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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
Above Suspicion 2019R☆☆☆ A rookie FBI man on a hillbilly beat sleeps with his star informant. His chickens come home to roost.
Aquaman 2018PG-13☆☆☆☆ Justice League action hero Aquaman reluctantly ascends the throne of Atlantis to avert a brewing war with the surface world.
Bloody Hell 2021R☆☆☆☆☆ A returned vet runs afoul of civilian life and takes a vacation break overseas. The Yanks are coming.
Born a Champion 2021R☆☆☆ A Jiu-Jitsu instructor competes to support his family but loses till he wins a Pyrrhic victory in a rematch.
City of Fear 2000UK-15☆☆☆ A small-time journalist finds himself in big trouble trying to help a friend in Eastern Europe.
Disturbing the Peace 2020R☆☆☆ People with checkered pasts find mixed welcome in a small hillbilly town. Undertaker's delight.
Echo Boomers 2020R☆☆☆ A gang of six millennials wreak havoc during a crime spree to make a political statement that gets lost in the shuffle.
The Equalizer 2 2018R☆☆☆☆☆ A sequel with more action, bigger words, and loftier ideals. Good acting throughout.
Fatman 2020R☆☆☆☆ A jaded Santa has PR & $ problems in these difficult times. Uncle Sam to the rescue ... perhaps.
The Forever Purge 2021R☆☆☆ Trust anarchists to disrespect the time limit on the annual Purge. When it's over, it ain't over.
The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard 2021R☆☆☆ A bodyguard on sabbatical & a couple on honeymoon must save Europe from Greek tragedy. Pass the ammo, please.
The Marksman 2021PG-13☆☆☆☆ An Arizona rancher takes on a Mexican cartel to protect a fleeing kid. Bullets fly.
News of the World 2020PG-13☆☆☆☆ A post Civil War news reader sets out to return an orphan child to what's left of her family. A tough journey.
Nobody 2021R☆☆☆☆ A home invasion escalates to a gang war. Don't call 9–1–1.
Seized 2020R☆☆☆ A security consultant now living in Mexico must render extraordinary services for the return of his kidnapped son.
Shooter 2007R☆☆☆☆ A retired USMC sniper is recruited as an advisor not realizing he's a patsy for an assassination. Luckily he's well trained.
The Ten Commandments 2006PG-13☆☆☆☆ A retelling of the life of Moses touching on various milestones. Fairly biblical.
Those Wishin' Me Dead 2021R☆☆☆☆ High level intrigue pursues a loose end, a little boy, through a raging Montana forest fire. Whom can he trust?
Vampires 1998R☆☆☆☆ A seasoned crusader hunts the alpha vampire in the New Mexico desert. Day shift plus night overtime.
Walking Tall 2004PG-13☆☆☆ A new sheriff in town cleans up the corruption. Heavy action. Sweet romance.
The Wrath of Man 2021R☆☆☆☆ A new hire for an LA armored car company has his own stake in the game. Bad guys beware!
Title YearRating StarsDescription
Aquaman 2018PG-13☆☆☆☆ Justice League action hero Aquaman reluctantly ascends the throne of Atlantis to avert a brewing war with the surface world.
Chaos Walking 2021PG-13☆☆☆☆ A New World space colony is about to receive their 2nd wave. There's uncertainty below & reentry problems.
News of the World 2020PG-13☆☆☆☆ A post Civil War news reader sets out to return an orphan child to what's left of her family. A tough journey.
The Red Tent 1969G☆☆☆☆ A doomed 1928 Arctic expedition generates a lot of press and drama, along with some serious soul-searching.
The Ten Commandments 2006PG-13☆☆☆☆ A retelling of the life of Moses touching on various milestones. Fairly biblical.
Voyagers 2021PG-13☆☆☆☆ A lifeboat spaceship carries children whose grandkids are to colonize a distant planet. But first they must get there.
Title YearRating StarsDescription
Above Suspicion 2019R☆☆☆ A rookie FBI man on a hillbilly beat sleeps with his star informant. His chickens come home to roost.
The Ten Commandments 2006PG-13☆☆☆☆ A retelling of the life of Moses touching on various milestones. Fairly biblical.
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
Baby Mama 2008PG-13☆☆☆☆ A career woman uses a surrogate to get on the mommy train. Complications ensue.
Cruella 2021PG-13☆☆☆ Backstory of the formative years of Disney's Cruella de Vil. Scary psycho bitch in the making.
Emma 1996G☆☆☆☆ An overconfident aristocrat makes unlikely and unwelcome matches among her friends and family. Live and learn.
