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Movie Reviews

From a biblical perspective

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.

Movie genres


Action | Adventure | Biography | Comedy | Crime | Documentary | Drama | Fantasy | Film Noir | History | Horror | Music/al | Mystery | Romance | Sci-Fi | Sport | Thriller | War | Western |

TABLE OF CONTENTS
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
The A-Team 2010PG-13☆☆☆☆ A seasoned Army Ranger unit handles a tough assignment with aplomb. They get betrayed as usual.
Bad Boys for Life 2020R☆☆☆☆ Two charmed Miami policemen tango with family responsibility and passing the torch. Their pasts catch them up.
Basic 2003R☆☆☆☆ Six Ranger cadets and their drill sergeant meet misadventure in the jungle. An in-house investigation ensues.
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.
Force of Nature 2020R☆☆☆★ A washout, a rookie, and a doctor attempt to rescue a cat person, a has-been and a kraut from the huns during a storm.
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.
The Hunt 2020R☆☆☆☆ Texting madness leads to hot combat: the elites hunting deplorables for sport. The hunted fight back.
The Last Drop 2006R☆☆☆★ A British plan to reclaim Nazi plunder from occupied Holland runs afoul of some black marketeers and some well meaning Yanks.
Midway 2019PG-13☆☆☆☆☆ A faithful telling of the critical Battle of Midway in WW II. Lots of nail-biting action. Cockpit views galore.
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.
Piranha 1972PG☆☆☆ A photodocumentary crew runs afoul of a mad hunter in the remote jungles of Venezuela. Evolution took a fork.
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.
Safe House 2012R☆☆☆☆ When professional assassins crash a CIA safe house, it's up to the rookie there to save the guest. Or die trying.
Survive the Night 2020R☆☆☆ A full moon and a busy night for the crooks and rednecks of rural Georgia.
Three Kings 1999R☆☆☆☆ Five opportunistic soldiers endeavor to sweeten the pot of victory after Desert Storm by pilfering unclaimed Kuwaiti gold.
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.
Unhinged 2020R☆☆☆☆☆ A stressful commute turns deadly when a divorcing mother having a bad hair day crosses paths with a peeved daddy bear.
VFW 2019NR★★★★ VFW Post 2494 fights a war with the druggies across the street. A night action.
War, Inc. 2008R☆☆☆☆ A CIA assassin confronts his own demons while making the world safe for democracy, corporate America style.
Title YearRating StarsDescription
The A-Team 2010PG-13☆☆☆☆ A seasoned Army Ranger unit handles a tough assignment with aplomb. They get betrayed as usual.
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.
The Last Drop 2006R☆☆☆★ A British plan to reclaim Nazi plunder from occupied Holland runs afoul of some black marketeers and some well meaning Yanks.
Midway 2019PG-13☆☆☆☆☆ A faithful telling of the critical Battle of Midway in WW II. Lots of nail-biting action. Cockpit views galore.
Piranha 1972PG☆☆☆ A photodocumentary crew runs afoul of a mad hunter in the remote jungles of Venezuela. Evolution took a fork.
Three Kings 1999R☆☆☆☆ Five opportunistic soldiers endeavor to sweeten the pot of victory after Desert Storm by pilfering unclaimed Kuwaiti gold.
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.
The Current War 2019PG-13 Three historical figures struggle with science, economics and public opinion to electrify America. The story behind the names.
Empire of the Sun 1987PG☆☆☆☆ When Japan invades Shanghai in 1941, an English boy of nine must live by his wits after he gets separated from his parents.
Ford v. Ferrari 2019PG-13☆☆☆☆☆ Historical reenactment of a 1960s corporate contest focusing on the men and their philosophies. Lots of fast racing.
The Hurricane 1999R☆☆☆ A black, middleweight boxer becomes a folk legend in the heyday of the civil rights movement when convicted of a crime on questionable grounds.
