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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.
Angels & Demons 2009PG-13☆☆☆ Science conflicts with religion as a new pope is about to be chosen while the Vatican is under a terrorist threat.
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.
Honest Thief 2020PG-13☆☆☆☆ An unlikely crook decides to fess up after meeting his dream girl, only to be betrayed by the fibbies. One good deed—
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.
Magnum Force 1973R☆☆☆☆ SFPD cop 'Dirty' Harry demurs from joining a vigilante gang only to find himself their next target ... along with his new partner.
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.
The Silencing 2020R☆☆☆☆ A neophyte female sheriff pursues a killer-for-sport while covering for her suspected brother. Saints preserve us.
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.
To End All Wars 2001R☆☆☆☆ A captured Scotsman and his mates teach other POWs book learning, impress the Nips and hope WW II ends.
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.
Interstellar 2014PG-13☆☆☆☆ An ex-pilot leaves farm and family to lead an expedition across the galaxy to find a new planet for Earth's desperate population.
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.
Max Reload and
The Nether Blasters
2020NR☆☆★ Dyed-in-the-wool game developers tap into an ancient evil that threatens mankind. Where's the Kill Switch?
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.
Spies Like Us 1985PG☆☆☆☆ Two secret agent wannabes are used as decoys so the real ones can go unhindered. But plans go awry.
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.
The Broken
Hearts Gallery
2020PG-13☆☆☆☆ A compulsive hoarder of mementos fills a gallery under construction with other people's memories and hers. So sad.
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.
Darling Lili 1970G☆☆☆☆☆ A WWI British entertainer passes intel to her German handler, from her RFC beau who she suspects is fooling around in France.
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.
The Last Shift 2020R☆☆☆☆ Changing of the guard puts a strain on integration in a fast food joint. Everybody means well.
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.
Max Reload and
The Nether Blasters
2020NR☆☆★ Dyed-in-the-wool game developers tap into an ancient evil that threatens mankind. Where's the Kill Switch?
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.
Spies Like Us 1985PG☆☆☆☆ Two secret agent wannabes are used as decoys so the real ones can go unhindered. But plans go awry.
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.
Guilty Conscience 1985UK-PG☆☆☆ A consummate defense atty plans the perfect murder. His ditsy accomplice has her own plans.
Honest Thief 2020PG-13☆☆☆☆ An unlikely crook decides to fess up after meeting his dream girl, only to be betrayed by the fibbies. One good deed—
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.
Magnum Force 1973R☆☆☆☆ SFPD cop 'Dirty' Harry demurs from joining a vigilante gang only to find himself their next target ... along with his new partner.
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.
The Silencing 2020R☆☆☆☆ A neophyte female sheriff pursues a killer-for-sport while covering for her suspected brother. Saints preserve us.
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!
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
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.
2 Hearts 2020PG-13☆☆☆☆☆ True love yields unexpected entanglement in the lives of two diverse couples. Who woulda thunk it?
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 ...
Blood and Sand 1941Cert.☆☆☆☆ A Spaniard of old rises to fame as a matador only to face the same temptations plaguing modern rock stars.
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.
Come Play 2020PG-13☆☆☆☆ A non-speaking autistic kid finds solace in his screens, which opens a portal to a creature of another world.
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.
Darling Lili 1970G☆☆☆☆☆ A WWI British entertainer passes intel to her German handler, from her RFC beau who she suspects is fooling around in France.
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.
Guilty Conscience 1985UK-PG☆☆☆ A consummate defense atty plans the perfect murder. His ditsy accomplice has her own plans.
Homefront 2013Cert.☆☆ Three POWs reminisce about their last day before deployment as they nervously await their fate.
Honest Thief 2020PG-13☆☆☆☆ An unlikely crook decides to fess up after meeting his dream girl, only to be betrayed by the fibbies. One good deed—
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.
Interstellar 2014PG-13☆☆☆☆ An ex-pilot leaves farm and family to lead an expedition across the galaxy to find a new planet for Earth's desperate population.
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 Last Shift 2020R☆☆☆☆ Changing of the guard puts a strain on integration in a fast food joint. Everybody means well.
The Lighthouse 2019R☆☆☆☆ Two 19th century lighthouse keepers are marooned by a storm. Madness is the order of the day.
Little Lord
Fontleroy
1936Cert.☆☆☆☆☆ A beloved, fatherless, Brooklyn boy is tapped to be an hereditary earl in England. A big move is in store for him.
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.