The Heartbreak Kid 2007R☆☆☆☆☆ A sports freak bites off more than he can chew marrying a horizontally athletic blonde. The honeymoon goes south.
Henry Poole Is Here 2008PG☆☆☆☆☆ A morose homeowner is cheered by a pretty clerk, a nosy neighbor, a visiting priest, and a divine manifestation.
Hitch 2005PG-13☆☆ A date doctor runs into conflict between his professional and personal lives. Quack, quack.
The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard 2021R☆☆☆ A bodyguard on sabbatical & a couple on honeymoon must save Europe from Greek tragedy. Pass the ammo, please.
Music and Lyrics 2007PG-13☆☆☆ A fading pop star gets a new shot at fame with a little help and a lot of work.
My Best Friend's Girl 2008UK-18☆☆☆ A friendly rebound scheme takes an unexpected turn in a kinky plot. Friendship is on the line as well as romance.
Plus One 2019UK-15☆☆☆☆☆ Two opposite-sex friends team up to attend each other's wedding invites only to find love closer than they thought.
Queen Bees 2021PG-13☆☆☆ Back lives & gray matter. Seniors embark on their final chapters while some have memory loss.
Romy & Michele's High School Reunion 1997R☆☆☆☆☆ Two blondes reprise themselves at their ten year reunion. Success is overvalued and failure underrated.
Thank You for Smoking 2005R☆☆☆☆☆ A tenacious tobacco lobbyist instills in his impressionable preteen son patriotism and a work ethic.
This Is the Army 1943Cert.☆☆☆ A wartime morale booster, patriotism promoter, and revenue generator. Love of country and sweeties.
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
Above Suspicion 2019R☆☆☆ A rookie FBI man on a hillbilly beat sleeps with his star informant. His chickens come home to roost.
Cruella 2021PG-13☆☆☆ Backstory of the formative years of Disney's Cruella de Vil. Scary psycho bitch in the making.
Disturbing the Peace 2020R☆☆☆ People with checkered pasts find mixed welcome in a small hillbilly town. Undertaker's delight.
Echo Boomers 2020R☆☆☆ A gang of six millennials wreak havoc during a crime spree to make a political statement that gets lost in the shuffle.
The Equalizer 2 2018R☆☆☆☆☆ A sequel with more action, bigger words, and loftier ideals. Good acting throughout.
The Forever Purge 2021R☆☆☆ Trust anarchists to disrespect the time limit on the annual Purge. When it's over, it ain't over.
The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard 2021R☆☆☆ A bodyguard on sabbatical & a couple on honeymoon must save Europe from Greek tragedy. Pass the ammo, please.
The Little Things 2021R☆☆☆☆ A haunted former homicide detective revisits a simmering serial case. Don't expect miracles.
Mr. Brooks 2007R☆☆☆☆☆ A driven detective pursues a troubled killer. Family problems abound.
Nobody 2021R☆☆☆☆ A home invasion escalates to a gang war. Don't call 9–1–1.
Promising Young Woman 2020R☆☆☆☆ A traumatized young woman sets herself against the world. Not a good way to make friends.
Walking Tall 2004PG-13☆☆☆ A new sheriff in town cleans up the corruption. Heavy action. Sweet romance.
Whisper 2007R☆☆☆☆ A creepy kid gets kidnapped at Xmas to the undoing of his captors. Ho, ho, ho.
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
Nomadland 2021R☆☆☆☆ Migrantville viewed from over the hill. Sign me up ... or not.
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
Alone 2020R☆☆☆☆☆ A grieving widow relocating in the Pacific NW finds a whole nother kind of grief along the way. A tricky situation.
Born a Champion 2021R☆☆☆ A Jiu-Jitsu instructor competes to support his family but loses until he wins a Pyrrhic victory in a rematch.
The Boys
from Brazil
1978R☆☆☆☆ A neo-Nazi plot is brewing to bring in a fourth reich. Nazi hunters intervene. International intrigue.
Echo Boomers 2020R☆☆☆ A gang of six millennials wreak havoc during a crime spree to make a political statement that gets lost in the shuffle.
Emma 1996G☆☆☆☆ An overconfident aristocrat makes unlikely and unwelcome matches among her friends and family. Live and learn.
Frozen in Fear 2001NR☆☆☆ Art dealers stumble upon a festering crime wave in rural Montana. As if the big city weren't bad enough.
Henry Poole Is Here 2008PG☆☆☆☆☆ A morose homeowner is cheered by a pretty clerk, a nosy neighbor, a visiting priest, and a divine manifestation.