Just Mercy 2020PG-13☆☆☆ A newly minted black Harvard grad seeks to redress injustice on Alabama's Death Row. The convicts love him.
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.
Bad Boys for Life 2020R☆☆☆☆ Two charmed Miami policemen tango with family responsibility and passing the torch. Their pasts catch them up.
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.
Garden State 2004R☆☆☆ A struggling L.A. actor visits his NJ hometown and reprises spent opportunities. There he meets someone.
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.
The Ladykillers 2004R☆☆☆☆☆ A canny old landlady unearths a criminal conspiracy in her root cellar and gives her distinguished tenant an ultimatum.
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.
No Reservations 2007PG☆☆☆☆ A controlling, female chef is forced to get a life when she takes up her orphaned niece and takes on a sous-chef. He's a hunk.
Out of Sight 1998R☆☆☆☆ A career criminal and a female marshal connect during a jail break and follow up afterwards. Somebody gets lucky.
Three Kings 1999R☆☆☆☆ Five opportunistic soldiers endeavor to sweeten the pot of victory after Desert Storm by pilfering unclaimed Kuwaiti gold.
Vivarium 2019PG-13☆☆☆ A callow couple gets caught in a real estate scam in the Twilight Zone. It's their starter home for life.
War, Inc. 2008R☆☆☆☆ A CIA assassin confronts his own demons while making the world safe for democracy, corporate America style.
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
Bad Boys for Life 2020R☆☆☆☆ Two charmed Miami policemen tango with family responsibility and passing the torch. Their pasts catch them up.
Basic 2003R☆☆☆☆ Six Ranger cadets and their drill sergeant meet misadventure in the jungle. An in-house investigation ensues.
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.
I See You 2019R☆☆☆☆ A big crime in a small town, investigated by their finest who are not at their best. Who is?
Just Mercy 2020PG-13☆☆☆ A newly minted black Harvard grad seeks to redress injustice on Alabama's Death Row. The convicts love him.
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 Ladykillers 2004R☆☆☆☆☆ A canny old landlady unearths a criminal conspiracy in her root cellar and gives her distinguished tenant an ultimatum.
The Last Drop 2006R☆☆☆★ A British plan to reclaim Nazi plunder from occupied Holland runs afoul of some black marketeers and some well meaning Yanks.
Mystic River 2003R☆☆☆☆ Three Boston boys move on to their adult lives after one of them survives an abduction. What if?
The Night Clerk 2020R☆☆☆☆ An autistic night clerk sees more than he bargained for. A change of motel moves him out of the frying pan into the line of fire.
Out of Sight 1998R☆☆☆☆ A career criminal and a female marshal connect during a jail break and follow up afterwards. Somebody gets lucky.
Postcard Killings 2020NR☆☆☆☆ A NYC detective hunts the serial killer(s) of his daughter across Europe. His unofficial help isn't always welcome.
Shade 2003R☆☆☆☆☆ A coterie of grifters challenges the reigning poker champ who's on the verge of retiring and wants a high stakes game to go out on.
Two for the Money 2005R☆☆☆☆ A sports tipster in Las Vegas expands to the Big Apple only to lose his roots. Bloom where you're planted.
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.
Vivarium 2019PG-13 A callow couple gets caught in a real estate scam in the Twilight Zone. It's their starter home for life.
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
1917 2019R☆☆☆☆ Two British grunts in WWI are given a dangerous mission crossing enemy lines to save a battalion. Nonstop tension.
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.
Basic 2003R☆☆☆☆ Six Ranger cadets and their drill sergeant meet misadventure in the jungle. An in-house investigation ensues.
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.
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 ...
The Bravados 1958Cert.☆☆☆☆ A gang set to be hanged slips the noose, but not the tracker with a vendetta. A circular plot with a surprise ending.
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.
City Hall 1996R☆☆☆☆ The NYC mayor wants to quell publicity over a black child's death at a police stop in order to attract the DNC. Good luck.
