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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.

I follow standard content ratings for a Christian in line with (I Cor. 10:27-28) "If any of them that believe not bid you to a feast, and ye be disposed to go; what­soever is set before you, eat, asking no question for conscience sake. But if any man say unto you, This is offered in sacrifice unto idols, eat not for his sake that shewed it, and for conscience sake: for the earth is the Lord's, and the fulness thereof." The feast for eyes is a movie and the invite is per age group and/or caution. If you're disposed to see it and are old enough or receiving guidance, be my guest and just ignore the objectionable parts. Don't get all worked up over what's best ignored.

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
Copshop 2021R☆☆☆☆☆ A rookie female cop sees major action in the high desert. She keeps her powder dry.
Greenland 2020PG-13☆☆☆☆ A structural engineer w/family is tapped for emergency relocation to avoid Armageddon. His marriage is on the rocks.
The Protégé 2021R☆☆☆★ A seasoned assassin preparing for passing stirs up old trouble, which affects his hapless protege.
Title YearRating StarsDescription
Title YearRating StarsDescription
Being the Ricardos 2021R☆☆☆☆ A famous couple struggles with career(s) and marriage. American and office politics loom large.
Lansky 2021R☆☆☆★ A fading, former mobster enlists a ghost writer to chronicle his life. The FBI wants some of that.
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
Analyze That 2002R☆☆☆★ A targeted, imprisoned crime boss fakes mental illness to secure outpatient care under the auspices of his shrink.
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
Analyze That 2002R☆☆☆★ A targeted, imprisoned crime boss fakes mental illness to secure outpatient care under the auspices of his shrink.
The Card Counter 2021R☆☆☆ A gambler, a drifter, and a fixer find common cause on the road. A slow boil.
Copshop 2021R☆☆☆☆☆ A rookie female cop sees major action in the high desert. She keeps her powder dry.
Lansky 2021R☆☆☆★ A fading, former mobster enlists a ghost writer to chronicle his life. The FBI wants some of that.
The Protégé 2021R☆☆☆★ A seasoned assassin preparing for passing stirs up old trouble, which affects his hapless protege.
West Side Story 2021PG-13☆☆☆☆ Two star-crossed lovers hailing from rival gangs seek to make a life together or die trying.
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
Being the Ricardos 2021R☆☆☆☆ A famous couple struggles with career(s) and marriage. American and office politics loom large.
The Card Counter 2021R☆☆☆ A gambler, a drifter, and a fixer find common cause on the road. A slow boil.
Greenland 2020PG-13☆☆☆☆ A structural engineer w/family is tapped for emergency relocation to avoid Armageddon. His marriage is on the rocks.
The Prime Gig 2000R☆☆☆☆☆ What goes around comes around for a telemarketer on a roll.
West Side Story 2021PG-13☆☆☆☆ Two star-crossed lovers hailing from rival gangs seek to make a life together or die trying.
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
Cabin Fever 2002R☆☆☆ Five college grads camping in a rustic cabin far from help contract a flesh-eating disease.
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
Reminiscence 2021PG-13☆☆☆☆ Tomorrow's comfort company gets hacked leaving a would-be Romeo in the lurch. Will he take it lying down?
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
Lansky 2021R☆☆☆★ A fading, former mobster enlists a ghost writer to chronicle his life. The FBI wants some of that.
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
Cabin Fever 2002R☆☆☆☆ Five college grads camping in a rustic cabin far from help contract a flesh-eating disease.
Music /
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
Analyze That 2002R☆☆☆ A targeted, imprisoned crime boss fakes mental illness to secure outpatient care under the auspices of his shrink.
West Side Story 2021PG-13☆☆☆☆☆ Two star-crossed lovers hailing from rival gangs seek to make a life together or die trying.
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
Reminiscence 2021PG-13☆☆☆☆ Tomorrow's comfort company gets hacked leaving a would-be Romeo in the lurch. Will he take it lying down?
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
Greenland 2020PG-13☆☆☆☆ A structural engineer w/family is tapped for emergency relocation to avoid Armageddon. His marriage is on the rocks.
Reminiscence 2021PG-13☆☆☆☆ Tomorrow's comfort company gets hacked leaving a would-be Romeo in the lurch. Will he take it lying down?
West Side Story 2021PG-13☆☆☆☆ Two star-crossed lovers hailing from rival gangs seek to make a life together or die trying.
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
Greenland 2020PG-13☆☆☆☆ A structural engineer w/family is tapped for emergency relocation to avoid Armageddon. His marriage is on the rocks.
Reminiscence 2021PG-13☆☆☆☆ Tomorrow's comfort company gets hacked leaving a would-be Romeo in the lurch. Will he take it lying down?
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
The Card Counter 2021R☆☆☆ A gambler, a drifter, and a fixer find common cause on the road. A slow boil.
Copshop 2021R☆☆☆☆☆ A rookie female cop sees major action in the high desert. She keeps her powder dry.
Greenland 2020PG-13☆☆☆☆ A structural engineer w/family is tapped for emergency relocation to avoid Armageddon. His marriage is on the rocks.
Lansky 2021R☆☆☆★ A fading, former mobster enlists a ghost writer to chronicle his life. The FBI wants some of that.
Old Henry 2021NR☆☆☆☆ An old Okie farmer confronts his 19th century past while his teen son anticipates his 20th century future.
The Protégé 2021R☆☆☆★ A seasoned assassin preparing for passing stirs up old trouble, which affects his hapless protege.
Reminiscence 2021PG-13☆☆☆☆ Tomorrow's comfort company gets hacked leaving a would-be Romeo in the lurch. Will he take it lying down?
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
TitleYear RatingStarsDescription
Old Henry 2021NR☆☆☆☆ An old Okie farmer confronts his 19th century past while his teen son anticipates his 20th century future.

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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