Land 2021PG-13☆☆☆ A personal tragedy compels a city girl to seek solace alone in the wilds of Wyoming. Touch and go survival.
The Little Things 2021R☆☆☆☆ A haunted former homicide detective revisits a simmering serial case. Don't expect miracles.
Mr. Brooks 2007R☆☆☆☆☆ A driven detective pursues a troubled killer. Family problems abound.
News of the World 2020PG-13☆☆☆☆ A post Civil War news reader sets out to return an orphan child to what's left of her family. A tough journey.
Nomadland 2021R☆☆☆☆☆ Migrantville viewed from over the hill. Sign me up ... or not.
Plus One 2019UK-15☆☆☆☆☆ Two opposite-sex friends team up to attend each other's wedding invites only to find love closer than they thought.
Promising Young Woman 2020R☆☆☆☆ A traumatized young woman sets herself against the world. Not a good way to make friends.
Queen Bees 2021PG-13☆☆☆ Back lives & gray matter. Seniors embark on their final chapters while some have memory loss.
A Quiet Place Pt 2 2020PG-13☆☆☆☆ Farmer Lee's wife battles a giant insect scourge. They seek by sound.
The Red Tent 1969G☆☆☆☆ A doomed 1928 Arctic expedition generates a lot of press and drama, along with some serious soul-searching.
Shooter 2007R☆☆☆☆ A retired USMC sniper is recruited as an advisor not realizing he's a patsy for an assassination. Luckily he's well trained.
The Skeleton Key 2005PG-13☆☆☆☆☆ A Yankee caregiver in a Southern home runs afoul of hoodoo spirits she scarcely believes in. That old black magic...
Storm of the Century 1999PG-13☆☆☆☆ Forces both sinister and natural threaten to engulf a Maine coastal town. Spooky stuff.
Streets of Laredo 1995NR☆☆☆☆☆ A wizened bounty hunter heads for his last roundup in the fast-fading old west.
Syriana 2005R☆☆☆☆ Oil deal goes sideways, immigrants lose jobs, CIA gets burned, business wife goes home, prince gets targeted. Business as usual.
The Ten Commandments 2006PG-13☆☆☆☆ A retelling of the life of Moses touching on various milestones. Fairly biblical.
Thank You for Smoking 2005R☆☆☆☆☆ A tenacious tobacco lobbyist instills in his impressionable preteen son patriotism and a work ethic.
Those Wishin' Me Dead 2021R☆☆☆☆ High level intrigue pursues a loose end, a little boy, through a raging Montana forest fire. Whom can he trust?
Whisper 2007R☆☆☆☆ A creepy kid gets kidnapped at Xmas to the undoing of his captors. Ho, ho, ho.
Wild Mt. Thyme 2020PG-13☆☆☆☆☆ Irish neighbours must sort out their lives once the older generation passes and opportunity calls.
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
Aquaman 2018PG-13☆☆☆☆ Justice League action hero Aquaman reluctantly ascends the throne of Atlantis to avert a brewing war with the surface world.
Fatman 2020R☆☆☆☆ A jaded Santa has PR & $ problems in these difficult times. Uncle Sam to the rescue ... perhaps.
Storm of the Century 1999PG-13☆☆☆☆ Forces both sinister and natural threaten to engulf a Maine coastal town. Spooky stuff.
Vampires 1998R☆☆☆☆ A seasoned crusader hunts the alpha vampire in the New Mexico desert. Day shift plus night overtime.
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
Above Suspicion 2019R☆☆☆ A rookie FBI man on a hillbilly beat sleeps with his star informant. His chickens come home to roost.
Body Shot 1994R☆☆☆☆☆ A poor schmuck fixates on his photo subject to his hurt. He's hung out to dry.
Fatman 2020R☆☆☆☆ A jaded Santa has PR & $ problems in these difficult times. Uncle Sam to the rescue ... perhaps.
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
The Ten Commandments 2006PG-13☆☆☆☆ A retelling of the life of Moses touching on various milestones. Fairly biblical.
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
Bloody Hell 2021R☆☆☆☆☆ A returned vet runs afoul of civilian life and takes a vacation break overseas. The Yanks are coming.
The Dark Half 1991R☆☆☆☆☆ A writer's pulp fiction alter ego crosses the boundary of imagination to wreak havoc in the real world.
Deadfall Trail 2009NR☆☆☆ A three week wilderness excursion turns into a nightmare for three hapless dudes. Preparation was not their strong suit.
The Forever Purge 2021R☆☆☆ Trust anarchists to disrespect the time limit on the annual Purge. When it's over, it ain't over.
