Before diving into the usual roundup of reviews from Christian publications and websites, consider taking a moment to read a recent commentary by Michael Leary titled, "What on Earth is Christian Film Criticism?"
Leary, of The Matthew's House Project, offers his own thoughts on the subject, and he also invites readers to turn in their own definitions.
With those reflections in mind, we now return to our weekly review roundup:
In 2001, as the nation was reeling from the terrorist attacks that were broadcast on live television, writers, artists, and journalists contemplated how these events would affect different areas of our lives, and how things would change. Some of these writers asked whether Americans would lose their appetite for big-screen horror and violent entertainment. (I addressed this very question in two special editions of Film Forum, here and here.)
Almost five years later, very little has changed. Disaster movies are still big business, and moviegoers consistently make bloody horror movies into huge successes. Whether this is a good or a bad thing — that's open to discussion and debate. Some of these movies make money by sensationalizing violence and appealing to our appetite for excessive spectacle. Others give us perspective on terrorism and violence that proves meaningful and even comforting.
So it was inevitable that the event would inspire works of popular art and entertainment. In the days immediately following September 11, a familiar mantra was repeated by those who experienced it: "It was like a movie." Now … it is a movie. Two movies, in fact.
The first, United 93, directed by Paul Greengrass, has become one of the year's most highly acclaimed films, ...1
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