Clemency 2019R☆☆☆☆ Professional competence is a Pyrrhic success for the wardeness of a death sentence penitentiary. No wonder she drinks.
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 Current War 2019PG-13☆☆☆ Three historical figures struggle with science, economics and public opinion to electrify America. The story behind the names.
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.
Empire of the Sun 1987PG☆☆☆☆ When Japan invades Shanghai in 1941, an English boy of nine must live by his wits after he gets separated from his parents.
Enigma 2002R☆☆☆☆☆ British code-breakers must try harder while intelligence services look for a mole. A geek has girl troubles.
Force of Nature 2020R☆☆☆★ A washout, a rookie, and a doctor attempt to rescue a cat person, a has-been and a kraut from the huns during a storm.
Ford v. Ferrari 2019PG-13☆☆☆☆☆ Historical reenactment of a 1960s corporate contest focusing on the men and their philosophies. Lots of fast racing.
Garden State 2004R☆☆☆ A struggling L.A. actor visits his NJ hometown and reprises spent opportunities. There he meets someone.
Homefront 2013Cert.☆☆ Three POWs reminisce about their last day before deployment as they nervously await their fate.
The Hurricane 1999R☆☆☆ A black, middleweight boxer becomes a folk legend in the heyday of the civil rights movement when convicted of a crime on questionable grounds.
The Hurt Locker 2009R☆☆☆☆ A bomb disposal squad on their last month in Iraq gets a new team leader who seems hell bent on following the old. Ouch.
I See You 2019R☆☆☆☆ A big crime in a small town, investigated by their finest who are not at their best. Who is?
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.
Just Mercy 2020PG-13☆☆☆ A newly minted black Harvard grad seeks to redress injustice on Alabama's Death Row. The convicts love him.
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.
Last Chance Harvey 2008PG-13☆☆☆☆ She's had a bad hair day and his day was worse. They commiserate in a bar and find solace in each other.
The Lighthouse 2019R☆☆☆☆ Two 19th century lighthouse keepers are marooned by a storm. Madness is the order of the day.
Midway 2019PG-13☆☆☆☆☆ A faithful telling of the critical Battle of Midway in WW II. Lots of nail-biting action. Cockpit views galore.
Million Dollar Baby 2004PG-13☆☆☆☆ A troubled boxing trainer uncharacteristically takes a girl under his wing and then to the championships. A life changing experience.
Mystic River 2003R☆☆☆☆ Three Boston boys move on to their adult lives after one of them survives an abduction. What if?
The Night Clerk 2020R☆☆☆☆ An autistic night clerk sees more than he bargained for. A change of motel moves him out of the frying pan into the line of fire.
No Reservations 2007PG☆☆☆☆ A controlling, female chef is forced to get a life when she takes up her orphaned niece and takes on a sous-chef. He's a hunk.
Out of Sight 1998R☆☆☆☆ A career criminal and a female marshal connect during a jail break and follow up afterwards. Somebody gets lucky.
Piranha 1972PG☆☆☆ A photodocumentary crew runs afoul of a mad hunter in the remote jungles of Venezuela. Evolution took a fork.
Postcard Killings 2020NR☆☆☆☆ A NYC detective hunts the serial killer(s) of his daughter across Europe. His unofficial help isn't always welcome.
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.
Run 201712+☆☆☆ A virgin bride gets kidnapped on her wedding night. Her taken aback groom races to find her before she is shipped to Cuba.
The Shack 2017PG-13☆☆☆ A country bumpkin has a reckoning with his inner demons at a remote winter shack. It's a heavy slog.
Slumdog Millionaire 2008R☆☆☆☆☆ An unlikely contestant is poised to win a fortune or lose it all on a single throw. His sorry past stands him in good stead.
The Snake Pit 1948Cert.☆☆☆☆ A young woman suffers a nervous breakdown, is institutionalized, and receives treatment by classic psychotherapy.