Frozen in Fear 2001NR☆☆☆ Art dealers stumble upon a festering crime wave in rural Montana. As if the big city weren't bad enough.
In the Earth 2021R☆☆☆ A scientist emotionally involved with a colleague looks for her in the forest where she's immersed in her work.
A Quiet Place Pt 2 2020PG-13☆☆☆☆ Farmer Lee's wife battles a giant insect scourge. They seek by sound.
Separation 2021R☆☆☆ Strange manifestations occur after a separation goes final. A drug trip further messes with reality.
The Skeleton Key 2005PG-13☆☆☆☆☆ A Yankee caregiver in a Southern home runs afoul of hoodoo spirits she scarcely believes in. That old black magic...
Spell 2020R☆☆☆ A black big city lawyer returns to his Appalachian roots where his foot is mired in the past and his escape uncertain.
Storm of the Century 1999PG-13☆☆☆☆ Forces both sinister and natural threaten to engulf a Maine coastal town. Spooky stuff.
The Triangle 2001PG☆☆☆ Three schoolmates' annual vacation tops the last one. This is their last.
Vampires 1998R☆☆☆☆ A seasoned crusader hunts the alpha vampire in the New Mexico desert. Day shift plus night overtime.
Whisper 2007R☆☆☆☆ A creepy kid gets kidnapped at Xmas to the undoing of his captors. Ho, ho, ho.
Music /
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
Music and Lyrics 2007PG-13☆☆☆ A fading pop star gets a new shot at fame with a little help and a lot of work.
This Is the Army 1943Cert.☆☆☆☆☆ A wartime morale booster, patriotism promoter, and revenue generator. Love of country and sweeties.
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
Bloody Hell 2021R☆☆☆☆☆ A returned vet runs afoul of civilian life and takes a vacation break overseas. The Yanks are coming.
The Boys
from Brazil
1978R☆☆☆☆ A neo-Nazi plot is brewing to bring in a fourth reich. Nazi hunters intervene. International intrigue.
The Dark Half 1991R☆☆☆☆☆ A writer's pulp fiction alter ego crosses the boundary of imagination to wreak havoc in the real world.
Frozen in Fear 2001NR☆☆☆ Art dealers stumble upon a festering crime wave in rural Montana. As if the big city weren't bad enough.
The Skeleton Key 2005PG-13☆☆☆☆☆ A Yankee caregiver in a Southern home runs afoul of hoodoo spirits she scarcely believes in. That old black magic...
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
Baby Mama 2008PG-13☆☆☆ A career woman uses a surrogate to get on the mommy train. Complications ensue.
Emma 1996G☆☆☆☆ An overconfident aristocrat makes unlikely and unwelcome matches among her friends and family. Live and learn.
Frozen in Fear 2001NR☆☆☆ Art dealers stumble upon a festering crime wave in rural Montana. As if the big city weren't bad enough.
The Heartbreak Kid 2007R☆☆☆☆☆ A sports freak bites off more than he can chew marrying a horizontally athletic blonde. The honeymoon goes south.
Hitch 2005PG-13☆☆ A date doctor runs into conflict between his professional and personal lives. Quack, quack.
Music and Lyrics 2007PG-13☆☆☆ A fading pop star gets a new shot at fame with a little help and a lot of work.
My Best Friend's Girl 2008UK-18☆☆☆ A friendly rebound scheme takes an unexpected turn in a kinky plot. Friendship is on the line as well as romance.
Plus One 2019UK-15☆☆☆☆☆ Two opposite-sex friends team up to attend each other's wedding invites only to find love closer than they thought.
Queen Bees 2021PG-13☆☆☆ Back lives & gray matter. Seniors embark on their final chapters while some have memory loss.
Wild Mountain Thyme 2020PG-13☆☆☆☆☆ Irish neighbours must sort out their lives once the older generation passes and opportunity calls.
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
Aquaman 2018PG-13☆☆☆☆ Justice League action hero Aquaman reluctantly ascends the throne of Atlantis to avert a brewing war with the surface world.
The Boys
from Brazil
1978R☆☆☆☆ A neo-Nazi plot is brewing to bring in a fourth reich. Nazi hunters intervene. International intrigue.
Chaos Walking 2021PG-13☆☆☆☆ A New World space colony is about to receive their 2nd wave. There's uncertainty below & reentry problems.
A Quiet Place Pt 2 2020PG-13☆☆☆☆ Farmer Lee's wife battles a giant insect scourge. They seek by sound.
Voyagers 2021PG-13☆☆☆☆ A lifeboat spaceship carries children whose grandkids are to colonize a distant planet. But first they must get there.