To End All Wars 2001R☆☆☆☆ A captured Scotsman and his mates teach other POWs book learning, impress the Nips and hope WW II ends.
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.
Yellow Rose 2020PG-13☆☆☆ A Filipino illegal in Texas is on thin ice after her mom is taken by ICE but having overlooked her. It's a wake up call.
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.
Guilty Conscience 1985UK-PG☆☆☆ A consummate defense atty plans the perfect murder. His ditsy accomplice has her own plans.
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
Come Play 2020PG-13☆☆☆☆ A non-speaking autistic kid finds solace in his screens, which opens a portal to a creature of another world.
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.
Darling Lili 1970G☆☆☆☆☆ A WWI British entertainer passes intel to her German handler, from her RFC beau who she suspects is fooling around in France.
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.
Yellow Rose 2020PG-13☆☆☆ A Filipino illegal in Texas is on thin ice after her mom is taken by ICE but having overlooked her. It's a wake up call.
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
Angels & Demons 2009PG-13☆☆☆ Science conflicts with religion as a new pope is about to be chosen while the Vatican is under a terrorist threat.
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.
Come Play 2020PG-13☆☆☆☆ A non-speaking autistic kid finds solace in his screens, which opens a portal to a creature of another world.
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.
Guilty Conscience 1985UK-PG☆☆☆ A consummate defense atty plans the perfect murder. His ditsy accomplice has her own plans.
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.
Magnum Force 1973R☆☆☆☆ SFPD cop 'Dirty' Harry demurs from joining a vigilante gang only to find himself their next target ... along with his new partner.
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
2 Hearts 2020PG-13☆☆☆☆☆ True love yields unexpected entanglement in the lives of two diverse couples. Who woulda thunk it?
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.
The Broken
Hearts Gallery
2020PG-13☆☆☆☆ A compulsive hoarder of mementos fills a gallery under construction with other people's memories and hers. So sad.
Darling Lili 1970G☆☆☆☆☆ A WWI British entertainer passes intel to her German handler, from her RFC beau who she suspects is fooling around in France.
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
Angels & Demons 2009PG-13☆☆☆ Science conflicts with religion as a new pope is about to be chosen while the Vatican is under a terrorist threat.
Archive 2020NR☆☆☆☆ A robotics designer tries to bring back his electronically preserved wife from the great beyond. And keep it a secret.
Interstellar 2014PG-13☆☆☆☆ An ex-pilot leaves farm and family to lead an expedition across the galaxy to find a new planet for Earth's desperate population.
The Invisible Man 2020R☆☆☆☆☆ A female architect is unable to avoid her invisible scientist stalker. But two can play at this game.
Max Reload and
The Nether Blasters
2020NR☆☆★ Dyed-in-the-wool game developers tap into an ancient evil that threatens mankind. Where's the Kill Switch?
Max Winslow and
the House of Secrets
2019PG☆☆☆ Five high school students match wits with a machine intelligent house and each other in a rich man's 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
Blood and Sand 1941Cert.☆☆☆☆ A Spaniard of old rises to fame as a matador only to face the same temptations plaguing modern rock stars.
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.
Angels & Demons 2009PG-13☆☆☆ Science conflicts with religion as a new pope is about to be chosen while the Vatican is under a terrorist threat.
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.
Guilty Conscience 1985UK-PG☆☆☆ A consummate defense atty plans the perfect murder. His ditsy accomplice has her own plans.
Honest Thief 2020PG-13☆☆☆☆ An unlikely crook decides to fess up after meeting his dream girl, only to be betrayed by the fibbies. One good deed—
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?
Interstellar 2014PG-13☆☆☆☆ An ex-pilot leaves farm and family to lead an expedition across the galaxy to find a new planet for Earth's desperate population.
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.
Magnum Force 1973R☆☆☆☆ SFPD cop 'Dirty' Harry demurs from joining a vigilante gang only to find himself their next target ... along with his new partner.
Max Winslow and
the House of Secrets
2019PG☆☆☆ Five high school students match wits with a machine intelligent house and each other in a rich man's game.
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.
The Silencing 2020R☆☆☆☆ A neophyte female sheriff pursues a killer-for-sport while covering for her suspected brother. Saints preserve us.
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.
Darling Lili 1970G☆☆☆☆☆ A WWI British entertainer passes intel to her German handler, from her RFC beau who she suspects is fooling around in France.
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.
To End All Wars 2001R☆☆☆☆ A captured Scotsman and his mates teach other POWs book learning, impress the Nips and hope WW II ends.
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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