Survive the Night 2020R☆☆☆ A full moon and a busy night for the crooks and rednecks of rural Georgia.
Three Kings 1999R☆☆☆☆ Five opportunistic soldiers endeavor to sweeten the pot of victory after Desert Storm by pilfering unclaimed Kuwaiti gold.
Two for the Money 2005R☆☆☆☆ A sports tipster in Las Vegas expands to the Big Apple only to lose his roots. Bloom where you're planted.
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.
You Should Have Left 2020R☆☆☆ A troubled family of three rents a vacation villa in the Wales countryside but their troubles follow them.
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
Bad Boys for Life 2020R☆☆☆☆ Two charmed Miami policemen tango with family responsibility and passing the torch. Their pasts catch them up.
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.
The Lighthouse 2019R☆☆☆☆ Two 19th century lighthouse keepers are marooned by a storm. Madness is the order of the day.
The Shack 2017PG-13☆☆☆ A country bumpkin has a reckoning with his inner demons at a remote winter shack. It's a heavy slog.
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
Clemency 2019R☆☆☆☆ Professional competence is a Pyrrhic success for the wardeness of a death sentence penitentiary. No wonder she drinks.
The Ladykillers 2004R☆☆☆☆☆ A canny old landlady unearths a criminal conspiracy in her root cellar and gives her distinguished tenant an ultimatum.
Last Moment
of Clarity
2020R☆☆☆☆ An idyllic couple trips over their own feet in crime-ridden NYC. The guy returns for more.
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.
The Current War 2019PG-13☆☆ Three historical figures struggle with science, economics and public opinion to electrify America. The story behind the names.
Empire of the Sun 1987PG☆☆☆☆ When Japan invades Shanghai in 1941, an English boy of nine must live by his wits after he gets separated from his parents.
Ford v. Ferrari 2019PG-13☆☆☆☆☆ Historical reenactment of a 1960s corporate contest focusing on the men and their philosophies. Lots of fast racing.
Midway 2019PG-13☆☆☆☆☆ A faithful telling of the critical Battle of Midway in WW II. Lots of nail-biting action. Cockpit views galore.
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 Hunt 2020R☆☆☆☆ Texting madness leads to hot combat: the elites hunting deplorables for sport. The hunted fight back.
I See You 2019R☆☆☆☆ A big crime in a small town, investigated by their finest who are not at their best. Who is?
The Invisible Man 2020R☆☆☆☆☆ A female architect is unable to avoid her invisible scientist stalker. But two can play at this game.
The Lighthouse 2019R☆☆☆☆ Two 19th century lighthouse keepers are marooned by a storm. Madness is the order of the day.
Piranha 1972PG☆☆☆ A photodocumentary crew runs afoul of a mad hunter in the remote jungles of Venezuela. Evolution took a fork.
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.
VFW 2019NR★★★★ VFW Post 2494 fights a war with the druggies across the street. A night action.
Vivarium 2019PG-13☆☆☆☆☆ A callow couple gets caught in a real estate scam in the Twilight Zone. It's their starter home for life.
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.
You Should Have Left 2020R☆☆☆ A troubled family of three rents a vacation villa in the Wales countryside but their troubles follow them.
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
Basic 2003R☆☆☆☆ Six Ranger cadets and their drill sergeant meet misadventure in the jungle. An in-house investigation ensues.
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.
Enigma 2002R☆☆☆☆☆ British code-breakers must try harder while intelligence services look for a mole. A geek has girl troubles.
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.
I See You 2019R☆☆☆☆ A big crime in a small town, investigated by their finest who are not at their best. Who is?
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.
Mystic River 2003R☆☆☆☆ Three Boston boys move on to their adult lives after one of them survives an abduction. What if?
The Night Clerk 2020R☆☆☆☆ An autistic night clerk sees more than he bargained for. A change of motel moves him out of the frying pan into the line of fire.
