Last week, Christianity Today Movies managing editor Mark Moring and I compiled a list of particularly inspiring films, called The 10 Most Redeeming Films of 2004 (a claim that, I'm sure, is open to debate). This week, a CT Movies panel put together their Critics' Choice Awards for 2004—a different kind of list, focusing on artistic excellence rather than uplifting or inspiring effect.

And, as is their peculiar obsession, critics are publishing their own different lists of favorites. My own personal list of 20, or so, is at Looking Closer. Here are some lists from other religious press critics I monitor for Film Forum material:

Hide … Don't Seek this De Niro bomb

The actor who became a legend in Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver now has a career that's gone off the road.

Hide and Seek, the latest movie starring Robert De Niro, might be the box office champion, but critics and DeNiro fans agree—this once-great actor's career has become an embarrassment. This paranormal thriller, which also stars young Dakota Fanning (soon to co-star in Spielberg's War of the Worlds), is getting panned by critics, including those in the religious press. DeNiro's participation fails to elevate the material; in fact, it sounds like his work makes it worse.

Russ Breimeier (Christianity Today Movies) says DeNiro "comes off as cold and boring from the very first scene. [The] question we all should be asking is, 'How did this stinker attract such a big name ...

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