrupting his quiet life big time.
Uncut Gems 2019R☆☆☆☆ A NYC Jewish gem merchant/hustler acquires a rare African opal collection that is like to be his undoing. Going, going, gone!
Underwater 2020PG-13☆☆☆☆ Scientists stranded on the sea floor migrate to an abandoned drilling station looking for escape pods. To the monsters they're lunch.
Unforgiven 1992R☆☆☆☆☆ The Temperance Gang enter the streets of Big Whiskey, Wyoming and the pages of another dime novel. How the west was lost.
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
Cats 2019PG☆☆☆☆ A curious cat finds herself at a full moon festival featuring a kitty singing slam. She gets a front row seat.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory 2005PG☆☆☆☆☆ Some lucky boys and girls get to tour a chocolate factory deluxe. The luckiest one is apprenticed.
Gretel & Hansel 2020PG-13☆☆☆ Two cast off siblings become lost in the woods, find a feast in an A-frame, and end up in the kitchen or on the table. PG-13 horror awaits.
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
Changeling 2008PG☆☆☆☆ The wrong child is returned home to a woman whose son disappeared. The police don't care. They're looking to avoid embarrassment.
Charlie Wilson's War 2007R☆☆☆☆ A second-rate congressman and a marginalized CIA officer conspire together on the demise of the Soviet Union. Truth is stranger than fiction.
Ford v. Ferrari 2019PG-13☆☆☆☆☆ Historical reenactment of a 1960s corporate contest focusing on the men and their philosophies. Lots of fast racing.
Rameses: wrath of God or man? 2004NA☆☆☆ A recap of the Exodus story with an alternate ending for Pharaoh's son. Pretty conjectural but with good imagery.
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
Fantasy Island 2020PG-13☆☆☆ Five hapless contest winners, a stranded PI, a kidnapped girl and a queer staff mix up their fantasies and fears on a tropical island.
Gothika 2003R☆☆☆ A female psychiatrist finds herself in the psychiatric ward after being spooked by a ghost. Everyone thinks she's nuts.
Gretel & Hansel 2020PG-13☆☆☆ Two cast off siblings become lost in the woods, find a feast in an A-frame, and end up in the kitchen or on the table. PG-13 horror awaits.
The Invisible Man 2020R☆☆☆☆☆ A female architect is unable to avoid her invisible scientist stalker. But two can play at this game.
Underwater 2020PG-13☆☆☆☆ Scientists stranded on the sea floor migrate to an abandoned drilling station looking for escape pods. To the monsters they're lunch.
Welcome to the Jungle 2007NR☆☆☆ Four foolhardy wayfarers bite off more than they can chew on an ill advised trek into cannibal territory. Two camcorders tell the tale.
Music /
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
Cats 2019PG☆☆☆☆ A curious cat finds herself at a full moon festival featuring a kitty singing slam. She gets a front row seat.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory 2005PG☆☆☆☆☆ Some lucky boys and girls get to tour a chocolate factory deluxe. The luckiest one is apprenticed.
I Still Believe 2020PG☆☆☆☆ A Christian singer learns from painful experience how to relate his music to his audience who have pains of their own.
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
Black Point 2001R☆☆☆★ After a score gone sour and a marriage gone south, a couple of crooks and a fisherman run into female trouble. Out of the frying pan ...
Changeling 2008PG☆☆☆☆ The wrong child is returned home to a woman whose son disappeared. The police don't care. They're looking to avoid embarrassment.
Fantasy Island 2020PG-13☆☆☆ Five hapless contest winners, a stranded PI, a kidnapped girl and a queer staff mix up their fantasies and fears on a tropical island.
Gothika 2003R☆☆☆ A female psychiatrist finds herself in the psychiatric ward after being spooked by a ghost. Everyone thinks she's nuts.
The Invisible Man 2020R☆☆☆☆☆ A female architect is unable to avoid her invisible scientist stalker. But two can play at this game.