Postcard Killings 2020NR☆☆☆☆ A NYC detective hunts the serial killer(s) of his daughter across Europe. His unofficial help isn't always welcome.
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.
The Snake Pit 1948Cert.☆☆☆☆ A young woman suffers a nervous breakdown, is institutionalized, and receives treatment by classic psychotherapy.
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.
Vivarium 2019PG-13☆☆☆☆☆ A callow couple gets caught in a real estate scam in the Twilight Zone. It's their starter home for life.
You Should Have Left 2020R☆☆☆ A troubled family of three rents a vacation villa in the Wales countryside but their troubles follow them.
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.
The Bravados 1958Cert.☆☆☆☆ A gang set to be hanged slips the noose, but not the tracker with a vendetta. A circular plot with a surprise ending.
Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason 2004R☆☆☆ A jilted British bird reclaims a lost boyfriend but is it going anywhere? Time will tell.
Enigma 2002R☆☆☆☆☆ British code-breakers must try harder while intelligence services look for a mole. A geek has girl troubles.
Garden State 2004R☆☆☆ A struggling L.A. actor visits his NJ hometown and reprises spent opportunities. There he meets someone.
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.
Last Chance Harvey 2008PG-13☆☆☆☆ She's had a bad hair day and his day was worse. They commiserate in a bar and find solace in each other.
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.
The Lost Husband 2020PG-13☆☆☆★ A young widow w/2 kids moves to her Aunt Jean's Goat Farm and tries to get on with her life. Slow going.
The Night Clerk 2020R☆☆☆☆ An autistic night clerk sees more than he bargained for. A change of motel moves him out of the frying pan into the line of fire.
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.
No Reservations 2007PG☆☆☆☆ A controlling, female chef is forced to get a life when she takes up her orphaned niece and takes on a sous-chef. He's a hunk.
Out of Sight 1998R☆☆☆☆ A career criminal and a female marshal connect during a jail break and follow up afterwards. Somebody gets lucky.
Slumdog Millionaire 2008R☆☆☆☆☆ An unlikely contestant is poised to win a fortune or lose it all on a single throw. His sorry past stands him in good stead.
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
Archive 2020NR☆☆☆☆ A robotics designer tries to bring back his electronically preserved wife from the great beyond. And keep it a secret.
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.
Vivarium 2019PG-13☆☆☆☆☆ A callow couple gets caught in a real estate scam in the Twilight Zone. It's their starter home for life.
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
The Hurricane 1999R☆☆☆ A black, middleweight boxer becomes a folk legend in the heyday of the civil rights movement when convicted of a crime on questionable grounds.
Million Dollar Baby 2004PG-13☆☆☆☆ A troubled boxing trainer uncharacteristically takes a girl under his wing and then to the championships. A life changing experience.
Red Eye 2005PG-13☆☆☆☆☆ A spry hospitality hostess derails a terrorist mastermind's nefarious plot. School sports pay off.
Two for the Money 2005R☆☆☆☆ A sports tipster in Las Vegas expands to the Big Apple only to lose his roots. Bloom where you're planted.
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
The A-Team 2010PG-13☆☆☆☆ A seasoned Army Ranger unit handles a tough assignment with aplomb. They get betrayed as usual.
Bad Boys for Life 2020R☆☆☆☆ Two charmed Miami policemen tango with family responsibility and passing the torch. Their pasts catch them up.
Basic 2003R☆☆☆☆ Six Ranger cadets and their drill sergeant meet misadventure in the jungle. An in-house investigation ensues.
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 ...
Blood and Money 2020NR☆☆☆ Five desperados pursue an ex-Marine through the forest of Northern Maine to recoup their loot. Somebody's outmatched.
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.
City Hall 1996R☆☆☆ The NYC mayor wants to quell publicity over a black child's death at a police stop in order to attract the DNC. Good luck.
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.