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
Born a Champion 2021R☆☆☆ A Jiu-Jitsu instructor competes to support his family but loses until he wins a Pyrrhic victory in a rematch.
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
Alone 2020R☆☆☆☆☆ A grieving widow relocating in the Pacific NW finds a whole nother kind of grief along the way. A tricky situation.
Body Shot 1994R☆☆☆ A poor schmuck fixates on his photo subject to his hurt. He's hung out to dry.
The Boys from Brazil 1978R☆☆☆☆ A neo-Nazi plot is brewing to bring in a fourth reich. Nazi hunters intervene. International intrigue.
The Courier 2021PG-13☆☆☆ A lay courier carries Cold War water for the CIA. The Soviets aren't stupid.
The Dark Half 1991R☆☆☆☆☆ A writer's pulp fiction alter ego crosses the boundary of imagination to wreak havoc in the real world.
Deadfall Trail 2009NR☆☆☆ A three week wilderness excursion turns into a nightmare for three hapless dudes. Preparation was not their strong suit.
Disturbing the Peace 2020R☆☆☆ People with checkered pasts find mixed welcome in a small hillbilly town. Undertaker's delight.
The Equalizer 2 2018R☆☆☆☆☆ A sequel with more action, bigger words, and loftier ideals. Good acting throughout.
Fatman 2020R☆☆☆☆ A jaded Santa has PR & $ problems in these difficult times. Uncle Sam to the rescue ... perhaps.
The Forever Purge 2021R☆☆☆ Trust anarchists to disrespect the time limit on the annual Purge. When it's over, it ain't over.
Frozen in Fear 2001NR☆☆☆ Art dealers stumble upon a festering crime wave in rural Montana. As if the big city weren't bad enough.
The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard 2021R☆☆☆ A bodyguard on sabbatical & a couple on honeymoon must save Europe from Greek tragedy. Pass the ammo, please.
The Little Things 2021R☆☆☆☆ A haunted former homicide detective revisits a simmering serial case. Don't expect miracles.
The Marksman 2021PG-13☆☆☆☆ An Arizona rancher takes on a Mexican cartel to protect a fleeing kid. Bullets fly.
Mr. Brooks 2007R☆☆☆☆☆ A driven detective pursues a troubled killer. Family problems abound.
Nobody 2021R☆☆☆☆ A home invasion escalates to a gang war. Don't call 9–1–1.
Promising Young Woman 2020R☆☆☆☆ A traumatized young woman sets herself against the world. Not a good way to make friends.
A Quiet Place Pt 2 2020PG-13☆☆☆☆ Farmer Lee's wife battles a giant insect scourge. They seek by sound.
Seized 2020R☆☆☆ A security consultant now living in Mexico must render extraordinary services for the return of his kidnapped son.
Shooter 2007R☆☆☆☆ A retired USMC sniper is recruited as an advisor not realizing he's a patsy for an assassination. Luckily he's well trained.
The Skeleton Key 2005PG-13☆☆☆☆☆ A Yankee caregiver in a Southern home runs afoul of hoodoo spirits she scarcely believes in. That old black magic...
Syriana 2005R☆☆☆☆ Oil deal goes sideways, immigrants lose jobs, CIA gets burned, business wife goes home, prince gets targeted. Business as usual.
Those Wishin' Me Dead 2021R☆☆☆☆ High level intrigue pursues a loose end, a little boy, through a raging Montana forest fire. Whom can he trust?
The Triangle 2001PG☆☆☆ Three schoolmates' annual vacation tops the last one. This is their last.
Voyagers 2021PG-13☆☆☆☆ A lifeboat spaceship carries children whose grandkids are to colonize a distant planet. But first they must get there.
The Wrath of Man 2021R☆☆☆☆ A new hire for an LA armored car company has his own stake in the game. Bad guys beware!
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
The Ten Commandments 2006PG-13☆☆☆☆ A retelling of the life of Moses touching on various milestones. Fairly biblical.
This Is the Army 1943Cert.☆☆☆ A wartime morale booster, patriotism promoter, and revenue generator. Love of country and sweeties.
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
News of the World 2020PG-13☆☆☆☆ A post Civil War news reader sets out to return an orphan child to what's left of her family. A tough journey.
The Outsider 2019NR☆☆☆ A coolie is out to avenge his wife's death at the hands of a protected deputy. Somebody's in serious trouble.
The Proud Rebel 1958PG☆☆☆☆ The dust has barely settled after the Civil War when a range dispute develops over a barley ranch.
Streets of Laredo 1995NR☆☆☆☆☆ A wizened bounty hunter heads for his last roundup in the fast-fading old west.

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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