Knives Out 2019R☆☆☆☆☆ A curmudgeon, crime novelist passes the torch to the next generation with the game afoot. A Sherlock Holmes spinoff investigates his apparent suicide.
The Rhythm Section 2020R☆☆☆ A sorry looking heroin whore after learning the plane accident that killed her family was no accident decides to make somebody else sorry.
Uncut Gems 2019R☆☆☆☆ A NYC Jewish gem merchant/hustler acquires a rare African opal collection that is like to be his undoing. Going, going, gone!
Underwater 2020PG-13☆☆☆☆ Scientists stranded on the sea floor migrate to an abandoned drilling station looking for escape pods. To the monsters they're lunch.
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
About a Boy 2002PG-13☆☆☆☆ A single man of 38 and a 12-yr-old misfit boy join forces for their mutual benefit. One finds a woman and the other discovers girls.
Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason 2004R☆☆☆ A jilted British bird reclaims a lost boyfriend but is it going anywhere? Time will tell.
I Still Believe 2020PG☆☆☆☆ A Christian singer learns from painful experience how to relate his music to his audience who have pains of their own.
License to Wed 2007PG-13☆☆☆☆ Family forces a fawning couple to take a marriage prep course before they wed. Class is realistic to a fault.
Nine Months 1995PG-13☆☆☆☆ A successful shrink's girlfriend is pg, giving him nine months to fish or cut bait. How could this be? Duh.
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
The Invisible Man 2020R☆☆☆☆☆ A female architect is unable to avoid her invisible scientist stalker. But two can play at this game.
Next 2007PG-13☆☆☆ A reluctant stage magician with reliable precog is recruited by the FBI to hunt for a terrorist nuke. His girlfriend gets kidnapped.
Underwater 2020PG-13☆☆☆☆ Scientists stranded on the sea floor migrate to an abandoned drilling station looking for escape pods. To the monsters they're lunch.
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
Black Point 2001R☆☆☆★ After a score gone sour and a marriage gone south, a couple of crooks and a fisherman run into female trouble. Out of the frying pan ...
Changeling 2008PG☆☆☆☆ The wrong child is returned home to a woman whose son disappeared. The police don't care. They're looking to avoid embarrassment.
Command Performance 2009R☆☆☆ A rocker and a rookie take on Russian terrorists in the concert Arena. Somebody deserves a medal and someone a backhanded compliment.
The Departed 2006R☆☆☆☆ Multiple foxes in chicken costumes guard the henhouses in South Boston. I smell a rat.
Gothika 2003R☆☆☆ A female psychiatrist finds herself in the psychiatric ward after being spooked by a ghost. Everyone thinks she's nuts.
Knives Out 2019R☆☆☆☆☆ A curmudgeon, crime novelist passes the torch to the next generation with the game afoot. A Sherlock Holmes spinoff investigates his apparent suicide.
Next 2007PG-13☆☆☆ A reluctant stage magician with reliable precog is recruited by the FBI to hunt for a terrorist nuke. His girlfriend gets kidnapped.
The Rhythm Section 2020R☆☆☆ A sorry looking heroin whore after learning the plane accident that killed her family was no accident decides to make somebody else sorry.
Uncut Gems 2019R☆☆☆☆ A NYC Jewish gem merchant/hustler acquires a rare African opal collection that is like to be his undoing. Going, going, gone!
Welcome to the Jungle 2007NR☆☆☆ Four foolhardy wayfarers bite off more than they can chew on an ill advised trek into cannibal territory. Two camcorders tell the tale.
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
1917 2019R☆☆☆☆ Two British grunts in WWI are given a dangerous mission crossing enemy lines to save a battalion. Nonstop tension.
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
Unforgiven 1992R☆☆☆☆☆ The Temperance Gang enter the streets of Big Whiskey, Wyoming and the pages of another dime novel. How the west was lost.

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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