Enigma 2002R☆☆☆☆☆ British code-breakers must try harder while intelligence services look for a mole. A geek has girl troubles.
Gothika 2003R☆☆☆ A female psychiatrist finds herself in the psychiatric ward after being spooked by a ghost. Everyone thinks she's nuts.
The Hunt 2020R☆☆☆☆ Texting madness leads to hot combat: the elites hunting deplorables for sport. The hunted fight back.
The Hurt Locker 2009R☆☆☆☆ A bomb disposal squad on their last month in Iraq gets a new team leader who seems hell bent on following the old. Ouch.
I See You 2019R☆☆☆☆ A big crime in a small town, investigated by their finest who are not at their best. Who is?
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 Ladykillers 2004R☆☆☆☆☆ A canny old landlady unearths a criminal conspiracy in her root cellar and gives her distinguished tenant an ultimatum.
Last Moment
of Clarity
2020R☆☆☆☆ An idyllic couple trips over their own feet in crime-ridden NYC. The guy returns for more.
Mystic River 2003R☆☆☆☆ Three Boston boys move on to their adult lives after one of them survives an abduction. What if?
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 Night Clerk 2020R☆☆☆☆ An autistic night clerk sees more than he bargained for. A change of motel moves him out of the frying pan into the line of fire.
Out of Sight 1998R☆☆☆☆ A career criminal and a female marshal connect during a jail break and follow up afterwards. Somebody gets lucky.
Piranha 1972PG☆☆☆ A photodocumentary crew runs afoul of a mad hunter in the remote jungles of Venezuela. Evolution took a fork.
Postcard Killings 2020NR☆☆☆☆ A NYC detective hunts the serial killer(s) of his daughter across Europe. His unofficial help isn't always welcome.
Red Eye 2005PG-13☆☆☆☆☆ A spry hospitality hostess derails a terrorist mastermind's nefarious plot. School sports pay off.
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.
Safe House 2012R☆☆☆☆ When professional assassins crash a CIA safe house, it's up to the rookie there to save the guest. Or die trying.
Shade 2003R☆☆☆☆☆ A coterie of grifters challenges the reigning poker champ who's on the verge of retiring and wants a high stakes game to go out on.
Survive the Night 2020R☆☆☆ A full moon and a busy night for the crooks and rednecks of rural Georgia.
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!
Unhinged 2020R☆☆☆☆☆ A stressful commute turns deadly when a divorcing mother having a bad hair day crosses paths with a peeved daddy bear.
War, Inc. 2008R☆☆☆☆ A CIA assassin confronts his own demons while making the world safe for democracy, corporate America style.
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.
Empire of the Sun 1987PG☆☆☆☆ When Japan invades Shanghai in 1941, an English boy of nine must live by his wits after he gets separated from his parents.
Enigma 2002R☆☆☆☆☆ British code-breakers must try harder while intelligence services look for a mole. A geek has girl troubles.
The Hurt Locker 2009R☆☆☆☆ A bomb disposal squad on their last month in Iraq gets a new team leader who seems hell bent on following the old. Ouch.
The Last Drop 2006R☆☆☆★ A British plan to reclaim Nazi plunder from occupied Holland runs afoul of some black marketeers and some well meaning Yanks.
Midway 2019PG-13☆☆☆☆☆ A faithful telling of the critical Battle of Midway in WW II. Lots of nail-biting action. Cockpit views galore.
Three Kings 1999R☆☆☆☆ Five opportunistic soldiers endeavor to sweeten the pot of victory after Desert Storm by pilfering unclaimed Kuwaiti gold.
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
The Bravados 1958Cert.☆☆☆☆ A gang set to be hanged slips the noose, but not the tracker with a vendetta. A circular plot with a surprise ending.
Rage at Dawn 1955Cert.☆☆☆★ An ex-Confederate spy infiltrates the ranks of the infamous Reno boys and ushers them into the annals of American folklore.
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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